American Trucker en Spot rates continue springtime thaw as loads climb <div class="node-body article-body">The national average spot truckload rates for van, reefer, and flatbed freight held steady during the week ending April 22, while prices in many major freight markets continued a slow springtime climb, reports DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Trucker Jobs News Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:16:00 +0000 20041 at Budget showdown: Fiddling while truck safety burns? <div class="node-body blog-body">A looming government shutdown, a massive tax cut, a renewed effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, the Wall: The Trump Administration and Congress have big, big plans to work through this week—but activity is not achievement. And lost in all the political posturing is a much-needed bureaucratic correction that, if not addressed, could undo hard-won truck safety gains.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Safety Running Lights Blog Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:51:00 +0000 20031 at Potholes in the road to self-driving trucks <div class="field-byline"> Neil Abt </div> <div class="field-deck"> Driver training, safety, cybersecurity among topics discussed in FMCSA session </div> <div class="node-body article-body">With nearly daily media reports detailing new breakthroughs of highly automated commercial vehicles (HACVs), it may seem they are almost ready for large-scale use. Yet a public listening session sponsored by the FMCSA illustrated just how many questions remainbefore the technology can become a reality on the nation’s highways.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trucker Jobs News Regulations Safety Technology Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:36:00 +0000 20021 at Case closed: New York to pay $44.4 million to truckers <div class="node-body article-body">OOIDA has wrapped up a class action lawsuit against New York’s Department of Taxation and Finance, with the state Supreme Court’s ordering New York to pay $44.4 million for an unconstitutional registration and decal fee.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business News Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:47:00 +0000 20011 at Roadmaster RM180+(EM) available for heavier steer axles <div class="node-body article-body">Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has added a new load range to its Roadmaster RM180+(EM) SmartWay verified steer tire line to accommodate increasingly heavier steer axles. The RM180+(EM) is now available in load range H for tire sizes 11R22.5 and 11R24.5.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:22:00 +0000 20001 at Continental certifies VDO Roadlog ELDs <div class="node-body article-body">Continental has announced that its VDO RoadLog ELD and VDO RoadLog ELD Plus meet compliance requirements for the FMCSA mandate that becomes effective Dec. 18. VDO RoadLog has been self-certified by Continental and is listed on the FMCSA list of registered ELDs.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Technology Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:07:00 +0000 19991 at Collision mitigation to be standard on Peterbilt Model 579 <div class="node-body article-body">Peterbilt Motor Co. plans to make the Bendix Wingman Advanced collision mitigation safety system a standard feature on its Model 579 highway tractor starting July 1.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Safety Technology Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:54:00 +0000 19981 at Maintenance, inspection tips for platform trailers <div class="node-body article-body">Good preventive maintenance practices will help keep any trailer, much less flatbed units, up and running for longer productive time periods, so East Manufacturing recently put together a list of general maintenance tips for flatbed and drop deck trailer owners.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Regulations Safety Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:41:00 +0000 19971 at Volvo reveals new regional haul tractor <div class="field-deck"> VNR combines aerodynamics, maneuverabilty, advanced safety and driver comfort </div> <div class="node-body article-body">MONTREAL. Echoing aerodynamic styling cues from its long-haul VNL Series, Volvo has introduced a new regional tractor. The VNR Series features new interior and exterior designs intended to improve productivity, fuel efficiency, driver comfort and uptime, positioning it for an expected growth in regional hauling applications,</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:05:00 +0000 19961 at Dash Cam of the Week: What a drag <div class="node-body article-body">Okay, professional truck drivers, here’s an honest question, or at least one being asked by the thousands of people who’ve seen this very viral video: Can you really not detect a car stuck in the side of your trailer as you’re pulling up a long grade?</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> DashCam Trucker Jobs News Safety Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:48:00 +0000 19951 at New: International RH Class 8 regional haul tractor <div class="node-body article-body">Navistar is introducing a new regional haul Class 8 tractor this week: the International RH Series, which will be spec’d with the OEM’s new 12.4-liter A26 engine – unveiled back in March – as its standard power plant.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:10:00 +0000 19941 at The new International RH Series is touted as being 6% more fuel efficient versus previous regional haul models. Navistar California tops Q1 cargo theft list <div class="node-body article-body">California once again leads the nation in cargo theft activity, according to a new analysis from CargoNet, with 51 crimes reported during the first quarter of 2017.