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May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driver Dilemma: Train for the Long Haul

Maverick last year completed a $4 million expansion of its training center. Photo: Maverick Transportation

By David Cullen

Start with the basics when training drivers – but it may pay to look back to bring them ahead.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Training, Driver Shortage

May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

4 Ways Technology Can Improve Fleet Operations

Henry Popplewell of SkyBitz and Chris Smallwood of U.S. Xpress shared details on the fleet's experience since implementing SkyBitz’s trailer tracking system. Photo: Jim Beach

By Jim Beach

Information technology permeates all parts of a successful trucking fleet's operations today, and sessions at ALK's Transportation Technology Summit last week showcased technology used in trailer detention management, in-cab navigation, in-cab video and driver hiring.

Tags: ALK Technologies, Information Technology, Navigation, Trailer Tracking, Detention Pay

May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How to Prepare for the CVSA Inspection Blitz

Art via HNI Blog

By HNI

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual roadside inspection blitz is on the calendar for June 2-4. Here are some best practices to make sure your drivers' truck inspections go as smoothly as possible.

Tags: Vehicle Inspection, CVSA, HNI, Roadcheck

May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The Freightliner Inspiration Event

The Inspiration Truck held its first demonstration on the Hoover Dam. Photo: Daimler

By HDT Staff

Daimler unveiled the Freightliner Inspiration Autonomous Truck to much fanfare and HDT was there to cover it all in the Nevada desert.

Tags: Freightliner, Daimler Trucks North America, Autonomous Drive

May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Hands-off on the Highway

Driver Antonio Edgar, an electrical engineer in the vehicle test group, kept his hands in his lap while operating at highway speeds. Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park

There are still a few misconceptions about autonomous commercial vehicles. They are not driverless trucks, but trucks that help make drivers' lives a little easier and roadways safer through the use of advanced technology. Jim Park takes a ride in Daimler's Inspiration Truck.

Tags: Cascadia Evolution, Daimler Trucks North America, Autonomous Drive

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Attracting and Retaining Drivers with Satellite TV

A golf tournament is displayed on the EpicVue flat-screen TV inside a truck’s sleeper. The company offers its service based on three-year and five-year contracts. Photo via EpicVue

By Jim Beach

Cargo Transporters recently started installing in-cab satellite TV systems in some of its trucks and the driver feedback has been encouraging.

Tags: Technology, Driver Shortage, Driver Retention

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driver Dilemma: In Search of Owner-Operators

Of Schneider National’s 13,000-plus drivers, more than 2,200 are owner-operators like Andy Mills, shown here. Photo: Schneider National

By Deborah Lockridge

After a difficult recession caused many to give up trucking, owner-operators are on the rise again and fleets are doing all they can to recruit and retain them.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Owner-Operators, Driver Recruitment, Driver Dilemma

April 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

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Self-Driving Trucks Sooner Than You Think

Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

By Rolf Lockwood

Dutch transport officials have a plan that would see self-driving trucks hauling freight from Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port, to other cities in the next five years.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Self-Driving Vehicles, Future Trucks, Autonomous Drive

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: PeopleNet's New Trucking GM Mark Kessler

By Deborah Lockridge

A chat with the head of PeopleNet's new Trucking Division about big trucking issues and how better using data can help fleets win the day.

Tags: Information Technology, PeopleNet, ELDs

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Would You Drive for Your Fleet?

Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

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?

Tags: Truck Drivers, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Driver Retention

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driver Dilemma: Expanding the Driver Pool

Carlus Patterson is a former veteran who now drives a dedicated route for Ryder.

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.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Veterans, Women Drivers, Driver Dilemma

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driver Dilemma: How Important is 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.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Driver Dilemma

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

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.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, HNI, Quiz

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Driver Dilemma: A Year-Long, In-Depth Series on the Driver Shortage

Art Johansson and Amanda Jones are a husband-wife driving team. Photo courtesy Drivewyze.

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.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Driver Pay

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Do Sign-On Bonuses Work?

