News en New commerical vehicle report from Wards <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> New research examines statistics on trucks in service today and breaks out the data across various operating categories. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Sources for truck and trailer sales are plentiful, but an accurate accounting of utilization by fleet size and location, by gross vehicle weight class, by age and by brand had never existed, until a just-released report erased this information gap.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Equipment News Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:32:00 +0000 23171 at <p>Photo by Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</p> Helping truckers disaster-proof their IoT systems <div class="field-byline"> By Ken Ehrman, technology advisor </div> <div class="field-deck"> The destruction wreaked by back-to-back hurricanes this year should encourage truckers large and small to “toughen up” Internet of Things-related technologies. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>As an innovator in intelligent machine-to- machine (M2M) wireless technology and industrial applications of the Internet of Things (IoT), <strong><a href="">Ken Ehrman</a></strong> has been awarded more than 20 patents in wireless communications, mobile data, asset tracking, power management, plus cargo and impact sensing. He founded I.D. Systems in 1993 as a Stanford University engineering student, to develop the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology for industrial asset management.</em></p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Technology Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:15:00 +0000 23161 at <p>Utility trucks navigating a Key West, FL, street still littered with Hurricane Irma debris. Photo: &nbsp;U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Dustin Williams.</p> Missile transport is no easy task <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Moving nuclear-tipped long-range missiles is not a simple task, but specialized U.S. Air Force &quot;missile maintenance squadrons&quot; make it look easy. Surrounding their customized &quot;payload transporters&quot; with armored and armed trucks, along with helicopter gunships providing air cover overhead, the squadrons can rapidly relocate nuclear missiles via ground transport anywhere in the contiguous lower-48 states.</p> </div> Tractors Galleries News Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:01:00 +0000 23151 at <p><em>Photo: U.S. Air Force Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong</em></p> QuikQ rolls out new fuel payment programs <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> New fuel card and merchant’s agreements with three truck stop chains add to its offerings. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="">QuikQ LLC</a> is adding to its full-service fuel payment offerings, adding a fuel card and merchant agreements with truck stop chains Love&rsquo;s Travel Stops, TravelCenters of America, and Pilot Flying J.</p> <p>Those new merchant agreements, combined similar deals previously hammered out with independent truck stops, give QuikQ a nationwide footprint for its fuel card program, the company said.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fuel News Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:55:00 +0000 23141 at <p>QuikQ said it has supported Love&rsquo;s private label payment platform &ndash; Love&rsquo;s Express &ndash; for more than five years. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> Truck drivers suffer from diabetes 50% more than rest of America <div class="field-byline"> Larry Kahaner </div> <div class="field-deck"> Doctor offers some tips on how to get a little healthier on the road </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p style="font-size: 12.8px;">A truck driver&#39;s life is a recipe for diabetes, and the statistics prove it. In the U.S., about 9.4% of the population has diabetes according to the Centers for Disease Control. For truckers, that number is 14%.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Must Reads News Safety Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:21:00 +0000 23131 at <p><span style="font-size: 12.8px;">Most doctors prefer not to prescribe medicines for Type 2 diabetes if it can be controlled in other ways, like with diet and exercise.</span></p> Freight rates poised for a big surge <div class="field-byline"> By Neil Abt and Sean Kilcarr </div> <div class="field-deck"> Analysts see positive trucking across the boards, with rising rates spurring more demand for new Class 8 units as well. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The impact of hurricanes <a href="">Harvey, Irma, and Nate</a>, the pending <a href="">electronic logging device (ELD) mandate</a>, and an uptick in overall freight demand has &ldquo;unquestionably&rdquo; given trucking fleets the upper hand in 2018 freight rate negotiations, according to a report from analyst Jason Seidl, &nbsp;managing director and senior research analyst at Wall Street firm <a href="">Cowen and Co.</a></p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business News Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:07:00 +0000 23121 at <p>Stifel predicts a contract freight rate hike of 5% to 10% will take hold next year. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> DAT: Spot rates dip except for flatbed <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> The combination of fewer loads and more available capacity sent load-to-truck ratios lower for the week ending Oct. 14. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The availability of truckload freight <a href="">on the spot market</a> fell 10% while the number of trucks posted increased 7% during the week ending Oct. 14, according to <a href="">DAT Solutions</a>, which narrowed load-to-truck ratios.</p> <p>Though that increase in truck capacity helped push dry van and refrigerated freight rates slightly lower compared to the previous week, flatbed rates increased to a two-year high, noted DAT:</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business News Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:29:00 +0000 23111 at <p>Flatbed rates are at a two-year high, according to DAT&#39;s numbers. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker)</em></p> Nextraq ELD gets added to FMCSA list <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Firm said its hard-wired tablet-based electronic logging device meets agency’s self-certification standards. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Fleet management technology provider <a href="">NexTraq</a> said its electronic logging device (ELD) meets the self-certification criteria established by the <a href="">Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration</a> (FMCSA) and is now listed on the <a href="">FMCSA ELD website</a>.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Technology Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:54:00 +0000 23101 at Oil prices: Where will they go from here? <div class="field-byline"> By Paul Kuklinski, Boston Energy Research </div> <div class="field-deck"> The current surplus on the global oil market means fuel prices should stay stable for truckers through next year. But by 2020 that situation may reverse itself. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>An equity investment analyst in the energy sector for over 30 years, <strong>Paul Kuklinski</strong> founded <strong>Boston Energy Research</strong> in 1992 to provide independent research to large financial institutions. He was previously a partner at Cowen &amp; Co. and a founding partner of Harvard Management Co. In this guest column, Kuklinski explains that for now at least due to excess production, global oil supply will exceed demand and thus will help keep fuel prices relatively stable through 2018.</em></p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fuel News Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:31:00 +0000 23091 at <p>Global demand for oil keeps growing, while additions to global reserves are slowly shrinking, according to Kuklinski. (<em>File photo</em>)</p> Operation Safe Driver is underway <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Annual enforcement effort aims to curb “unsafe” behaviors among truck drivers and motorists alike. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The annual week-long Operation Safe Driver enforcement campaign spearheaded by the <a href="">Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance</a> (CVSA) kicked off on Sunday, with roadside inspectors engaging in &ldquo;heightened traffic safety enforcement and education&rdquo; across the U.S. aimed at combating dangerous driving behaviors.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Safety Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:19:00 +0000 23081 at <p>Examples of &quot;unsafe behavior&quot; include speeding, failure to use a seatbelt, distracted driving, failure to obey traffic control devices, and improper lane changes. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p>