Sean Kilcarr

Senior Editor

Sean reports and comments on trends affecting the many different strata of the trucking industry -- light and medium duty fleets up through over-the-road truckload, less-than-truckload, and private fleet operations Also be sure to visit Sean's blog Trucks at Work where he offers analysis on a variety of different topics inside the trucking industry.

DIY attitude 

Manager: C. J. Slifko

Title: Civilian vehicle mechanic

Company: 22nd Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS)

Operation: Ensures ground vehicles, supplies, equipment, petroleum, oils, and lubricants are available for the operations of the 22nd Air Refueling Wing


Air disc brakes: The next stage 

When it comes to the stopping power needed to halt a fully loaded tractor-trailer cruising at highway speeds, both air disc brakes (ADBs) and their S-cam drum brake brethren get the job done. But when it comes to consistently delivering that braking performance, ADBs have an edge; unlike drum brakes, they don’t suffer from a “fade” in stopping power after repeated use.

How green can transportation be?

ST. LOUIS. Converting trucks to run on natural gas is only part of a broader effort to create “greener” U.S. and global transportation and supply chain networks; “green” networks that also must logistics improve efficiency and cut costs even as they produce less pollution.

Convening for CNG

Gain Clean Fuel recently convened an “industry forum” comprised of shippers, logistics experts, and equipment suppliers at the Anheuser-Busch Biergarten facility in St. Louis, MO, to discuss current and future efforts to deploy compressed natural gas (CNG) transportation solutions into supply chain networks both in the U.S. and abroad. (Photos by Sean Kilcarr.)

Mounting up for a Seabee exercise

If the U.S. military needs to quickly build runways, roadways or most any kind of facility in remote – and dangerous – parts of the world, the Seabees are the ones who get the call. “Seabee” of course is slang for U.S.

Study: Driver assistance technology could prevent 28% of crashes

Broader adoption of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) such as forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, lane departure warning, and self-parking systems could prevent 28% of all crashes in the U.S., according to a new study from The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) – preventing some 9,900 fatalities annually and saving about $251 billion each year.

Vehicle OOS rate falls over full percentage point during Roadcheck 2015 1

The results from Roadcheck 2015 – the annual 72-hour safety enforcement “blitz” conducted across North America and overseen by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in the U.S. – indicated yet another downturn occurred for vehicles being placed out-of-service (OOS).

Global study finds big hurdles remain for autonomous and electric vehicles

A global survey of 65,000 consumers in 10 countries finds that only a third would be willing to use an autonomous vehicle (AV), while high sticker prices, still-limited range and lack of charging stations remain major barriers for electric vehicles (EVs) to surmount.

Mixed signals ahead for freight market, says CarrierDirect

It’s going to be a mixed bag for the freight market over the next several months, as a sluggish U.S. economy combined with “systemic shift” in cargo away from the West Coast to the East Coast and tight truck capacity will create difficulties – as well as some positives – for shippers and transportation providers alike.

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