American Trucker http://trucker.com/rss.xml en Expressing personality via highway iron http://trucker.com/equipment/expressing-personality-highway-iron <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>The passions that drive truck owners and operators are as different and varied as the freight they haul to make a living. Yet often many of them express their particular &quot;trucking personality,&quot; if you will, through the rigs they drive: turning their equipment into rolling tributes to&nbsp; comic book heroes and sports teams, or by customizing them with unique designs, lights, and chrome accents. Here are few such examples from our travels to industry trade shows. (<em>All photos: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> </div> http://trucker.com/equipment/expressing-personality-highway-iron#comments Equipment News Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:37:00 +0000 22001 at http://trucker.com Tire care tips for trucking equipment owners http://trucker.com/equipment/tire-care-tips-trucking-equipment-owners <div class="field-byline"> Jim Sharkey and Al Cohn, P.S.I. </div> <div class="field-deck"> Taking better care of your truck and trailer tires can improve their longevity and better insulate them from road failures. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><strong><em>Jim Sharkey</em></strong><em>,</em> <em>senior</em> d<em>irector of global sales &amp; marketing, and <strong>Al Cohn</strong>, director of new market development &amp; engineering support, at <a href="http://www.psitireinflation.com/">P.S.I.</a> offer some insight into how big rig operators can take better care of their truck and trailer tire and thus avoid potential blowouts while on the road.</em></p> <p><strong>What are the most common causes of tire failures while on the road?</strong></p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/equipment/tire-care-tips-trucking-equipment-owners" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/equipment/tire-care-tips-trucking-equipment-owners#comments Equipment News Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:25:00 +0000 21991 at http://trucker.com <p>Low tread depth tires are more susceptible for damage to the tire casing. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> Driving value through vehicle data http://trucker.com/technology/driving-value-through-vehicle-data <div class="field-byline"> Dave McCarthy, Bsquare Corp. </div> <div class="field-deck"> How truck owners and fleets can tap IoT data to improve their operations and save money. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>A 20-year veteran of the software industry, <strong>Dave McCarthy</strong> currently serves as director of products for <a href="https://www.bsquare.com/">Bsquare Corporation</a>. His &ldquo;passion&rdquo; is solving complex business challenges through the use of technology &ndash; and trucking is one industry he believes offers him a big opportunity to fully engage that passion.</em></p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/technology/driving-value-through-vehicle-data" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/technology/driving-value-through-vehicle-data#comments News Technology Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:37:00 +0000 21981 at http://trucker.com <p>Real-time intelligence based on truck data, if used correctly, can deliver an extensive return on investment (ROI) for big rig owners. (<em>Photo: Peterbilt</em>)</p> New ORBCOMM technology helps with food safety compliance http://trucker.com/technology/new-orbcomm-technology-helps-food-safety-compliance <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Updated tracking unit for refrigerated containers aims to aid motor carriers large and small comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>NASHVILLE, TN.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/technology/new-orbcomm-technology-helps-food-safety-compliance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/technology/new-orbcomm-technology-helps-food-safety-compliance#comments News Technology Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:37:00 +0000 21971 at http://trucker.com <p>The new PT 6000 can remotely set reefer temperature, change reefer state, initiate defrosting and more with two-way commands, ORBCOMM noted.</p> The ELD delay: Will it happen? http://trucker.com/regulations/eld-delay-will-it-happen <div class="field-deck"> Anything is possible, but the odds seem long. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>NASHVILLE, TN. Efforts to legislatively delay the <a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/eld-mandate-will-increase-costs">electronic logging device (ELD) mandate</a> by <a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/trucking-divided-over-eld-delay-effort">two years</a> will have to wait until Congress return from its summer recess in September, but for now, at least, the chances of the delay succeeding seem to be remote at best.