Trucking Straight Talk http://fleetowner.com/blog/25141/feed en Practical tips to keep drivers safe on the road http://fleetowner.com/blog/practical-tips-keep-drivers-safe-road <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The issue of safe truck parking, while never going away, has received increased attention lately. With last week&rsquo;s announcement from the Dept. of Transportation that it was creating a <a href="http://fleetowner.com/safety/efforts-underway-fix-truck-parking-problem">national coalition</a> to &ndash; hopefully &ndash; address the problem, the time may have arrived when safe parking gets more than just lip service.</p> <p>Maybe real change may be coming.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/practical-tips-keep-drivers-safe-road" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/practical-tips-keep-drivers-safe-road#comments News Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:27:00 +0000 169631 at http://fleetowner.com Program drives new career option for military veterans http://fleetowner.com/blog/program-drives-new-career-option-military-veterans <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Many carriers have implemented programs to lure veterans into the trucking industry. Veterans have many of the key attributes that carriers look for: dedication, discipline, and most importantly, a willingness to get the job done and done right.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/program-drives-new-career-option-military-veterans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/program-drives-new-career-option-military-veterans#comments Equipment Fleet Management News Trucking Straight Talk Wed, 08 Jul 2015 15:51:00 +0000 164791 at http://fleetowner.com Shame on you, my beautiful Rhode Island http://fleetowner.com/blog/shame-you-my-beautiful-rhode-island <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/04/Newport%20bridge_0.jpg" style="width: 530px; height: 354px;" /></p> <p>In the never-ending quest to solve infrastructure funding problems, one state has come up with a highly controversial, and I must say, completely irresponsible, plan. Unfortunately, that state is my beloved Rhode Island - the place of my birth and the place where I spent the majority of my life growing into adulthood.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/shame-you-my-beautiful-rhode-island" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/shame-you-my-beautiful-rhode-island#comments Equipment Fleet Management News Regulations Trucking Straight Talk Fri, 29 May 2015 13:55:00 +0000 161331 at http://fleetowner.com <p>Rhode Island&#39;s Newport Bridge. The governor has proposed placing a toll on Class 6 and larger vehicles in the state to help pay for bridge and road repair in the state. (Photo by Getty Images)</p> The behind-the-scenes move that set up Richard Petty Motorsports for 2015 success http://fleetowner.com/blog/behind-scenes-move-set-richard-petty-motorsports-2015-success <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>While millions of fans tune in each weekend to watch their favorite NASCAR drivers race to the checkered flag, there are a lot of people who work behind the scenes to make the on-track success happen. I&rsquo;ve written before about the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/truck-driver-worst-job-nascar">truck drivers who haul the race cars</a> from race to race each week, but the real work starts even further behind the scenes in the offseason at each race team&rsquo;s headquarters.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/behind-scenes-move-set-richard-petty-motorsports-2015-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/behind-scenes-move-set-richard-petty-motorsports-2015-success#comments Equipment News Trucking Straight Talk Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:10:00 +0000 157561 at http://fleetowner.com The promise of DME as a vehicle fuel takes a step closer to reality http://fleetowner.com/blog/promise-dme-vehicle-fuel-takes-step-closer-reality <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The viability of yet another alternative fuel option &ndash; as if fleet managers need more choices in an already crowded field of choices &ndash; moved a step closer to reality yesterday when the state of California approved the use of dimethyl ether (DME) as an on-road fuel.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/promise-dme-vehicle-fuel-takes-step-closer-reality" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/promise-dme-vehicle-fuel-takes-step-closer-reality#comments Equipment Fuel News Running Green Trucking Straight Talk Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:54:00 +0000 152061 at http://fleetowner.com FMCSA committee set to work on entry-level driver training rule http://fleetowner.com/blog/fmcsa-committee-set-work-entry-level-driver-training-rule <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/02/driver%20training_0.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 266px; margin: 10px; float: right;" />The members of the Entry-Level Driver Training Advisory Committee (ELDTAC) have been announced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), along with the dates of the committee&rsquo;s first public meeting. In plain English, FMCSA has said who will decide the future of the entry-level driver training rule that it has been trying so hard, to no success, to develop.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/fmcsa-committee-set-work-entry-level-driver-training-rule" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/fmcsa-committee-set-work-entry-level-driver-training-rule#comments Equipment Fleet Management News Regulations Safety Trucking Straight Talk Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:06:00 +0000 150141 at http://fleetowner.com Changing technology doesn’t change the importance of weather forecasting http://fleetowner.com/blog/changing-technology-doesn-t-change-importance-weather-forecasting <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Back in 1987, when I was 16, I spent $300 on my first car &ndash; a 1976 <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/ford-0?intlink=incontent " title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Ford</a></span> Mustang, color banana yellow. Yes, banana yellow &ndash; because at the time the idea of a car, and one I could afford, was more important than the color. Now, I would never purchase a banana yellow-colored car because times have changed.