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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

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How Fitness for Duty Exams Can Prevent Worker’s Comp Claims

Con-way Truckload is one of a growing list of carriers that are requiring pre-employment agility testing for drivers.

By Jody Mathy, Senior Claims Consultant, HNI

There’s a simple way to avoid many worker’s compensation claims: Don’t put the wrong worker to work. The “wrong worker,” simply put, is anyone who is physically unable to perform essential job functions.

Tags: Driver Safety, Americans with Disabilities Act, Driver Fitness, Drivers, Driver Health

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Will Truck Owners Face GHG Enforcement?

By Tom Berg and Oliver Patton

Truck owners and manufacturers share responsibility for compliance with new limits on carbon dioxide emissions and fuel economy.

Tags: ATA, GHG, TMC, EPA, Clean Air Act, GHG emissions, NHTSA

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Looking Back, Looking Forward

By Deborah Lockridge

As the year drew to a close, we looked back on the last 12 months, identifying the high points and low points, our challenges and triumphs, and hopefully, what we learned.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, HOS, Healthcare Costs

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Commentary: The Ever-Pressing Need for Young Drivers and Technicians

Image Source: 5starcdltraining.com

By Jane Clark

There is one overriding issue that all fleet owners and managers face…recruiting new talent.

Tags: NationaLease, Driver recruitment

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How Do Your Drivers Measure Up?

Photo by Jim Park

By Joe Gallick, NationaLease

The face of your company that customers (and often, their customers) see most is not that of the CEO, CFO, or even the fleet manager. It’s that of your driver. Who has a major impact on your company’s bottom line when it comes to fuel consumption efficiency, non-scheduled maintenance, and accident avoidance? Again, it’s your driver. So having the right metrics to evaluate driver performance is absolutely essential to the success of your business. But what are those “right metrics?”

Tags: Drivers, CSA

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Fleets Find Benefits in Factory-Installed Inverters

By Truckinginfo Staff

In Joe Egan’s office, a framed picture shows a long-haul tractor, or more precisely, its charred remains. “It’s not one of our trucks, but it illustrates what can happen when an electrical fire is caused by a bad inverter installation,” he says. “It gives a visual reminder to any driver who comes into my office what can happen if an inverter isn’t installed correctly.”

Tags: Drivers, Inverter

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Bond Fallout Could Mean One-Third Fewer Brokers in 2014

By Michele Greene, DAT

The FMCSA has revoked the operating authority of 8,180 brokers since Dec. 2, the date the federal agency began revoking authority from brokers without a $75,000 bond.

Tags: FMCSA, Freight, Spot Freight, Brokers, DAT Transcore

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Controlling Business Costs, Part 3: Healthcare

By Kate Harlow and Deborah Lockridge

Healthier employees also can help control the employer portion of healthcare costs. Since hiring only 100% healthy employees isn't a feasible option, many companies are looking at the benefits of an onsite medical care facility to help improve the health of their employees.

Tags: Insurance, Driver Health, Business, Healthcare Costs

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

8 Things to Expect on Tomorrow’s Trucks

Freightliner’s Revolution concept truck took some fairly radical approaches to designing a better truck for a regional or hub-and-spoke trucking operation.

By Deborah Lockridge

In some ways, the truck of the future is here today. What would a truck driver from decades ago think if he were suddenly transported from his own time into one of today’s state-of-the-art rigs?

Tags: Volvo, Isuzu, Kenworth, Ryder, ATA, Mitsubishi, Navistar, Freightliner, Peterbilt, GHG, TMC, EPA, Fuel Economy, Zonar, APU, Drivewyze, Daimler, Idle Reduction, eNow, Maverick Transportation, SuperTruck, Automated transmissions, Detroit Connect, Future Trucks

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Expect Big Impact on Workers Comp from Obesity Classification

Fluffy's only claim has been for more to eat.

By Jodi Mathy, Senior Claims Consultant, HNI

The reclassification this summer by the American Medical Association of obesity as “a disease state” effectively declared that one-third of all Americans has a medical condition requiring treatment. The obesity classification will have a tremendous impact on health insurers and workers compensation insurers alike.

Tags: Drivers, Workers' Compensation, Driver Health

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Dec. 1 OSHA Training Deadline Looms

By Truckinginfo Staff

OSHA wants you to train your workers in Hazard Communication, and wants you to do it by Dec. 1 of this year. The trick? It’s a totally new curriculum. Hazard Communication — more commonly known as the “Right to Know” rule about hazardous chemicals in the workplace — is the most frequently cited rule in OSHA.

Tags: Hazmat, Drivers, Instructional Technologies, Driver Training, OSHA

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CDL/Med Card Merger: The Deadline is Near

By Jill Schultz, J.J. Keller

An important deadline is just around the corner for CDL drivers and their motor carriers. As of Jan. 30, 2014, all CDL holders must have supplied information about the type of driving they do (self-certify) and the status of their medical certificate/card to their state driver’s licensing agency.

Tags: CDL, J.J. Keller, Med Card, Drivers, compliance

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Tech Tip: Fifth Wheel Coupling and Uncoupling Procedures

By SAF-Holland

SAF-Holland shares some tips for coupling and uncoupling your fifth wheel.

Tags: SAF-Holland, Fifth Wheel, Coupling

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

5 Things Drivers Never Should Do at the Scene of an Accident

Photo by Keith via Flickr

By Don Jerrell, Associate VP, HNI

The time to plan how you’re going to respond at the scene of an accident is before you are involved in an accident. How a truck driver responds on the scene has a major impact on the outcome of any claims that may follow.