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/eld-delay-will-it-happen" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/regulations/eld-delay-will-it-happen#comments News Regulations Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:14:00 +0000 21961 at http://trucker.com <p>One industry expert gives the effort to delay the ELD mandate a 5% chance of succeeding. (<em>Photo: PeopleNet</em>)</p> Canada prepares for its version of the ELD mandate http://trucker.com/regulations/canada-prepares-its-version-eld-mandate <div class="field-deck"> If draft rule issued this fall as expected, deadline for compliance would be 2019, with those using automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRDs) getting until 2021. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>NASHVILLE, TN. Though it has been a long time coming in Canada &ndash; almost six years by one reckoning &ndash; an electronic logging device (ELD) mandate similar to the one in the U.S. is poised to be issued by the close of 2017 if all goes as planned.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/canada-prepares-its-version-eld-mandate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/regulations/canada-prepares-its-version-eld-mandate#comments News Regulations Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:06:00 +0000 21951 at http://trucker.com <p>One big difference: Canada&#39;s ELD rule will cover trucks back to the 1995 model year, as opposed ot the 2000 model year in the U.S.</p> NSC: Highway deaths down slightly http://trucker.com/safety/nsc-highway-deaths-down-slightly <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Preliminary estimates indicates motor vehicle deaths in the first six months of 2017 are 1% lower compared to the same period in 2016. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>According to data analyzed by the <a href="https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.nsc.org_pages_home.aspx&amp;d=DwMFAg&amp;c=H98lxvesFHsl1ZPcztRg4g&amp;r=OHaKSnTdA6RcjhH2OmIJ3thV4v7P5SrKfx-TaWavTyU&amp;m=_zTpXAxb5gZXD9lC7ztIAU0JIDqKHrdbJ4-6rQo28ec&amp;s=DYxOHadPLVFUWzU6bi84a0fKP2PD4a4CetKdKkvfRUc&amp;e=">National Safety Council</a> (NSC), motor vehicle deaths in the first six months of 2017 are <a href="https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.nsc.org_NewsDocuments_2017_Fatality-2Destimates-2DJune17.pdf&amp;d=DwMFAg&amp;c=H98lxvesFHsl1ZPcztRg4g&amp;r=OHaKSnTd</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/safety/nsc-highway-deaths-down-slightly" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/safety/nsc-highway-deaths-down-slightly#comments News Safety Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:36:00 +0000 21941 at http://trucker.com <p>An estimated 18,680 people have been killed on U.S. roads since January this year, the group said.</p> Wabash buys Supreme to prepare for change http://trucker.com/trailers/wabash-buys-supreme-prepare-change <div class="field-deck"> Analysts also envision more diversification for Wabash due to deal. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The impending purchase of truck body maker Supreme Industries by trailer maker Wabash National Corp. for roughly $364 million &ndash; a deal analysts don&rsquo;t expect to be held up by anti-trust concerns &ndash; is being characterized as a response to supply chain changes being wrought by rising e-commerce activity.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/trailers/wabash-buys-supreme-prepare-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/trailers/wabash-buys-supreme-prepare-change#comments Trailers News Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:09:00 +0000 21931 at http://trucker.com <p>Wabash noted the acquisition of Supreme will help support its own truck body division. (<em>Photo: Wabash</em>)</p> A helping hand when things go wrong on the road http://trucker.com/safety/helping-hand-when-things-go-wrong-road <div class="field-byline"> Larry Kahaner </div> <div class="field-deck"> This charity aids truck drivers and their families when medical emergencies occur far from home. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Truck driver Robert Palm knows what it&#39;s like to be on the road, away from friends and family when a medical emergency strikes. The 35-year highway veteran was severely injured in a crash in 1997. He was hospitalized again in 2010, far from his home, with a ruptured appendix.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/safety/helping-hand-when-things-go-wrong-road" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/safety/helping-hand-when-things-go-wrong-road#comments News Safety Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:46:00 +0000 21921 at http://trucker.com <p>One estimate puts the number of truck driver deaths and medical emergencies on the road to between 3,000 and 4,000 annually. (<em>Photo: Rural/Metro Corp.</em>)</p> School time requires sharper roadway safety focus http://trucker.com/safety/school-time-requires-sharper-roadway-safety-focus <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Report indicates intersections near schools need more traffic safety attention. