Blogs

FMCSA safety chief admits lack of crash weighting in CSA unfair to trucking co.’s, doesn’t offer fix

Echoing trucking industry concerns since the program's inception in 2010, one of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator's top officials this week said the agency knows that penalizing carriers for ...

Infrastructure Week blues: 20 days until highway funding expiration — Foxx warns state DOTs; ATA pushing short-term patch

Autonomous trucking: The future of trucking is here — Can we accept it?

Going green is a process, not a step

From the top down, "going green" makes a lot of sense. Everyone wants to reduce their carbon footprint, but the process of taking that step can be complicated. Green technologies are often ...

Routing review: when will truck parking enter the equation?

Routing software in the back office and GPS navigation apps are used by fleets and drivers to optimize time, mileage and fuel purchases. Many of these use real-time data for traffic, ...

Trucking’s ‘7 million reasons’ for a long-term highway bill

Trucking Moves America Forward, a group who's made its goal boosting trucking's image to lawmakers and the general public, is in the midst of running an ad blitz in the ...

Why you workin’ so hard?

I saw a pretty cool interview the other day with ZZ Top’s incredible guitarist, the Reverend Billy F. Gibbons. BFG was talking about the time he and blues legend B.B. ...

Driver training: CAB Logistics goes online to streamline safety (with video)

Until last year, CAB Logistics was holding a company-wide safety meeting every quarter. To accommodate all 250 drivers, the meeting had to be repeated for two or three consecutive days. The result ...

Driver training: a new era begins with video, custom content

                  Editor’s note: this is the second of a two-part series on how technology is changing the landscape of training drivers. Part one (last week) looked at new developments in online training. With ...

The target on your back

The commercials are ridiculous. At home I instinctively grab the remote and change the channel until they’re over. But at the gym in the evenings, that’s not an option. So I ...

Feeling fuelish: Don’t abandon fuel economy efforts just because diesel’s down

The convenience store (actual gas stations don’t really exist anymore) up the street from my house is selling regular unleaded gasoline for $1.99 a gallon. And though in recent weeks ...

Keep the wheels rolling with online driver training

Holly Caskey and other department managers at Admiral Merchants Motor Freight (AMMF) used to hold a weekly conference call for all new drivers to complete orientation training. The call lasted several hours ...

Doing my part: One driver’s transition out of a taxi and into trucking

A week ago, I staggered out of the South Hall at the Kentucky Convention Center in Louisville leaving the turmoil of the 2015 Mid-America Truck Show in my wake. Two solid ...

Super-sized routing: why technology works best as a combo package

During the first week in March, icy rain and snow blanketed much of Southeastern Foods Merchandisers' network, forcing the distributor to postpone deliveries of food-service products to some customers. Its restaurant customers in Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, ...

Robots, driverless trucks and your trucking job

You always remember the first time you get upgraded to first class. My first time was many years ago, and I wound up sitting next to a guy who was ...