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 Put down the phone and promise to drive distraction free http://fleetowner.com/blog/put-down-phone-and-promise-drive-distraction-free <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>In 2012, nearly 3,400 people (3,328, actually) died in <a href="http://www.distraction.gov/content/get-the-facts/facts-and-statistics.html">distraction-affected crashes</a>, according to the U.S. Dept. of Transportation (DOT). An estimated 421,000 people were injured in crashes that involved a distracted driver. Approximately 660,000 drivers use a cell phone for talking or texting at ANY GIVEN MOMENT in time across the country.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s 660,000 people that could be causing a crash &ndash; right now.</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/put-down-phone-and-promise-drive-distraction-free" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/put-down-phone-and-promise-drive-distraction-free#comments News Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:37:00 +0000 122891 at http://fleetowner.com Fleet Advantage launches charity program to assist kids in need http://fleetowner.com/blog/fleet-advantage-launches-charity-program-assist-kids-need <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Many companies have charitable hearts. Some publicize them, some don&rsquo;t. I find it particularly heart-warming when companies donate to children&rsquo;s causes, because as the song goes, &ldquo;children are our future.&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/fleet-advantage-launches-charity-program-assist-kids-need" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/fleet-advantage-launches-charity-program-assist-kids-need#comments News Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:12:00 +0000 122531 at http://fleetowner.com Drones are coming to take your job http://fleetowner.com/blog/drones-are-coming-take-your-job <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>In the past six months or so, there has been a lot of talk about drones being used in all types of situations. Sure, we all know the military uses drones to carry out combat missions and surveillance, but it wasn’t until December when Amazon unveiled its plans for Amazon Prime Air – package delivery by drone – that people took notice of the possibilities. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/98BIu9dpwHU?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> UPS quickly noted that it, too, was exploring the use of drones to deliver packages.</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/drones-are-coming-take-your-job" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/drones-are-coming-take-your-job#comments News Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Wed, 26 Mar 2014 19:22:00 +0000 120881 at http://fleetowner.com Wrongly classifying drivers could mean jail in New York State http://fleetowner.com/blog/wrongly-classifying-drivers-could-mean-jail-new-york-state <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>A new law that took effect last week in New York State could mean significant financial penalties and/or jail for companies that knowingly misclassify employee-drivers as contractors.</p> <p>According to the text, the law is designed to ensure drivers, particularly those who work for companies such as FedEx and UPS and port truckers, are properly classified as employees of the company where appropriate.</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/wrongly-classifying-drivers-could-mean-jail-new-york-state" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/wrongly-classifying-drivers-could-mean-jail-new-york-state#comments News Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:02:00 +0000 119871 at http://fleetowner.com Tolls, taxes and fees: Why we are stuck with underfunded highways http://fleetowner.com/blog/tolls-taxes-and-fees-why-we-are-stuck-underfunded-highways <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Last week saw a flurry of statements, proclamations and pie-in-the-sky dreaming from politicians announcing that they have the solutions to fix our deteriorating highways.</p> <p>President Barack Obama himself, for what seems like the 100th time during his presidential tenure, pitched a new idea last week: a <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/obama-proposes-four-year-302-billion-transportation-plan">$302 billion, 4-year investment</a> in transportation.</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/tolls-taxes-and-fees-why-we-are-stuck-underfunded-highways" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/tolls-taxes-and-fees-why-we-are-stuck-underfunded-highways#comments News Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:00:00 +0000 118411 at http://fleetowner.com What's the cost to transport my eyes? And other strange shipping stories http://fleetowner.com/blog/whats-cost-transport-my-eyes-and-other-strange-shipping-stories <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>I have to admit that one show I like to watch on TV at night is <a href="http://www.aetv.com/shipping-wars">Shipping Wars</a> on A&amp;E. The premise of the show is for a group of &ldquo;competitors&rdquo; to bid on unusual shipments available on the load board <a href="http://www.uship.com/">uShip</a> and then transport those items to their destinations.</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/whats-cost-transport-my-eyes-and-other-strange-shipping-stories" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/whats-cost-transport-my-eyes-and-other-strange-shipping-stories#comments News Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:37:00 +0000 117441 at http://fleetowner.com Trucking is waiting for a skilled technician workforce http://fleetowner.com/blog/trucking-waiting-skilled-technician-workforce <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/01/uploads/2014/01/ryder-tech-maintenance-technology.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" />During his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, President Barack Obama mentioned his goal of creating an educated workforce. This is something that trucking knows all about. From not enough drivers to a shortage of skilled technicians, the industry is in a constant state of trying to find that next generation of employees.</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/trucking-waiting-skilled-technician-workforce" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/trucking-waiting-skilled-technician-workforce#comments News Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:40:00 +0000 115521 at http://fleetowner.com Hard-working trucks and truckers hit the airwaves http://fleetowner.com/blog/hard-working-trucks-and-truckers-hit-airwaves <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/01/Rotella%20TV%20Image-1.png" style="width: 448px; height: 250px; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" />To help celebrate the work that Americans do every day, in many cases with the help of trucks ranging from pickups to heavy-duty tractors, <a>Shell Rotella</a> has kicked off a new advertising campaign. The Hardworking Campaign builds on the company&rsquo;s Unsung Heroes effort from last year and will feature television advertising currently appearing on the Outdoor Channel.</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/hard-working-trucks-and-truckers-hit-airwaves" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/hard-working-trucks-and-truckers-hit-airwaves#comments News Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:29:00 +0000 114961 at http://fleetowner.com Mile high in Colorado? Not for commercial truckers http://fleetowner.com/blog/mile-high-colorado-not-commercial-truckers <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2013/12/512px-Spliff_Joint_Twig_Dooby_Jay_.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 210px; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" />Jan. 1, 2014, was a milestone date in Colorado. It was the date that residents, and non-residents alike, could purchase marijuana legally for recreational use. While many in the state, and nation (Washington state will be enacting a similar law this spring), will be watching closely to see what impacts the law will have, if any, there is a more problematic issue for employees.</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/mile-high-colorado-not-commercial-truckers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/mile-high-colorado-not-commercial-truckers#comments News Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Thu, 02 Jan 2014 13:02:00 +0000 113051 at http://fleetowner.com 7 steps to making mobile devices work in your fleet http://fleetowner.com/blog/7-steps-making-mobile-devices-work-your-fleet <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>As more companies debate whether to purchase smart devices for their employees or allow those employees to use their own devices, there are a myriad of potential problems that must be addressed in either solution.</p> <p>My co-worker Wendy Leavitt has written extensively on the subject recently. Wendy smartly detailed some of the issues in a feature story for Fleet Owner&rsquo;s December issue called <a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/smart-devices-and-fleet-desires">Smart devices and fleet desires</a>.</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/7-steps-making-mobile-devices-work-your-fleet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/7-steps-making-mobile-devices-work-your-fleet#comments Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Thu, 26 Dec 2013 14:17:00 +0000 112701 at http://fleetowner.com