Sean Kilcarr

Executive 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.

A look inside military logistics

Moving four U.S. National Guard engineer units and their 400 pieces of equipment cross-country for deployment to the Middle East, as well as ensuring the armored equipment of the 7th Cavalry Regiment can safely traverse bridges and roadways in Romania, is all part of the heavy logistics required during U.S. military operations at home and abroad. (Photos courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense)

Light vehicle sales staying strong

Light-vehicle sales are staying strong in November and are expected to total 17.5 million units in North America by the close of 2015, according to the joint forecast issued by J.D. Power and LMC Automotive.

Winterization tips for trucking fleets 1

Everyone knows operating tractor-trailers during the winter comes with some big risks. But did you know that, on average 467 fatalities are associated with icy driving conditions annually, or that 23% of all vehicle crashes every year – some 1.3 million – are caused in part by inclement weather, such as rain, sleet, snow, fog, and wind? (Those weather-related findings are courtesy Federal Highway Administration research, by the way).

Fuel prices keep falling, EIA says

Diesel and gasoline prices in the U.S. continued declining this week, according to data tracked by the Energy Information Agency (EIA), falling 3.7 cents and 8.4 cents per gallon, respectively.

The EIA said the U.S. average for diesel fell to $2.445 per gallon this week, which is $1.183 per gallon cheaper compared to the same week in 2014.

New report identifies major highway choke points and their costs

A new report released today by the American Highway Users Alliance (AHUA) not only identifies so of the worst highway “bottlenecks” in the U.S. but also estimates the potential economic and safety benefits that could result if they were fixed.

A look inside GM's scaled-down wind tunnel

General Motors is using a new $30 million 35,000 sq. ft. “reduced scale” wind tunnel to improve the aerodynamic shapes of its vehicles, cars and trucks alike. By using clay models that are up to 40% of the size of a normal vehicle, GM’s engineers better decrease wind drag when they reach full-size vehicle design stage. (All photos courtesy of GM)

Military trucks at work

It goes without saying that trucks serve a wide variety of roles within the U.S. military, including a myriad of logistical support tasks, often in far-flung locations around the world. Two examples seen in this gallery include an Oshkosh R-11 Refueler, used by the U.S. Air Force, and a Military Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) seven-ton 6x6 heavy duty off-road truck (also built by Oshkosh) used by the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy. (All photos courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense)

Border closures may impact global freight flows

When border crossing points are tightened or closed, freight movements suffer – and that’s becoming particularly acute in the wake of Europe’s Syrian migrant crisis and in the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks.

Arrow’s Clough: Used truck sales have passed their peak

The heavy-duty used truck market mostly likely reached its “peak sales” moment back in the first half of 2015, as used truck values are now declining somewhat as larger inventories begin to build, according to Steve Clough, president of Arrow Truck Sales, Inc.

DOT's Foxx visits Israeli transportation summit

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx made an official visit this week to Tel Aviv, Israel, to attend the 2015 Fuel Choices Summit; a meeting focused on ways to reduce global petroleum consumption. Now in its third year, the Fuel Choices Summit brings together policy makers, business leaders, financiers, researchers and entrepreneurs in the fields of alternative fuels and smart transportation.

Connected devices putting truck fleets at greater risk 1

The rapid evolution and growth of Internet-connected “smart” devices and systems – from phones and tablets to commercial truck telematics networks – is exposing businesses and consumers alike to a higher risk of cyber-attack, one that small businesses may not prepared to meet, according to a new survey.

Capitol Christmas Tree: The Kenworth Stage

The 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree made its first stop in the lower 48 states this weekend at Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry and Lake Union Park. It’s also the point at which a customized Kenworth T680 tractor spec’d with a 76-inch mid-roof sleeper took over the hauling duties for the 74 ft.-tall Alaskan spruce tree.

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