Brian Straight

Managing Editor

Brian joined Fleet Owner in May 2008 after spending nearly 14 years as sports editor and then managing editor of several daily newspapers.  He and his staff  won more than two dozen major writing and editing awards. Responsible for editing, editorial production functions and deadlines.

European Truck Racing Championships

Shell Oil is a primary sponsor of the FIA European Truck Championships, being held this weekend in Most, Czech Republic, at the Autodrom Most. As part of the event, Shell has brought nearly 150 guests, including North American journalists, to Prague and Most for the weekend’s festivities as part of a larger trip that also showcased Shell’s Technology Centre in Hamburg, Germany, and the Shell Rotella brand of oils sold in the U.S.

Partnerships between OEMs, lubricant suppliers key to reducing truck TCO 2

HAMBURG, GERMANY. One of the keys to providing customers with long-lasting, quality lubricants is collaboration with OEMs, said Frank Machatschek, who is responsible for Shell Oil’s cooperation with Daimler Trucks in Europe.

Machatschek spoke to a group of international journalists on Wednesday gathered at Shell’s Technology Centre, one of six such facilities worldwide, in Hamburg, Germany.

Shell: Realistic fuel economy claims benefit customers

HAMBURG, GERMANY. During a session with North American journalists here on Wednesday, Dan Arcy, global OEM technical director for Shell, and Chris Guerrero, global marketing manager for Shell, spoke of the challenges Shell faces when presenting fuel economy claims for its lubricant products.

“When you run a field trial, there are so many variables,” Guerrero said. “Part of it is educating customers on how to run a fuel trial.”

Lower viscosity, PC-11 and oil’s role in fuel economy

HAMBURG, GERMANY. As the U.S. begins preparing for the introduction of a new oil-service category in early 2016, work is continuing behind the scenes to see to it that whatever oil emerges meets fleet needs.

Shell strives to fuel fleet choice

HAMBURG, GERMANY. Without a single silver bullet to solve the world’s energy problem, Shell Oil is continuing to address multiple fuel technologies to help customers meet the needs of the vehicles while also providing maximum uptime and customer service.

A day in the life of Hamburg trucking 

Just like in the U.S. and other parts of the world, trucks play a big role in the delivery of goods and services in the city of Hamburg, Germany. Walking around the city on Tuesday afternoon, here is a sampling of the vehicles that keep the city humming on a daily basis.

Doubling up on safety technologies 2

Research conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) indicates that fleets can greatly reduce the risk associated with driver drowsiness and fatigue through the use of multiple technologies within the cab.

Preventing cargo theft starts with who you know

Many tools are utilized to combat cargo and trailer theft, but few tools are as effective as a simple and free service every driver, fleet manager and shipper already has in their arsenal: awareness.

Improving driver health one click at a time 1

WINDSOR, CT. Part of any insurance company’s job is to minimize risk. That includes ensuring driver health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average life expectancy for a commercial truck driver is 61 and high blood pressure is one of the primary health risks facing commercial drivers. Further, few commercial drivers eat the recommended five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day.

Charging into the future 

Penny-pinching is often associated with those unwilling to part with their money.  But trucking fleets are also penny-pinchers; they break down costs looking for any edge that can positively impact their bottom line to compete in an industry with razor-thin margins. 

Boxed savings 

Family-owned Ozinga Ready Mix has made the commitment to convert its fleet of 500 ready-mix and related support vehicles to natural gas by 2020.  But the initial installation of a CNG station in the Chicago area did not produce the results that the Ozinga family was looking for, so another solution was needed.


Numerous cities and towns across the country hold Touch-a-Truck events during the summer months. The events are a way for children of all ages to see all types of trucks up close and personal and even learn a little about what roles the trucks play. The South Meriden (CT) Lions Club held one such event this weekend and accepted donations of non-perishable food items for the local soup kitchen.

Job hopping: Truck drivers on the move 1

The competition among fleets for drivers seems to be heating up along with the weather across the country, as turnover is on the rise and the new hours-of-service (HOS) regulations are cutting into productivity.

And one of outgrowths of this increased competition might be more inexperienced drivers entering the workforce and a resulting increase in fleets’ CSA scores.

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