American Trucker http://trucker.com/rss.xml en Shell updates truck engine oil, DEF offerings http://trucker.com/equipment/shell-updates-truck-engine-oil-def-offerings <div class="field-byline"> Neil Abt, senior editor </div> <div class="field-deck"> Lubricant maker says more OEMs are approving low viscosity FA-4 engine oil for their products. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>SANTA BARBARA, CA.&nbsp;The transition to the new generation of engine oils is proceeding smoothly, according to <a href="http://rotella.shell.com/" target="_blank">Shell Rotella</a> executives, who also announced several additions&nbsp;to the product line.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/equipment/shell-updates-truck-engine-oil-def-offerings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/equipment/shell-updates-truck-engine-oil-def-offerings#comments Equipment News Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:42:00 +0000 22641 at http://trucker.com <p>Cummins and Navistar recently gave the &quot;OK&quot; to use FA-4 in their engines, Shell noted. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> TL spot rates stay at two-year high http://trucker.com/business/tl-spot-rates-stay-two-year-high <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> That’s partly due to the ongoing impact of hurricanes Harvey and Irma on U.S. supply chains, according to load board operator DAT Solutions. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The number of available loads on the TL spot market increased 27% during the week ending Sept. 16, according to <a href="http://www.dat.com/industry-trends/trendlines">data</a> tracked by <a href="http://www.dat.com/">DAT Solutions</a>.</p> <p>While a 20% to 25% week-over-week increase in loads is not unexpected for the first full work-week after a holiday (<em>in this case Labor Day</em>), the number of available trucks increased just 19% at a time when capacity is already tight.</p> <p>As a result, national average spot TL rates remain at two-year highs, DAT said:</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/tl-spot-rates-stay-two-year-high" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/tl-spot-rates-stay-two-year-high#comments Business News Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:19:00 +0000 22631 at http://trucker.com <p>For the week of Sept. 16, the number of available trucks increased just 19% at a time when capacity is already tight, according to DAT Solutions. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> Fiat Chrysler recalls pickups, chassis cabs over potential engine compartment fire http://trucker.com/news/fiat-chrysler-recalls-pickups-chassis-cabs-over-potential-engine-compartment-fire <div class="node-body article-body"><p style="font-size: 12.8px;">Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling an estimated 443,712 U.S.-market Ram heavy-duty pickups and medium-duty trucks to inspect and, if necessary, replace their water pumps. The recall will extend to about another 46,000 trucks in Canada and some 4,500 outside the NAFTA region. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Model year&nbsp;2013-17 Ram 2500 and 3500&nbsp;pickups as well as 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs&nbsp;are affected by the recall. The recall is limited to trucks equipped with 6.7L Cummins turbo diesel engines.<br /> </p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/news/fiat-chrysler-recalls-pickups-chassis-cabs-over-potential-engine-compartment-fire" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/news/fiat-chrysler-recalls-pickups-chassis-cabs-over-potential-engine-compartment-fire#comments Trucks News Safety Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:06:00 +0000 22621 at http://trucker.com Pride Transport offers new point-based pay program http://trucker.com/business/pride-transport-offers-new-point-based-pay-program <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> New package includes pay for deadhead miles and aims to reward drivers who have more experience. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Salt Lake City, UT-based <a href="http://www.driveforpride.com/">Pride Transport</a> &ndash; a family-owned and operated motor carrier formed back in 1979 &ndash; is rolling out a new pay package for its over-the-road company solo and team drivers called the &ldquo;Point-to-Point&rdquo; program.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/pride-transport-offers-new-point-based-pay-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/pride-transport-offers-new-point-based-pay-program#comments Business News Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:31:00 +0000 22611 at http://trucker.com <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re ensuring that drivers truly get paid for their time and don&rsquo;t fall short.&rdquo; &mdash;Steve Schelin, Pride Transport&rsquo;s director of recruiting. (<em>Photo: Pride Transport</em>)</p> Survey: Owner-operators desire more direct access to shippers http://trucker.com/business/survey-owner-operators-desire-more-direct-access-shippers <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> New poll by mobile web provider also finds that online security is the “paramount concern” of independents when it comes to adopting web-enabled technology. