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.
For all the time, money and effort spent on platooning over the past eight years, we probably could have had a nationwide north-south and east-west LCV network in place, contends HDT Equipment Editor Jim Park in his On the Road blog.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
A tragic collision involving a bus with a junior hockey team and a tractor trailer took 16 lives. The contrite driver pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing – but should he shoulder all of the blame? Blog commentary by Equipment Editor Jim Park.