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April 2018, TruckingInfo.com - How-To

One Thing You Need to Do if You're Using Grandfathered AOBRDs

Still using AOBRDs under the ELD mandate's grandfather clause? File photo: Schneider

By Deborah Lockridge

If you’re using automatic onboard recording devices to track driver hours of service under the grandfather clause of the electronic logging device mandate, there’s something very important you need to do by mid-June, says a former commercial vehicle enforcement official who’s now a transportation consultant.

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

March 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Department

What Drivers Need to Know About Taking Care of Truck Tires

Drivers should perform weekly pressure checks on a truck they are familiar with. Daily checks should be done on any vehicle they don’t drive every day. Photo: Michelin

By Jim Park

Drivers need to know more about their tires and be proactive when it comes to inspecting and maintaining them. But convincing drivers is never easy.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Driver Training, Tires, Maintenance Management

March 2018, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: FR8Star CEO Matt Kropp on Using the Data from ELDs and More

FR8Star CEO Matt Kropp says data is moving from the domain of large fleets into the hands of smaller carriers. Photo: FR8Star

By Jack Roberts

FR8Star CEO Matt Kropp brings an outsider's fresh perspective to trucking technology. In this exclusive interview, he shares his thoughts on ELDs, autonomous trucks, blockchain, and more.

Tags: Information Technology, Big Data, Future Trucks, Freight Brokers, Smartphones, Heavy Haul, Flatbeds, Mobile Apps, Uber for Trucking

March 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Fleets Can Implement Gamification into Safety Training

Gamification takes training and adds an element of competition in order to spark behavior changes. Photo: Mix Telematics

By Pete Allen

Gamification takes training and adds an element of competition in order to spark behavior changes. In the fleet amnagment world this means making safe driving into a competition, complete with prizes.

Tags: Driver Safety, Training, Driver Training, Gamification

March 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dealing with Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Trucking

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association suspects that about 28% of the commercial driver population may be suffering from some degree of obstructive sleep apnea. Photo: Safety First Sleep Solutions

By Jim Park

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association suspects that about 28% of the commercial driver population may be suffering from some degree of obstructive sleep apnea.

Tags: Drowsy Driving, Driver Fatigue, Sleep Apnea, Driver Health

March 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Money Is Not the Only Thing That Speaks to Truck Drivers

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Pay is important, but oftentimes even more important are the things you do that make drivers feel valued and respected, observes Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Driver Retention

March 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

How to Prevent Truck Driver Fatigue

While fleets and truck drivers try to stay compliant are they actually doing anything to address driver fatigue? Photo: iStockphoto.com/shotbydave

By Jim Park

Don’t focus so much on hours of service compliance and electronic logging devices that you fail to address the underlying causes of truck driver fatigue.

Tags: Driver Safety, Hours of Service, Drowsy Driving, Driver Fatigue

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Driver Series

HDT's 3-Part Driver Series on truck drivers in 2018.

By HDT Staff

How trucking companies are approaching the recruiting, retaining and training of truck drivers in the midst of an ever-changing industry.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Training, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

With Driver Training, Talk is Not Cheap

Studies by PIT Group show that providing refresher training and coaching via in-vehicle technology is needed to maintain and improve driver performance over time. Photo: Pit Group

By David Cullen

How you communicate with and train drivers can pay dividends in safe and efficient operations and in lower turnover.

Tags: Training, Driver Training

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Driver Training Shouldn't End

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

Data suggests that training drivers is only effective if it includes refresher courses to reinforce good practices and address weaknesses. Commentary by Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood.

Tags: Driver Behavior, Training, Driver Training, Driver Coaching

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Driver Pay: Making the Grade

By David Cullen

The rising economy has whipped up the driver shortage and turnover situation to a froth that can only be smoothed by paying long-haul drivers considerably more — and more smartly.

Tags: Economy, Driver Shortage, Capacity, Driver Pay, Employment

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ELD Mandate Transition: 4 Takeways So Far

Is it an AOBRD or an ELD? Make sure your drivers know and have the right in-cab documents. Photo: J.J. Keller

By HDT Staff

Since enforcement of the electronic logging device mandate started in mid-December, J.J. Keller reports that it is seeing problems with confusion whether a device is an ELD or a grandfathered automatic onboard recording device, as well as complaints about vendor support, and more drivers running out of hours due to delays.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Hours of Service, ELDs, ELD Mandate

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Preparation the Key to Handling Winter Weather

A key way that fleets can ensure that trucks are prepared for winter and drivers are able to get help if they need it, is to have a comprehensive maintenance partner. Photo: Ryder System

By Steven Martinez

While most of the impact of a winter storm will directly affect drivers, many of the disruptions can be prevented by a well-maintained and prepared fleet.

