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Preventable or not?

one summer evening right at dusk, John Doe was making his way eastward on a two-lane, central Indiana highway as a severe thunderstorm, comple...

FMCSA expects ‘relatively few’ Mexican carriers

The federal motor carrier safety administration expects some 3,500 Mexican trucking companies to seek authority to operate in the interior of ...

Teaming up

Some things in life just seem made for each other: Baseball and hotdogs. Little kids and puppies. Laurel and Hardy. Pizza and beer. Each of th...

Don’t get fueled again

How many times have you been advised to "simply pour/install this product in your fuel tank/crankcase/ fuel line and see an immediate increas...

Dashboards made safer

The good news is that future electronic dash displays will provide drivers valuable information about their vehicles, road conditions, preferr...
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Fuel cards pump data

When fuel prices are low, it's easy for carriers to treat fuel cards as just mechanisms for purchasing fuel. Today's skyrocketing fuel price...

Are your computer systems safe?

Many of the nation's trends are born in California. The fight over low-sulfur fuel, for example, began in the Golden State. The latest fad is...

A show of hands

Many onboard computer systems offer optional handheld units to allow for bar-code scanning, signature capture and similar functions. In most c...

Who’s money is it, anyway?

Q One of the brokers we have used extensively just filed for bankruptcy protection, owing us tens of thousands of dollars in freight ch...

Strategic Alliance

When companies reach the size of Q Carriers, it is tempting for the owners to start numbering their drivers. But even with 240 independent con...

Loading up on profits

On April 30, Van's Delivery Service delivered its last load on a $500,000-a-year account. A few weeks earlier, John Nieuwenhuis, chief operat...

Waiting to go broke

One of your customers won't give you the rate you want, so you find one that pays more. After a couple of months, you discover that your prof...

Electronic surveillance for tires

According to the Tire Retread Information Bureau, North American truck and trailer owners spent more than $2 billion last year to buy 18 milli...

On the trail of trailers

When a customer recently called Cross County Cartage with a hot load, company President Harvey Bailey turned immediately to his computer. Usin...

Commercial Fleet Graphics awards

Since 1978, Commercial Carrier Journal and the National Private Truck Council, Alexandria, Va., have co-sponsored the Commercial Fleet Graphic...