By Deborah Lockridge

"In the second half of 2010, we had zero companies offering sign-on bonuses. We've gone from zero to nearly 50 percent of the companies offering some sort of sign-on bonus or transition pay."

Tags: Driver Shortage, Driver Pay

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Safe Winter Driving Tips

Photo by Ryder System.

By Mel Kirk, Ryder System

General preventive driving habits can make a big difference in winter driving safety. Here are some tips to make driving in hazardous conditions safer.

Tags: Driver Safety, Winter Driving, Accident Prevention, Ryder System, Snow Chain

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Winter Truck Maintenance Tips

Photo via Ryder System.

By Mel Kirk, Ryder System

Make sure your vehicle is properly serviced and maintained before the winter season begins to keep your fleet up and running.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Ryder System, Winter, Weather

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Hours of Service Hot Button Questions, Part 3

By Rick Malchow, J.J. Keller

Every year, hours-of-service questions from drivers and carriers make up the vast majority of inquiries concerning the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. In this final installment in a three-part series, we look at the 34-hour restart rules.

Tags: Hours of Service, 34-Hour Restart

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Hours of Service Hot Button Questions, Part 2

By Rick Malchow, J.J. Keller

Every year, hours-of-service questions from drivers and carriers make up the vast majority of inquiries concerning the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. In this article, the second of a three-part series, we'll look at the 30-minute rest break requirement.

Tags: Hours of Service

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Hours of Service Hot Button Questions, Part 1

By Rick Malchow, J.J. Keller

Every year, hours-of-service questions from drivers and carriers make up the vast majority of inquiries concerning the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. In this first installment in a three-part series, we look at electronic logging devices.

Tags: Hours of Service, Electronic Logging Devices, ELDs

November 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Western Star 5700XE

Western Star's 5700XE is a Classic-style truck in aerodynamic wrap.

By Jim Park

Western Star’s 5700XE might just be everything to everyone. It’s a big classic-styled truck with second-to-one aerodynamics.

Tags: Western Star, Test Drive, Aerodynamics, Downspeed

November 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

STAA Whistleblower Claims Taking Bite Out of Interstate Commerce Firms

By HNI

There's been an increase in claims of retaliation under the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982. These STAA whistleblower claims are being filed by truck drivers who are contracted/employed by motor carriers.

Tags: Liability, Insurance, Lawsuits, HNI, Surface Transportation

November 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

3 Things Drivers Need to do in Workers’ Comp Claims

By Corey Lile

Falls from loading docks or trailers, back sprains from throwing tarps, slips on icy truck steps -- truck driver injuries can lead to workers' comp claims. Make sure your drivers know these key areas of responsibility that are in their hands.

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Safety & Compliance: Using a Simulator in Your Safety Program

Photo: DriveWise

By Deborah Lockridge

Although driving simulators have been around for a long time, the current technology is more sophisticated, takes up less space and more affordable.

Tags: Training Simulator, Virtual Driver Interactive, DriveWise, Virage Simulation, Driver Training

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

7 Ways to Get the Most Out of A Driver Simulator Program

Deciding what you want to get out of a simulator program is the first step. Photo: Virage Simulation

By Deborah Lockridge

Driving simulators today are more sophisticated, take up less space and are more affordable. How do you make sure you're choosing the right one for your company and getting the most you can out of it?

Tags: Driver Training, Training Simulator

September 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Would Your Brakes Pass Inspection?

Photo: J.J. Keller

By Betty Weiland, J.J. Keller

From September 7-13 – Brake Safety Week – more than 30,000 brake inspections are expected to be conducted. Roadside inspectors will be inspecting brake-system components to identify loose and missing parts; air and hydraulic fluid leaks; worn linings, pads, drums and rotors; and other faulty brake-system components.

Tags: Vehicle Inspection, Brake Safety Week, Brakes, CVSA

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

New Truck? Or New World?

By Rolf Lockwood

What two driverless trucks can tell us about the future of transportation and society at large.

