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New HOS Rules for Pilots Humanize the Job and Make Flying Safer Too

New HOS Rules for Pilots Humanize the Job and Make Flying Safer Too

Nobody likes being told when to go to sleep and when to wake up, especially when you're not naturally inclined to do one or the other. HDT Equipment Editor Jim Park lived with trucking's hours of service rules for 20 years, and in this On the Road blog post, he compares trucking HOS with a new set of hours of service rules for pilots.

January 10, 2014

There's more to trucking than black smoke and taillights

There's more to trucking than black smoke and taillights

Equipment Editor, Jim Park, shares his thoughts and experiences about the fund raising truck convoys that happen in the fall. He says these events show a side of drivers the public and some in the industry rarely see.

December 31, 2013

A Different Sort of Christmas Carol

A Different Sort of Christmas Carol

As a writer, our Equipment Editor, Jim Park, has a good imagination. He swears, though, that on two particular occasions, he wasn't imagining anything, when he suddenly got the urge to do something totally out of the blue. It was good that he did, too.

December 20, 2013

The perils of winter driving, or, self-inflicted wounds

The perils of winter driving, or, self-inflicted wounds

Equipment Editor Jim Park, has seen his share of calamity on snow-covered highways. He got through his 20 years of driving unscathed, but the point of view from the driver's seat is a little different that that of a traffic camera mounted dozens of feet in the air. Park says this ringside-seat video provides a new perspective on winter driving.

December 12, 2013

Thirty-five years' experience or one year's experience 35 times?
Why We Need Good Driver Training

Why We Need Good Driver Training

VIDEO -- Equipment Editor Jim Park recently found a truck route that reminded him of the importance of good driver training. Suspend your disbelief for a few minutes, pretend the sound of Jim's motorcycle engine is a Jake Brake, and join him for a trip down a truly hair-raising hill.

October 29, 2013

Twin-Sticks to No-Sticks (Trucks have sure come a long way, Baby)

Twin-Sticks to No-Sticks (Trucks have sure come a long way, Baby)

It's easy to look back nostalgically at trucks that our grandfathers drove. Spend a day in one like Equipment Editor Jim Park did recently and say you wouldn't kill for an an automated transmission and an air-ride seat. Read more in Park's "On the Road" blog.

October 21, 2013

A Tale of Two Fuel Tests

A Tale of Two Fuel Tests

What conclusion is the reader supposed to come to when two sets of properly conducted and documented fuel economy tests yield significantly different results? It would be easy to dismiss one of the tests as inaccurate, but that would still not answer the question, which one is wrong? What if both of them are right? A recent news article published such test results and yielded a significant discrepancy. A week-long deep-dive into fuel economy testing and real-world fleet results reveals that we s

October 8, 2013

Why drivers do not believe there's a driver shortage
In Praise of Higher Achievement

In Praise of Higher Achievement

The National Truck Driving Championships and the North American Inspectors Championship are great showcases for industry skill and expertise. Equipment Editor Jim Park explains in his "On the Road" blog why it's too bad these competitions don't appeal to a broader audience.

August 27, 2013

More Killer Truckers for your viewing pleasure

Television and trucking have always had a tenuous relationship. This week, a Discovery Channel expose all but guarantees the industry another black eye. In this week's blog, Jim Park questions the value to anyone of dredging up four old kidnap and murder cases involving longhaul truck drivers.

August 12, 2013

What happens when the facts show FMCSA goofed?

What happens when the facts show FMCSA goofed?

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 HOS rules.

August 7, 2013

That Darned Old Trucker Pride

That Darned Old Trucker Pride

"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 nowhere near the target." In his latest "On the Road" blog post, Equipment Editor Jim Park gets his hat handed to him by a seasoned British driver after boasting that backing an articulated truck can't be that difficult.

July 23, 2013

The Magnificent Stopping Power of Air Disc Brakes

The Magnificent Stopping Power of Air Disc Brakes

" 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 air disc brakes." Equipment Editor Jim Park got the chance to test the stopping power of several European trucks with air disc brakes on a trip to Europe last week, and he shares the experience in his latest "On the Road" blog post.

July 15, 2013

The 1.6 MPG Epiphany, Part II

The 1.6 MPG Epiphany, Part II

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 wasn't making any money and was about to walk away from the truck when he decided to try some of the fuel saving tips he had read about and heard about on the radio. Today, his 90-day average is over 8 mpg, and his personal loaded best at 75,000 GVW is 9.7 mpg.

July 3, 2013