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 Trucking confidence is up north of the border http://fleetowner.com/blog/trucking-confidence-north-border <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>If the recent results of GE Capital Canada&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.gecapital.ca/cxosurvey">third quarter mid-size business survey</a> are to be believed, trucking should continue to enjoy favorable conditions in a land once dubbed &ldquo;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Jm4LoOaAWI">The Great White North</a>&rdquo; by the esteemed <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssCZWBtwUTI">Bob &amp; Doug McKenzie</a> (<em>beauty!</em>)</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/trucking-confidence-north-border" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/trucking-confidence-north-border#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:14:00 +0000 139991 at http://fleetowner.com Defending the digital frontier http://fleetowner.com/blog/defending-digital-frontier <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Frankly it&rsquo;s hard to focus on the perils posed by cyber threats at the moment, especially as we are now faced with <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-15/second-ebola-worker-s-trip-raises-concerns-on-u-s-spread.html">the spread of the deadly Ebola virus here in the U.S.</a>, along with the ongoing military campaign to <a href="http://nypost.com/2014/10/16/kurdish-fighters-have-isis-on-the-run-in-war-torn-kobani/">stop the ISIS terror group</a> from overtaking Kurdish-held lands as well as other locales in the Middle East.</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/defending-digital-frontier" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/defending-digital-frontier#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:15:00 +0000 139891 at http://fleetowner.com Burgeoning traffic congestion predicted to cost big money http://fleetowner.com/blog/burgeoning-traffic-congestion-predicted-cost-big-money <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>According to a new study recent analysis of real-time traffic data by <a href="http://www.inrix.com/">INRIX Inc.</a> and the <a href="http://www.cebr.com/">Centre for Economics and Business Research</a> (Cebr), the combined annual cost of traffic gridlock in Europe and 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/burgeoning-traffic-congestion-predicted-cost-big-money" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/burgeoning-traffic-congestion-predicted-cost-big-money#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:34:00 +0000 139631 at http://fleetowner.com Welcome projections for winter fuel prices http://fleetowner.com/blog/welcome-projections-winter-fuel-prices <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So the <a href="http://www.eia.gov/">Energy Information Administration</a> (EIA) issued its <em><u><a href="http://www.eia.gov/forecasts/steo/pdf/steo_full.pdf">Short Term Energy Outlook and Winter Fuels Update</a></u></em> this week and if even half of the agency&rsquo;s predications come true it&rsquo;ll be a very merry (<em>if not warm</em>) winter for truckers &ndash; at least in terms of fuel prices.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/10/FuelUp.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/welcome-projections-winter-fuel-prices" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/welcome-projections-winter-fuel-prices#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 09 Oct 2014 01:11:00 +0000 139071 at http://fleetowner.com A 360 degree “scanner” for trucks http://fleetowner.com/blog/360-degree-scanner-trucks <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Here&rsquo;s an interesting concept: a 360 degree scanning system that warns the drivers of commercial vehicles if pedestrians or bicyclists are in any of the blind spots surrounding their trucks.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/10/Volvo360a.png" style="width: 250px; height: 176px; 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/360-degree-scanner-trucks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/360-degree-scanner-trucks#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 08 Oct 2014 14:01:00 +0000 139021 at http://fleetowner.com Then again, perhaps not so bright … http://fleetowner.com/blog/then-again-perhaps-not-so-bright <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It&rsquo;s always more than a bit humbling to find out that maybe the <a href="../../blog/brighter-big-picture">sunny predictions of yesterday</a> overlooked some rather daunting cloud formations on the horizon.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/10/Sunny1.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p> <p>That&rsquo;s today&rsquo;s predicament as, despite increasingly robust freight volumes, the ongoing truck driver shortage in the U.S. may now be poised to create more difficulties rather than opportunities for motor carriers.</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/then-again-perhaps-not-so-bright" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/then-again-perhaps-not-so-bright#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 07 Oct 2014 14:29:00 +0000 138891 at http://fleetowner.com A brighter big picture http://fleetowner.com/blog/brighter-big-picture <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Though overall growth is expected average out on the slow slide for 2014, the outlook for the U.S. economy &ndash; and by extension for freight &ndash; continues to noticeably brighten.</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/brighter-big-picture" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/brighter-big-picture#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 06 Oct 2014 13:59:00 +0000 138701 at http://fleetowner.com Lighter, stronger, and more efficient http://fleetowner.com/blog/lighter-stronger-and-more-efficient <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So I spent a couple of days this week <a href="../../equipment/texas-2015-f-150-ride-and-drive">out west in Texas</a> getting an up close and personal look at <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="../../equipment/ford-shows-new-2015-model-f-150-pickup">2015 model F-150 pickup</a> &ndash; you know, the one with the <a href="../../equipment/aluminum-key-fuel-savings-ford-f-150">95% aluminum alloy body</a>.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/09/Ford1_0.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/lighter-stronger-and-more-efficient" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/lighter-stronger-and-more-efficient#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 03 Oct 2014 14:07:00 +0000 138541 at http://fleetowner.com Making the big bet at Ford http://fleetowner.com/blog/making-big-bet-ford <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>In a lot of ways, <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/ford-0?intlink=incontent " title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Ford</a></span> Motor Co.</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/making-big-bet-ford" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/making-big-bet-ford#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:54:00 +0000 138171 at http://fleetowner.com Ford making moves on several fronts http://fleetowner.com/blog/ford-making-moves-several-fronts <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It&rsquo;s been a busy time lately at <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/ford-0?intlink=incontent " title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Ford</a></span> Motor Co. where the light truck segment is concerned &ndash; and we&rsquo;re not just talking about the <a href="../../equipment/ford-shows-new-2015-model-f-150-pickup">new lighter-weight incarnation of the F-150 pickup</a>, either, though I&rsquo;m headed to Texas as we &ldquo;speak&rdquo; (<em>so to speak</em>) to take those very same 2015 models for a spin.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/09/Frd3.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/ford-making-moves-several-fronts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/ford-making-moves-several-fronts#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 29 Sep 2014 02:34:00 +0000 138021 at http://fleetowner.com