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June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How Truck Drivers Can Eat Healthy on the Road

A big challenge for drivers who want to eat healthy meals is just getting past the typical high-calorie fare to find inexpensive but healthy food choices while out on the road. Photos: J.J. Keller & Associates

By Terri Dougherty, J.J. Keller

The news came as a shock to Emily Plummer. Her blood sugar level had jumped, threatening to end her 18-year career as an interstate truck driver. Find out how she saved her career and learned to eat healthy on the road.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Driver Health, Health

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Nine Energy Service is Coaching Drivers With In-Cab Video

Photo: MiX Telematics

By Brett Quigley, Nine Energy Service

Nine Energy Service decided it would go beyond the ELD mandate requirements, and is adding in-cab video to its telematics strategy. The oilfield fleet's Brett Quigley writes about its decision and how it's implementing the technology.

Tags: Telematics, MiX Telematics, In-Vehicle Video, ELD Mandate, ELDs

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Q&A: Swift's New Driver Engagement VP

Scott Barker has moved from vice president of safety, driver recruiting, and driver development at Swift to a new post dedicated to driver engagement. Photo: Swift

By Deborah Lockridge

Swift Transportation's new vice president of driver engagement talks about how the truckload giant plans to make sure its drivers are truly its "driving force."

Tags: Drivers, Swift Transportation, Driver Retention

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Retreading to Maximize Casing Value

Tread patterns are available for any type of operation from low rolling resistance drive tires to vocational tires. Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

Retreading extends the life of the most expensive part of the tire, which lowers cost per mile significantly. This is part five in a five-part series for National Tire Safety Week.

Tags: Tires and Wheels, Retread, National Tire Safety Week

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What You Should Know About Tire and Wheel Balancing

Balancing compounds such as Equal Flexx from IMI Products keep the tire balanced even as conditions change. Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

Balanced tires and wheels have been shown to save fuel, but balancing can also save tires -- and money. Part four in Jim Park's five-part series for National Tire Safety Week.

Tags: Tires and Wheels, Wheel Balancers, National Tire Safety Week

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Align the Truck Before the Need Arises

Misaligned tires increase vehicle rolling resistance and waste fuel -- that's on top of chewing up tires. Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

Your tires will tell you if your vehicle is running straight and true. Don't wait 'till it's too late.

Tags: Wheel Alignment, Tires and Wheels, National Tire Safety Week

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Keep up the Pressure

Inflation pressure should be checked with a reliable gauge at least weekly, and every time a trailer comes out of a drop yard. Photo from Michelin.

By Jim Park

Under-inflation is the leading cause of blowouts while contributing to poor fuel economy and premature wear. This is the second in a special five-part series for National Tire Safety Week.

Tags: TPMS, Tire Inflation, Automatic Tire Inflation Systems, National Tire Safety Week, Tires

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Regular Tire Inspections Save Time in the Long Run

Stay on top of tire inflation and most of your roadside failures will disappear. Photo from Goodyear.

By Jim Park

National Tire Safety Week is more for consumers and passenger car drivers, but given tires' third-place ranking in trucking fleets' operating costs, we figured a few timely reminders wouldn't hurt. This is part one in a five-part series for National Tire Safety Week.

Tags: Tires and Wheels, National Tire Safety Week, CVSA RoadCheck, Tires

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Six Steps to Thwart Cargo Theft

By David Cullen

“Cargo theft hasn’t necessarily gotten worse lately, but there is more sophistication on the criminal side than 20 years ago when it was strictly a crime of opportunity,” says Eric Fuller, CEO of U.S. Xpress. But there is much motor carriers can do to help protect customers’ goods and their own assets and employees from heists.

Tags: Cargo Theft, CargoNet, Crime, Asset Management, Security

April 2017, Work Truck - Feature

Improving Truck Ergonomics for Driver Safety

Photo from iStockphoto.com

By Mike Antich

OSHA regs require an employer to provide a workplace (which includes upfitted work vehicles) free from recognized hazards. The best way to make a work truck fleet more ergonomic is to proactively identify and rectify potential issues.

Tags: Workers' Compensation, Driver Comfort, Ergonomics, Driver Safety

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ELD Certification: What Does it Really Mean?

One ELD provider, Eroad, is using a third-party verification program to help give customers peace of mind. Photo: Eroad

By Deborah Lockridge

Motor carriers beware: FMCSA does NOT “certify” ELDs. What you need to understand about the electronic logging device mandate's "self-certification" process and how to help make sure you have a compliant device.

