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Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief
Commentary: Would You Drive for Your Fleet?
By Deborah Lockridge
Are you treating your drivers like employees?That may sound like an odd question. Unless you use owner-operators, of course your drivers are employees. But … do you really treat them like the rest of your employees?
Carlus Patterson is a former veteran who now drives a dedicated route for Ryder.
Driver Dilemma: Expanding the Driver Pool
By Deborah Lockridge
In the face of a shrinking, aging driver population with high levels of driver turnover the trucking industry and individual carriers are looking for ways to expand the driver pool.
Truck driver pay is rising at a record rate. Is it the answer to the driver shortage? 
Driver Dilemma: How Important is Pay?
By Deborah Lockridge
Truck driver pay is rising at a record rate. Is it the answer to the driver shortage? The second in a series on the driver shortage.
How Well do you Know CSA?
By John Simms of HNI
Considering the regulatory environment in which transportation firms do business is miles from black and white, it’s no surprise that both drivers and enforcement personnel alike often are confused by the ins and outs of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s CSA.
Driver Dilemma: A Year-Long, In-Depth Series on the Driver Shortage
By Deborah Lockridge
For 2015, as the trucking industry is dealing with the worst driver shortage and capacity crunch in its history, Heavy Duty Trucking is delving into the topic of truck drivers. A year-long series in the magazine is complemented by WebXclusive features.

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ATA Chief Economist, Bob Costello. Image via ATA
Turnover Still Over 90 Percent at Truckload Fleets
Turnover at truckload fleets remained high in the fourth quarter of 2014, but the gap narrowed between small and large carriers.
ATRI Researching Truck Parking Via Driver Survey
The American Transportation Research Institute is researching truck parking and truck parking reservation systems through a new survey of drivers. Drivers can take the survey through the end of April.
Driver Declared Imminent Hazard for Drugged Driving
The FMCSA declared driver Robert Lee Turner an imminent hazard after he struck an officer at the Port of Savannah and was subsequently charged with driving while under the influence.
Predictive Cruise Control uses GPS to predict hilly terrain ahead. Image via Kenworth
Predictive Cruise Control Optional on T680 and T880
Kenworth's Predictive Cruise Control is optional on Kenworth T680s and T880s with the PACCAR MX-13 engines. The feature is one of several driver assistance systems designed to improve efficiency.
TA Names Citizen Drivers
TravelCenters of America announced its second annual “Citizen Driver” Award recipients Friday during the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. The Citizen Driver Award recognizes professional drivers who help bring respect to the truck driving profession.
Kevin Burch, co-chairman of TMAF, expressed his excitement over meeting the 2014 goals, and what TMAF has planned for 2015. Photo: Stephane Babcock
Trucking Moves America Forward Meets 2015 Goals
Trucking Moves America Forward, the industry-wide image and education movement, announced that had it reached its goal of raising $1 million since its inception last March, which was made possible by contributions from more than 100 trucking companies, allied members and individuals.
Goodyear Names 2015 Highway Hero
It was not an easy choice when it came to choosing this year’s 32nd Goodyear Highway Hero, as all three finalists risked their lives to save others.
One of the 2,250 drop yards in Thermo King’s program is owned by the TK dealer in Kingman, Ariz., where 11 acres is devoted to parking. Regular customers include Artur Trucking, US Foods and local operators. Photo courtesy of Thermo Kiing
Thermo King Sets Up Network of Drop Yards
By Tom Berg
The yards can be used for a "nominal" fee by almost all truckers, whether or not they're TK customers.
HDT's Truck Fleet Innovators panel at the MATS Fleet Forum. Photo: Evan Lockridge
Drivers Key Focus of HDT Truck Fleet Innovators Panel
By Deborah Lockridge
Spontaneous applause broke out following an impassioned answer to a question by HDT Truck Fleet Innovator Steve Rush during a panel discussion Wednesday.
The Nav+ HD system. Photo via Kenworth
Kenworth Launches Diagnostics and Productivity Tools
Kenworth will begin offering Trucktech+ and Nav+ HD technology products designed to improve vehicle diagnostics and productivity.

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Bose Ride System II Delivers New Features, More Functionality Adjustable seat settings will help drivers who are accustomed to the firmer feel of an air ride seat will find the Bose II seats easier to get used to.
Multi-Capable Jensen HD Bluetooth Radio Coming in May The radio that integrates with a truck’s electrical system and can be Bluetooth-linked to smart phones, which then are operated by the radio.
Pre-Employment Screening Added to iiX Background Checks Pre-employment Screening Program records are now available as part of iiX’s suite of commercial driver background checks. The records provide employers with a quick way to screen driver safety profiles.
Satellite TV Package Designed For Truckers EpicVue says it's the first to offer a premium in-vehicle satellite TV system packaged exclusively for fleets, marketing it as a driver recruiting and retention tool.
Trucking Unlimited Buys TruckDrivingJobs.com The acquisition will allow Trucking Unlimited to streamline the process of both finding and posting online driving jobs.m for $800,000.
USEFUL WHITEPAPERS
A Whitepaper Guide to Improving the ROI of Driver Safety
Best practices for driver risk management and fostering a culture of driver safety are outlined in this timely white paper. With so many drivers on the road today, creating a culture of safety is an ongoing effort. Businesses must recognize and understand their risks and take proactive steps to ensure they understand real-time changes in driving behaviors that warrant concern.
Improve Fleet Performance by Changing Driver Behavior
GPS vehicle tracking provides a powerful tool for managing your vehicles more effectively, helping you control fleet costs and improving productivity. Fleet operation isn’t just about the vehicles but also the people who drive them.

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