Tags: Technology, Driverless Vehicle, Autonomous Drive

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Driving A SuperTruck

By Jim Park

The SuperTruck lives up to its name as a groundbreaking technology demonstration project that is also fun to drive.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Aerodynamics, SuperTruck

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Electronic Logs Mandate: Outrage & Applause

By Oliver Patton

The electronic logging device mandate has sparked a variety of responses with some questioning and others embracing the change.

Tags: Hours of Service, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, ELDs, E-logs

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Inside the Numbers Driving the Heavy-Duty Trucking Industry

By Staff

There are many ways to tell a story – through words in books and magazines, pictures, videos, song, and more. With the inaugural issue of the HDT Fact Book, we are telling trucking’s story through facts, numbers, statistics, charts, and graphs.

Tags: Emissions, Drivers, Safety, Equipment, Statistics, Parts, industry statistics, Fuel and Oil

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Don't Get Busted with 'Guilty' Incentive Based Wellness Programs

Photo via HNI.

By HNI

Getting in trouble with the law is pretty much the last thing on someone’s mind when starting a wellness program, right? But there are some legal issues to consider.

Tags: Driver Wellness, HNI, Driver Health

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring Truck Drivers

Photo courtesy Haldex

By By HNI

We don't have to tell you how important driver recruiting is to the success of your company — hiring truck drivers is priority No. 1 for nearly every transportation company. HNI shares some "don'ts" to keep in mind when recruiting drivers.

Tags: Driver Training, Recruiting, HNI

July 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

7 Things Drivers Need to Do at the Scene of an Accident

Don Jerrell with HNI talks about the importance of being prepared for accidents.

By Deborah Lockridge

SCHAUMBURG, IL — Fleets should prepare for and practice what to do in the event of a serious accident just like they do for fire drills – from top management to dispatchers to drivers, said Don Jerrell, a safety expert at HNI Risk Services, to attendees of the Fleet Safety Conference Tuesday.

Tags: Accidents, Driver Training, Fleet Safety Conference

June 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Carrier Streamlines Communication by Equipping Drivers with Tablets

By Jim Beach

Drivers at Land Air Express of New England keep in touch with home base and handle all the necessary paperwork through the use of tablets.

Tags: Information Technology, Tablets, Smartphones, Fleets, Land Air Express

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Four Key Takeaways from HNI's Driver Recruiting Summit

Reaching out to women and other underrepresented groups is one way to improve recruiting. Photo courtesy Con-way.

By Jim Daly, President, HNI Minnesota

HNI's Driver Recruiting Summit covered some of the pitfalls and best practices in the world of recruiting -- and retaining -- truck drivers.

Tags: Recruiting, HNI, Retention

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Texting Caught on Tape

By Deborah Lockridge

The consequences of texting and driving can go far beyond your CSA score, a ticket or even the maximum $11,000 fine from the feds.

Tags: Texting, NTSB

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driver Ergonomics: Round Pegs and Oval Holes

By Jim Park

As well as being in short supply, trucking’s new recruits are also, shorter generally, and thinner, as well as less likely to want a truck to look and feel like a truck. The challenge for truck makers comes in designing truck cabs to fit an expanding body-size profile, while making the driving environment appealing to people who have different expectations about trucks – all without alienating the existing driver population.

Tags: Ergonomics, Volvo Trucks, Women in Trucking

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Five Ways Private Fleets Keep Drivers Longer

Average pay for drivers in the private fleet community was reported at $60,021 in 2012, up nearly $1,500 from the $58,784 reported in 2011. Starting pay for drivers remained virtually unchanged at just under $50,000, as did pay at the end of year one ($53,417). However, pay after three years dropped 12% to $58,137, while the upper limit for the most experienced drivers maxed out at more than $68,000 annually, a decrease of $14,000 compared to the previous year.

By Deborah Lockridge & Kate Harlow

In 2012, driver turnover at large truckload carriers averaged 98%, according to figures from the American Trucking Associations. At smaller truckload fleets turnover averaged 82%.

Tags: NPTC, Driver Turnover, Private Fleets, Driver Pay, NationaLease

May 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Safety Technologies: The New Frontier

By Jim Beach

From collision avoidance to cameras, from rollover prevention to analytics, technology is rapidly changing the safety landscape.