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Truckers know by instinct that they need to drive slower and pay closer attention to the roadway environment when operating their equipment around schools.</p> <p>Yet the roadway intersections they&rsquo;re driving through in and around schools may not be designed as well as possible to maximize safety &ndash; and that&rsquo;s according to observations by schoolchildren themselves.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/safety/school-time-requires-sharper-roadway-safety-focus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/safety/school-time-requires-sharper-roadway-safety-focus#comments News Safety Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:31:00 +0000 21911 at http://trucker.com <p>Some 73% of the students polled said they don&rsquo;t feel safe at the intersections near their school.</p> Driving trucks outside the wire http://trucker.com/equipment/driving-trucks-outside-wire <div class="field-byline"> Cristina Commendatore </div> <div class="field-deck"> A female truck driver reflects on her career piloting big rigs – including a stint in Iraq driving in military convoys. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Kimberly Brooks has been driving a truck eighteen years and has seen a lot throughout her career, so she thought she was prepared for anything.</p> <p>That was until she drove as a contractor in Iraq for three years while serving as a logistics specialist in the Army.</p> <p>&ldquo;That was totally a culture shock,&rdquo; Brooks told <em>American Trucker</em>. &ldquo;I thought I could prepare for anything, but that was a whole different world.&rdquo;</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/equipment/driving-trucks-outside-wire" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/equipment/driving-trucks-outside-wire#comments Equipment News Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:30:00 +0000 21901 at http://trucker.com <p>&ldquo;We have a lot of luxuries and freedoms here in the U.S. that the women over there do not have.&quot; &mdash;Kimberly Brooks</p> Shoe deal for Swift Transportation http://trucker.com/safety/shoe-deal-swift-transportation <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Partnership with Payless ShoeSource will provide footwear discounts to the motor carrier’s workforce. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The obtain access and discounts to a higher grade of footwear for its entire workforce - including drivers and maintenance personnel &ndash; TL carrier Swift Transportation is partnering with safeTstep, a division of Payless ShoeSource.</p> <p>Through this partnership, Swift employees will receive discounts to purchase safeTstep&rsquo;s slip-resistant footwear at more than 3,000 Payless retail stores or online via <a href="http://www.payless.com">www.payless.com</a>.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/safety/shoe-deal-swift-transportation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/safety/shoe-deal-swift-transportation#comments News Safety Thu, 10 Aug 2017 12:30:00 +0000 21891 at http://trucker.com <p>The motor carrier said it is &ldquo;actively seeking&rdquo; other &quot;strategic partners&quot; to provide better products, services and events to its drivers, maintenance technicians and office personnel. (<em>Photo: Swift</em>)</p> Getting cabover crazy http://trucker.com/galleries/getting-cabover-crazy <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Ah the cabover tractor; a nickname derived from its more officious body style designation as a cab over engine (COE), cab forward, or forward control (<em>a term used in the U.K.</em>). As we all know it is a body style of truck that sports a vertical front or &quot;flat face,&quot; with the cab of the truck sitting above (<em>or forward of</em>) the front axle, right over the engine. It&rsquo;s a style of truck that&rsquo;s largely been consigned to trucking&rsquo;s history in the U.S., where over-the-road operations are concerned.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/galleries/getting-cabover-crazy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/galleries/getting-cabover-crazy#comments Galleries News Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:47:00 +0000 21881 at http://trucker.com <p>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</p> Eco Flaps gains GHG approval http://trucker.com/trailers/eco-flaps-gains-ghg-approval <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> EPA says the firm’s trailer splash guards can be used by OEMs to meet Phase 2 GHG regulations through model year 2020. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Tennessee-based <a href="http://www.ecoflaps.com/">Eco Flaps</a> said that the <a href="http://www.epa.gov/">Environmental Protection Agency</a> (EPA) has &ldquo;pre-approved&rdquo; its new trailer splash guards for ORMs to meet <a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/breaking-down-final-phase-2-rules#slide-0-field_images-15081">Phase 2 GHG</a> [greenhouse gas] regulations through model year 2020.