Trucks at Work http://fleetowner.com/blog/25144/feed Trucks at Work: Sean Kilcarr comments on trends affecting the many different strata of the trucking industry. en Heroes are his co-pilots http://fleetowner.com/blog/heroes-are-his-co-pilots <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>After a year spent crisscrossing the country to support a variety of military-themed endeavors &ndash; from participating in parades, Wounded Warrior charity events, even military funerals &ndash; one would think <strong>Randy Twine</strong> might find it difficult to adjust to being a solo truck driver again, alone with his thoughts traveling hundreds if not thousands of miles of asphalt.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/05/Ride2.JPG" style="width: 250px; height: 376px; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p> <p>Thing is, Twine is never alone.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/heroes-are-his-co-pilots" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/heroes-are-his-co-pilots#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 22 May 2015 14:23:00 +0000 160821 at http://fleetowner.com Targeting the work zone vehicular threat http://fleetowner.com/blog/targeting-work-zone-vehicular-threat <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>A recent survey of 800 highway contractors conducted by the <a href="http://www.agc.org/">American Association of General Contractors</a> (AGC) coughed up a worrisome statistic in terms of roadway safety as 46% of those contractors said a motor vehicle crashed into one their construction work zones over the past year.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/05/VDOTbridge4.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/targeting-work-zone-vehicular-threat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/targeting-work-zone-vehicular-threat#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 21 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000 160611 at http://fleetowner.com At the proving grounds http://fleetowner.com/blog/proving-grounds <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So I spent some time this week at <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/international-1?intlink=incontent" title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Navistar</a></span> Inc.&rsquo;s &ldquo;new&rdquo; <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/navistar-acquires-proving-grounds-facility">proving grounds site in New Carlisle, IN</a>, located about an hour or so due west of its <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/navistar-pulls-curtain-back-90-million-integrated-tech-center">Lisle, IL, headquarters</a> outside of Chicago.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/05/PrvGrd1.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/proving-grounds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/proving-grounds#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 20 May 2015 14:58:00 +0000 160591 at http://fleetowner.com Big data, big headaches http://fleetowner.com/blog/big-data-big-headaches <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>You can&rsquo;t go far in trucking without running into the term &ldquo;<a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/banking-big-data">big data</a>&rdquo; and how it&rsquo;s being deployed by more and more carriers <a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/big-data-big-calculations">to improve efficiency while boosting profits</a>.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/05/CellTrailer2.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 236px; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/big-data-big-headaches" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/big-data-big-headaches#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 18 May 2015 11:42:00 +0000 160251 at http://fleetowner.com It’s just easy http://fleetowner.com/blog/it-s-just-easy <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So I spent half a day test driving <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/caterpillar-0?intlink=incontent" title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Caterpillar</a></span>&rsquo;s <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/caterpillar-unveils-new-ct680-model">new CT680 vocational truck</a> model &ndash; the third in its CT vocational truck line, joining the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/news/cat-ct660-high-hopes-0928">CT660 introduced back in 2011</a> and the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/cat-ct681-axle-forward-work-truck#slide-0-field_images-141231">CT681 rolled out in October last year</a>.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/05/Me.JPG" style="width: 250px; height: </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/it-s-just-easy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/it-s-just-easy#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 14 May 2015 22:14:00 +0000 160121 at http://fleetowner.com Road rage, the study http://fleetowner.com/blog/road-rage-study <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Most motorists are quite familiar with <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Road_rage">road rage</a> &ndash; a term that apparently came into being back in 1987 in Los Angeles to describe a series of highway shootings. (<em>Hey, isn&rsquo;t California supposed to be the land of peace and love? But I digress &hellip;</em>)<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/05/RoadRageChart.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 508px; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/road-rage-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/road-rage-study#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 14 May 2015 12:23:00 +0000 160031 at http://fleetowner.com That workplace feeling … http://fleetowner.com/blog/workplace-feeling <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So I spent some time at Flying J&rsquo;s Frystown location out along I-78 in eastern Pennsylvania not long ago (<em>you can read more about that visit by <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/trucks-stops-tapping-personal-touch">clicking here</a></em>) with much of my visit focused on how the &ldquo;personal touch&rdquo; is coming back into vogue as a customer retention tool.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/05/LotView.JPG" style="width: 350px; height: 233px; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/workplace-feeling" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/workplace-feeling#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 12 May 2015 15:23:00 +0000 159861 at http://fleetowner.com Contemplating in-cab video http://fleetowner.com/blog/contemplating-cab-video <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>You may recall <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/looking-through-ntsb-safety-lens">last week&rsquo;s post</a> digging into the reasoning regarding <a href="http://www.ntsb.gov/">National Transportation Safety Board</a> (NTSB) recommendations for mandating various technologies on commercial vehicles.</p> <p>You may also recall as part of that post the <a href="http://www.ntsb.gov/safety/safety-studies/Documents/SR1501.pdf">45-page report</a> recently issued by the NTSB backing the implementation of in-cab video systems on trucks and buses.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/contemplating-cab-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/contemplating-cab-video#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 11 May 2015 14:34:00 +0000 159491 at http://fleetowner.com Looking through the NTSB safety lens http://fleetowner.com/blog/looking-through-ntsb-safety-lens <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So I listened to a great presentation by <strong>Mark Rosenker</strong> this week &ndash; chairman of the <a href="http://www.ntsb.gov/Pages/default.aspx">National Transportation Safety Board</a> (NTSB) from 2005 to 2009, and a former U.S.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/looking-through-ntsb-safety-lens" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/looking-through-ntsb-safety-lens#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 08 May 2015 14:10:00 +0000 159341 at http://fleetowner.com Hard to find, hard to keep http://fleetowner.com/blog/hard-find-hard-keep <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>When a former truck driver built like a linebacker starts to get emotionally choked up about the challenges big rig operators face in this day and age, you know things are tough indeed.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/05/ALKtech8.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 375px; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/hard-find-hard-keep" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/hard-find-hard-keep#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 07 May 2015 14:24:00 +0000 159201 at http://fleetowner.com