Tags: Accidents, Driver Safety, Driver Training, Drivers, Safety, Safety & Compliance, HNI

October 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Growing a Small Fleet

Unsavory work, like running the Eastern Seaboard, can pay premium dollars. Look for niches that nobody else wants to handle.

By Jim Park

To be a fleet of fewer than 100 trucks in America today is to be a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs: every move fraught with risk, perils at every turn. Large fleets can outpace, outperform, outbuy, outhire and outlobby the smaller fleets.

Tags: CSA, Small Fleets, Mustang Express, Motor Carrier Service Inc., KF Express

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Life in the Refrigerated Business

Ralph Moyle’s first truck, on the right, was a 1940 Ford. Next to it on the left is the third truck that Ralph purchased, a 1950 Ford.

By Kate Harlow

From a very young age, Ralph Moyle was drawn to trucking. So when given the chance, he didn’t let the lack of a driver’s license – or the fact that he was only 14 years old – stand in his way.

Tags: Trailers, Refrigerated Truck, Ralph Moyle Inc.

October 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Why Do Wheels Come Off Trucks?

Drivers should be trained to inspect their wheels. Early detection can prevent a loose wheel from becoming a separation statistic.

By Jim Park

We don't hear many reports of wheel separations anymore, but that doesn't mean we have solved the problem. Reliable estimates suggest unplanned separations still occur at a rate of probably several per day. Exact numbers are hard to determine because many incidents go unreported.

Tags: Wheels, Province of Ontario, Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Wheel Fasteners, Wheel Separations

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Alternative Fuels: Many Options

By Deborah Lockridge & Jim Park

Natural gas. Biodiesel. Dimethyl ether. Hybrid. Electric. Algae-based diesel. Hydrogen fuel cells. There’s a virtual smorgasbord of available and potential fuel sources to power medium- and heavy-duty trucks. The critical question becomes which one, or which combination of fuel sources, represent the best path for fleets, manufacturers and the industry.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Improving Driver Performance with High-Tech Training

By Jim Beach

Cargo Transporters, Claremont, N.C, wasn’t doing much re-occuring driver training other than a few defensive driving classes, but in 2010 decided to require six hours of either online or classroom training. It was so successful that in 2011 they increased it to eight hours, according to President Dennis Dellinger.

Tags: Technology, Information Technology, Driver Training, J.J. Keller, PeopleNet, In-cab training, Instructional Technologies

August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Taking The Driver Physical to a New Level

By Deborah Lockridge

Trucking companies, drivers and the general public who share the road with trucks would all benefit from an approach that treats truck driver health as an ongoing project rather than every-other-year paperwork – and the new National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners could be a step in that direction.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Fleet Safety Conference, ATRI

August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Effects of the New Hours of Service

The changes in the 34-hour restart appear to be having the impact that both trucking interests and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration expected.

By Oliver Patton

Early experience with the hours-of-service changes bear out expectations that 24-7 truckload carriers will come under pressure to add personnel, change service levels or both.

Tags: DOT, FMCSA, HOS, Hours of Service

August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

When Can Driving Time be Considered Off-Duty Time?

One of the requirements is the vehicle must not be “laden.” If you drive a tractor-trailer, this means not even pulling a trailer. (Photo by Evan Lockridge)

By Tom Bray, J.J. Keller & Associates

This question has to do with what has been termed “personal conveyance.” This is a situation where a driver is using his/her commercial vehicle as a personal vehicle to commute to and from a personal destination.

Tags: Drivers, Hours of Service

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

EOBRs Are now ELDs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is putting the finishing touches on a rule requiring electronic logging devices for keeping driver logs.

By Jim Beach

An acronym transition and other things you should know about the pending rule mandating electronic logging devices.

Tags: Information Technology, HOS, EOBRs, ELDs, Hours of Service, Drivers

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Making Lease-Purchase Work

Selling used equipment to an independent contractor is a good way to boost recruiting potential and recapitalize used trucks, if you’re very careful how you proceed.

By Jim Park

Short of holding a square dance in a minefield, there can’t be many situations as fraught with risk as establishing a lease-purchase program to help build your capacity with grow-your-own owner-operators. The same applies to the driver participating in a lease-purchase program.

Tags: Owner-Operators, Lease-Purchase

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Brakes: Shorter Stopping Distances, Again

Tractors with gross-weight ratings of over 59,600 pounds, like this heavy haul model, are among those affected by FMVSS 121’s requirements for shorter stopping distances.

By Tom Berg

Coming up: another “non-event” for brakes? That’s what Phase Two of new federal stopping-distance requirements will be for truck operators, according to people we talked with. Stronger, higher-performance brakes on certain vehicles won’t even cost much more in most cases. But like Phase One two years ago, which was hardly noticed by truckers, Phase Two represents a lot of work for brake makers and truck builders.

Tags: Volvo, Freightliner, Western Star, Mack Trucks, Bendix, Meritor, Brakes, Daimler Trucks North America, Air Disc Brake, Drum brakes, NHTSA

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Answers to Your Questions About the New Hours of Service Rules

By Tom Bray, J.J. Keller

Since the new hours-of-service rules went into effect July 1, there have been many questions asked of experts both inside and outside of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration related to the new rules. This article looks at some of the more frequently asked questions.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Regulations, Hours of Service, Safety & Compliance

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Buy Used, Build Equity

By Jim Park

Here are two things you need to know about buying a truck: it takes big bucks to play with big trucks, and there no such thing as a free lunch. Keep those two things in mind while planning your business strategy and you'll double your chance of success.

Tags: Used Trucks, Owner-Operators

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