Cristina Commendatore

Associate Editor,
Fleet Owner

Cristina Commendatore joined Fleet Owner in April 2015. She has many years of experience as a journalist covering a variety of news. She has a master's degree from Quinnipiac University.

Cyber threats and cargo theft: Is your fleet at risk?

Consider this: You’re a legitimate carrier and you’re scheduled to pick up a load. But, because of a recent cyber breach – unbeknownst to you – cargo thieves beat you to the pickup location and take off with that load.

50 years in trucking

Burr Truck opened its doors in Vestal, NY, 50 years ago. At the time, the company was basically recession-proof; there was a shortage of good drivers – even then; and the idea of a million-mile truck? Laughable.

“I can remember in the early days, about every 200,000 miles or so, you’d have to rebuild a diesel engine,” said co-founder Melvin Burr. “The idea of a million-mile truck was laughed at.”

Your Feb. 14 Pre-Trip: U.S.-Mexico cross-border trade under Trump

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Higher interest rates: What they mean for trucking

Late last year, the Federal Reserve approved its second rate increase in a decade, upping the interest rate by a quarter percentage point between 0.5% and 0.75%. So, what does that increase, though seemingly small, mean for private truck fleets and for-hire carriers going forward?

Your Jan. 30 Pre-Trip: Trucking vows to fight new interstate tolls

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Your Jan. 4 Pre-Trip: UberFreight takes on trucking

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GPS Insight report: Fleets talk telematics

When it comes to adopting a new telematics system, about one in five fleets say they’d test a system before purchasing it. That’s according to the fleets surveyed in a GPS Insight-sponsored technology report.

Trucking: Hero or villain in today’s pop culture 

Remember when movies like Smokey and the Bandit and Convoy were at the height of pop culture back in the ’70s? Truck drivers were depicted as road warriors and modern-day cowboys—heroes even.

Your Dec. 7 Pre-Trip: Trump and NAFTA

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Truck speed: Finding the ‘sweet spot’

Though the public comment period on the truck speed limiter proposal closes today, many fleets have been limiting their vehicle speeds for years for both safety and fuel economy reasons. Schneider is one of them. And the carrier said it believes it has found its sweet spot.

Combating rate volatility in trucking 2

Whether it’s caused by demand, economic activity, major political events, weather events, or fuel costs, one of the most significant problems in the trucking industry today for shippers, carriers and freight brokers alike, is rate volatility, according to Lisa McGinty, chief marketing officer at TransVix.

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