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2017's Best Blog Posts

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

by HDT Staff

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Photo via U.S. Department of Transportation
Photo via U.S. Department of Transportation

In addition to Heavy Duty Trucking magazine's news coverage of the trucking industry, our editors also provided commentary to give insight and context to 2017's stories - both big and small.

Here are the most-read blog posts from 2017:

1. Motor Trucks in the Wild West

In 1919, a young Army officer learned firsthand how important modern roads were for his rapidly transforming young nation. And trucking benefits from the lessons he learned to this very day. Blog commentary by Jack Roberts, Senior Editor

2. How ELDs Could Help Fix Problems with Truck Driver Hours of Service Rules

When it comes to addressing real-world problems with federal truck driver hours of service rules, we all know the government moves very slowly. The good news is, the controversial electronic logging device mandate could actually help the industry make its case. Deborah Lockridge has more in her All That's Trucking blog.

3. Old Dominion's Baseball Trailer Promotes Series Sweepstakes

A special Duraplate van has heavy plexiglass panels to reveal its sporty load. Guess the number of baseballs and win World Series tickets. Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

4. Meet the Pro-Marijuana, Pro-LGBT Rights Truck Driver Running for Governor of Alabama

Jason Childs says his job as a long-haul trucker has challenged his views about working- and middle- class Americans and how neither political party today is addressing their needs. Blog commentary by Senior Editor Jack Roberts.

5. Electric Semi: More Sizzle than Steak?

The first image of Tesla's Electric Semi seem to show exactly the wrong type of electric truck. Is this for the benefit of investors or the trucking industry? Equipment Editor Jim Park explores the question in his On the Road blog.

6. Be a Virtual American Trucker with New Game from Germany

TransRoad: USA, Trucks and Trailers, puts players in the executive seat of a virtual trucking company, starting by choosing virtually appropriate equipment for a virtual haul. Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor.

7. 5 Myths About ELDs

In her All That's Trucking blog, HDT's Deborah Lockridge asks compliance expert Tom Bray about the most common myths and misconceptions fleets have about electronic logging devices.

8. Five Years to Autonomous?

Traffic safety expert Dr. Jim Helund thinks autonomous vehicles will be on the road in five years. And their introduction will have far-reaching consequences for all of us. Blog commentary by Senior Editor Jack Roberts.

9. The Future Looks Familiar for Volvo's SuperTruck

Volvo's SuperTruck features some amazing, cutting-edge technology. And yet 70% of its components are running the roads on VNL tractors today. Equipment Editor Jim Park and Senior Editor Jack Roberts were the first non-Volvo drivers to climb behind the wheel. Roberts shares the experience in his Truck Tech blog.                       

10. EPA Aims to Toss Away SmartWay

In his Passing Zone blog, HDT's David Cullen weighs in on an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to eliminate the agency's voluntary fuel-saving SmartWay program as part of budget cuts under the Trump administration.

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