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Trucker Jobs News Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:01:00 +0000 19931 at Toyota's hydrogen-electric Class 8: 'the future of zero emission trucking' <div class="node-body gallery-body">Officially unveiled this week in California, Toyota’s “Project Portal” is a fully-functional zero-emission Class 8 concept truck that runs on electricity generated by a hydrogen-fired fuel cell.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment Fuel Galleries News Technology Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:32:00 +0000 19921 at Spotlight on an American Trucker- April 2017 <div class="field-deck"> Prentice Woods, owner Prentice Logistics, Kernersville, NC </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>Working for someone else and making their dreams come true was not what Prentice Woods envisioned for his life, and it&rsquo;s taken longer than he&rsquo;d hoped to take the step to being an owner-operator.&nbsp; A person can let fear keep him from moving forward, or he can &ldquo;use that same fear as fuel,&rdquo; he says. He drives a 2007 Freightliner Columbia and pulls a 2015 Great Dane Air Ride 53-ft. dry van. Even with just his single truck and trailer, he thinks of his business as a trucking company&mdash;a starting point, &ldquo;but it will not be where I end.&rdquo;</em></p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Trucker Jobs News Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:36:00 +0000 19891 at High-Tech Tools <div class="field-deck"> What’s hot now... What’s next </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Tom Kyrk&rsquo;s career as a truck driver predates the introduction of the Apple iPhone in 2007, but not by much. Still, he&rsquo;s been around long enough to witness the revolution in consumer electronics and connectivity that is now reshaping the way truckers work and play.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Technology Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:27:00 +0000 19901 at Tackling tax issues <div class="field-deck"> What to do when the IRS comes knocking </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>It&rsquo;s tax time, but if you&rsquo;re just now gathering receipts from the cardboard box under your bunk, then a quick rundown of filing tips probably won&rsquo;t help a lot, at least not this year. But you might want to pay attention to a tax expert who specializes in helping truckers who&rsquo;ve gotten sideways with the Internal Revenue Service. And you&rsquo;ll want to pay attention, too, if you&rsquo;ve always filed on time and never had a problem&mdash;until, surprise, the government says you do.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business News Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:12:00 +0000 19881 at March tonnage stalls in winter weather <div class="field-byline"> Neil Abt </div> <div class="field-deck"> ATA economist: freight signs remain 'mostly positive' </div> <div class="node-body article-body">For-hire truck tonnage dipped 1% in March from February, American Trucking Associations reported, a figure the group said was likely constrained by winter storms during the month.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business News Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:31:00 +0000 19871 at ATA April 2017 Issue <div class="node-body magazine_issue-body"></div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>The April issue of <strong><em>American Trucker</em></strong> taps into the latest trucker technology: What&rsquo;s hot, what&rsquo;s fun, what makes money. In the Business of Trucking this month (tax time, so if you were caught by surprise&mdash;keep reading) we offer some tips about what do if you happen to get sideways with the IRS.&nbsp; And for the equipment section, we provide an on-the-scene report as International debuts the A26 engine, along with the latest 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> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-mag-teasers"> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-publication-info"><legend>Publication Info</legend> </fieldset> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 04:00:00 +0000 19911 at Diesel price climbs for third week <div class="node-body article-body">Three consecutive weeks of increases have pushed diesel prices to the highest level this year.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trucker Jobs Fuel News Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:48:00 +0000 19861 at OOIDA pushes back on speed limiters <div class="field-deck"> Group posts video explaining the safety risks of 'elephant races' </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Despite the Trump administration’s having put the brakes on federal rulemakings, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is ramping up its own regulatory push back: The small business trucking group has created a video demonstrating the dangers of speed limited trucks.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Safety Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:23:00 +0000 19851 at Report highlights problems with DOT med cert program <div class="field-byline"> Neil Abt </div> <div class="field-deck"> ATRI survey finds truck drivers are paying higher costs for exams, among other issues </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A new report has raised concerns about the costs and quality of medical care for commercial drivers nearly three years after the implementation of a federal mandate aimed at improving the process.