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A New Frontier in Driver Health

By Jack Roberts

Very soon, integrated and automated vehicle systems will work together to keep drivers alert and healthy. But that technology will come at a cost.

Tags: Driver Health, Fatigue, Autonomous Vehicles

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driver Wellness Starts at Work

Photo: Melton Truck Lines

By David Cullen

Building a healthy lifestyle can be hard work – especially for truck drivers, who are constantly on the go and constantly under pressure to be on the go. Fleets can help drivers attain a healthy lifestyle – and share in the benefits that it brings.

Tags: Accidents, Driver Health, Driver Wellness

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The Delicate Truck Driver

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

Lots of drivers manage a very fine balance between simple frustration and outright anger and executive contributing editor Rolf Lockwood believes they deserve a little more attention and understanding.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Behavior, Driver Health

January 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Surveys Yield Clues to Driver Satisfaction

Courtesy Strategic Programs Inc.

By Deborah Lockridge

Where can trucking companies improve driver satisfaction? It’s a question that has somewhat different answers for drivers at different stages of their careers with their employers.

Tags: Driver Retention, Strategic Programs Inc.

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How to Rehire Former Drivers to Improve Retention

By Ben Eubanks, Strategic Programs

Relationships are more important than ever. Rehiring former drivers is a benefit for companies because good drivers who depart are more likely to return if the circumstances are favorable.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Retention

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

SmartValve's a Back-Saver at Meijer Logistics

Meijer Logistics driver Ron Diamond points to the button that can save him considerable work and time — and prevent an injury — during a hookup.

By Tom Berg

The Hadley device adds suspension adjustment capability and reduces cranking work for drivers.

Tags: Driver Health, Hadley Products, Landing Gear

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Bendix Offers Comprehensive Brake Safety Week Upkeep Tips

By Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

In support of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual Brake Safety Week, Bendix is offering upkeep tips for drivers and fleets.

Tags: Inspections, Driver Safety Tips, Bendix, Brake Safety Week, CVSA

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Next-Generation Cascadia: Driver Comfort & Safety Too

By Jim Park

The new Cascadia is loaded with improvements ranging from the layout of the gauges and switches in the driver compartment to features inside the sleeper area, including a new Driver’s Loft configuration.

Tags: Freightliner, Freightliner Cascadia, Daimler Trucks North America

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Powertrain, Aero Enhancements Push Cascadia Fuel Economy

Freightliner's new Cascadia model represents fours years of work. It has tested to be 8% more efficient than the current Cascadia Evolution model. Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

DTNA boss Martin Daum calls the fuel-efficiency gains with the new Cascadia mind-boggling. He said the design target was 5% over the current Cascadia Evolution model, but the design team's efforts produced a truck that bests the Evolution by a full 8%. Daum said new Cascadia in full AeroX trim is 19% more fuel efficient than the current base-model Cascadia.

Tags: Freightliner, Freightliner Cascadia, Daimler Trucks North America

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Don't Blame the Driver, Blame the Watermelon

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

In an era when the customer is king, the solitary truck driver is always the one at the end of the line.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Fatigue

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The First Step in Fixing Detention Times

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

As if productivity and driver retention weren’t enough to make detention an important problem, it’s also a safety issue.

Tags: Drivers, Shippers, Brokers, Detention Pay, Delivery Delays

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

A Different Approach to Fuel Efficiency Coaching

Our test truck was a rented 2013 Volvo VNL. Vnomic’s development test truck is in the background. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Vnomics’ True Fuel is a monitoring device that encourages drivers to do better without getting on their nerves or taking away drivability, while providing back-office data that helps fleets coach and instruct drivers on better driving habits to save fuel.

Tags: Driver Behavior, Driver Training, Fuel Economy, Vnomics

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

4 Ways Drivers Can Dial Up MPG

Henry Albert, veteran owner-operator from Mooresville, N.C., is exceptionally good at squeezing more miles out of each gallon of fuel. Photo: Albert Transport

By Jack Roberts

An accomplished owner-operator offers his advice on what it takes to drive fuel efficiently. He contends that if drivers want to achieve high fuel economy numbers, they simply cannot drive like they always have.