</p> <p>The company added that those splash guards can deliver up to a 1.25% reduction in fuel usage.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/trailers/eco-flaps-gains-ghg-approval" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/trailers/eco-flaps-gains-ghg-approval#comments Trailers News Tue, 08 Aug 2017 19:49:00 +0000 21871 at http://trucker.com <p>The company said its splash guards can deliver up to a 1.25% reduction in fuel usage. (<em>Photo: Eco Flaps</em>)</p> Cummins, Zonar forge telematics connection http://trucker.com/technology/cummins-zonar-forge-telematics-connection <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Telematics partnership aims to reduce downtime and maintenance costs due to truck engine fault codes. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Engine maker Cummins and <a href="http://www.zonarsystems.com/">Zonar Systems</a> are joining forces as part of a telematics partnership that will provide <a href="http://www.cumminsengines.com/connected-diagnostics">Cummins Connected Diagnostics</a> to customers using Zonar&#39;s smart fleet management solution, via its V3 telematics device.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/technology/cummins-zonar-forge-telematics-connection" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/technology/cummins-zonar-forge-telematics-connection#comments Trucks News Technology Tue, 08 Aug 2017 19:35:00 +0000 21861 at http://trucker.com <p>This new telematics partnership should allow fleet managers to intervene faster when service is needed immediately or to proactively schedule a service event to prevent progressive damage to a truck, Cummins said. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> Heavier use of robotics by transportation expected soon http://trucker.com/technology/heavier-use-robotics-transportation-expected-soon <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Yet use of drones, autonomous vehicles, and even artificial intelligence will be uneven, survey finds. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In a recent technology survey of 455 U.S.-based companies across nine different industries by consulting firm <a href="http://www.abiresearch.com/">ABI Research</a> found that 30% of the transportation-focused respondents plan to introduce robotics into their business operations within the next year, while another 22% are actively &ldquo;assessing&rdquo; the use of technology.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/technology/heavier-use-robotics-transportation-expected-soon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/technology/heavier-use-robotics-transportation-expected-soon#comments Business News Technology Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:54:00 +0000 21851 at http://trucker.com <p>Drones, however, don&#39;t rank high in temrs of the robotic systems desired by transport providers, according to ABI&#39;s poll. (<em>Photo: DHL</em>)</p> Survey: Autonomous vehicles not broadly popular yet http://trucker.com/technology/survey-autonomous-vehicles-not-broadly-popular-yet <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Yet, in a bit of a conundrum, the technological systems that make autonomy possible are “highly desired” by most motorists. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>New research by consulting firm <a href="http://www.ihsmarkit.com">IHS Markit</a> on consumer preferences finds that autonomous vehicle technology is not yet popular among a broad audience &ndash; yet, ironically, that same audience ranked it among the very features they would be willing to pay the most for in their next new vehicle purchase, according to the company&rsquo;s analysts.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/technology/survey-autonomous-vehicles-not-broadly-popular-yet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/technology/survey-autonomous-vehicles-not-broadly-popular-yet#comments Equipment News Technology Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:14:00 +0000 21841 at http://trucker.com <p>Across all geographies, younger drivers, including Millennials and Generation Z respondents, were more interested in full autonomy than other generational groups, with 61% suggesting it as a feature of interest in their next new vehicle. (<em>Photo: Ford</em>)</p> Nine months in: An update on CK-4/FA-4 http://trucker.com/trucks/nine-months-update-ck-4fa-4 <div class="field-byline"> Brian Humphrey, Petro-Canada Lubricants </div> <div class="field-deck"> Adoption of API FA-4 oils is slow but should increase. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>As the OEM technical liaison at <a href="https://lubricants.petro-canada.com/">Petro-Canada Lubricants</a>, Brian Humphrey knows more than a few things regarding the new CK-4 and FA-4 diesel engine oil blends introduced last year. A mechanical engineer by training, Humphrey has worked off and on in the lubricants field since the early 1990s and has witnessed a lot of change in motor oil formulation. In this guest column, he provides an update on how the new CK-4 and FA-4 engine oil blends are performing in the commercial truck arena.