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trucker Jobs News Regulations Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:01:00 +0000 19841 at <p>AN ATRI poll found more than one-quarter of truck drivers spent 20 minutes or less with medical examiners, with an alarming 6.5% spending 10 minutes or fewer. (Photo courtesy of Office Pride)</p> Tesla semi: One small problem <div class="node-body blog-body">There’s only one thing standing between Elon Musk and Tesla Inc.'s plan to revolutionize transportation with electric vehicles: Electricity.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Equipment News Running Lights Blog Mon, 17 Apr 2017 14:22:00 +0000 19831 at St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund: a unique approach to helping drivers <div class="field-deck"> Organization leader: "Drivers are very generous and reach out because they understand each other." </div> <div class="node-body article-body">"We help drivers when they are in a bad place," says Donna Kennedy, executive director. "When an injury or illness has caused them financial difficulty, we're here to try to help them over the hump and pay their household expenses while they get back to work."</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trucker Jobs News Mon, 17 Apr 2017 11:45:00 +0000 19821 at California freight recovery key to 2017 rate upswing, analyst says <div class="field-deck"> DAT's Montague: Shippers should plan for a "changed environment" </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Load-to-truck ratios have begun to climb significantly, doubling from this time last year—an “early warning sign” that truckload rates should begin to improve after a dreary 2016. Indeed, shippers can expect “a changed environment” by the second half of the year, suggested analyst Mark Montague in detailing first quarter “winner and losers” in the truckload market.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business News Mon, 17 Apr 2017 11:13:00 +0000 19811 at FMCSA seeks info on autonomous truck tech <div class="node-body article-body">Got some thoughts on autonomous trucks and safety regs? FMCSA will hold a public listening session to gather information and opinions on issues relating to the design, development, testing and deployment of highly automated commercial vehicles.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Regulations Technology Fri, 14 Apr 2017 13:21:00 +0000 19801 at Dash Cam of the Week: Mystery rollover <div class="node-body article-body">So you’re driving down a straight, flat stretch of I-24 outside Nashville on a sunny and dry afternoon, not much traffic, and your truck just rolls. What happened? Take the quiz.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> DashCam Trucker Jobs News Safety Fri, 14 Apr 2017 12:42:00 +0000 19791 at <p>Any ideas?&nbsp;Leave a guess below or over on&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">the American Trucker Facebook page</a>, which is where we&rsquo;ll reveal the truth&mdash;or at least the cammer&rsquo;s report of what the truck driver told first responders at the scene.</p> OOIDA to Supreme Court: ELD mandate violates 4th Amendment <div class="field-deck"> E-log requirement 'equivalent of warrantless surveillance' of truckers </div> <div class="node-body article-body">OOIDA is taking its opposition to the electronic logging device mandate to the highest court in the land. The small business trucking group this week filed a petition with the Supreme Court of the United States, arguing that a federal appeals court was wrong when it ruled that the e-log requirement does not violate Fourth Amendment protections against illegal search and seizure.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business News Regulations Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:41:00 +0000 19781 at Behind the curtain: Sneak peak at new Volvo VNR <div class="field-deck"> Regional hauler to debut next week in Montreal </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Volvo Trucks North America has offered a glimpse of the shape of trucks to come with two preview videos for its new Volvo VNR regional haul model.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Video Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:21:00 +0000 19771 at Detour update: Costs and countdown to reopening I-85 <div class="node-body article-body">With Interstate 85 through Atlanta severed like an artery following the major bridge collapse March 30, Georgia DOT officials have given a rundown of the damage, the repair plan and exactly when they expect vehicles will again be driving on the rebuilt section of I-85.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business News Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:14:00 +0000 19761 at <p>Detours and re-routing were set up quickly with the Interstate 85 bridge situation, and the response helped prevent any injuries from the fire and bridge collapse Thurs., March 30. Georgia Dept. of Transportation officials say that the planned repairs will be expedited and they expect a new section of I-85 will be reopened by Thurs., June 15.</p> Georgia DOT Spot freight takes seasonal dip, but rates rise <div class="node-body article-body">Spot truckload freight volume fell 2% during the first week of April, a typical decline compared to the last week of March when shippers rush to move freight before closing their books on Q1, according to DAT Solutions. National average spot truckload rates strengthened, however.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Trucker Jobs News Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:17:00 +0000 19751 at