Tags: Driver Safety, Preventive Maintenance, Winter Driving, Driver Safety Tips, Ryder System, Snow

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

One Fleet's ELD Journey

ELDs make it easier to manage a fleet where drivers may transition between different sets of hours of service rules. Photo: Cal Freight

By Deborah Lockridge

No dispatcher wants to admit they didn’t know where their drivers were and how many hours they have left, says Paul Hamilton, director of transportation for Cal Freight. “But we know the truth – with that many driver’s it’s impossible to know how much time each driver has.” But ELDs mean now they truly know.

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

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driving During the Holidays

Photo courtesy of Today's Trucking

By RoadPro

While the rest of the working world takes time off, truckers are more likely to work even more hours, delivering all the goods that make the holidays possible. But what do truckers have to say about their experiences driving during the holidays?

Tags: Truck Drivers, Holiday Travel, Holiday Driving

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Daseke Gives Drivers a Stake in the Company

Stock grants will be awarded to the 2,100 drivers who are employed by Daseke operating companies and will be offered to new drivers after a quarter of service. Photo: Daseke

By Steven Martinez

By awarding drivers with stock in the company, Daseke hopes to give them a sense of pride and ownership in their work - and improve retention.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Stock, Driver Pay, Driver Retention, Daseke Inc.

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Truck Cabs Designed With Drivers in Mind

A comfortable, quiet, productive and homelike cab was a major design priority for the new Volvo VNL highway tractor. Photo: Volvo Trucks<br />

By Jack Roberts

Even while headlines gush about advanced vehicle technologies, a great deal of the enhancements on the latest round of Class 8 trucks are primarily focused on making drivers more comfortable and productive while they’re on the road, as well as increasing their chances of coming home safe and sound.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Recruiting, Driver Comfort, Driver Retention, Sleepercab

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

5 Ways Truckers Can Enjoy Holidays on the Road

Photo of Coca-Cola truck lit up in the holiday spirit courtesy of Wiki Commons: Stengaard

By RoadPro

No one likes to spend the holidays at work, let alone on the road, far from family and friends. But, that’s the fate of many truck drivers. It’s hard, no doubt about it, but there are things drivers can do to make these mobile holidays easier for themselves and their families.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Holiday Travel, Holiday Driving

November 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

70 Answers to Top ELD Questions

By HDT Staff

The ELD mandate has led to a lot of questions for fleets, with the government continuing to clarify and tweak the regulation weekly. We’ve endeavored to find answers to the most common questions that arise, starting with the basics.

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

November 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: It's Time to Think About Hourly Pay

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Seriously evaluating how we pay drivers is something trucking needs to do as the industry faces a worsening shortage, suggests Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge in her November editorial.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Driver Retention

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Defense System Addresses Defensive Driver Training

By Deborah Lockridge

While the concept of defensive driving has been around for 50 years, in-cab driver training company Instructional Technologies Inc., makers of Pro-Tread, have developed an update to apply the concept to modern roads, trucks and drivers.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Safety, Driver Training, Instructional Technologies, Safety

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trucking Legends Offer Insight Into Surviving Disruption

A panel discussion of four &quot;Industry Legends&quot; at ATA MC&amp;amp;E. Photo: Evan Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Trucking may be facing a level of “disruption” not seen since trucking deregulation in 1980, said four “trucking legends” who went through it – but basic business concepts and treating drivers right will likely help trucking companies survive, according to a panel discussion at the American Trucking Associations’ annual Management Conference & Exhibition.

Tags: Drivers, ATA MC&E, Disruptive Technology

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Don't Miss This Critical Step in ELD Implementation

Photo: J.J. Keller &amp;amp; Associates

By Mark Schedler

There’s more to complying with the electronic logging device mandate than putting the devices in your trucks. Will your new ELD policies and procedures pass FMCSA’s scrutiny as adequate safety management controls?

Tags: J.J. Keller, ELDs, ELD Mandate, Drivers, Safety & Compliance, Telematics

October 2017, Government Fleet - Editors Corner

Can Fleets Subscribe to a Vehicle?

By Chris Brown

For fleets, technology is enabling a more efficient way to use vehicles, increase utilization, and more precisely match the type of vehicle to usage.

Tags: Carsharing, Shared-Use Mobility, Cox Automotive, Fleet Forward Conference

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quick Spin: International's Refreshed LoneStar

Internationl demonstrates that technology and style needn&#39;t be at odds with its revamped LoneStar tractor. Photo: Christina Hamner

By Jack Roberts

International has revamped its stand-out LoneStar highway tractor with a perfect blend of modern amenities and Old School style. HDT's Jack Roberts got a sneak peek, and here are his first on-the-road impressions.

Tags: LoneStar, International Trucks, Test Drive, Quick Spin

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Can Autonomous Trucks Help You Attract Fresh Talent?

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

We tend to shake our heads and roll our eyes at the breathless coverage in the mainstream and tech media about “driverless trucks”. But there’s one good thing about all this coverage: It’s helping to make trucking look “cool”, says Editor In Chief Deborah Lockridge in her September editorial.