Tags: Fuel-Saving Tips, Driver Training, Fuel Economy, Owner Operators

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Finding and Keeping Drivers in A. Duie Pyle's Dedicated Fleet Business

 Photo courtesy A. Duie Pyle.

By Deborah Lockridge

A. Duie Pyle's Customized Solutions Group aims to take the headaches of running a private fleet off of customers' hands. We talked to the head of CSG to learn more about how it deals with the driver shortage.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Private Fleets, Driver Retention, A. Duie Pyle, Dedicated Fleets

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Taking the First Step to Wellness

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Fleets report they are losing drivers who can no longer re-certify to drive after health issues were uncovered under newer more stringent DOT physical procedures.

Tags: Driver Health, Driver Wellness, Driver Retention

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

RoadCheck Begins: Don't Be Sidelined by Your Tires

Tread wear is the most obvious defect-- and one that immediately catches an inspector's eye. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Vehicle inspections take on a little more significance during RoadCheck, which begins Tuesday. Tires are the special focus this year. Have a close look at your tires before the inspectors do; it's may keep you out of the hooskow.

Tags: Tires, CVSA, Roadcheck, Inspections

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Tribe Express Takes the Long View on Driver Retention

Photo: Tribe Transportation

By David Cullen

Boasting a turnover rate as low as 33%, Tribe Express’ roster includes veteran truckers between 50 and 60 years old, as well as an increasing number of younger (age 28 to 35) and female drivers.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage, Fleet Profile, Driver Retention

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The Dark Side of Electronic Logging Devices

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

The law is one thing, company policy another, but the relationship between driver and dispatcher is where reality happens.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, ELDs, ELD Mandate

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Taking It Slow on the Road to Autonomous Trucks

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

The circumstances behind the 2009 crash of a passenger jet illustrate why we should take it slow on the road to autonomous driving.

Tags: Drivers, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Take a Load Off

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

These days most of the innovations we see have to do with saving a buck, and we don’t often see one aimed at making drivers more comfortable. How about a custom-fitted truck seat that can be adjusted remotely by a medical professional?

Tags: Driver Health, Driver Comfort, Seats

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

5 Things You Need to Know About ELDs

Printing is one of several ways e-logs can be presented to enforcement officials at roadside. (Photo courtesy Continental VDO.)

By Jim Park

Electronic logging devices to track driver hours of service become mandatory in December 2017. Everything you need to know about compliance is spelled out in the final rule, but here's a quick look at some of the more common sources of confusion – and a few things you'll need to consider that are not spelled out in the text of the rule.

Tags: Hours of Service, ELDs

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Backing off Back Pain

While back pain is the bane of many whose jobs involve a lot of sitting, the misery is compounded when the sitting is behind the wheel of a truck.

By David Cullen

Back pain is the bane of many whose jobs involve a lot of sitting at a desk or other work station. But that misery is compounded when the sitting is behind the wheel of a truck.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Driver Health, Fatigue

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Driver Pay Analyst: No Silver Bullet to Solve Driver Shortage

By Steven Martinez

With a subdued economy, high turnover at large carriers and looming regulations, there is unlikely to be a single solution to the driver shortage problem.

Tags: Driver Turnover, Driver Pay

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Catching Hours-Of-Service Cheaters

Drivers may falsify paper logs for various reasons. The best way to identify a false log is by comparing the log with related documents to verify whether the driver’s entires are indeed true and correct. Photos: Jim Park

By Tom Bray

A false log was No. 10 in the list of top 20 driver violations in 2015. As a motor carrier, you’re liable for false logs filled out by your drivers if you should have had the means to detect the violations.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Compliance, Hours of Service, E-logs

January 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How Not to Lose Sleep over Apnea

A common therapy for obstructive sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure, known as CPAP. Photos: Safety First Sleep Solutions

By David Cullen

Despite sleep apnea’s devastating impact on highway safety and personal well-being, truck drivers can be easily and affordably treated for this common medical condition.

Tags: Sleep Apnea, Driver Health, Fatigue

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Must You Provide Only Positive D&A Tests to Prospective Employers? Negative!

By Betty Weiland

When a motor carrier receives an inquiry into a current or former driver’s drug and alcohol testing history, what specifically is the company required to release?

Tags: Regulations, Drug Testing, Employment, Alcohol Testing

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What Can Mobile Apps Do For You?