</em></p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/trucks/nine-months-update-ck-4fa-4" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/trucks/nine-months-update-ck-4fa-4#comments Trucks News Mon, 07 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000 21831 at http://trucker.com <p>Longer drain intervals are one of the benefits of using the new API CK-4 engine oil, according to Petro-Canada Lubricants. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> Sleep apnea rulemaking is no more … for now http://trucker.com/regulations/sleep-apnea-rulemaking-no-more-now <div class="field-byline"> Neil Abt </div> <div class="field-deck"> Two federal agencies abandon efforts to craft sleep apnea regulations for transportation workers, including truck drivers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The <a href="https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/" target="_blank">Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration</a> (FMCSA) and <a href="https://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P0001" target="_blank">Federal Railroad Administration</a> (FRA) have both decided to table regulatory efforts aimed at the testing and treatment of sleep apnea for truck drivers and other transportation workers.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/sleep-apnea-rulemaking-no-more-now" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/regulations/sleep-apnea-rulemaking-no-more-now#comments News Regulations Mon, 07 Aug 2017 09:34:00 +0000 21821 at http://trucker.com <p>However, FMCSA said it will consider an update to its existing sleep apnea guidance. (<em>Photo: Dear Dcotor</em>)</p> End of the line for Navistar’s medium-duty engines http://trucker.com/trucks/end-line-navistar-s-medium-duty-engines <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> The OEM adds that it will continue to “transform” its Melrose Park facility where those engines are currently being built into a technical center for the company. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Truck and engine maker <a href="http://www.navistar.com/">Navistar</a> plans to cease all engine production at its factory in Melrose Park, IL, by the second quarter of its fiscal 2018 year, meaning it will no longer build proprietary nine and 10-liter medium-duty engines for its International-branded Class 6 and 7 trucks.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/trucks/end-line-navistar-s-medium-duty-engines" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/trucks/end-line-navistar-s-medium-duty-engines#comments Trucks News Fri, 04 Aug 2017 11:38:00 +0000 21811 at http://trucker.com <p>With truck and engine testing now being conducted at Melrose Park, in close proximity to Navistar&rsquo;s New Carlisle, IN, proving ground (seen here), the OEM said it is cutting costs and improving its product design process. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> How to boost working capital for your trucking company http://trucker.com/business/how-boost-working-capital-your-trucking-company <div class="field-byline"> Jeremy Robison, Tetra Capital </div> <div class="field-deck"> It’s all about increasing cash-at-hand while decreasing the number of bills you must pay. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>Cash is the lifeblood of any business and no one knows that better than Jeremy Robison. As 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, Robinson has dealt with a variety of trucking-related fiscal issues over his career, including equipment financing, equipment purchasing, lease operator programs, driver recruiting, plus payroll and equipment maintenance.</em></p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/how-boost-working-capital-your-trucking-company" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/how-boost-working-capital-your-trucking-company#comments Business News Fri, 04 Aug 2017 11:21:00 +0000 21801 at http://trucker.com <p>Due to a trucker&rsquo;s consistent need to purchase fuel, maintain equipment and make payroll coupled to not-so-consistent payments from freight customers, short-term term fiscal health can sometimes become very precarious.</p> DAT: Spot load surge leads to “unusual” volumes http://trucker.com/business/dat-spot-load-surge-leads-unusual-volumes <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> However, freight rates didn’t budge much for truckers, the company said. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>An &ldquo;unusual surge&rdquo; of truckload freight took shape at the end of July, according to <a href="https://www.dat.com/">DAT Solutions</a>, which led to higher-than-normal volumes on the spot market. Typically, July is a month when spot truckload freight activity begins to decline, the company pointed out.