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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

Mandatory Entry-Level Driver Training: Is There a Better Way?
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

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

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

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

Why drivers do not believe there's a driver shortage
Thirty-five years' experience or one year's experience 35 times?
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

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

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

Trusting Technology

Trusting Technology

HDT Equipment Editor Jim Park had a few breakdowns during his driving career, but never with a brand new truck. A lesson learned with a brand new computer shows how vulnerable we can be to technology, as he shares in his "On the Road" blog.

March 18, 2014

FMCSA's Ferro Ponders Distraction Potential of On-board Displays
NTSB Spreads the Skagit Bridge Blame, Soft-pedals the Real Problem
Who Balances Trailer Wheels?

Who Balances Trailer Wheels?

Nobody balances trailer wheels, but oddly, they are the wheels on a truck most likely in need of balancing. With a few ounces of balancing material, those tires might easily run tens of thousands more miles before final removal.

December 23, 2013