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/changing-technology-doesn-t-change-importance-weather-forecasting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/changing-technology-doesn-t-change-importance-weather-forecasting#comments Fleet Management News Trucking Straight Talk Mon, 02 Feb 2015 14:58:00 +0000 149221 at http://fleetowner.com An entertaining option to truck driver retention http://fleetowner.com/blog/entertaining-option-truck-driver-retention <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/12/gI_66248_golf%20in%20sleeper_0.png" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" title="The EpicVue satellite TV service provides in-cab entertainment for commercial drivers, offering DIRECTV service." /></p> <p>As more carriers seek solutions to solve the driver shortage crisis, which is now pegged at about 30,000, a new alternative is popping up.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/entertaining-option-truck-driver-retention" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/entertaining-option-truck-driver-retention#comments Equipment Fleet Management News Technology Trucking Straight Talk Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:14:00 +0000 145561 at http://fleetowner.com Unlocking the mysteries of the random traffic jam http://fleetowner.com/blog/unlocking-mysteries-random-traffic-jam <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/11/GI%20traffic%20jam_0.jpg" style="width: 530px; height: 353px;" title="Getty Images" /></p> <p>Have you ever seen a 2-mile long traffic jam on the opposite side of the highway and thought, &ldquo;Gee, I didn&rsquo;t see an accident back there, I wonder what happened?&rdquo;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/unlocking-mysteries-random-traffic-jam" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/unlocking-mysteries-random-traffic-jam#comments Equipment Fleet Management Fuel News Trucking Straight Talk Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:29:00 +0000 143401 at http://fleetowner.com Is truck driver the worst job in NASCAR? http://fleetowner.com/blog/truck-driver-worst-job-nascar <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>This summer, The Sporting News <a href="http://www.sportingnews.com/nascar/story/2014-07-23/worst-job-in-nascar-driving-team-hauler-schedule-racecars-equipment-tracks">asked NASCAR drivers and team personnel</a> who had the worst job in the sport. Their answer? The truck drivers.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/truck-driver-worst-job-nascar" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/truck-driver-worst-job-nascar#comments Equipment News Trucking Straight Talk Tue, 04 Nov 2014 18:18:00 +0000 141481 at http://fleetowner.com Why we love food trucks http://fleetowner.com/blog/why-we-love-food-trucks <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The editorial staff here at <a href="http://www.fleetowner.com/">Fleet Owner</a> writes about a wide variety of trucks and trailers, from over-the-road to off-road. But there are some segments of the trucking industry we just don&rsquo;t spend much time on &ndash; one of those is food trucks.</p> <p>Yes, I know what many of you are thinking. First off, they serve food. Secondly, the truck &ndash; or van in many cases &ndash; simply serves as a vehicle to serve food from. Again, it&rsquo;s about the food.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/why-we-love-food-trucks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/why-we-love-food-trucks#comments Equipment News Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Mon, 27 Oct 2014 01:36:00 +0000 140591 at http://fleetowner.com Dear truck driver: Thank you for all you do http://fleetowner.com/blog/dear-truck-driver-thank-you-all-you-do-0 <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/09/uploads/2014/09/conway-truckload-driver.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px;" title="Credit: Con-way Truckload" /></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/dear-truck-driver-thank-you-all-you-do-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/dear-truck-driver-thank-you-all-you-do-0#comments Trucking Straight Talk Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:21:00 +0000 137111 at http://fleetowner.com Cutting the costs associated with work absences http://fleetowner.com/blog/cutting-costs-associated-work-absences <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>There is no question that workers&rsquo; comp claims in an industry such as trucking are a concern for any human resource manager. With drivers spending nearly their entire work shifts sitting in a truck seat bouncing up and down and dock workers quickly moving freight from one trailer to another, the potential for injury is very real.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/cutting-costs-associated-work-absences" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/cutting-costs-associated-work-absences#comments News Safety Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:07:00 +0000 135311 at http://fleetowner.com What can be learned from FedEx Ground’s independent contractor model http://fleetowner.com/blog/what-can-be-learned-fedex-ground-s-independent-contractor-model <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal yesterday said that FedEx Ground&rsquo;s classification of some 2,300 employees as independent contractors is wrong.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/what-can-be-learned-fedex-ground-s-independent-contractor-model" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/what-can-be-learned-fedex-ground-s-independent-contractor-model#comments Equipment Fleet Management News Regulations Trucking Straight Talk Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:48:00 +0000 135051 at http://fleetowner.com Commercial drivers face a global image problem http://fleetowner.com/blog/commercial-drivers-face-global-image-problem <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Richard Madison, a marketing executive from Sussex Signs, a British company, was kind enough to send me an infographic recently about what he says are interesting views of the commercial van driver in that country.</p> <p>Madison thought Fleet Owner&rsquo;s readers here in the U.S. might be interested in some of the findings.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/commercial-drivers-face-global-image-problem" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/commercial-drivers-face-global-image-problem#comments News Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:44:00 +0000 133641 at http://fleetowner.com