Trucker Path, San Jose, Calif., recently added load matching features to its lineup of mobile apps. The company introduced a trip planning app in 2013. Photo: Trucker Path

By Jim Beach

There are hundreds of applications for commercial truck drivers and fleet managers and more are announced every week - so how do you navigate the blizzard of mobile apps to find the best ones for you?

Tags: Telematics, Information Technology, Analytics, Mobile Apps

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: 10 Things to Take Away From the Year of the Driver

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

With another year behind us, Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge takes a look back at the year of the driver.

Tags: Driver Training, Driver Shortage, Capacity, Driver Pay, Owner Operators

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Kenworth's Predictive Cruise Control Looks Ahead to Save Fuel

Predictive cruise control uses terrain mapping and GPS satellite locating to manage the engine and transmission for efficient operation on up- and downgrades. It can be a multi-step procedure, and a driver might or might not notice them all. In rolling terrain, the system can save 1% to 2% in fuel, Kenworth says. Image: Kenworth

By Tom Berg

Predictive cruise control uses terrain mapping and GPS satellite locating to manage the engine and transmission for efficient operation on up- and downgrades.

Tags: Kenworth, Adaptive Cruise Control, T680 Advantage

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Impact of Truck Driver Wellness Programs

Photo: Melton Truck Lines

By David Cullen

Executives at several large long-haul fleets talk about their efforts to keep drivers healthy and happy through wellness programs in the final installment of HDT's Driver Dilemma series.

Tags: Driver Health, Driver Wellness, Driver Dilemma

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Legal Pot in Colorado: How it's Affected Trucking

Cannabis station, a medical marijuana dispensary, is located at the site of a former gas station in Denver. Photo by Jeffrey Beall via Flickr through Creative Commons license.

By Greg Fulton, CMCA

It’s been almost two years since Colorado officially legalized marijuana. With other states considering similar measures, Colorado Motor Carrier Association President Greg Fulton reflects on the law and its impact on the trucking industry.

Tags: Colorado, Drug Testing

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

One Woman Driver's Take on the Driver Shortage

Art Johannson and Amanda Jones. Photo courtesy Drivewyze

By Deborah Lockridge

Amanda Jones has been on the road with husband Art Johansson for 13 years and driving for a little less than a year, so she's got some interesting perspectives on what fleets can do to attract and keep drivers, especially female ones.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Women Drivers

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The Latest Threat to the Owner-Operator Model

Photo by Jim Park

By Deborah Lockridge

New guidance from the Department of Labor issued in July could pose a threat to the trucking industry's use of owner-operator drivers as independent contractors, with the American Trucking Associations calling it "an aggressive departure from prevailing classification standards."

Tags: Driver Shortage, Owner-Operators, Independent Contractors

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Important is Driver Pay?

Truck driver pay is rising at a record rate. Is it the answer to the driver shortage?

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. Part 2 in HDT's Driver Dilemma series on the driver shortage.

Tags: Driver Pay, Driver Dilemma

October 2015, Automotive Fleet - Feature

Car Haulers Address the Capacity Challenge

With the upswing in the economy, times are good for the car hauler industry. But, the 2008-2010 recession left the industry with significant challenges that need to be overcome. Photo courtesy of United Road.

By Chris Wolski

With the upswing in the economy, times are good for the car hauler industry. But, the 2008-2010 recession left the industry with significant challenges that need to be overcome.

Tags: Amerifleet, PARS, United Road, Vehicle Logistics

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Don't Leave Trade Schools out of 'Free College' Debate

Editor in Chief, Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

The skyrocketing cost of college tuition is indeed a problem. But at risk of being overlooked is the need to get more students into the nation’s trade schools.

Tags: Driver Training, Driver Shortage, Politics

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How To Build An Engaged Driver Workforce

Nussbaum Transportation stresses communication with drivers. Photo: Nussbaum

By Deborah Lockridge

Want drivers who not only stay with your company long-term, but also go the extra mile to make sure it succeeds? The key may be “employee engagement.”

Tags: Driver Retention, Driver Dilemma

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

The Smart Road to Younger Drivers

Editor in Chief, Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

While lowering the age of drivers may cause panic in the media, being smart about training young drivers can significantly reduce the risks.

Tags: Regulations, Driver Training, Driver Shortage

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The Risks of Hiring Inexperienced Drivers

By Denise Banks, HNI

Trucking companies hiring inexperienced drivers may be opening themselves up to more risk than it's worth.

Tags: Driver Training, Driver Shortage, High-Risk Drivers

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