American Trucker http://trucker.com/rss.xml en Dem's NAFTA redo could undo cross-border trucking http://trucker.com/regulations/dems-nafta-redo-could-undo-cross-border-trucking <div class="field-deck"> DeFazio 'blueprint' calls for trade renegotiation to begin by June 1 </div> <div class="node-body article-body">If President Trump wants to rework the North American Free Trade Agreement, a group of House Democrats is ready and willing to provide the blueprint. Led by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D.-OR), the ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the resolution introduced Thursday includes a provision that would remove the cross-border trucking requirement—a long-problematic clause in the current trade deal.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/dems-nafta-redo-could-undo-cross-border-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/regulations/dems-nafta-redo-could-undo-cross-border-trucking#comments Business News Regulations Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:17:00 +0000 18761 at http://trucker.com Thinkstock Goodyear announces Highway Hero finalists http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/goodyear-announces-highway-hero-finalists <div class="node-body article-body">A truck driver stops to rescue an unconscious motorist from a flipped-over minivan; another races to save a mother and her three children trapped in an upside-down car sinking in a creek bed; a third hops aboard an out-of-control dump truck to aid its incapacitated operator. Those are the three finalists for the 34th annual Goodyear Highway Hero Award.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/goodyear-announces-highway-hero-finalists" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/goodyear-announces-highway-hero-finalists#comments Trucker Jobs Equipment News Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:07:00 +0000 18751 at http://trucker.com Dash Cam of the Week: Steppe away http://trucker.com/dashcam/dash-cam-week-steppe-away <div class="node-body article-body">This clip has the thing we most love here at Dash Cam of the Week: Truckers lending a hand to a “motorist” in need, with a safe and happy conclusion. Plus an attack helicopter!</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/dashcam/dash-cam-week-steppe-away" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/dashcam/dash-cam-week-steppe-away#comments DashCam Trucker Jobs News Safety Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:53:00 +0000 18741 at http://trucker.com DAT: Flatbed spot rates keep climbing http://trucker.com/business/dat-flatbed-spot-rates-keep-climbing <div class="node-body article-body">The national average spot rate for flatbed freight hit $1.96/mile during the week ending Feb. 11, the fourth straight week of increases and a 4-cent jump compared to the previous week, said DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/dat-flatbed-spot-rates-keep-climbing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/dat-flatbed-spot-rates-keep-climbing#comments Business Trucker Jobs News Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:34:00 +0000 18731 at http://trucker.com Trucking exec ‘stuns’ senator with safety stats http://trucker.com/regulations/trucking-exec-stuns-senator-safety-stats <div class="field-deck"> Cooperation among trucking, Congress, regulators is ‘pathway’ to improvement </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A leading Senate proponent of more strict truck safety regulations called it “stunning,” after hearing the details of fleet-wide accident reductions through investment in advanced safety systems—but the CEO of one of the country’s largest trucking companies quickly explained that the trucking industry didn’t need more regulations, just the “right” ones.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/trucking-exec-stuns-senator-safety-stats" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/regulations/trucking-exec-stuns-senator-safety-stats#comments News Regulations Safety Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:04:00 +0000 18721 at http://trucker.com It's here: Peloton, Omnitracs partner to offer truck platooning http://trucker.com/technology/its-here-peloton-omnitracs-partner-offer-truck-platooning <div class="field-deck"> Fuel-saving system wll provide inter-fleet pairing opportunities </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Fleet management systems provider Omnitracs has partnered with Peloton Technology, a developer of connected and automated vehicle systems, to bring Peloton's truck platooning technology to Omnitracs customers. Peloton says it will begin filling pre-orders for its platooning product for Class 8 trucks this year and will help to roll out "practical, cost-saving automated vehicle technology featuring leading-edge cybersecurity", beginning with two-truck platooning.