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/dat-spot-load-surge-leads-unusual-volumes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/dat-spot-load-surge-leads-unusual-volumes#comments Business News Thu, 03 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000 21791 at http://trucker.com <p>Demand for refrigerated trailer capacity remained strong in late July, DAT noted, with load posts increasing 5% and truck&nbsp;posts declining 2%.</p> What’s really driving the growing debate over speeding? http://trucker.com/safety/what-s-really-driving-growing-debate-over-speeding <div class="field-byline"> Gary Biller, National Motorists Association </div> <div class="field-deck"> The NTSB may be “greatly exaggerating” the speeding issue and its impact on road safety. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>As the <a href="https://www.ntsb.gov/Pages/default.aspx">National Transportation Safety Board</a> (NTSB) gears up to push recommendations for increased enforcement of roadway speed limits, <strong>Gary Biller</strong>, president of the <a href="https://www.motorists.org/">National Motorists Association</a>, a driver advocacy organization, argues in this guest column that motives other than reducing vehicle crashes may be at work.</em></p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/safety/what-s-really-driving-growing-debate-over-speeding" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/safety/what-s-really-driving-growing-debate-over-speeding#comments News Safety Wed, 02 Aug 2017 21:09:00 +0000 21781 at http://trucker.com <p>Speeding-related as defined by NHTSA does not necessarily mean that the vehicles involved in a fatal crash were exceeding the posted speed limit, argues Gary Biller. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> Military logistics calls for military truckers http://trucker.com/galleries/military-logistics-calls-military-truckers <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>They are called &ldquo;support soldiers&rdquo; or &ldquo;logistics units,&rdquo; yet those dull titles often obscures the vital importance of their work sustaining the troops on the front lines doing the fighting. &quot;We are dealing with all logistical supplies from ice to water, to class ones, which are your rations, to tanks,&rdquo; Explained Maj. Anthony Cannon, the support operations officer for the 106th Support Battalion from the Mississippi Army National Guard. &ldquo;We look at it as a one-stop-shop to get all of your commodities.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/galleries/military-logistics-calls-military-truckers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/galleries/military-logistics-calls-military-truckers#comments Galleries News Wed, 02 Aug 2017 11:26:00 +0000 21771 at http://trucker.com The lesser-known contributors in truck accidents http://trucker.com/safety/lesser-known-contributors-truck-accidents <div class="field-byline"> Landon Biehl </div> <div class="field-deck"> For example, Thursday turns out to be the deadliest day of the week for highway fatalities involving a big rig. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>In this guest column, Landon Biehl, an independent highway safety advocate based in Wilmington, NC, highlights some key factors in vehicle crashes involving trucks that many motorists may be unaware of. You can reach him on Twitter: @lbiehl1.</em></p> <p>According to the U.S. Department of Labor, each year an estimated 475,000 large trucks are involved in accidents, with over 5,000 fatalities and over 140,000 injuries resulting from those accidents. While the statistics fluctuate each year, the number of fatal accidents involving a large truck continues to increase.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/safety/lesser-known-contributors-truck-accidents" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/safety/lesser-known-contributors-truck-accidents#comments News Safety Wed, 02 Aug 2017 11:02:00 +0000 21761 at http://trucker.com <p>There are more fatal truck accidents between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. than at night or during early-morning hours. (<em>Photo: Volvo AB</em>)</p> News from the Trucking Beat http://trucker.com/business/news-trucking-beat <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Freight is flattening, Yokohama Tire plans on boosting prices, and Fyda Freightliner opens a new dealership in northern Kentucky. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Here&rsquo;s a quick wrap up of some of the latest news being bandied around the industry.</p> <p>The <strong>Shippers Conditions Index</strong> (SCI) for May &ndash; a freight metric compiled by research firm <a href="https://ftrintel.com/">FTR Transportation Intelligence</a> &ndash; is <strong>holding to a negative 1.9 reading</strong>, meaning that &ldquo;only moderately favorable truck freight growth&rdquo; and &ldquo;continued weak contract pricing&rdquo; is in the forecast, both of which offer mixed blessings for truckers.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/news-trucking-beat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/news-trucking-beat#comments Business News Mon, 31 Jul 2017 23:51:00 +0000 21751 at http://trucker.com <p>FTR expects implementation of ELDs, coupled with moderate increases in freight, to make for for a more &quot;fraught environment&quot; for shippers, while Yokohama is planning to hike its truck tire prices by 4% come September. