Running Lights Blog http://trucker.com/blog/3352/feed en Sleepy, driver? Have a beer while you're at it http://trucker.com/blog/sleepy-driver-have-beer-while-youre-it <div class="node-body blog-body">Drivers who miss between one to two hours of the recommended seven hours of sleep in a 24-hour period nearly double their risk for a crash, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. That’s not particularly new or shocking info, but here’s the dirty not-so-little, no-so-secret truth about trucking (so consider this a public service reminder): Most drivers push too hard.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/blog/sleepy-driver-have-beer-while-youre-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/blog/sleepy-driver-have-beer-while-youre-it#comments Trucker Jobs News Safety Running Lights Blog Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:07:00 +0000 17331 at http://trucker.com It's Chao time in the Twitterverse http://trucker.com/blog/its-chao-time-twitterverse <div class="node-body blog-body">President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Elaine Chao to be his Secretary of Transportation quickly became a trending topic on social media as major news outlets spread the word and the exchange of opinions lit up the Twittersphere.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/blog/its-chao-time-twitterverse" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/blog/its-chao-time-twitterverse#comments News Regulations Running Lights Blog Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:23:00 +0000 17191 at http://trucker.com CBS report: Something needs to be done about older truckers http://trucker.com/blog/cbs-report-something-needs-be-done-about-older-truckers <div class="node-body blog-body">Like most popular media reports, the CBS News story on trucking, “Big Rigs, Big Problems,” opens with the sad remembrance of a crash victim and then proceeds to build the case that the industry, desperate for drivers, is recruiting the elderly to fill seats—and the crash rate for truckers 70+ years of age is on the rise.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/blog/cbs-report-something-needs-be-done-about-older-truckers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/blog/cbs-report-something-needs-be-done-about-older-truckers#comments Trucker Jobs News Regulations Safety Running Lights Blog Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:02:00 +0000 16371 at http://trucker.com Truck Driver Appreciation: Walking the walk http://trucker.com/blog/truck-driver-appreciation-walking-walk <div class="node-body blog-body">With National Truck Driver Appreciation Week kicking off Sunday—and with a notebook full of items to catch up on—I thought this would be a good time to get behind the wheel, empathetically speaking, to sort my notes based on a simple measure: Good for drivers, or not?</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/blog/truck-driver-appreciation-walking-walk" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/blog/truck-driver-appreciation-walking-walk#comments Business Trucker Jobs News Running Lights Blog Fri, 09 Sep 2016 13:22:00 +0000 15631 at http://trucker.com The case for speed limiters: 'More advocacy than science'? http://trucker.com/blog/case-speed-limiters-more-advocacy-science <div class="node-body blog-body">Is the Dept. of Transportation “cherry picking” research to support the rulemaking to require speed limiters in heavy-duty commercial vehicles? At least one source—a study that is cited often as providing evidence to support the rule—raises a number of concerns the DOT glosses over, or ignores altogether, including speed differentials, driver fatigue, fuel efficiency, and the overall cost-benefit analysis.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/blog/case-speed-limiters-more-advocacy-science" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/blog/case-speed-limiters-more-advocacy-science#comments Trucker Jobs News Regulations Safety Running Lights Blog Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:05:00 +0000 15371 at http://trucker.com Dept. of Labor blog adds insult to injury http://trucker.com/blog/dept-labor-blog-adds-insult-injury <div class="node-body blog-body">If there’s one thing—and maybe the only thing—the Dept. of Transportation and the diverse trucking industry agree on, it’s the need to attract more people—especially the next generation—to truck driving careers. So the timing is indeed unfortunate for a Dept. of Labor economist to portray driving trucks as among the most dangerous jobs in the U.S., “risky in ways you might not expect.”</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/blog/dept-labor-blog-adds-insult-injury" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/blog/dept-labor-blog-adds-insult-injury#comments Trucker Jobs News Regulations Safety Running Lights Blog Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:49:00 +0000 15161 at http://trucker.com Trucker Path users shine some light on parking availabilty http://trucker.com/blog/trucker-path-users-shine-some-light-parking-availabilty <div class="node-body blog-body">Truckers are lighting up the map, thanks to the crowd-sourced efforts of Trucker Path Pro users to report parking availability.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/blog/trucker-path-users-shine-some-light-parking-availabilty" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/blog/trucker-path-users-shine-some-light-parking-availabilty#comments Business Trucker Jobs News Running Lights Blog Wed, 03 Aug 2016 13:02:00 +0000 14731 at http://trucker.com Autonomous tech: Is the honeymoon over? http://trucker.com/blog/autonomous-tech-honeymoon-over <div class="node-body blog-body">Has Tesla screwed the pooch, or are some recent—and high profile—accidents involving the brand’s self-driving vehicle technology a to-be-expected part of the learning curve? Certainly the latter is true, but just how much political damage has been done—and what it will mean to truck makers moving forward with autonomous vehicles—remains to be seen. Regardless, the honeymoon between over-promising vehicle manufacturers and safety-focused policymakers who’ve been surprisingly supportive is over.