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A new <a href="https://www.sleekfleet.com/news">survey</a> &nbsp;of 223 owner-operators by mobile web provider <a href="http://www.sleekfleet.com/">Sleek Fleet LLC</a> found that a majority have mobile access to the Internet, want more &ldquo;direct access&rdquo; to freight being tendered by shippers, and desire relief from dock detention.</p> <p>&ldquo;The survey confirmed what we&rsquo;re hearing in the market,&rdquo; noted Tony Sanchez, Sleek Fleet&rsquo;s client relations manager, in a statement.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/survey-owner-operators-desire-more-direct-access-shippers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/survey-owner-operators-desire-more-direct-access-shippers#comments Business News Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:12:00 +0000 22601 at http://trucker.com <p>&ldquo;We are hearing loud and clear from drivers that they&rsquo;re anxious for a straightforward solution to direct access and fair pay.&rdquo; &mdash;Tony Sanchez, Sleek Fleet&rsquo;s client relations manager.(<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner</em>)</p> Truck tonnage increased 7.1% in August http://trucker.com/business/truck-tonnage-increased-71-august <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Steep rise in TL freight metric exceeds expectations, according to industry trade group. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index compiled by the <a href="http://www.trucking.org/">American Trucking Associations</a> (ATA) trade group soared a whopping 7.1% in August, which followed a more meager gain of 0.5% during July, which ATA has revised upwards from a previously reported increase of 0.1% .</p> <p>Compared with August of last year, the index is up 8.2% and year-to-date, compared with the same eight months in 2016, the index is up 2.1%.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/truck-tonnage-increased-71-august" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/truck-tonnage-increased-71-august#comments Business News Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:53:00 +0000 22591 at http://trucker.com <p>Staging of relief supplies ahead of Hurricane Harvey, especially, may have given an extra boost to August&#39;s tonnage numbers. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> Dry bulk motor carrier ups driver pay http://trucker.com/business/dry-bulk-motor-carrier-ups-driver-pay <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> A&R Logistics plans to implement 10% hike on October 1 this year. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="http://www.ardoingitright.com/">A&amp;R Logistics</a>, one of the largest dry bulk carriers in North America, is boosting its truck driver pay effective October 1, with company drivers able to earn up to an additional 10% per loaded mile.</p> <p>&ldquo;Drivers are our face to our customers&#39; client: their professionalism and commitment to safety and customer service is what makes A&amp;R the leader in dry bulk transportation,&rdquo; said Steve Brantley, senior vice-president of terminal operations, in a statement.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/dry-bulk-motor-carrier-ups-driver-pay" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/dry-bulk-motor-carrier-ups-driver-pay#comments Business News Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:13:00 +0000 22581 at http://trucker.com <p>A&amp;R has also improved its driver vacation policy to allow for more home time. (<em>Photo: A&amp;R</em>)</p> Roehl to offer $10,000 sign-on/stay bonus http://trucker.com/business/roehl-offer-10000-sign-onstay-bonus <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Paid out in installments, new bonus package aims to attract experienced drivers, motor carrier says. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Marshfield, WI-based <a href="https://www.roehl.jobs/about-roehl">Roehl Transport</a> is offering a new $10,000 sign-on/stay bonus for experienced truck drivers holding a Class A commercial driver&rsquo;s license (CDL) effective September 25 this year for a limited time only.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/roehl-offer-10000-sign-onstay-bonus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/roehl-offer-10000-sign-onstay-bonus#comments Business News Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:12:00 +0000 22571 at http://trucker.com <p>The bonus will apply to drivers who have a minimum of six months solo, over-the road tractor-trailer experience. (<em>Photo: Roehl</em>)</p> Proactive maintenance will help your tires survive winter http://trucker.com/equipment/proactive-maintenance-will-help-your-tires-survive-winter <div class="field-byline"> By Jason Evans, GCR Tires &amp; Service </div> <div class="field-deck"> During the winter season, as trucks travel across the country in varying climates, tire pressure can change substantially along a route. