The lack of respect for truck drivers and the driver shortage go hand-in-hand.
May 3, 2013
Do you know what's lacking in trucking? Dignity. Simple dignity. If this sounds all soft and squishy, read on. I think I'll change your mind. A chance meeting outside my hotel lobby one evening during the Mid-America Trucking Show last month provides a clue on how to avert a pending disaster.
Posted @ Friday, May 3, 2013 12:00 AM | »
April 5, 2013
In his "On the Road" blog, Equipment Editor and former driver and owner-operator Jim Park wonders if three months of mandatory entry-level training would have made him a better driver.
Posted @ Friday, April 5, 2013 12:00 AM | »
March 11, 2013
For the second time, two Canadian truckload fleets earned top honors in the Truckload Carriers Association National (maybe it should be International?) Fleet Safety Awards. In his "On the Road" blog, Jim Park muses on whether Canadian truckers have a leg up in safety, despite longer work days and bigger rigs.
Posted @ Monday, March 11, 2013 12:00 AM | »
March 5, 2013
Imagine a hybrid tire that can change tread patterns to suit the application, from a deep block lug for traction to a smooth rib for fuel efficiency, or a tire that runs just on its shoulders for optimum fuel efficiency or on a full tread face for better traction. How about a tire/wheel assembly that leans into a turn for better traction and stability? Equipment Editor Jim Park has a fun look at possible tires of the future in his "On the Road" blog.
Posted @ Tuesday, March 5, 2013 12:00 AM | »
Guest blog post by Evan Lockridge, Senior Contributing Editor
February 7, 2013
Politicians generally aren’t known as going against the status quo, but one is moving in that direction in an effort to stop jughandles, which he blames for gridlock at hundreds of intersections in his state, reports Senior Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge in this guest post on the All That's Trucking blog.
Posted @ Thursday, February 7, 2013 12:00 AM | »
February 1, 2013
What do you think the aerodynamic penalty would be from a grab handle on the side of a truck that would help a driver climb up to a place he or she could safely clean the windshield? 0.0003%, maybe?
Posted @ Friday, February 1, 2013 12:00 AM | »
January 14, 2013
Unionized drayage drivers. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters just inked its first contract with a drayage company working near the ports of L.A. and Long Beach. Drivers' wages will immediately jump from $12.72 to $19 per hour. And that's just the beginning
Posted @ Monday, January 14, 2013 12:00 AM | »
January 6, 2013
You don't need a PhD to recognize that bright flashing lights and changing images will grab drivers' attention. They are supposed to. But since drivers ought to be paying attention to things that are more pressing, why are these signs sprouting up everywhere?
Posted @ Sunday, January 6, 2013 11:35 PM | »
December 20, 2012
After finishing a feature story for the January issue of Heavy Duty Trucking about the pending GHG14 rules, I'm more convinced than ever that this burdensome regulation is unadulterated politics, and will get industry nothing we wouldn't have got already -- for way less money
Posted @ Thursday, December 20, 2012 10:47 PM | »
November 14, 2012
A shortage of pilots? Really? At least one influential aviation figure begs to differ. Retired airline captain-turned-aviation-analyst, Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger -- yes, that "Sully" -- says the airlines are crying wolf, trying to get regulators to back down from new entry requirements for commercial pilots
Posted @ Wednesday, November 14, 2012 12:30 PM | »
November 5, 2012
A driver could face felony charges in Washington State for not cleaning zebra mussels off a boat he was hauling. Felony charges? How many other "civilians" can land in that kind of hot water for failing to be 100% diligent 100% of the time
Posted @ Monday, November 5, 2012 5:59 PM | »
September 26, 2012
Anyone who has ever thumped his or her steering wheel in frustration at a green light turning red for no apparent reason just as you approach an intersection will appreciate this recent achievement from Carnegie Mellon University
Posted @ Wednesday, September 26, 2012 1:58 PM | »
August 20, 2012
It's funny that drivers place so much more emphasis on speed and performance over stopping capacity. All the horsepower in the world won't help when you're in too close to the vehicle in front and you need to stop now
Posted @ Monday, August 20, 2012 10:36 PM | »
August 1, 2012
Do we really have a shortage of truck drivers in this country or are we simply adding up the empty seats across the land and calling that under-utilized capacity a driver short-age
Posted @ Wednesday, August 1, 2012 1:54 PM | »
July 24, 2012
There's a special satisfaction one gets from digging deep into the innards of a machine, dismantling it, reassembling it, and eventually getting it running again
Posted @ Tuesday, July 24, 2012 8:33 AM | »
July 10, 2012
Over the past week, two trucks crashed as a result of their inability to stop on hills. In both cases, the mainstream media reported that the trucks' brakes had failed. That illustrates what the mainstream media knows about truck brakes
Posted @ Tuesday, July 10, 2012 11:54 PM | »
July 5, 2012
It's not enough that drivers need to watch out for downright lousy car drivers, overly enthusiastic creeper-cops and dispatchers that don't know the meaning of 'tomorrow,' they also need to be on guard for the sins of their brothers and sisters.
Posted @ Thursday, July 5, 2012 11:23 PM | »
June 24, 2012
With a potential calamity hanging in the balance, why didn't law enforcement in this small Canadian tourist town take any action to prevent it, or at least investigate what I had called to tell them?
Posted @ Sunday, June 24, 2012 11:25 PM | »
June 14, 2012
Americans, it seems, are chronically sleep deprived. Perhaps not dramatically so, but we're sleepy enough to make the radar screen at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Research shows that over 30% of workers aged 30-64 are short of sleep
Posted @ Thursday, June 14, 2012 10:32 PM | »
June 6, 2012
I love it when someone comes up with a simple way of illustrating a point. Rolling resistance in tires is real and it's a problem for trucks. But how do you quantify it? Percentages are vague. This little test is not vague at all.
Posted @ Wednesday, June 6, 2012 8:16 PM | »
May 31, 2012
Here's a tale that, if it were from any other industry, might inspire a feel-good feature film. It's about a struggling rookie lease-operator who, as he is driving back to the terminal to hand back the keys, decides to try something different.
Posted @ Thursday, May 31, 2012 11:56 PM | »
May 21, 2012
As the House and Senate try to come to agreement on a highway bill that could include a requirement to mandate electronic onboard recorders, I want to say, I believe we're being taken for a ride on this push to mandate EOBRs.
Posted @ Monday, May 21, 2012 11:37 PM | »
May 13, 2012
A few weeks ago, when that hapless driver with the load of ammunition made a wrong turn into Mexico, I spent more time than I should have wondering how one could make a wrong turn across an international border
Posted @ Sunday, May 13, 2012 11:19 PM | »
May 2, 2012
The after-effects of a serious crash can last years, or even a lifetime. The impact is entirely disproportionate to the time it takes for a crash scenario to develop. One instant you're cruising down the road, the next you're smashed to smithereens.
Posted @ Wednesday, May 2, 2012 9:52 PM | »
April 25, 2012
The firing of a Texas-based flat-bedder for refusing to haul an improperly secured and unsafe load illustrates how CSA and the courts are failing truck drivers
Posted @ Wednesday, April 25, 2012 10:42 AM | »