Trucking Straight Talk http://fleetowner.com/blog/25141/feed Trucking Straight Talk is designed to engage readers with fresh insight and thoughts on topics important to all the players in the trucking industry. en Truck drivers and math: a weighty problem http://fleetowner.com/blog/truck-drivers-and-math-weighty-problem <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Father brag moment: My son is on his elementary school&rsquo;s math team. Why do I tell you that? Because I learned long ago that math is important and I have been trying to tell my children that. There&rsquo;s an old saying that people who are no good at math become journalists.</p> <p>As I learned very early in my journalism career, math is very important. From budget meetings to sports statistics, a journalist can&rsquo;t get away from math.</p> <p>Recently, we learned that neither can truckers.</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-drivers-and-math-weighty-problem" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/truck-drivers-and-math-weighty-problem#comments Equipment News Regulations Trucking Straight Talk Wed, 06 Jan 2016 14:52:00 +0000 180551 at http://fleetowner.com <p>An Indiana truck driver told police she didn&#39;t know how to convert the weight of her vehicle from pounds to tons before driving her 30 ton tractor-trailer over a historic bridge, collapsing it. (<em>Photo: Orange County Indiana Law Enforcement Facebook page</em>)</p> Is rewarding safe fleets the best use of FMCSA resources? http://fleetowner.com/blog/rewarding-safe-fleets-best-use-fmcsa-resources <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Rewarding good behavior? Sounds great, doesn&rsquo;t it? When many of us were kids, did we get rewarded for good behavior? Sometimes, but more often than not, it was just expected. But what about those times where we went above and beyond? Did we help an older lady with her groceries? If so, maybe we got an ice cream as a reward.</p> <p>Now, the FMCSA is considering rewarding fleets that go above and beyond, and it sounds like a win-win for everyone, until it comes to make such a program work.</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/rewarding-safe-fleets-best-use-fmcsa-resources" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/rewarding-safe-fleets-best-use-fmcsa-resources#comments Fleet Management News Regulations Trucking Straight Talk Wed, 23 Dec 2015 20:10:00 +0000 179811 at http://fleetowner.com Go Speed Racer … or Nissan and Cummins, as the case may be http://fleetowner.com/blog/go-speed-racer-or-nissan-and-cummins-case-may-be <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Nissan&rsquo;s 2016 Titan XD isn&rsquo;t just the Texas Auto Writers Assn. &ldquo;<a href="http://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/usa/channels/us-united-states-nissan-models-titan/releases/all-new-nissan-titan-xd-wins-prestigious-2015-truck-of-texas-award">Truck of Texas</a>,&rdquo; it may be the fastest land speed racer in the world. That is, if development of the special &ldquo;Project Triple Nickel&rdquo; model in cooperation with Cummins can break existing speed records.</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/go-speed-racer-or-nissan-and-cummins-case-may-be" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/go-speed-racer-or-nissan-and-cummins-case-may-be#comments Equipment News Trucking Straight Talk Wed, 04 Nov 2015 21:00:00 +0000 175871 at http://fleetowner.com Meet Mr. Robot, your friendly neighborhood garbage man http://fleetowner.com/blog/meet-mr-robot-your-friendly-neighborhood-garbage-man <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>I&rsquo;ve written about it before &ndash; automation and how it&rsquo;s changing the industry landscape. Just think back a few short years ago - how many of you, honestly, thought that <a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/explainer-freightliners-autonomous-truck-drawing-board-road#slide-0-field_images-159891">self-driving cars and trucks</a> and drones were a technology that not only was something we would not see impact us in our lifetimes, but were technologies that didn&rsquo;t even seem possible?</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/meet-mr-robot-your-friendly-neighborhood-garbage-man" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/meet-mr-robot-your-friendly-neighborhood-garbage-man#comments Equipment News Trucking Straight Talk Tue, 29 Sep 2015 14:47:00 +0000 172611 at http://fleetowner.com 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