Trucks at Work http://fleetowner.com/blog/25144/feed en Get ready: traffic congestion poised to go from bad to worse http://fleetowner.com/blog/get-ready-traffic-congestion-poised-go-bad-worse <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>If you were hoping that roadway gridlock might ease up in the months ahead, forget about it, for according to a new report produced by <a href="http://inrix.com/">INRIX</a> and the <a href="http://tti.tamu.edu/about/">Texas A&amp;M Transportation Institute</a> (TTI) traffic congestion is back at pre-recession levels and is poised to only get worse.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/08/Traffic1.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/get-ready-traffic-congestion-poised-go-bad-worse" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/get-ready-traffic-congestion-poised-go-bad-worse#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:12:00 +0000 169441 at http://fleetowner.com Integration isn’t just about truck components anymore http://fleetowner.com/blog/integration-isn-t-just-about-truck-components-anymore <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><strong>Ron Katz</strong>, senior VP of North American Sales for <a href="http://www.chevinfleet.com/">Chevin Fleet Solutions</a>, noted something interesting the other day, especially where private carriers are concerned.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/08/Ron%20Katz%20new.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 415px; 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/integration-isn-t-just-about-truck-components-anymore" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/integration-isn-t-just-about-truck-components-anymore#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:15:00 +0000 169181 at http://fleetowner.com Making it cross country in a Model T http://fleetowner.com/blog/making-it-cross-country-model-t <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Here&rsquo;s a bit of classic car news you may have missed this week: the completion of a <a href="drivehistory.org">3,500 mile road trip</a> by an original 1915 <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/ford-0?intlink=incontent " title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Ford</a></span> Model T, with its arrival at San Francisco&rsquo;s Palace of Fine Arts.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-5XMIZEM_Uw" width="560"></iframe></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-it-cross-country-model-t" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/making-it-cross-country-model-t#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 20 Aug 2015 12:16:00 +0000 168821 at http://fleetowner.com Crash data heading down the wrong road http://fleetowner.com/blog/crash-data-heading-down-wrong-road <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Suddenly, the U.S. is on pace to experience the deadliest year on its highways since 2007, with fatalities, injuries and costs associated with vehicle crashes skyrocketing over the first six months of 2015.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s the grim tally gathered by the <a href="http://www.nsc.org">National Safety Council</a> (NSC):</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/crash-data-heading-down-wrong-road" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/crash-data-heading-down-wrong-road#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 18 Aug 2015 11:58:00 +0000 168611 at http://fleetowner.com Heading south for cold-weather testing? http://fleetowner.com/blog/heading-south-cold-weather-testing <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Florida would seem to be an unlikely candidate for extreme cold-weather vehicle testing &ndash; down to the likes of minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit, similar to the temperatures experienced in the Arctic climes of Alaska&rsquo;s Prudhoe Bay or Canada&rsquo;s Yellowknife region.</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/heading-south-cold-weather-testing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/heading-south-cold-weather-testing#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:18:00 +0000 168481 at http://fleetowner.com The issue of safety ignorance among motorists http://fleetowner.com/blog/issue-safety-ignorance-among-motorists <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The <a href="http://ppc.uiowa.edu/tvs" target="_blank">University of Iowa (UI) Transportation and Vehicle Safety Research Division</a> recently conducted an in-depth survey of 2,000 adult motorists in 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/issue-safety-ignorance-among-motorists" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/issue-safety-ignorance-among-motorists#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 14 Aug 2015 10:32:00 +0000 168371 at http://fleetowner.com Up, up, and away … http://fleetowner.com/blog/and-away <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So how does a fleet get its pickup trucks into the more remote parts of Alaska, out where the oilfields lay? Why, by flying them, of course. At least, that&rsquo;s what ASRC Energy Services does.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/08/GMasrc2.jpeg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; margin: 10px; float: left;" /></p> <p>ASRC sends its employees all over a state known as &ldquo;The Last Frontier&rdquo; to monitor everything from oilfield exploration and construction to ensure regulatory standards are properly followed.</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/and-away" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/and-away#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 13 Aug 2015 13:07:00 +0000 168231 at http://fleetowner.com That happiness thing again http://fleetowner.com/blog/happiness-thing-again <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>I&rsquo;ve discussed the age-old tension between pay and job satisfaction in trucking this space several times (<em>go </em><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/pay-vs-happiness"><em>here</em></a><em>, </em><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/finding-fulfilling-jobs"><em>here</em></a><em> and </em><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/pay-vs-satisfaction"><em>here</em></a><em> for some examples</em>) and am doing so again because the need to recruit and retain truck drivers is only going to grow more dire in the days ahead.