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February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Bridging The Funding Gap

By Oliver Patton

The highway law that took so much effort over the past five years is just six months old, but now it's time to start again. As the U.S. Department of Transportation still unpacks the two-year, $105 billion measure passed last summer, Congress and transportation interests are gathering to return, once more, unto the breach.

Tags: GAO, Highway Funding, CBO, Highway Trust Fund, MAP-21, White House, DOT, Congress, Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dos and Don'ts when Spec'ing Dry Vans

By Kate Harlow

When you are getting ready to put a dry van trailer out to pasture and begin the process of searching for its replacement, there are many things to consider: maintenance costs, fuel-economy regulations, payload and the weight of the trailer, to name a few. One way to navigate through the maze of options is to follow some tips a few trailer manufacturers shared with us.

Tags: Trailers, Payload, Dry Vans, Capacity, MPG, Fuel Economy

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Document Management on the Road

By Jim Beach

Although technology has been able to reduce the trucking industry's reliance on paper, it hasn't been able to completely cut it out. Paperwork still has to be signed and submitted before a carrier or driver can get paid.

Tags: Information Technology, Scanning, Mobile App

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: WorkStar 7600

By Tom Berg

The sloped hood on International's WorkStar 7600 was first shown off at the World of Concrete show in 2010, but with vocational-truck business seriously down during the recession, it only went into production last fall.

Tags: International, WorkStar, Test Drive, Navistar, Vocational

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tires & Wheels: 5 Ways to Stretch Your Tire Budget

By Jim Park

If stretching your tire budget means buying cheaper tires, you may be cheating yourself. You'll get more tires for less money — and that looks good up front — but does that theory hold up after six months or a year?

Tags: Tires, Retreads

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Trio of Trucking Resolutions

By Deborah Lockridge

Highway funding, driver respect and fixing CSA are on HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge's wish list for 2013.

Tags: Drivers, Infrastructure, CSA

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Class 8 Update: The latest models and trends

By Tom Berg

"Uncertainty" is the word people at most truck builders used to describe this year's business mood. Sales started strong, then slacked off in the summer as many buyers seemed to be waiting to see what would happen in the general economy and the presidential election

Tags: Class 8

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Getting Your Trucking Business Ready for Tax Season

By Colton Lawrence, Contributor

Have you been trucking since 1912 or earlier? If so, you are a true trucking pioneer, have an incredible fitness regimen and once earned an income without paying the Internal Revenue Service a dime

Tags: Business, Owner-Operators, Taxes

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Goodyear Highway Hero Makes Healthy Living a Priority

Mike Schiotis, Goodyear's Highway Hero last year, is a proponent of eating healthy on the road.

By HDT

You might recognize Mike Schiotis's name from the harrowing tale of how he saved a woman from her gun-wielding boyfriend and was named Goodyear's Highway Hero. What you probably don't know about Schiotis is that he can

Tags: Driver Stories, Health, exercise, cooking, diet

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ahead of the fitness curve: Q&A with Bob Perry, founder of Rolling Strong

As part of his Rolling Strong Driver Wellness Tour, Bob Perry rolls a truck tire 7 miles and invites drivers to walk along.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Bob Perry has been trying to help drivers be healthier for about 25 years, but he was way ahead of the curve. It's only in the past couple of years that the industry has embraced the notion that healthier drivers are safer, happier and more productive

Tags: Diet & Nutrition, Drivers, Health

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Prime Drivers Compete in Olympic Distance Triathlon

Driving tanker, flatbed, and refrigerated trailers, seven Prime drivers recently arrived in Anderson, S.C., to compete in the Revolution 3 Olympic-distance triathlon relay and aquabike

Tags: Driver Stories

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ATA Adopts New Position on Sleep Disorder Screening and Testing

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

LAS VEGAS - Seeing disturbing indications that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration may plan to address the issue of sleep apnea among truck drivers with a "guidance" rather than a rulemaking, the American Trucking Associations has a new policy positio

Tags: Health Issues, Sleep Apnea, ATA, Health, sleep disorders

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Going the Distance: Triathlon Trucker Helps Others Get Fit

Siphiwe Baleka

It didn't take long on the road before Siphiwe Baleka realized he was getting a truckers gut. Baleka had just left a 15-year career working for nonprofit organizations and was working as a lease owner-operator for Prime Inc. while he figured out his next move

Tags: Driver Stories

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TCA Encourages Smokers to Ditch Cigarettes

As part of this year's National Truck Driver Appreciation & Wellness Week, the Truckload Carriers Association has designated Sept. 20 as "Ditch the Pack" day

Tags: Health Issues

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Study: Commercial Drivers Could Understate Sleep Apnea Symptoms

People who drive commercial vehicles could be incorrectly reporting their symptoms of sleep apnea due to fears of losing their jobs, according to a study presented at the European Respiratory Society's Annual Congress in Vienna, Austria

Tags: Health Issues

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Weight Loss Showdown Gives Driver New Lease on Life

Driver Carl Bailey lost 58 pounds during TCA's Weight Loss Showdown.

By Genevieve Conti, Assistant Editor

Carl Bailey's before and after weight-loss pictures make dropping 58 pounds look like magic

Tags: Diet & Nutrition

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FMCSA Answers Questions About Driver Life Expectancy Statistics

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

The Department of Transportation has produced a piece of research that to a limited extent supports its claim that truck driving contributes to a shorter life expectancy than other occupations

Tags: Health Issues

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Con-way Truckload Requiring Agility Testing

A step test measures the ability to perform sustained work activities such as loading and unloading and repetitive clutching.

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

Tags: Fleet Stories

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Study Finds Few Effects from Diesel Exhaust from EPA-07 Engines

The first results of what is said to be the most comprehensive study ever undertaken of the health effects of exposure to new technology diesel engines has found no evidence of gene-damaging effects in the animals studied, and only a few mild effects on the lungs

Tags: Health Issues

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Rule Will Create Registry of Certified Medical Examiners

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

Truck safety regulators are about to post a new, long-awaited rule aimed at shoring up driver medical standards

Tags: Health Issues

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Celadon Named Healthy Trucking Fleet

Despite its size, Celadon's turnover rate is almost 50% less than the industry standard, which can be attributed, in part, to its wellness programs.

The first-ever Healthy Trucking Fleet of the Year award, a collaboration between FusionHealth and Navistar, was presented to Celadon Group at their headquarters in Indianapolis

Tags: Fleet Stories

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

World Health Organization Says Diesel Exhaust Causes Cancer

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, has classified diesel engine exhaust as carcinogenic to humans based on evidence that exposure is associated with an increased risk for lung cancer

Tags: Health Issues

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Drivers, Fleets Seek Healthier Lifestyles

Fifty-three-year-old driver Jeff Clark tries to run three times a week and ride his bike a couple days a week. He encourages other truckers to just get moving.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

When Jeff Clark's company offered drivers the option of getting paid for unloading instead of hiring lumpers, he joined the Y to get his back in shape. He soon found it was more than his back that needed work

Tags: Driver Stories

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