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>With more than 14 years of experience dealing with truck tires and preventative maintenance strategies, <strong>Jason Evans</strong> knows better than anyhow how weather can impact the expected life cycle of tires. &nbsp;Currently director of North American store operations for <a href="https://www.gcrtires.com/index">GCR Tires &amp; Service</a>, he successfully developed an organizational playbook for more than 230 locations in North America and worked closely with the service and training department to develop the GCR Tire Assessment process that was rolled out in 2016.</em></p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/equipment/proactive-maintenance-will-help-your-tires-survive-winter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/equipment/proactive-maintenance-will-help-your-tires-survive-winter#comments Equipment News Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:51:00 +0000 22561 at http://trucker.com <p>A good rule of thumb is that for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit the temperature drops, tires running at 100 pounds per square inch (psi) can drop approximately two psi. (<em>Photo: GCR</em>)</p> Speedco bought by Love's truck stop chain http://trucker.com/business/speedco-bought-loves-truck-stop-chain <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> The deal beefs up Love's network with the addition of 52 trucking service and lube locations. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="http://www.loves.com">Love&rsquo;s Travel Stops &amp; Country Stores</a> has hammered out a deal with to purchase Speedco, a national network of service locations that provides quick lube and inspection services to truckers, from tire maker Bridgestone Americas &ndash; a transaction subject to the usual regulatory approvals and certain other closing conditions, Love&rsquo;s noted.</p> <p>Financial data regarding the deal wasn&rsquo;t disclosed.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/speedco-bought-loves-truck-stop-chain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/speedco-bought-loves-truck-stop-chain#comments Business News Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:55:00 +0000 22551 at http://trucker.com <p>Prior to the deal&rsquo;s closing, Speedco and Love&rsquo;s said they will continue to operate as separate companies. (<em>Photo: Love&#39;s</em>)</p> The future of autonomy: When the traffic light tells you it’s OK to text http://trucker.com/technology/future-autonomy-when-traffic-light-tells-you-it-s-ok-text <div class="field-byline"> By Andrew Silver, Tango Networks </div> <div class="field-deck"> V2I connections may be the key to eliminating the dangers of distracted driver behaviors. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>One of the critical needs for fully- and semi-autonomous vehicle systems to function properly is a line of communication between self-driving cars and trucks and the infrastructure surrounding them, according to, <strong>Andrew Silver</strong> &ndash; co-founder and chief technology officer for </em><a href="http://www.tango-networks.com/"><em>Tango Networks</em></a><em>, a mobile device management system developer. He argues in this guest column that &ldquo;Vehicle to Infrastructure&rdquo; (V2I) connections could also help reduce distracted driver behaviors as well.</em></p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/technology/future-autonomy-when-traffic-light-tells-you-it-s-ok-text" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/technology/future-autonomy-when-traffic-light-tells-you-it-s-ok-text#comments News Safety Technology Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:45:00 +0000 22541 at http://trucker.com <p>Vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication connections could help inform drivers when it is safe to text. (<em>Photo: Ford Motor Co.</em>)</p> Queen of the Road Tamera Sturgis http://trucker.com/news/queen-road-tamera-sturgis <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>More of Tamera and Todd Sturgis, stars of A&amp;E&#39;s <em>Shipping Wars</em>.&nbsp;&nbsp; Read more about Tamera and Todd in our <a href="http://trucker.com/news/queen-road" target="_blank">September Feature Story</a>.</p> </div> http://trucker.com/news/queen-road-tamera-sturgis#comments News Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:36:00 +0000 22521 at http://trucker.com Queen of the Road http://trucker.com/news/queen-road <div class="field-byline"> by Michael Catarevas </div> <div class="field-deck"> Shipping Wars star Tamera Sturgis proves trucking can be glamorous </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The Tamera Sturgis story, wherein a smoking-hot millennial decides that the up-and-down life of a long-haul trucker is the one for her, really belongs on TV as a reality show.</p> <p>Oh wait... it is.</p> <p><br /> Or was anyway, and may soon be again, with the dynamic Miss S. and her thousand-watt smile in the starring role.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/news/queen-road" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/news/queen-road#comments News Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:56:00 +0000 22511 at http://trucker.com Spotlight on an American Trucker: September 2017 http://trucker.com/news/spotlight-american-trucker-september-2017 <div class="field-deck"> Arvin Lee, owner-operator Leased to Mayflower Transit, Fenton, MO (HQ) </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em><strong>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been in the trucking business since 1994. When I applied to Mayflower Transit, I was only 24 years old. I haul a combination of electronics, trade show equipment, appliances, and office equipment. I enjoy taking pictures on and off the road. It&rsquo;s not about the type of haul that I carry; it&rsquo;s about the places, the cities, the famous landmarks that I get to visit. Just simply enjoying the view!