Trucks at Work http://fleetowner.com/blog/25144/feed en On the skid pad of safety http://fleetowner.com/blog/skid-pad-safety <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>General Motors recently opened a new $14 million 52-acre addition to its Milford proving grounds outside Detroit, MI; a facility the OEM calls its Active Safety Test Area.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/07/GMSafeOpen.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 233px; margin: 10px; float: left;" /></p> <p>The place is specifically designed to test a wide range of safety technologies, everything from rear- and forward-looking camera systems to fully &ldquo;automatic braking&rdquo; functionality in emergency situations.</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/skid-pad-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/skid-pad-safety#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:03:00 +0000 166711 at http://fleetowner.com Breakdowns bother everybody http://fleetowner.com/blog/breakdowns-bother-everybody <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Here&rsquo;s another item for the &ldquo;well that&rsquo;s not a surprise&rdquo; file: a new survey finds that getting stranded on the side of the road by a vehicle breakdown is a &ldquo;major aggravation&rdquo; among motorists, with the flat tires the most common cause of such breakdowns.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/07/RoadMaint.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/breakdowns-bother-everybody" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/breakdowns-bother-everybody#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:36:00 +0000 166611 at http://fleetowner.com The battle over broken roads continues http://fleetowner.com/blog/battle-over-broken-roads-continues <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>U.S. roads ain&rsquo;t in good shape &ndash; and that&rsquo;s putting it mildly. Yet how to come up with the cash necessary to put them in good working order, much less expand current networks to handle more traffic, <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/paying-highways-no-free-ride">remains a Gordian knot</a> still in search of sword.</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/battle-over-broken-roads-continues" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/battle-over-broken-roads-continues#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 24 Jul 2015 14:39:00 +0000 166461 at http://fleetowner.com The safety data bucket issue http://fleetowner.com/blog/safety-data-bucket-issue <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So I spent some time this week with some of the good folks from <a href="http://www.ups.com/?Site=Corporate&amp;cookie=us_en_home&amp;setCookie=yes">United Parcel Service</a> and <a href="http://www.bendix.com/en/">Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems</a> this week out at <a href="http://www.summitmotorsportspark.com/">Summit Motorsports Park</a> in Norwalk, OH, participating in several <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/testing-collision-mitigation-technology#slide-0-field_images-166171">truck safety system demonstrations</a>.</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/safety-data-bucket-issue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/safety-data-bucket-issue#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:29:00 +0000 166351 at http://fleetowner.com Spring brake checks uncover good trends http://fleetowner.com/blog/spring-brake-checks-uncover-good-trends <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Back in May, the <a href="http://CVSA.informz.net/z/cjUucD9taT00OTE4NDIyJnA9MSZ1PTEwNjEzNTE3NjYmbGk9MzAwMTY5MzU/index.html" target="_blank">Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance</a> (CVSA) conducted its annual one-day surprise inspection of bus and truck air brake systems as part of its ongoing &ldquo;<a href="http://CVSA.informz.net/z/cjUucD9taT00OTE4NDIyJnA9MSZ1PTEwNjEzNTE3NjYmbGk9MzAwMTY5MzY/index.html" target="_blank">Operation Airbrake</a>&rdquo; program.</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/spring-brake-checks-uncover-good-trends" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/spring-brake-checks-uncover-good-trends#comments Maintenance Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:16:00 +0000 166261 at http://fleetowner.com Death by cyberattack http://fleetowner.com/blog/death-cyberattack <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Of the many posts I&rsquo;ve placed in this space regarding the trucking industry&rsquo;s need to keep an eye on cyber security issues (<em>go <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/new-data-defenses-may-be-needed">here</a> and <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/big-cracks-cybersecurity-confidence">here</a> for just two examples</em>), they&rsquo;ve never touched on the potential for loss of human life from such <a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/data-lockdown">nefarious electronic activity</a>.</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/death-cyberattack" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/death-cyberattack#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:58:00 +0000 166121 at http://fleetowner.com Broadening the capability of headlights http://fleetowner.com/blog/broadening-capability-headlights <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Here&rsquo;s an idea: giving headlights the capability to widen or &ldquo;brighten&rdquo; their illuminative beams as you approach intersections, or that can warn a driver of animals and/or pedestrians in the roadway; headlights that don&rsquo;t just illuminate what&rsquo;s in front of the vehicle, but what might be off to the side as well.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/07/FordLight1.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 185px; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p> <p>All on their own.</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/broadening-capability-headlights" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/broadening-capability-headlights#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:57:00 +0000 165991 at http://fleetowner.com Where the human resource worries reside http://fleetowner.com/blog/where-human-resource-worries-reside <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>As we all know, trucks are one of the central assets for a wide range of businesses &ndash; freight hauling, construction, petroleum and <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/running-green/blue-fleets?intlink=incontent" title="" target="_blank">natural gas</a></span> extraction, so forth and so on.