Sean Kilcarr

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.

Articles
Temperature-controlled trucking poised to take off

Growth in U.S., food consumption, more regionalized distribution patterns, a strong harvest and tight freight capacity are helping create extra and more profitable demand for temperature-controlled trucking operations – with the particular route structures of  refrigerated truckload carriers going a long way to determine winners and losers.

Fuel prices to keep falling into 2015

Diesel and gasoline prices declined again this week in the U.S., according to data tracked by the Energy Information Administration (EIA); prompting a downward revision for U.S. fuel prices through 2015 in the agency’s latest Short Term Energy Outlook (STEO) report.

The national average retail pump price for diesel dropped 1.4 cents this week to $3.821 per gallon, EIA reported, which is 9.2 cents per gallon cheaper compared to the same week in 2013.

Custom trucks at GATS 2014

A wide array of highly customized trucks strutted their stuff at the Great American Trucking Show (GATS) in Dallas, TX, this year.

DTNA at GATS 2014

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) showed off a variety of trucks, components, and even glider kits at the 2014 Great American Trucking Show (GATS) in Dallas, TX.

More sights from GATS 2014

More sights from the 2014 Great American Trucking Show held in Dallas, TX.

TAT debuts mobile exhibit

The Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) group recently unveiled a new 48-foot mobile exhibit dubbed the Freedom Drivers Project (FDP) to help educate both the industry and the general public about the ways trucking is helping combat the scourge of human trafficking in the U.S.

SmartTruck introduces “TopKit” trailer aerodynamic device package

DALLAS, TX. Trailer aerodynamic device manufacturer SmartTruck introduced its new “TopKit” system for dry-van and refrigerated trailers here at the Great American Truck Show this week.

Minimizer marks 30th anniversary

Thirty years ago Lorraine Kruckeberg backed her vehicle over a Rubbermaid trash can, inspiring her husband Dick Kruckeberg to invent heavy-duty truck fenders made from polyurethane and eventually other composite materials. Thus, Spray Control Systems, Inc., which now does business as Minimizer, was born.

Technology drives culture change for drivers

DALLAS, TX. A panel discussion here at the 2014 Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference examined some of the ways technology – including in-cab camera systems, performance scorecards and automated manual transmissions (AMTs) – is being used to “change” the truck driver culture to one focused on safer vehicle operation, greater fuel efficiency, and improved regulatory compliance.

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