&rdquo;</strong></em></p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/news/spotlight-american-trucker-september-2017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/news/spotlight-american-trucker-september-2017#comments News Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:53:00 +0000 22501 at http://trucker.com Move over breathalyzer; here comes the Textalyzer http://trucker.com/safety/move-over-breathalyzer-here-comes-textalyzer <div class="field-deck"> A textalyzer captures taps and swipes to determine if a driver was using their phone while operating a vehicle. It would also be able to tell if a truck driver was using a phone legally, such as via hands-free technology. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Although it is not yet ready for everyday use, lawmakers in several states are writing or considering legislation to allow law enforcement officers patrolling the highways to connect a device known as a &ldquo;text&shy;alyzer&rdquo; to a mobile phone to instantly learn if the driver was texting prior to a crash.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/safety/move-over-breathalyzer-here-comes-textalyzer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/safety/move-over-breathalyzer-here-comes-textalyzer#comments News Safety Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:44:00 +0000 22491 at http://trucker.com 10 Techniques required to be successful in trucking http://trucker.com/business/10-techniques-required-be-successful-trucking <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Many trucking techniques are kept under wraps because of the solitary nature of the business&mdash;a trucker is provided with a truck, a set of keys, a product or item to haul, a place to load, and a location where he needs to deliver the load. All of this creates an atmosphere where sharing knowledge with others is limited. So, here&rsquo;s a list of 10 ways that can help make the job simpler and more financially beneficial to the trucker, the shipper, the receiver, and the trucking company owner.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/10-techniques-required-be-successful-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/10-techniques-required-be-successful-trucking#comments Business News Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:38:00 +0000 22481 at http://trucker.com New interiors for Mack Granite and Pinnacle http://trucker.com/trucks/new-interiors-mack-granite-and-pinnacle <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> OEM also adding LED headlights and a new grille to its Pinnacle model that echoes the design of its new Anthem highway tractor. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="http://www.macktrucks.com">Mack Trucks</a> is rolling out all-new interiors for its Granite and Mack Pinnacle models, along with new LED headlights and a new grille for the Pinnacle as well.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/trucks/new-interiors-mack-granite-and-pinnacle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/trucks/new-interiors-mack-granite-and-pinnacle#comments Trucks News Fri, 15 Sep 2017 12:54:00 +0000 22471 at http://trucker.com <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve incorporated more ergonomics and comfort features to make the driving environment more automotive.&rdquo; &mdash;Stu Russoli, Mack&rsquo;s highway product manager. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> Mack Trucks unveils new Anthem tractor http://trucker.com/tractors/mack-trucks-unveils-new-anthem-tractor <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> With a bold grille and prominent wordmark, the new Anthem highway tractor features an all-new exterior design with optimized aerodynamics for improved fuel efficiency, according to the OEM. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The new Anthem highway tractor unveiled by <a href="http://www.macktrucks.com/">Mack Trucks</a> during the OEM&rsquo;s Global Dealer Summit in Allentown, PA, this week is a &ldquo;re-engineered, re-designed and re-imagined interpretation&rdquo; of what a highway truck should be, according to Dennis Slagle, Mack&rsquo;s president: aerodynamic, comfortable and connected, and with a &ldquo;distinctively bold&rdquo; look.