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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

A Bridge Too Low

A Bridge Too Low

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 similar to the impact that brought it down, have occutred as recently as last October..

June 27, 2013

When Minutes Count

When Minutes Count

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 logs in order to get home for the weekend.

June 20, 2013

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

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

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 apparently game-changing technology is our inherently conservative nature regarding new technology.

June 13, 2013

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

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

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 dumps and the Home Depot and Loews store parking lots looking cars with tons of gravel in their trunks or lifts of plywood on the roof.

June 5, 2013

Wait 'Till the Finger Pointing Starts

Wait 'Till the Finger Pointing Starts

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 wonders about the role of the pilot car driver in his "On the Road" blog.

May 29, 2013

Aussies Deploy 'Water Wall' Tunnel Warning Technology
The Parking Paradox

The Parking Paradox

There's a good reason we don't have enough parking spaces in this country, says Jim Park in his "On the Road" blog: Truckstop operators can't make any money with 10 acres under asphalt because trucking won't pay for it.

May 7, 2013

Drivers Deserve Respect

Drivers Deserve Respect

Do you know what's lacking in trucking? Dignity. Simple dignity. If this sounds all soft and squishy, read on. I think I'll change your mind. A chance meeting outside my hotel lobby one evening during the Mid-America Trucking Show last month provides a clue on how to avert a pending disaster.

May 3, 2013

Mandatory Entry-Level Driver Training: Is There a Better Way?
Whaddya Think of Those Canucks, Eh?

Whaddya Think of Those Canucks, Eh?

For the second time, two Canadian truckload fleets earned top honors in the Truckload Carriers Association National (maybe it should be International?) Fleet Safety Awards. In his "On the Road" blog, Jim Park muses on whether Canadian truckers have a leg up in safety, despite longer work days and bigger rigs.

March 11, 2013

Are Airless Tires the Way of the Future?

Are Airless Tires the Way of the Future?

Imagine a hybrid tire that can change tread patterns to suit the application, from a deep block lug for traction to a smooth rib for fuel efficiency, or a tire that runs just on its shoulders for optimum fuel efficiency or on a full tread face for better traction. How about a tire/wheel assembly that leans into a turn for better traction and stability? Equipment Editor Jim Park has a fun look at possible tires of the future in his "On the Road" blog.

March 5, 2013

Where have all the grab handles gone?

Where have all the grab handles gone?

What do you think the aerodynamic penalty would be from a grab handle on the side of a truck that would help a driver climb up to a place he or she could safely clean the windshield? 0.0003%, maybe?

February 1, 2013