Goodyear's proving grounds in San Angelo, Texas, occupies about 7,000 acres protected by 14 miles of fence. Equipment Editor Jim Park takes you inside the gates for a closer look at some of the tests Goodyear uses to evaluate their tires and the competitors' tires in this Focus On video.
June 11, 2015
Look, Ma, no hands! In this "Focus On" video, HDT Equipment Editor Jim Park gets a front-seat view of Daimler Trucks North America's concept Inspiration Truck and the Highway Pilot autonomous control system in action.
May 18, 2015
A Freightliner demo driver demonstrates autonomous mode for Daimler Trucks North America's Inspiration Truck, the first autonomous truck to have a license to legally operate on public highways. Video by Deborah Lockridge, Heavy Duty Trucking.
May 7, 2015
Compressed natural gas trucks may look the same on the outside but they require some very specific procedures to safely refuel and maintain. In this video Penske Truck Leasing demonstrates general guidelines for the company's CNG Freightliner trucks.
February 18, 2015
Equipment Editor Jim Park goes over the basics of Daimler Trucks North America's new safety system, Detroit Assurance. Featuring Adaptive Cruise Control and Active Brake Assist, the Detroit Assurance system actively looks for danger and helps drivers avoid it.
January 20, 2015
Volvo Trucks is showcasing its automated safety system concept for heavy-duty trucks. Using sensors, the truck can track objects 360 degrees around it and warn drivers up to 5 seconds early when a collision is imminent. If the driver doesn't stop, the truck can automatically do so. Volvo says the system could be on the market in 5-10 years. To read more about it click here.
October 16, 2014
High-occupancy lanes can improve travel times and encourage car pooling. But they also can pose some unique safety concerns for drivers. Back in 2005, a Texas study examined those concerns. Here's an NBC News report on the research project's findings, which can still help today's fleet drivers identify potential hazards. For the fleet safety tip, click here.
October 12, 2014
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety teamed with University of Utah psychology researchers to measure driver distraction levels associated with giving voice commands to control electronics and update social media. Here's a report on the two recent studies. For the full story, click here.
October 9, 2014
Video from the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau and Tire Industry Association shows that retread tires may not be the cause of rubber on the road. The two groups cite independent research and offer easy-to-understand explanations of reasons tires fail and litter highways with dangerous debris.
August 14, 2014
Here's an Arizona Department of Transportation video that offers advice on what measures drivers can take if they ever encounter a dust storm while driving. For the full story, click here.
August 8, 2014
Kevin Burch, president of Jet Express and an American Trucking Associations vice chairman, and Phil Byrd, president of Bulldog Hiway Express and ATA Chairman, talk about the negative impacts of changes to hours-of-service rules on their fleets, the trucking industry and the economy.
May 30, 2014
Recently the National Transportation Safety Board recommended improvements to trailer rear underride guards. This video from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety highlights testing done last year on various trailer underrides, which it said highlighted problems when cars run into the back of a trailer barely overlapping the corner.
April 18, 2014
Watch what happens when a truck carrying a load of apparently unsecured propane cylinders runs into the back of a bus. Remember, propane in cylinders is stored at fairly high pressure. In the first few seconds of the video, you see the truck passing the car filming the event. There's a bus in the center lane that appears to cut in front of the propane truck, but that's not visible on camera. What happens next is frightening.
April 18, 2014
Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, is on a bus tour this week to highlight the nation's need for infrastructure spending. He talks about the importance of infrastructure in this video, where he also talks about a personal connection to trucking.
April 15, 2014
On March 27 at the Mid-America Trucking Show Ivan Vasovic was named as the 31st Goodyear Highway Hero.
Vasovic was in his truck in Los Angeles, Calif., last October when he witnessed a double tanker truck hit the concrete divider of a freeway overpass, careen off a wall and slam into a guard rail. Its tanks, which were full of diesel, ripped open and the truck came to a stop with its tractor and first tanker hanging over the side of the overpass. The truck’s driver was trapped inside when the diesel ignited. The driver, now on fire, kicked out a window, slid down the truck and fell to the ground, breaking an arm and leg. By that point, the suspended truck was engulfed in flames with black clouds of smoke billowing from it.
Vasovic and another bystander tried to pull the injured driver to safety. However, due to the intense heat, they could only drag him a few yards at a time. Vasovic dashed back to his truck and poured water on himself, which enabled him to drag the badly injured driver 20 yards away from his original position. Moments later, the entire burning tanker truck crashed to the ground.
April 7, 2014