On the Road

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

Is Downspeeding Bad for Brakes?

Drivelines have changed to match engine torque profiles, chopping engine cruise speed nearly 500...

Is there a connection between downsped drivetrains and increased brake wear? There shouldn’t be. Downsped fleets seeing increased brake wear are probably not letting the technology do its job, explains HDT Equipment Editor Jim Park.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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