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What happens when the facts show FMCSA goofed?
What happens when the facts show FMCSA goofed?

August 7, 2013
Equipment Editor and former over-the-road driver, Jim Park, ponders how FMCSA will cover its tracks when the crash rate actually goes up because of the new...

That Darned Old Trucker Pride
That Darned Old Trucker Pride

July 23, 2013
"My first shot at going backwards resulted in something resembling a sheet-bend knot. My second attempt was better. More like a half-hitch knot, but still...

The Magnificent Stopping Power of Air Disc Brakes
The Magnificent Stopping Power of Air Disc Brakes

July 15, 2013
" Since a 13-liter diesel engine with 40 tons in tow will never match the get-up-and-go of a Porsche 911 GT3, we G-force junkies have to get our fix with...

The 1.6 MPG Epiphany, Part II
The 1.6 MPG Epiphany, Part II

July 3, 2013
This story is a follow up to a blog Jim Park wrote a little over a year ago about a fellow, Carlos Cruz, who was a struggling lease-purchase driver. He...

A Bridge Too Low
A Bridge Too Low

June 27, 2013
The Skagit River Bridge has a history of high-load strikes dating back to the 1970s. Probing reporters have found a litany of strikes, including one very...

When Minutes Count
When Minutes Count

June 20, 2013
DOT officers were diligently digging their way through fuel receipts and other bits of evidence to uncover the ugly truth: drivers were cheating on their...

Let's Trade our Lead-Acid Batteries for Ultracapacitor Systems
Let's Trade our Lead-Acid Batteries for Ultracapacitor Systems

June 13, 2013
Ultracapacitor engine starting systems represent a sea-change in how we view a truck's electrical systems. The only thing standing in the way of this...

To the Dump, To the Dump, To the Dump, Dump Dump
To the Dump, To the Dump, To the Dump, Dump Dump

June 5, 2013
While you're getting dragged backwards through various knotholes in this year's RoadCheck 2013 event, take heart that a few local cops are patrolling the...

Wait 'Till the Finger Pointing Starts
Wait 'Till the Finger Pointing Starts

May 29, 2013
Trucks hit bridges every day. Why did the Skagit River Bridge fold up like a house of cards after a minor strike, and who's ultimately to blame? Jim Park...

Aussies Deploy 'Water Wall' Tunnel Warning Technology
Aussies Deploy 'Water Wall' Tunnel Warning Technology

May 17, 2013
They've tried flashing lights, neon signs, low-impact barriers, but sometimes nothing seem to keep oversize trucks from squeezing into tunnels. Jim Park has...