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A blog for and about owner-operators and drivers (and for fleet folks who want to understand them better.)

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Ditching Mirrors for Monitors is Easy – If You Want To

The left-hand monitor is much closer to the driver and rather “in your face,” but it is less...

Convincing drivers that camera/monitor systems are at least as good as, if not better than, traditional mirrors will probably take no more than a few hours of driving with them. That was Equipment Editor Jim Park's experience with MirrorEye. But he's still not convinced there’s any real need to abandon silvered glass.

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Driver Shortage? Sorry, Truckers Aren't Buying It

Driver shortage? Fleets say yes, but many drivers disagree.

Equipment Editor Jim Park, himself a driver and owner-operator for 20 years, disagrees with the notion of a driver shortage. There are 10 million CDL holders in the U.S. and only 3.7 million trucks requiring CDL drivers. How is that a shortage?

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Can We Trust Autonomous Vehicles?

The shuttle's sensor array detected the truck about 150 feet away but waited until it was about...

The NTSB has determined that the actions of a human truck driver was a probable cause in a collision with an autonomous shuttle bus. The driver behaved as drivers have always done under the circumstance; but the computer-controlled shuttle did not.

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Do Your Brain a Favor, Ditch the GPS

The Rand NcNally Motor Carriers' Road Atlas has been the preferred navigation tool for truckers...

GPS is clearly the navigation method of choice in trucking, and amongst the general population, but chronic GPS users might be doing their brains a disservice, and missing out on a lot of excitement by getting lost once in a while, says Equipment Editor Jim Park in his latest blog.

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Thoughts on Achieving 11 MPG

Keeping the tractor-trailer gap as tight as possible helps, as does the trailer-mounted gap...

It's easy to get excited and stay excited about fuel economy when you can see positive change coming from your efforts. When I saw the numbers creeping up into the 10s on a recent test drive in a Peterbilt 579 EPIQ, I started pushing for 11. And it worked.

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What Went Wrong in Colorado's Deadly Truck Crash?

The burnt-out remains of Aguilera-Mederos' truck.

Each day, thousands of truck drivers in places like western Pennsylvania and California and Montana and West Virginia manage to get their trucks down similarly dangerous mountain grades. What went so horribly wrong in Lakewood? HDT's Jim Park, who was a driver for 20 years, digs into the possibilities in his On the Road blog.

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2019: The Future in Truck Technology Begins

Nikola's April launch of the next generation of its hydrogen-electric truck is just one of the...

This year hasn't yet faded from the rear-view mirror, and HDT's Jim Park is already looking forward to 2019. The technology advances we have been watching over the past few years look finally to be coming to fruition, and some of those new bits will be hitting the street in 2019, some within the first few months of the New Year.

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On the Road to Cracking 10

The Mack Performance Tour 2018 fleet at the end of Day 2 in Memphis.

Rarely do editors get to evaluate fuel economy on test drives. On a recent three-day "Performance Tour" trip in a Mack Anthem, Equipment Editor Jim Park turned in a trip average of 9.5 mpg, with a high of 10.4 on the second leg of the trip. Read how Mack's new engine technology made that possible.

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Tire Blowouts Don't Have to Be Deadly

Authorities suspect a steer-tire blowout was the root cause of a spectacular and deadly...

A fatal accident in New Mexico is a sobering reminder that proper reaction and proven driving techniques are key to ensuring that a truck remains under the driver's control in the event of a tire blowout — even a steer tire failure.

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Of Course Trucking Should Pay for Parking

Publicly funded rest areas amount to a government subsidy of a for-profit industry. Trucking...

Nobody likes having to pay for something that once came free, but we now face a crisis-level shortage of truck parking spaces in this country. It shouldn't come as a surprise that the days of free parking are over, says Equipment Editor Jim Park in his blog.

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Got Questions? Modern Telematics Best Practices

Scott Sutarik is the VP of Commercial Vehicle Solutions at Geotab Inc. He has...

VP, Commercial Vehicle Solutions

Scott Sutarik from Geotab

VP, Commercial Vehicle Solutions