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/technology/its-here-peloton-omnitracs-partner-offer-truck-platooning" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/technology/its-here-peloton-omnitracs-partner-offer-truck-platooning#comments Business News Technology Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:48:00 +0000 18711 at http://trucker.com Ancra makes cargo handling easier with latest roller system http://trucker.com/equipment/ancra-makes-cargo-handling-easier-latest-roller-system <div class="node-body article-body">Cargo handling and restraint systems specialist Ancra International has introduced Retract-A-Roll 3, the latest addition to the Retract-A-Roll lineup.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/equipment/ancra-makes-cargo-handling-easier-latest-roller-system" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/equipment/ancra-makes-cargo-handling-easier-latest-roller-system#comments Equipment News Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:35:00 +0000 18701 at http://trucker.com ATBS offers 'Checklist for Success' seminars http://trucker.com/business/atbs-offers-checklist-success-seminars <div class="node-body article-body">American Truck Business Services, also known as ATBS, and True North Companies have partnered to create a seminar for truck fleet owners and managers looking to optimize and profitably manage their owner-operator operation. ‘The 2017 Owner Operator Checklist for Success’ seminars will be fact-based, educational, and will conclude with a set of actionable takeaways designed to help attendees operate a best-in-class fleet of independent contractors, ATBS says.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/atbs-offers-checklist-success-seminars" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/atbs-offers-checklist-success-seminars#comments Business News Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:04:00 +0000 18691 at http://trucker.com Shutting the doors http://trucker.com/business/shutting-doors <div class="field-deck"> When it comes to closing your business, having an exit strategy in place is key </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Here&rsquo;s a topic most business people don&rsquo;t think about: How do I go about getting out of the business I own if circumstances are such that it becomes necessary? The reasons can be as varied as the people who own trucking companies.</p> <p><br /> Walking away is never a good option, and running away is guaranteed to have a bunch of folks willing to chase you down. Planning is everything in a small business, and the same holds true if it becomes necessary to close the business.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/shutting-doors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/shutting-doors#comments Business News Wed, 15 Feb 2017 06:29:00 +0000 18661 at http://trucker.com Pro tips: Truck Maintenance for the Owner-Op http://trucker.com/news/pro-tips-truck-maintenance-owner-op <div class="node-body article-body">Not so long ago, a trucker’s ability to handle a wrench was almost as important as his or her skill with an 18-speed transmission. And for many owner-operators, even today, the ability to maintain older equipment is the difference between making a living as an independent or filling out driver applications for a fleet job.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/news/pro-tips-truck-maintenance-owner-op" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/news/pro-tips-truck-maintenance-owner-op#comments Business Equipment News Wed, 15 Feb 2017 06:29:00 +0000 18651 at http://trucker.com Spotlight on an American Trucker: Bob McKinley, owner-operator, leased to Climatic Carriers LLC http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/spotlight-american-trucker-bob-mckinley-owner-operator-leased-climatic-carriers-llc <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>Owner-operator Bob McKinley&rsquo;s first job was working for his grandfather, driving a GMC box truck for the HVAC wholesale distributor in Southern Michigan. After 10 years in the HVAC business (including a short stint repairing AC units in Iraq working for Halliburton), McKinley went to trucking school. He hired on with Swift&rsquo;s flatbed division and spent two years there before moving to a small, local company in his hometown of Coldwater, MI. There he learned how to handle tankers, end dumps and even some hopper bottoms.