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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
Skilled Driver Saves Semi from Being Blown Over
NTSB Spreads the Skagit Bridge Blame, Soft-pedals the Real Problem
Trucking Lost Faith in Anne Ferro — But Replacement Could Be Worse
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

Frequent Inspections Save Tires

Frequent Inspections Save Tires

It seems the best you can expect from many drivers is a quick visual check that the tire is where it should be. Whether or not it's capable of holding air is another matter.

April 22, 2014

Ounces of Prevention Means Miles of Cure For Your Tires

Ounces of Prevention Means Miles of Cure For Your Tires

Unlike their human counterparts, dead tires do tell tales. And aside from underinflation and road strikes, the tales most commonly told of tires robbing their owners of full value revolve around alignment. Scrubbing and scuffing and driving tires off in different directions, poor alignment kills tires faster than almost any other mechanical malady.

April 30, 2014

Sourcing the Right Tire Repair Partner

Sourcing the Right Tire Repair Partner

If you're going to have trouble on the road, chances are a tire is at the root of your grief. Tires remain the single most common reason for roadside service calls, no matter who you talk t

April 19, 2010

New Volvo Powertrain Package Promises 3% Better Fuel Economy

New Volvo Powertrain Package Promises 3% Better Fuel Economy

Volvo Trucks is taking the concept of "Gear Fast: Run Slow" to new heights with a new powertrain package called XE13 -- Exceptional Efficiency. XE13 is a combination of powertrain components designed for low-rpm cruise speed, and software upgrades that increase torque output and rewrite the shift algorithms

September 21, 2011