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/tractors/mack-trucks-unveils-new-anthem-tractor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/tractors/mack-trucks-unveils-new-anthem-tractor#comments Tractors News Fri, 15 Sep 2017 12:38:00 +0000 22461 at http://trucker.com <p>The Anthem, which goes into production early next year, is available in several configurations, including a day cab model plus all-new 48-in. flat top sleeper and 70-in. &ldquo;stand-up&rdquo; sleeper models. (<em>Photo: Mack Trucks</em>)</p> Testing truck platoons on public roads http://trucker.com/technology/testing-truck-platoons-public-roads <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>A recent two-day test of <a href="https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/research/truck_platooning/">three-truck platooning</a> on public roadways in Northern Virginia by the <a href="http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/">Federal Highway Administration</a> (FHWA) aimed to demonstrate the benefit platooning systems offers motoring public and the trucking industry alike in terms of easing traffic congestion and improving tractor-trailer fuel economy. (<em>All photos by Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> </div> http://trucker.com/technology/testing-truck-platoons-public-roads#comments Trucks News Technology Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:50:00 +0000 22451 at http://trucker.com <p>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</p> September 2017 Issue http://trucker.com/node/22531 <div class="node-body magazine_issue-body">The September issue of American Trucker features Tamera Sturgis, who with husband Todd starred on TV’s Shipping Wars for several seasons. The photogenic Sturgis has over 1.5 million long-haul driving miles and created a blog to educate women that driving can be a great career for them. In the Business of Trucking 10 key strategies for truck drivers and companies to succeed are examined. And as always, the American Trucker Marketplace features the latest truck, trailer and equipment offerings from dealers around the country.</div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>The September issue of&nbsp;<strong><em>American Trucker</em></strong>&nbsp;features Tamera Sturgis, who with husband Todd starred on TV&rsquo;s <em>Shipping Wars </em>for several seasons. The photogenic Sturgis has over 1.5 million long-haul driving miles and&nbsp;created a blog to educate women that driving can be a great career for them. In the Business of Trucking 10 key strategies for truck drivers and companies to succeed are examined. And as always, the&nbsp;<strong><em>American Trucker</em></strong>&nbsp;Marketplace features the latest truck, trailer and equipment offerings from dealers around the country.</p> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-mag-teasers"> <div class="field-mag-teaser"> <a href="/news/queen-road">Queen of the Road</a> <a href="/safety/move-over-breathalyzer-here-comes-textalyzer">Move over breathalyzer; here comes the Textalyzer</a> <a href="/business/10-techniques-required-be-successful-trucking">10 Techniques required to be successful in trucking</a> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-publication-info"><legend>Publication Info</legend> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/node/22531" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 04:00:00 +0000 22531 at http://trucker.com Taking a moment to thank the drivers http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/taking-moment-thank-drivers <div class="field-byline"> Ken Yeomans, Omnitracs </div> <div class="field-deck"> National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is an appropriate time to salute the workhorses who keep the U.S. rolling. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>A product manager at telematics systems provider <a href="http://www.omnitracs.com/">Omnitracs</a>, <strong>Ken Yeomans</strong> expresses a sentiment in this guest column that will many in the industry no doubt will agree with: truck drivers and the tireless work the perform day in and day out is largely taken for granted by American society. And that view, he feels, must change.</em></p> <p>Years ago, there were bumper stickers in support of America&rsquo;s farmers that said something like &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t complain about food prices with your mouth full.&rdquo;</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/taking-moment-thank-drivers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/taking-moment-thank-drivers#comments Trucker Jobs News Wed, 13 Sep 2017 21:41:00 +0000 22441 at http://trucker.com <p>Truckers came from far and wide across the country to stage their rigs to haul relief supplies into areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. (<em>Photo: U.S. Air Force</em>)</p> DAT: Freight flows shifting following hurricanes http://trucker.com/business/dat-freight-flows-shifting-following-hurricanes <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Truck freight is being rerouted in the wake of Harvey and Irma, load board network discerns. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The one-two punch of hurricanes Harvey and Irma is forcing supply chain managers to re-route their cargoes across the U.S., according to information tracked by <a href="https://www.dat.com/">DAT Solutions</a>, and is also leading to a spike in spot load freight rates.</p> <p>The load board operator noted that, following Hurricane Harvey, some shippers began to supply markets ordinarily served by Houston from regional hubs in the Southeast, including: Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; and Memphis, TN.