</em></p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/spotlight-american-trucker-bob-mckinley-owner-operator-leased-climatic-carriers-llc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/spotlight-american-trucker-bob-mckinley-owner-operator-leased-climatic-carriers-llc#comments Trucker Jobs News Wed, 15 Feb 2017 06:20:00 +0000 18671 at http://trucker.com Outlook brightens for small carriers http://trucker.com/business/outlook-brightens-small-carriers <div class="field-deck"> Market upswing, regulatory relief bode well for trucking's 'little guys' </div> <div class="node-body article-body">There’s been enormous bottom-line pressure applied to small- to medium-sized trucking companies — those operating anywhere from three on up to 150 trucks — in recent years. Yet that pressure may be set to ease significantly in 2017 if capacity cuts and a proposed “regulatory rollback” occur as expected.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/outlook-brightens-small-carriers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/outlook-brightens-small-carriers#comments Business News Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:31:00 +0000 18641 at http://trucker.com <p>Will 2017 bring a better business environment for small- and medium-sized trucking companies than they&#39;ve had to navigate in the last several years?</p> Trucker recognized for saving heart attack victim http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/trucker-recognized-saving-heart-attack-victim <div class="node-body article-body">Professional truck driver David Webb, of Billings, Montana, has been named a TCA Highway Angel, so recognized for stopping a dump truck after its driver suffered a heart murmur and for administering CPR to the driver.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/trucker-recognized-saving-heart-attack-victim" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/trucker-recognized-saving-heart-attack-victim#comments Trucker Jobs News Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:22:00 +0000 18631 at http://trucker.com Diesel price rises less than a penny http://trucker.com/fuel/diesel-price-rises-less-penny <div class="node-body article-body">Diesel prices have risen for the first time in five weeks, but the slight increase leaves the cost for a gallon about where it’s been since the beginning of the year.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/fuel/diesel-price-rises-less-penny" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/fuel/diesel-price-rises-less-penny#comments Business Trucker Jobs Fuel News Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:08:00 +0000 18621 at http://trucker.com February 2017 Issue http://trucker.com/node/18681 <div class="node-body magazine_issue-body"></div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>The February issue of <strong><em>American Trucker</em></strong> puts together a list maintenance tips to help keep owner-ops up and running. In the Business of Trucking this month, Tim Brady explains that, when it comes to shutting the doors on your operation, planning is critical to a smooth exit.&nbsp; And for the equipment section, we discuss the demise of the biggest of the big-block engines, along with sharing the monthly equipment updates from truck makers and leading suppliers. And as always, the <strong><em>American Trucker Marketplace</em></strong> features the latest truck, trailer and equipment offerings from dealers around the country.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-mag-teasers"> <div class="field-mag-teaser"> <a href="/news/pro-tips-truck-maintenance-owner-op">Pro tips: Truck Maintenance for the Owner-Op</a> <a href="/business/shutting-doors">Shutting the doors</a> <a href="/trucker-jobs/spotlight-american-trucker-bob-mckinley-owner-operator-leased-climatic-carriers-llc">Spotlight on an American Trucker: Bob McKinley, owner-operator, leased to Climatic Carriers LLC</a> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-publication-info"><legend>Publication Info</legend> </fieldset> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 05:00:00 +0000 18681 at http://trucker.com Dash Cam of the Week: WY-oh-WY http://trucker.com/dashcam/dash-cam-week-wy-oh-wy <div class="node-body article-body">In case you’re not one of the 6+ million people who viewed this video on the Wyoming High Patrol Facebook page over the weekend, we offer this Bonus Edition of Dash Cam of the Week. (Because, at this rate, the clip will be old news by the time the Friday DCOW rolls around—and it’s too wild to skip.)</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/dashcam/dash-cam-week-wy-oh-wy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/dashcam/dash-cam-week-wy-oh-wy#comments DashCam Trucker Jobs News Safety Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:23:00 +0000 18611 at http://trucker.com US Xpress selected for VA apprenticeship program http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/us-xpress-selected-va-apprenticeship-program <div class="node-body article-body">The Veterans Administration (VA) has officially accredited truckload carrier U.S. Xpress as part of the Post 9/11 GI Bill Apprenticeship Program. With the accreditation, eligible veterans can receive their tax-free educational benefits directly from the VA while training as a professional truck driver or diesel technician for U.S. Xpress.