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/blog/autonomous-tech-honeymoon-over" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/blog/autonomous-tech-honeymoon-over#comments News Safety Technology Running Lights Blog Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:30:00 +0000 14381 at http://trucker.com Worst Trucker(s) in the World: Headaches return http://trucker.com/blog/worst-truckers-world-headaches-return <div class="node-body blog-body">Pass the aspirin, because it seems that great technology is not, in fact, a foolproof solution, and we mean “fool proof” in the literal sense. Despite the best efforts of the North Carolina DOT, the “can opener”—that low-clearance bridge in Durham, of internet fame—is again causing headaches for truck drivers.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/blog/worst-truckers-world-headaches-return" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/blog/worst-truckers-world-headaches-return#comments Trucker Jobs News Running Lights Running Lights Blog Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:12:00 +0000 14191 at http://trucker.com Trucker profile: Vlogger Allie Knight http://trucker.com/blog/trucker-profile-vlogger-allie-knight <div class="node-body blog-body">Trucking is a wonderfully small world, and anyone who’s been on the road much at all knows how frequently people in the business cross paths. Case in point: Just days after we had posted a couple of Allie Knight’s videos for the recent Dash Cam of the Week: Mellow Out, Executive Editor Sean Kilcarr happened to catch a driver discussion she participated in. And, as always, it’s a pleasant surprise to hear from drivers who are enthusiastic about their work.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/blog/trucker-profile-vlogger-allie-knight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/blog/trucker-profile-vlogger-allie-knight#comments Business Trucker Jobs News Running Lights Blog Thu, 02 Jun 2016 11:45:00 +0000 13411 at http://trucker.com Most ridiculous trucking news headline ever http://trucker.com/blog/most-ridiculous-trucking-news-headline-ever <div class="node-body blog-body">Decapitation of children and the willful spread of the Zika virus? Some evil warlord up to no good in the Congo? No, that’s what happens when lawmakers won’t stand up to the trucking industry—at least according to the headline and first couple of paragraphs in the Huffington Post story, "Congress Is Using Zika To Weaken Truck Safety."</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/blog/most-ridiculous-trucking-news-headline-ever" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/blog/most-ridiculous-trucking-news-headline-ever#comments News Regulations Safety Running Lights Blog Tue, 24 May 2016 11:49:00 +0000 13251 at http://trucker.com What’s wrong with ‘outsourced’ loads? http://trucker.com/blog/what-s-wrong-outsourced-loads <div class="node-body blog-body">An analysis of the financial reports of the country’s largest trucking companies shows that 42% of freight shipments are being “outsourced,” meaning small trucking companies are handling almost half of the loads booked with the familiar, national brands. But does it really matter whose name is on the truck door? Not if the load gets delivered on time.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/blog/what-s-wrong-outsourced-loads" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/blog/what-s-wrong-outsourced-loads#comments Business News freight mega-carrier outsourcing TMS trucking Running Lights Blog Wed, 04 May 2016 12:35:00 +0000 12831 at http://trucker.com Robots out to get truckers' jobs? Tech guru says time is nigh http://trucker.com/blog/robots-out-get-truckers-jobs-tech-guru-says-time-nigh <div class="node-body blog-body">As the saying goes, to a hammer everything looks like a nail. To a Silicon Valley guy, everything needs to be automated and “disrupted.” And in a recent post on Tech Crunch, the online source for technology industry news and gossip, one of the Valley’s currently coolest kids spells out the end of truck drivers.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/blog/robots-out-get-truckers-jobs-tech-guru-says-time-nigh" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/blog/robots-out-get-truckers-jobs-tech-guru-says-time-nigh#comments Trucker Jobs News Technology Running Lights Blog Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:29:00 +0000 12701 at http://trucker.com 5 questions for the FMCSA boss http://trucker.com/blog/5-questions-fmcsa-boss <div class="node-body blog-body">So, you’re a trucker sitting in the diner at the truck stop and in walks the head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. You might not recognize him: just another guy dressed in jeans and sneakers, a ball cap and safety vest. What would you ask him, if you had the chance?</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/blog/5-questions-fmcsa-boss" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/blog/5-questions-fmcsa-boss#comments Trucker Jobs News Regulations Running Lights Running Lights Blog Thu, 21 Apr 2016 15:19:00 +0000 12581 at http://trucker.com Speed kills, new study shows http://trucker.com/blog/speed-kills-new-study-shows <div class="node-body blog-body">With the DOT set to publish a speed limiter mandate for trucks any day now, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has come out with new study that tallies the death toll associated with higher speeds on U.S. highways—and it’s not pretty.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/blog/speed-kills-new-study-shows" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/blog/speed-kills-new-study-shows#comments News Regulations Safety Running Lights Blog Thu, 14 Apr 2016 13:40:00 +0000 12361 at http://trucker.com