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/dat-freight-flows-shifting-following-hurricanes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/dat-freight-flows-shifting-following-hurricanes#comments Business News Wed, 13 Sep 2017 21:19:00 +0000 22431 at http://trucker.com <p>Troopers from 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, load up in preparation for Hurricane Irma rescue missions. (<em>Photo: U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Niles Lee</em>)</p> DAT, KeepTruckin forge ELD partnership http://trucker.com/technology/dat-keeptruckin-forge-eld-partnership <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Companies aim to help independents and small carriers comply with the ELD mandate, which goes into effect this December. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Online freight marketplace <a href="https://www.dat.com/">DAT</a> is entering into what it calls a &ldquo;comprehensive partnership&rdquo; with KeepTruckin, an <a href="http://www.keeptruckin.com/">electronic logging device (ELD) technology</a> vendor, to help small motor carriers and owner operators get into compliance with the <a href="http://eldmandatefacts.com/">ELD mandate</a> that goes into effect December 18 this year.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/technology/dat-keeptruckin-forge-eld-partnership" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/technology/dat-keeptruckin-forge-eld-partnership#comments News Technology Tue, 12 Sep 2017 18:13:00 +0000 22421 at http://trucker.com <p>DAT said it recognized that a &ldquo;modern and reliable&rdquo; ELD is now technology critical to the success of its customers. (<em>Photo: KeepTruckin</em>)</p> Shippers and freight brokers: What you need to know http://trucker.com/business/shippers-and-freight-brokers-what-you-need-know <div class="field-byline"> By Jeremy Robison, Tetra Capital </div> <div class="field-deck"> Open and clear communication is essential to ensuring a trucker gets properly paid for services rendered to a shipper and/or broker. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>Jeremy Robison is the president of </em><a href="http://www.tetracapital.com"><em>Tetra Capital</em></a><em>, an independent company offering freight bill factoring services to trucking companies of all sizes. He&rsquo;s dealt with a variety of trucking fiscal issues over his career, including equipment financing, equipment purchasing, lease operator programs, driver recruiting, plus payroll and equipment maintenance. He draws from that experience here to provide owner-operators with some advice regarding interactions with shippers and brokers. </em></p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/shippers-and-freight-brokers-what-you-need-know" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/shippers-and-freight-brokers-what-you-need-know#comments Business News Tue, 12 Sep 2017 17:46:00 +0000 22411 at http://trucker.com <p>&quot;It is important to the success of your trucking business to find established, reliable and trustworthy shippers and brokers as your money lies in their hands.&quot; &mdash;Jeremy Robinson. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> Trucks roll for Hurricane Irma recovery http://trucker.com/equipment/trucks-roll-hurricane-irma-recovery <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Well before <a href="http://fleetowner.com/operations/fuel-shortages-crop-losses-among-concerns-hurricane-irma-batters-florida">Hurricane Irma</a> came ashore in Florida to create chaos and destruction, truckers were rolling south to bring in relief supplies in &ldquo;staging depots&rdquo; at military locales such as Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama to Orlando International airport in central Florida. &nbsp;</p> </div> http://trucker.com/equipment/trucks-roll-hurricane-irma-recovery#comments Equipment News Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:40:00 +0000 22401 at http://trucker.com <p>Tech. Sgt. Steven Martin, 42nd Security Forces Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of police services, waves tractor-trailer onto Maxwell Air Force Base. (<em>Photo: U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tammie Ramsouer</em>)</p> Will distracted driving one day no longer matter? http://trucker.com/safety/will-distracted-driving-one-day-no-longer-matter <div class="field-byline"> By Andrew Silver, Tango Networks </div> <div class="field-deck"> Not all levels of vehicle automation are the same and that’s why “self-driving” systems won’t automatically eliminate the dangers posed by distracted behaviors behind the wheel anytime soon. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>While many are hailing the potential benefits of fully- and semi-autonomous vehicle systems, <strong>Andrew Silver</strong> &ndash; co-founder and chief technology officer for </em><a href="http://www.tango-networks.com/"><em>Tango Networks</em></a><em>, a mobile device management system developer &ndash; argues in the second of two guest columns that the introduction of autonomous vehicles won&rsquo;t necessarily remove the dangers posed by distracted driving. And technology may to play an expanded role in this are to ensure the safety of the humans occupying such vehicles.