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/us-xpress-selected-va-apprenticeship-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/us-xpress-selected-va-apprenticeship-program#comments Business Trucker Jobs News Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:11:00 +0000 18601 at http://trucker.com Landstar owner-op takes home new Pete http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/landstar-owner-op-takes-home-new-pete <div class="node-body article-body">Landstar business capacity owner (BCO) Ralph Hall is driving a brand new Peterbilt 579 after winning the company’s Deliver to Win Truck Giveaway. Hall was selected in random drawing, and the truck giveaway was the highlight of Landstar’s annual BCO Appreciation Days.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/landstar-owner-op-takes-home-new-pete" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/landstar-owner-op-takes-home-new-pete#comments Business Trucker Jobs News Fri, 10 Feb 2017 23:00:00 +0000 18591 at http://trucker.com Dash Cam of the Week: Upside ‘Down’under http://trucker.com/dashcam/dash-cam-week-upside-down-under <div class="node-body article-body">For a seasonal change of pace, Dash Cam of the Week ventures into the warm and sunny Southern Hemisphere. And this featured clip shows that, regardless of which side of the road they drive on, too many people just don’t pay attention.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/dashcam/dash-cam-week-upside-down-under" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/dashcam/dash-cam-week-upside-down-under#comments DashCam Trucker Jobs News Safety Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:01:00 +0000 18581 at http://trucker.com Western Star marks 50th with Year of Legendary Awesomeness http://trucker.com/equipment/western-star-marks-50th-year-legendary-awesomeness <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Western Star Trucks plans to mark its 50th anniversary of manufacturing &ldquo;legendarily awesome trucks&rdquo; with a year&rsquo;s worth of special events, truck show appearances and an enhanced website, the company reports. Western Star kicked off the year-long celebration at its annual dealer meeting this week in Quebec City.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/equipment/western-star-marks-50th-year-legendary-awesomeness" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/equipment/western-star-marks-50th-year-legendary-awesomeness#comments Business Equipment News Fri, 10 Feb 2017 01:16:00 +0000 18571 at http://trucker.com Spot rates soften even as demand grows http://trucker.com/business/spot-rates-soften-even-demand-grows <div class="node-body article-body">A 7.7% gain in spot truckload freight volume and a 2.1% dip in capacity were not enough to buoy spot truckload rates during the week ending Feb. 4, said DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/spot-rates-soften-even-demand-grows" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/spot-rates-soften-even-demand-grows#comments Business Trucker Jobs News Thu, 09 Feb 2017 15:23:00 +0000 18561 at http://trucker.com New Mack engine oil extends drain intervals http://trucker.com/equipment/new-mack-engine-oil-extends-drain-intervals <div class="field-deck"> OEM says its CK-4 blend could mean an additional 15,000 miles </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Mack Trucks is introducing a new motor oil blend that it will use to factory-fill its 2017 engines: Mack Engine Oil EOS-4.5.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/equipment/new-mack-engine-oil-extends-drain-intervals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/equipment/new-mack-engine-oil-extends-drain-intervals#comments Equipment News Wed, 08 Feb 2017 14:54:00 +0000 18551 at http://trucker.com NHTSA ‘oversteps’ in cell phone guidelines, OOIDA says http://trucker.com/regulations/nhtsa-oversteps-cell-phone-guidelines-ooida-says <div class="field-deck"> Agency 'ill equipped' to deal with electronic wireless devices </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Even as truckers routinely encounter the unsafe behaviors of distracted motorists, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has neither the authority nor the expertise to regulate the use of personal electronics, or so says OOIDA.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/nhtsa-oversteps-cell-phone-guidelines-ooida-says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/regulations/nhtsa-oversteps-cell-phone-guidelines-ooida-says#comments News Regulations Safety Technology Wed, 08 Feb 2017 14:35:00 +0000 18541 at http://trucker.com Driver news roundup: Town’s trucker ‘trap’ http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/driver-news-roundup-town-s-trucker-trap <div class="node-body article-body">In this week’s roundup of trucker-related news items from around the country, we learn about the Colorado town that’s gets trucks coming and going; about the Iowa town that won’t let a trucker park in front of his own home; and about a long-time driver who now writes children’s books.