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/07/HumanFigure1.png" style="width: 350px; height: 350px; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p> <p>Yet we also know that without people &ndash; drivers, technicians, dispatchers, and, yes, management personnel &ndash; trucks won&rsquo;t go anywhere or do anything.</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-human-resource-worries-reside" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/where-human-resource-worries-reside#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 17 Jul 2015 14:08:00 +0000 165841 at http://fleetowner.com Tweaking aerodynamics to boost fuel savings http://fleetowner.com/blog/tweaking-aerodynamics-boost-fuel-savings <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It&rsquo;s often the little things that, when added together, make the biggest difference in terms of improving the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/breaking-10-mpg-barrier">aerodynamic profile of trucks</a> large and small alike.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/07/FordCurtain1.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 194px; margin: 10px; float: left;" /></p> <p>For example, consider <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 &ldquo;air curtain technology,&rdquo; first used on its retooled Mustang sports car and now being applied to its F-150 pickup truck line.</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/tweaking-aerodynamics-boost-fuel-savings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/tweaking-aerodynamics-boost-fuel-savings#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 16 Jul 2015 13:39:00 +0000 165711 at http://fleetowner.com Safety for the trash man … and John Q. Public http://fleetowner.com/blog/safety-trash-man-and-john-q-public <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Collecting garbage is one of those vital everyday jobs that is simultaneously shunned and taken for granted.</p> <p>Let&rsquo;s face it: no one wants to pilot a trash truck packed with the smelly residue of daily American life &ndash; especially in the summer, when the heat makes the stuff all the more noxious to collect and transport.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/07/Refuse2a.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 235px; 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/safety-trash-man-and-john-q-public" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/safety-trash-man-and-john-q-public#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 15 Jul 2015 13:28:00 +0000 165621 at http://fleetowner.com Could retiree work necessity help ease driver shortage? http://fleetowner.com/blog/could-retiree-work-necessity-help-ease-driver-shortage <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Here&rsquo;s something to think about: an annual survey conducted by insurance giant <a href="https://www.northwesternmutual.com/">Northwestern Mutual</a> finds that self-described &ldquo;working Americans&rdquo; expect to retire at age 68 &ndash; a full decade later than when current retirees left the work force &ndash; with 62% of 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/could-retiree-work-necessity-help-ease-driver-shortage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/could-retiree-work-necessity-help-ease-driver-shortage#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 14 Jul 2015 14:59:00 +0000 165561 at http://fleetowner.com Bridging the digital divide http://fleetowner.com/blog/bridging-digital-divide <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Yes, yes, I know; I go on quite a bit about all sorts of information technology (IT) trends in this space &ndash; perhaps too much.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/07/CloudSecurity_0.jpg" style="width: 325px; height: 244px; 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/bridging-digital-divide" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/bridging-digital-divide#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 13 Jul 2015 13:59:00 +0000 165351 at http://fleetowner.com A state-by-state look at transportation initiatives http://fleetowner.com/blog/state-state-look-transportation-initiatives <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It&rsquo;s no secret that there&rsquo;s been a <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/senator-pledges-solve-insoluble-highway-funding-impasse">perpetual logjam</a> on Capitol Hill these last few years regarding passage of long-term surface transportation funding bill; a situation that doesn&rsquo;t seem likely to be solved anytime soon.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/07/VDOTbridge5.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/state-state-look-transportation-initiatives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/state-state-look-transportation-initiatives#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 10 Jul 2015 11:38:00 +0000 165111 at http://fleetowner.com Getting tested in desert http://fleetowner.com/blog/getting-tested-desert <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>When you&rsquo;re building a specialty-model pickup, you know it&rsquo;s got to be brutal enough to withstand more than the average amount punishment in order to command a <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/going-customized-capture-more-pickup-truck-dollars">higher price point</a> on the market.</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-tested-desert" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/getting-tested-desert#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 09 Jul 2015 13:15:00 +0000 164981 at http://fleetowner.com Ethics as a supply chain risk factor http://fleetowner.com/blog/ethics-supply-chain-risk-factor <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Here&rsquo;s an interesting one: apparently, there&rsquo;s a growing worry among many businesses located outside the U.S. in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa regarding the &ldquo;ethics&rdquo; of their supply chain partners.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/07/Security1.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/ethics-supply-chain-risk-factor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/ethics-supply-chain-risk-factor#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 08 Jul 2015 11:40:00 +0000 164691 at http://fleetowner.com