Tags: Recruiting, Autonomous Vehicles, Emerging Leaders, Uber for Trucking

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What You Need to Know About ELD Mandate Enforcement

Is that an AOBRD or an ELD? Photo: Roehl Transport

By Deborah Lockridge

Whether you’ve got your electronic logging devices on order, or you’re still researching your options, there are many questions out there regarding just what’s going to happen at the roadside when the ELD mandate goes into effect Dec. 18.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Enforcement, ELDs, ELD Mandate

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quick Spin: ZF’s Reax Electronic Steering System

A single index finger was all that was needed to whip this Peterbilt through a Figure-8 course with ZF&#39;s Reax steering system. Photo: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

ZF's Reax is a smart, electronic control system that takes input data from various sensors around the vehicle, including the driver, and either loosens, or tightens steering response based on what the truck is doing and what the driver needs in terms of steering inputs to do it safely.

Tags: Driver Comfort, ZF, Autonomous Vehicles, Steering, Driver Safety, Test Drive

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Why the ELD Mandate is a Problem for Temp Drivers

Photo: ERoad

By Jim Park

For drivers working for a driver service or temporary driver pool, how do they transfer their logs from one carrier to another? The short answer is, they can't.

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate, Drivers

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ELDs Can Open the Door to Big Data

By Jim Park

Why settle for simple electronic logging when it can serve as a total fleet management solution in a box?

Tags: ELDs, Big Data, ELD Mandate, Data Management

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Special Report: Canada's New Mandatory Driver Training Law

The tests are tougher, but many schools are looking for loopholes now that Canada&#39;s additional mandatory training requirement is law. Photos: John G. Smith

By John G. Smith

Canada has increased its mandatory requirements for entry-level driver training with mixed results so far.

Tags: Canada, Regulations, Driver Training, Safety

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What Owner-Operators and Small Fleets Need to Know about ELDs

Depending on whether an owner-operator is running a single truck or a small fleet, the fleet management software options available on most devices may or may not be needed. Photo: J.J. Keller

By Jim Park

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's electronic logging device mandate is causing a lot of confusion and concern among the smallest fleets and single truck owner-operators. With just four months until the regulation comes into force, here are a few things to consider as we brace for December 18 – the date the mandate kicks in.

Tags: Drivers, Owner-Operators, ELDs, ELD Mandate

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Is Your Lease-Purchase Program a Problem?

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

There are plenty of horror stories out there about owner-operator lease-purchase programs, and not just at the ports, explains Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge in her August editorial.

Tags: OOIDA, Ports, Owner-Operators, Lease-Purchase, Independent Contractors

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Scuttling of Sleep Apnea Screening Proposal Draws Heated Reactions

News reports on the Trump adminstration&#39;s move to halt a sleep apnea rule for truck drivers were mostly negative in their coverage. Photo: Volvo Group

By Jack Roberts

The Trump administration's move to halt progress on a proposal that would have required sleep apnea screening for truck drivers and train engineers was met with largely negative reactions in press reports from around the country and the world.

Tags: Sleep Apnea, NTSB, Driver Safety, Donald Trump, Drivers, Fatigue, In the Media, Driver Fatigue, Safety

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driver Assistance Technology as a Co-Pilot

The roundtable discussion was hosted by the U.S. National Safety Council. Photo: Stephane Babcock

By John G. Smith

Advanced driver assistance systems, like the ones that sound an alarm if you’re tailgating or even apply vehicle brakes automatically, are proving themselves to be more than a novelty.

Tags: National Safety Council, NTSB, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Fleet Safety Conference, Driver Safety

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

10 Things Drivers Do to Get Pulled Over

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By Mark Abrahamson, HNI

A longtime state patrol officer offers his real-world observations on the most common reasons drivers get pulled over.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Traffic Violations, Police

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ELDs Don't Have to Be a Productivity Killer

It may turn out that the ELD mandate that hits in December will not have much further impact on driver productivity as so many fleets have already made adjustments to their operations.  Photos: iStockPhoto

By Evan Lockridge

There are steps fleets can take to offset productivity losses that can occur with the mandatory move to electronic logging devices.

Tags: Productivity, ELDs, ELD Mandate

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Large and Small, Fleets Focus on the Driver

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

At Halvor and Swift, a focus has been placed on the driver to improve retention, writes Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Swift Transportation, Driver Retention, Halvor Lines

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 &amp;amp; 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, Tires and Wheels, Retread

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, Tires and Wheels, Wheel Balancers

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Align the Truck Before the Need Arises

Misaligned tires increase vehicle rolling resistance and waste fuel -- that&#39;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: Tires, Wheel Alignment, Tires and Wheels

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, 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, 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: Asset Management, Cargo Theft, Crime, Cargo Nets, 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

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