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Driver Tries Citizen's Arrest on a Cop with Interesting Results

If you don't have the moral high ground to successfully challenge a citation, the result could come back to bite you.

July 1, 2014

This amusing video surfaced on YouTube recently. In his On the Road blog, Jim Park compares it to a parable of sorts about glass houses and throwing stones. In this case, the bad guy had the humility to admit he was wrong, but it doesn't always go so smoothly.

Tags: CSA, Citation, DataQ, Drivers, Law Enforcement

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Tuesday, July 1, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Skilled Driver Saves Semi from Being Blown Over

May 14, 2014

A driver was caught on video recently in a hair-raising battle with a prairie wind. And this time the driver won.

Tags: Drivers, Weather, Rollovers

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, May 14, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

FMCSA's Ferro Ponders Distraction Potential of On-board Displays

Drivers automatically sort details from distractions. Alerts just add to the workload. Photo: Jim Park

April 4, 2014

Ann Ferro's curiosity over in-cab distraction is well-founded, but who will decide how much is too much? Equipment Editor Jim Park muses on the topic in his latest "On the Road" blog post.

Tags: Distracted Driving, Drivers, Safety, Anne Ferro

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Friday, April 4, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Are High Fuel Prices Killing Drivers?

Low prices entice carriers into the pumper outlets that often don't offer full-service, sit-down restaurants.

February 26, 2014

If it's not bad enough that drivers seldom have the time to eat properly and exercise, escalating fuel costs are driving fleets to buy fuel where it's cheapest, says Jim Park in his On the Road blog. Those places specialize in fast turn-over take-out food, not necessarily the food drivers need for a healthy, balanced diet.

Tags: Diet & Nutrition, Driver Health, Drivers, Truckstops

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, February 26, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(3)

Why We Need Good Driver Training

October 29, 2013

VIDEO -- Equipment Editor Jim Park recently found a truck route that reminded him of the importance of good driver training. Suspend your disbelief for a few minutes, pretend the sound of Jim's motorcycle engine is a Jake Brake, and join him for a trip down a truly hair-raising hill.

Tags: Driver Training, Mountain Driving, Engine Brake, Rookie Driver, Safety, Drivers

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Tuesday, October 29, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

In Praise of Higher Achievement

August 27, 2013

The National Truck Driving Championships and the North American Inspectors Championship are great showcases for industry skill and expertise. Equipment Editor Jim Park explains in his "On the Road" blog why it's too bad these competitions don't appeal to a broader audience.

Tags: NAIC, North American Inspectors Championship, Drivers, Image, In the Media

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Tuesday, August 27, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

The Parking Paradox

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.

Tags: Truckstops, Driver Shortage, Drivers, Fuel and Oil, Truck Parking

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Tuesday, May 7, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Drivers Deserve Respect

The lack of respect for truck drivers and the driver shortage go hand-in-hand.

Jim Park, Equipment Editor

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.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Drivers

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Friday, May 3, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(10)

Mandatory Entry-Level Driver Training: Is There a Better Way?

Your scribe, Jim Park, at about 5 years into a 20-year driving career -- circa 1983-ish.

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.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Training, CDL

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Friday, April 5, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(3)

A shortage of pilots? Really?

It's a long expensive road from a private pilot license to an Air Transport Pilot certificate and an $18,000 income as a first officer at a regional airline. Photo by Jim Park

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

Tags: Heroes & Villains, Drivers, Driver Shortage

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, November 14, 2012 12:30 PM | » Comments(0)

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