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/08/Drive</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/happiness-thing-again" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/happiness-thing-again#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 12 Aug 2015 13:09:00 +0000 168161 at http://fleetowner.com The DIY approach isn’t dead yet http://fleetowner.com/blog/diy-approach-isn-t-dead-yet <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It&rsquo;s a quintessential American trait; if something&rsquo;s broken or not working correctly, figure out a way to fix it yourself.</p> <p>Nowadays in trucking, though, this &ldquo;do-it-yourself&rdquo; or &ldquo;DIY&rdquo; approach is often discounted due to the highly complex nature of modern commercial vehicles &ndash; especially when it <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/trying-simplify-maintenance-process">comes to maintenance</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/diy-approach-isn-t-dead-yet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/diy-approach-isn-t-dead-yet#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 11 Aug 2015 14:48:00 +0000 168121 at http://fleetowner.com Invisibility cloak shrouds workplace wellness programs http://fleetowner.com/blog/invisibility-cloak-shrouds-workplace-wellness-programs <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Health and wellness is an important issue to any section of the labor pool, but even more so to truck drivers &ndash; largely because truck drivers are in <a href="http://fleetowner.com/safety/healthy-drivers-holistic-approach">poorer health</a> than much of the U.S. population, for example exhibiting higher rates of <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/mobile-medical-apps-and-truck-drivers">smoking</a>, <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/battling-waistline-bulge">obesity</a>, and <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/diabetes-trucking-three-things-you-need-know">diabetes</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/invisibility-cloak-shrouds-workplace-wellness-programs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/invisibility-cloak-shrouds-workplace-wellness-programs#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 10 Aug 2015 13:57:00 +0000 167861 at http://fleetowner.com A/C tips for light trucks http://fleetowner.com/blog/ac-tips-light-trucks <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It&rsquo;s been hot this year in a lot places, no doubt about it. In my neck of the woods &ndash; Northern Virginia, to be precise &ndash; we just wrapped up a nearly two-week heat wave where temperatures stayed above 90 Fahrenheit mark.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/08/NM2015FordF150.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 233px; margin: 10px; float: left;" /></p> <p>Further south, Raleigh, NC, witnessed a 12 day stretch of 95-plus weather, while out west, Kingman, AZ, tied a record number for most 100-degree-plus days in a row.</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/ac-tips-light-trucks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/ac-tips-light-trucks#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 07 Aug 2015 13:28:00 +0000 167591 at http://fleetowner.com Marking the red light danger zones http://fleetowner.com/blog/marking-red-light-danger-zones <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The <a href="http://ncsrsafety.org/" target="_blank" title="National Coalition for Safer Roads">National Coalition for Safer Roads</a> (NCSR) recently released a new interactive <a href="http://ncsrsafety.org/stop-on-red/#Map" target="_blank" title="map">map</a> to highlight the cities and states where most of the 7,799 U.S. red-light running fatalities occurred between 2004 and 2013.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/08/Redlight1.jpg" style="width: 176px; height: 600px; 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/marking-red-light-danger-zones" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/marking-red-light-danger-zones#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 06 Aug 2015 14:20:00 +0000 167471 at http://fleetowner.com Wheeling and dealing time for trucking http://fleetowner.com/blog/wheeling-and-dealing-time-trucking <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The news that <strong>United Parcel Service</strong> is <a href="https://pressroom.ups.com/pressroom/ContentDetailsViewer.page?ConceptType=PressReleases&amp;id=1438343472726-722">buying Coyote Logistics</a> for an eye-popping $1.8 billion primarily to expand its TL offerings is but one example of how deal-making is heating up in the transportation and logistics industry worldwide.</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/wheeling-and-dealing-time-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/wheeling-and-dealing-time-trucking#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 05 Aug 2015 13:12:00 +0000 167291 at http://fleetowner.com Trucking may be going to the dogs … and cats … and fish … http://fleetowner.com/blog/trucking-may-be-going-dogs-and-cats-and-fish <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Pet ownership in the U.S. is climbing, according to a <a href="http://www.theharrispoll.com/health-and-life/Pets-are-Members-of-the-Family.html">new survey</a> conducted by the <a href="http://harrispollonline.com/">Harris Poll</a>, with more than three in five Americans (62%) saying they own at least one pet in their household.</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-may-be-going-dogs-and-cats-and-fish" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/trucking-may-be-going-dogs-and-cats-and-fish#comments Trucks at Work Tue, 04 Aug 2015 10:18:00 +0000 167191 at http://fleetowner.com Where is your plan for disruption? http://fleetowner.com/blog/where-your-plan-disruption <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Back in September, the <a href="http://www.thehartford.com/our-company/">Hartford</a> insurance company <a href="http://www.thehartford.com/our-company/midsize-business-survey">polled about 500 owners and executives of U.S.</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/where-your-plan-disruption" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/where-your-plan-disruption#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:29:00 +0000 167131 at http://fleetowner.com