Tags: telematics, Driver Safety, Safety, Con-way Freight, Information Technology, Driver Training, Lane Departure Warning, Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix, Meritor, Future Trucks

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Driver Safety Tips for Memorial Day Weekend

David Hopper

By Ryder System

With Memorial Day nearly a month away, Ryder decided to interview its 2013 Driver of the Year David Hopper to find out what driving safety tips he could offer to those who will be on the roadways during the holiday weekend.

Tags: Ryder, Safety, Safe driving

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

5 Ways to Prevent Negligent Hiring Claims

By Don Jerrell, Associate VP, HNI

With the ever-growing driver shortage looming, many motor carriers are lowering their hiring standards to fill their empty trucks. No company wants to turn down a job because they don’t have drivers to service the account.

Tags: HNI, hiring policy, Driver Recruitment

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Frequent Inspections Save Tires

Frequent and thorough yard checks will catch problems your drivers miss.

By Jim Park

It seems the best you can expect from many drivers is a quick visual check that the tire is where it should be. Whether or not it's capable of holding air is another matter.

Tags: Tire Costs, Tires, Tire Inflation

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Transmission Trends

Most automated manual transmissions go into highway tractors, but Eaton offers three vocational versions of the UltraShift Plus for on/off-road trucks such as dumps and mixers.

By Tom Berg

The swing continues toward heavy automated products, but manuals still dominate. Light and medium trucks are almost all ‘shiftless.’

Tags: Volvo, Cummins, Eaton, Mack, Transmissions, Allison Transmission, Daimler Trucks North America, Automated Manual Transmissions

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Get Ready to Say Goodbye to Paper Logs

By Oliver Patton

After 28 years of proposals, studies, drafts, revisions, legal battles and technological innovations – not to mention an Act of Congress – federal regulators are close to requiring most interstate commercial drivers to keep track of their work hours with an electronic device.

Tags: GPS, FMCSA, ATA, HOS, OOIDA, ELDs

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Finding and Keeping Drivers With The One-Two Punch: Pay & Respect

One thing the experts agree on is if your company has an incentive rewards program, the rewards need to be given in a timely fashion. (Photo courtesy of A. Duie Pyle.)

By Deborah Lockridge & Kate Harlow

Recruiting and retention. It’s akin to bailing water out of a boat that has a hole in it. You really have to plug the hole first, otherwise you’re constantly fighting to stay afloat. In the trucking industry, that hole is driver retention.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Celadon, Dupre Logistics, Landstar, HNI, Nussbaum Transportation, Con-way Truckload, Driver Pay, Driver Retention, Driver Recruitment, Affordable Care Act, National Transportation Institute, Prosperio Group

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Carriers Caught Between Conflicting Agencies on Hiring

By Jim Beach

Carriers are required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to take steps to prevent high-risk individuals from driving their trucks. But an initiative of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission may put a hamper on carriers’ efforts.

Tags: Drivers, Background Checks, Litigation, EEOC, Truckload Carriers Association

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The FMCSA, OSHA, EEOC & You

By Deborah Lockridge

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Safety, Compliance and Accountability enforcement program is one of the major legal and regulatory issues facing trucking companies, but it’s not the only one, as a veritable alphabet soup’s worth of agencies target the industry.

Tags: FMCSA, OSHA, CSA, HOS, EEOC, SAFESTAT

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

With Funding Clock Ticking, Congress Turns to Highway Bill

The Highway Trust Fund may run out of money by this summer as discussions for funding sources continue on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.

By Oliver Patton

Transportation committees on Capitol Hill are starting to write the policy provisions to reauthorize the highway program that expires this fall, but the finance committees have yet to move on the key issue of funding.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, HOS, Highway Funding, OOIDA, MCSAC, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Accommodating Drivers' Religious Beliefs

By Truckinginfo Staff

Can you fire a driver who refuses to work on Sunday because of his religious beliefs? Better be careful -- such an action could violate the Civil Rights Act, according to transportation attorneys.

Tags: Drivers, Litigation, EEOC, Employment

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