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 Where technology, safety, and savings intersect http://fleetowner.com/blog/where-technology-safety-and-savings-intersect <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Much of the talk in trucking where technology is concerned nowadays typically centers around <a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/big-data-big-calculations"><u>cost and return on investment</u></a>. Yet safety is never far from the surface in such discussions &ndash; particularly in terms of how safety impacts profitability.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/07/Roadway1_0.JPG" style="margin: 10px; width: 300px; height: 200px; 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/where-technology-safety-and-savings-intersect" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/where-technology-safety-and-savings-intersect#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:50:00 +0000 131821 at http://fleetowner.com Is it all about intuitiveness? http://fleetowner.com/blog/it-all-about-intuitiveness <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>&ldquo;Intuitive&rdquo; believe it or not derives from Medieval Latin and is an adjective that means &ldquo;using on what one feels to be true even without conscious reasoning&rdquo; &ndash; describing an almost &ldquo;instinctive&rdquo; act of mental reasoning, if you will.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/07/Driving.JPG" style="margin: 10px; width: 300px; height: 200px; 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/it-all-about-intuitiveness" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/it-all-about-intuitiveness#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:24:00 +0000 131651 at http://fleetowner.com Positives outweigh the negatives for now http://fleetowner.com/blog/positives-outweigh-negatives-now <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Despite the usual spate of ongoing problems &ndash; especially when it comes to the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/seeking-solutions-driver-shortage"><u>driver shortage</u></a> &ndash; the outlook for trucking continues to brighten, which is mirroring rosier projections for the U.S. economy as a whole.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/07/thumbs-up.jpg" style="margin: 10px; width: 300px; height: 300px; float: left;" /></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/positives-outweigh-negatives-now" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/positives-outweigh-negatives-now#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:55:00 +0000 131571 at http://fleetowner.com A drive down into SubTropolis http://fleetowner.com/blog/drive-down-subtropolis <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So back in June when I got to <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/test-drive-2015-ford-transit-van"><u>test drive</u></a> <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/ford-0?intlink=incontent " title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Ford</a></span> Motor Co.&rsquo;s new <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/ford-touts-transit-s-epa-fuel-economy-numbers"><u>Transit full size van</u></a> in and around Kansas City, MO, I also got to visit one of the more unique industrial complexes you&rsquo;ll find in the U.S.: SubTropolis.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/07/Under.JPG" style="margin: 10px; width: 300px; height: 200px; 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/drive-down-subtropolis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/drive-down-subtropolis#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:52:00 +0000 131481 at http://fleetowner.com The work-life balance issue http://fleetowner.com/blog/work-life-balance-issue <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>One of the many difficulties facing fleets in the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/seeking-solutions-driver-shortage"><u>truck driver recruiting arena</u></a> &ndash; especially long-haul motor carriers that send drivers out on the road for weeks at a time &ndash; is the growing demand for better &ldquo;<a href="http://fleetowner.com/management/news/fleets-demands-work-life-balance-1110"><u>work-life balance</u></a>.&rdquo;<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/07/DriverWalking.JPG" style="margin: 10px; width: 300px; height: 200px; float: left;" /></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/work-life-balance-issue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/work-life-balance-issue#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:44:00 +0000 131371 at http://fleetowner.com Transportation is no easy task http://fleetowner.com/blog/transportation-no-easy-task <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The horror unfolding in the Ukraine right now concerning the <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/malaysia-airlines-plane-was-hit-by-surface-to-air-missile-u-s-officials-say-1405659584?tesla=y&amp;mg=reno64-wsj&amp;url=http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303907904580036361680154300.html"><u>apparent shoot-down of a Malaysian jetliner</u></a> &ndash; killing some 298 passengers and crew, including three infants, according to news reports &ndash; is perhaps the starkest reminder yet that the commercial transportation business via air, land, or sea is no easy or safe task, regardl</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/transportation-no-easy-task" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/transportation-no-easy-task#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:16:00 +0000 131251 at http://fleetowner.com The inflation bugaboo raises its ugly head http://fleetowner.com/blog/inflation-bugaboo-raises-its-ugly-head <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Concerns about increasing inflation are starting to grow right along with burgeoning confidence in U.S. economic prospects, which offers up yet another indicator trucking will need to keep close watch upon in the months ahead.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/07/Row.JPG" style="margin: 10px; width: 350px; height: 233px; float: left;" /></p> <p>Inflation can impact trucking in a number of ways, with the most obvious being hikes in fuel prices.</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/inflation-bugaboo-raises-its-ugly-head" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/inflation-bugaboo-raises-its-ugly-head#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:48:00 +0000 131091 at http://fleetowner.com Obama keeps pushing his infrastructure plan http://fleetowner.com/blog/obama-keeps-pushing-his-infrastructure-plan <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><strong>President Obama </strong>is jet-setting around the 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/obama-keeps-pushing-his-infrastructure-plan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/obama-keeps-pushing-his-infrastructure-plan#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:45:00 +0000 131021 at http://fleetowner.com Getting into IT synch http://fleetowner.com/blog/getting-it-synch <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The information technology (IT) professionals and business executives rarely see eye-to-eye where computers and other digital systems are concerned should come as no surprise to anyone in trucking.</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/getting-it-synch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/getting-it-synch#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:50:00 +0000 130921 at http://fleetowner.com I'll keep my steering wheel, thank you very much http://fleetowner.com/blog/ill-keep-my-steering-wheel-thank-you-very-much <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So the <a href="http://www.ieee.org/"><u>Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers</u></a> (IEEE) recently conducted a survey of over 200 researchers, academicians, practitioners, university students, society members and government agencies involved in the development of &ldquo;autonomous vehicles&rdquo; and how they&rsquo;ll change the cars and trucks of today.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/07/FordExplorer2011b.jpg" style="margin: 10px; width: 300px; height: 177px; 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/ill-keep-my-steering-wheel-thank-you-very-much" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/ill-keep-my-steering-wheel-thank-you-very-much#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:07:00 +0000 130811 at http://fleetowner.com