</em></p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/safety/will-distracted-driving-one-day-no-longer-matter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/safety/will-distracted-driving-one-day-no-longer-matter#comments News Safety Technology Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:26:00 +0000 22391 at http://trucker.com <p>A study by the University of Southampton released earlier this year found that it takes between about two seconds and 26 seconds for a driver to take control from an automated driving system. (<em>Photo: Mury Law</em>)</p> Study: Transportation victimized the most by IoT attacks http://trucker.com/technology/study-transportation-victimized-most-iot-attacks <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> New research by Artic Wolf Networks finds that transportation is the industry currently suffering from the most Internet of Things (IoT) attacks. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A new study compiled by internet security firm <a href="http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Farcticwolf.com%2F&amp;esheet=51679604&amp;newsitemid=20170907005459&amp;lan=en-US&amp;anchor=Arctic+Wolf+Networks&amp;index=1&amp;md5=06065f2cf38c2a7f2d948b7ea16ccbd1" target="_blank">Arctic Wolf Networks</a> determined that the industry suffering from the most frequent Internet of Things (IoT) attacks right now is transportation, with 29% companies polled in that sector indicating they have already experienced an IoT attack.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/technology/study-transportation-victimized-most-iot-attacks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/technology/study-transportation-victimized-most-iot-attacks#comments News Technology Sun, 10 Sep 2017 21:18:00 +0000 22381 at http://trucker.com <p>The survey also found that one in four companies have already experienced a ransomware attack and one in eight have dealt with an IoT-based attack.</p> Autonomous technology may encourage a false sense of security http://trucker.com/technology/autonomous-technology-may-encourage-false-sense-security <div class="field-byline"> By Andrew Silver, Tango Networks </div> <div class="field-deck"> Is the public over-estimating the capabilities of today’s autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>While many are hailing the potential benefits of fully- and semi-autonomous vehicle systems, <strong>Andrew Silver</strong> &ndash; co-founder and chief technology officer for <a href="http://www.tango-networks.com/">Tango Networks</a>, a mobile device management system developer &ndash; argues in the first of two guest columns that it might actually be creating more, not fewer, distracted driving issues. His second column will address potential solutions to such distraction.</em></p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/technology/autonomous-technology-may-encourage-false-sense-security" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/technology/autonomous-technology-may-encourage-false-sense-security#comments News Technology Sun, 10 Sep 2017 20:00:00 +0000 22371 at http://trucker.com <p>This Tesla Model S crashed on May 7, 2016, while in self-driving mode, killing its driver, Joshua Brown. (<em>Photo: The Star</em>)</p> Taking new VNL models out for a spin http://trucker.com/tractors/taking-new-vnl-models-out-spin <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Journalists recently got a chance kick the tires (<em>so to speak</em>) with six pre-production units of the completely revamped VNL family of tractors built by <a href="https://www.volvotrucks.us/">Volvo Trucks North America</a>, which the OEM originally <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/new-volvo-vnl-focuses-driver-safety-efficiency">unveiled back in July</a>.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/tractors/taking-new-vnl-models-out-spin" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/tractors/taking-new-vnl-models-out-spin#comments Tractors News Fri, 08 Sep 2017 08:28:00 +0000 22361 at http://trucker.com <p>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/Amercan Trucker</p> Rolling Strong to offer health screenings http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/rolling-strong-offer-health-screenings <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Firm will provide screenings and wellness coaching at select TA and Petro Stopping Centers during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Driver wellness firm <a href="http://www.rollingstrong.com/">Rolling Strong</a>, a division of Velociti, today is partnering with the <a href="http://www.truckload.org/">Truckload Carriers Association</a> (TCA) and <a href="https://www.ta-petro.com/">TA and Petro Stopping Centers</a>&nbsp;to provide wellness coaching and health screenings at select truck stops across the country during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week Sept. 10-16 this year.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/rolling-strong-offer-health-screenings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/rolling-strong-offer-health-screenings#comments Trucker Jobs News Fri, 08 Sep 2017 08:17:00 +0000 22351 at http://trucker.com <p>The Rolling Strong health screenings will be hosted by select TA and Petro truck stops. (<em>Photo: TA</em>)</p>