July 15, 2013
" Since a 13-liter diesel engine with 40 tons in tow will never match the get-up-and-go of a Porsche 911 GT3, we G-force junkies have to get our fix with air disc brakes." Equipment Editor Jim Park got the chance to test the stopping power of several European trucks with air disc brakes on a trip to Europe last week, and he shares the experience in his latest "On the Road" blog post.
Posted @ Monday, July 15, 2013 12:00 AM | »
July 3, 2013
This story is a follow up to a blog Jim Park wrote a little over a year ago about a fellow, Carlos Cruz, who was a struggling lease-purchase driver. He wasn't making any money and was about to walk away from the truck when he decided to try some of the fuel saving tips he had read about and heard about on the radio. Today, his 90-day average is over 8 mpg, and his personal loaded best at 75,000 GVW is 9.7 mpg.
Posted @ Wednesday, July 3, 2013 12:00 AM | »
June 27, 2013
The Skagit River Bridge has a history of high-load strikes dating back to the 1970s. Probing reporters have found a litany of strikes, including one very similar to the impact that brought it down, have occutred as recently as last October..
Posted @ Thursday, June 27, 2013 12:00 AM | »
June 20, 2013
DOT officers were diligently digging their way through fuel receipts and other bits of evidence to uncover the ugly truth: drivers were cheating on their logs in order to get home for the weekend.
Posted @ Thursday, June 20, 2013 12:00 AM | »
June 13, 2013
Ultracapacitor engine starting systems represent a sea-change in how we view a truck's electrical systems. The only thing standing in the way of this apparently game-changing technology is our inherently conservative nature regarding new technology.
Posted @ Thursday, June 13, 2013 12:00 AM | »
June 5, 2013
While you're getting dragged backwards through various knotholes in this year's RoadCheck 2013 event, take heart that a few local cops are patrolling the dumps and the Home Depot and Loews store parking lots looking cars with tons of gravel in their trunks or lifts of plywood on the roof.
Posted @ Wednesday, June 5, 2013 12:00 AM | »
May 29, 2013
Trucks hit bridges every day. Why did the Skagit River Bridge fold up like a house of cards after a minor strike, and who's ultimately to blame? Jim Park wonders about the role of the pilot car driver in his "On the Road" blog.
Posted @ Wednesday, May 29, 2013 12:00 AM | »
May 17, 2013
They've tried flashing lights, neon signs, low-impact barriers, but sometimes nothing seem to keep oversize trucks from squeezing into tunnels. Jim Park has more in his latest "On the Road" blog.
Posted @ Friday, May 17, 2013 12:00 AM | »
May 7, 2013
There's a good reason we don't have enough parking spaces in this country, says Jim Park in his "On the Road" blog: Truckstop operators can't make any money with 10 acres under asphalt because trucking won't pay for it.
Posted @ Tuesday, May 7, 2013 12:00 AM | »
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 | »