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/Ameircan Trucker</em>)</p> ELD mandate will increase costs http://trucker.com/regulations/eld-mandate-will-increase-costs <div class="field-byline"> Ashley Cruz, IBISWorld </div> <div class="field-deck"> While ELDs should cut paperwork costs for truckers and possibly reduce their fuel consumption as well, they won’t come cheap. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">An analyst with consulting firm IBISWorld argues that while FMCSA insists that electronic logging devices (ELDs) will save trucking companies a collective $1.6 billion per year, the cost to comply with the new mandate could negate most of those savings.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/eld-mandate-will-increase-costs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/regulations/eld-mandate-will-increase-costs#comments News Regulations Technology Mon, 31 Jul 2017 22:39:00 +0000 21741 at http://trucker.com <p>IBISWorld estimates that the price of national trucking services will rise 6.2% in 2017 alone, partially due to the need to pay for ELD technology. (<em>Photo: </em><em>Omnitracs</em>)</p> Mixed reaction to proposed driverless vehicle legislation http://trucker.com/regulations/mixed-reaction-proposed-driverless-vehicle-legislation <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Teamsters concerned about job losses if autonomous trucks hit the road. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The approval by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce of a broad bill that would give the green light to autonomous vehicle usage on U.S. roads is drawing both praise and criticism from different interest groups.</p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/mixed-reaction-proposed-driverless-vehicle-legislation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/regulations/mixed-reaction-proposed-driverless-vehicle-legislation#comments News Regulations Technology Mon, 31 Jul 2017 11:07:00 +0000 21731 at http://trucker.com <p>The bill would widen the number of manufacturers eligible for exemptions for testing and deployment purposes of self-driving vehicles. (<em>Photo: Peterbilt</em>)</p> Making the ELD Mandate Work for You http://trucker.com/business/making-eld-mandate-work-you <div class="field-byline"> Jeremy Feucht, Truckstop.com </div> <div class="field-deck"> Thoughts on how to turn ELD compliance into a business advantage for both owner-operators and motor carriers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>Even if the current legislative effort on Capitol Hill succeeds in its goal of delaying the <a href="http://trucker.com/technology/elds-time-plan">electronic logging device (ELD) mandate</a> for two years, it is <a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/trucking-divided-over-eld-delay-effort">still only a delay</a>: ELDs still seem poised to eventually become a <a href="http://trucker.com/regulations/eld-rule-probably-here-stay-despite-congressional-rider">routine part of everyday trucking life</a> of owner-operators and company drivers alike.</em></p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/business/making-eld-mandate-work-you" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/business/making-eld-mandate-work-you#comments Business News Technology Mon, 31 Jul 2017 10:26:00 +0000 21721 at http://trucker.com <p>On average, the cost of ELDs will be roughly $25 to $30 per truck, per month, according to Truckstop.com&#39;s figuring. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> Tips for gaining better control of truck costs http://trucker.com/equipment/tips-gaining-better-control-truck-costs <div class="field-byline"> Kurt Nantkes, Zonar Systems </div> <div class="field-deck"> Diligent inspections can help catch problems when they are small and less expensive to fix, according to this industry supplier. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>Kurt Nantkes is senior vice president of sales for <a href="https://www.zonarsystems.com/">Zonar Systems</a>, responsible for customer satisfaction and sales success in North American markets. He also works collaboratively with the company&rsquo;s product development team and customer care division on implementation, support, and ongoing maintenance issues. In this guest column, Nantkes offers some advice on how to gain better control truck maintenance costs.</em></p></div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/equipment/tips-gaining-better-control-truck-costs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/equipment/tips-gaining-better-control-truck-costs#comments Equipment News Fri, 28 Jul 2017 10:28:00 +0000 21711 at http://trucker.com <p>With the implementation of proper inspection tools and practices, you can generally stay on top of things before they become a larger issue. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p>