HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

April 2007

Cover Story By Deborah Lockridge
The Driver Debacle

Trucks are already parked because there are not enough drivers to move them. Labor analysts warn that in a few years the driver crisis will be worse – much worse. This series will give you tools to cope.

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Features

Creating Peace In The Shop

By Evan Lockridge

Your drivers and your mechanics need not be adversaries, even though they speak different languages.

High-Tech Temptations

By Jim Beach, Technology Editor

Technologies designed to make fleets and drivers more efficient can also make the driver's job easier and often lead to better pay as well.

Reaching A New Demographic

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

The times, they are a-changin', Bob Dylan sang that back in the tumultuous 1960s, and it still holds true today.

More Than Driving Skills

By HDT Staff

Knight Transport, a small Northwest trucking company, was in trouble. It had 24 trucks with 17 available, but only 14 drivers and a turnover rate of 75 percent a month. Owner Scotty White's truck fleet was lying largely dormant and he could not grow his company.

Recruiting In The Information Age

By Deborah Lockridge

Computer software can make recruiting more effective and efficient.

Pay It How It Plays

By Patricia Smith, Senior Editor

Private fleets are cutting costs and improving service by switching from traditional driver pay methods.

Reap What You Pay

By Patricia Smith & Deborah Lockridge, Senior Editors

Driver compensation planning must go beyond a paycheck. It must involve benefits, bonuses – even non-monetary perks.

The Ultimate Decision-Maker

By Oliver Patton

Each year, government's primary regulatory focus falls more intensely on the driver. Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

New faces Behind The Wheel

By Deborah Lockridge

Truck drivers have traditionally been mostly white males, but a growing need for drivers and a changing population means that notion must change.

Editorials

Government SNAFUs Over APUs

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

The regs mean any APU or heating device will have to have its own diesel particulate trap technology.

Get Trucking!

By Deborah Whistler, Editor

ATA launches a media campaign to reach drivers outside the traditional pool.

Mobile Wireless: It's Not Flawless, But It's Working

By Doug Condra, President

Today's systems are more capable than ever, and prices are more palatable.

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