LOUISVILLE. All theories and training aside, it's a critical moment: what if you're out driving and suddenly come across an accident, and what you do right then could mean someone else's life or death? David Webb, Chris Baker and Tim Freiburger, this year's finalists for the Goodyear Highway Hero award, took action when that moment came.
With the Dec. 2017 "due date" for using electronic logging devices, or ELDs about nine months out, Joe DeLorenzo, director of FMCSA's Office of Compliance and Enforcement, has advice and a few requests for carriers during this potentially confusing run-up to the deadline.
The nation has a president perhaps unlike any other in history, and there's a big opportunity for the trucking industry if it seizes it, argued American Trucking Assns. (ATA) President and CEO Chris Spear at the open of Omnitracs' Outlook annual user conference this week.
If you’re an owner-operator, or even a small fleet owner who’s fully seated with reliable, long-time drivers, you might not pay a lot of attention to the driver recruiting and retention issues that plague larger fleets. You might even consider their problems a competitive advantage for your operation. And you’d be right—for now.
Earning himself consideration for our "worst trucker in the world" nominations, truck driver Allen Johnson, Sr. reportedly was standing up in his Freightliner trying to change his pants — this while at speed on the highway — when the truck rolled off the side of the road.
Self-driving trucks get lots of fanfare, but before that technology approaches the mainstream, the gap will be bridged by systems like Volvo Trucks' active safety technology, which is engineered to support and assist — not eliminate — the professional truck driver. Think of that technology as making the driver superhuman.
Sure, a zombie apocalypse is the stuff of popular fiction. But real emergencies can get scary very quickly as you're cut off from things you need. So Omnitracs has unveiled a Halloween-timely PR effort in the form of an online game called Zombie Dispatch. It's meant to be for fun, but there are serious undertones. And truckers are the heroes.
WASHINGTON. At Volvo's unveiling Tuesday of the truck it produced under the Dept. of Energy's (DOE) SuperTruck project, the company said the effort had been illuminating, helping its engineers design a vehicle not by improving this or that element but as a whole.
"You can go as fast as you feel comfortable with — the faster you go, the closer our heads will get to the ceiling," quipped Tim Wrinkle, construction product manager for Mack Trucks. I should've taken him more literally. "You're not gonna break it. It's a Mack."
For those who have been driving for a while, it's hard to keep from stepping on the brake pedal or from grabbing the steering wheel now and then when you're in vehicle loaded with autonomous technology, even on a test track when you know what's going to happen. That's where augmented reality (AR) — promising since the heyday of Google Glass and now taking various different forms — may be the bridge that helps drivers accept self-driving vehicles.
A lack of awareness or consideration for trucks on the part of passenger car drivers would surprise few truckers, but a spate of reports of gunfire recently directed toward heavy trucks is a reminder that there's much more serious misbehavior out on America's roadways.
With about a year and a half left before most U.S. trucks will need to have some sort of electronic logging device, or ELD, just five vendors have added their products the FMCSA's list of compliant devices. None yet are the big-name providers of electronic driver log recording instruments that conform to FMCSA's requirements in place for AOBRDs, which are the current option to paper logs and a precursor to the mandated ELDs.
On a trip last week that brought American Trucker to southern Ohio, a number of trucks out on the highways hauling loads were a testament to the iconic, more right-angled truck. They're called 'classics' for a reason.
The aptly named “Cream of the Crop” and “Showtime” took home top honors as Best of Show in the Working Bobtail and Working Combo classes, respectively, in the 2017 Paul K. Young Truck Championship at the Mid-America Trucking Show last weekend.
While common driving mistakes are a routine nuisance and often lead to real problems, most of the idiocy truckers see on the highways are rooted in carelessness, maybe rudeness, and sometimes just plain meanness. But, whether we like to think about it or not, we share the public roads with some genuinely dangerous people—as this Dash Cam of the Week shows....More