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/driver-news-roundup-town-s-trucker-trap" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/trucker-jobs/driver-news-roundup-town-s-trucker-trap#comments Business Trucker Jobs News Tue, 07 Feb 2017 13:49:00 +0000 18531 at http://trucker.com Diesel dips for 4th week http://trucker.com/fuel/diesel-dips-4th-week <div class="node-body article-body">Diesel prices have fallen, slightly, for the fourth week in a row but continue to run well above $2.50 in much of the country.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/fuel/diesel-dips-4th-week" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/fuel/diesel-dips-4th-week#comments Business Trucker Jobs Fuel News Tue, 07 Feb 2017 13:08:00 +0000 18521 at http://trucker.com Kenworth makes Bendix ESP standard on T680, T880 models http://trucker.com/equipment/kenworth-makes-bendix-esp-standard-t680-t880-models <div class="node-body article-body">Kenworth announced that the Bendix ESP Electronic Stability Program is now standard on new Kenworth T680 and T880 tractors. According to the company, Bendix ESP full stability meets the new electronic stability control (ESC) technology mandate, which goes into effect Aug. 1 for Class 8 tractors with tandem drive axles.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/equipment/kenworth-makes-bendix-esp-standard-t680-t880-models" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/equipment/kenworth-makes-bendix-esp-standard-t680-t880-models#comments Equipment News Regulations Mon, 06 Feb 2017 12:44:00 +0000 18511 at http://trucker.com More medical conditions, more crashes, trucker study says http://trucker.com/safety/more-medical-conditions-more-crashes-trucker-study-says <div class="node-body article-body">Drivers with several health issues, such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure, are more likely to be involved in a crash than truckers with only one condition.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/safety/more-medical-conditions-more-crashes-trucker-study-says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/safety/more-medical-conditions-more-crashes-trucker-study-says#comments Trucker Jobs News Safety Mon, 06 Feb 2017 12:33:00 +0000 18501 at http://trucker.com ATRI updates list of idling regulations http://trucker.com/regulations/atri-updates-list-idling-regulations <div class="node-body article-body">ATRI continues to update and maintain a listing of state and local idling regulations. The listing is provided in two forms, an online compendium which provides detailed information and links to each of the 60 state and local regulations which have been identified; and a cab card which provides a consolidated listing of the state and local limits.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/atri-updates-list-idling-regulations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/regulations/atri-updates-list-idling-regulations#comments Business Trucker Jobs News Regulations Mon, 06 Feb 2017 12:25:00 +0000 18491 at http://trucker.com Digital disruption: Analytics, analytics, analytics http://trucker.com/technology/digital-disruption-analytics-analytics-analytics <div class="field-deck"> IoT, Big Data are the big drivers of success going forward </div> <div class="node-body article-body">While self-driving trucks and Uber-for-freight startups get much of the buzz, Princeton Consultants CEO Steve Sashihara has one word of advice for truck operators: analytics.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/technology/digital-disruption-analytics-analytics-analytics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/technology/digital-disruption-analytics-analytics-analytics#comments Business News Technology Fri, 03 Feb 2017 16:43:00 +0000 18481 at http://trucker.com Freightliner's New Cascadia: Production begins http://trucker.com/equipment/freightliners-new-cascadia-production-begins <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The new flagship tractor from Freightliner Trucks is now rolling off the line. Freightliner debuted the new Cascadia in September 2016, and production of the 126" BBC Day Cab and 72" Raised Roof Sleeper Cab models is underway, the company reports.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/equipment/freightliners-new-cascadia-production-begins" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/equipment/freightliners-new-cascadia-production-begins#comments Business Equipment News Fri, 03 Feb 2017 16:27:00 +0000 18471 at http://trucker.com