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  • Biketoberfest limits trucks to fuel-and-go   2 days 1 hour ago    

    I would drive right on by the exit. Love's is actually turning their back on the drivers that keep them in business! No need to patronize Love's.

  • Anheuser-Busch, Convoy expand relationship   3 days 23 hours ago    

    Just what our world needs, another broker with know nothing agents.

  • Kari Rihm: President & CEO of Rihm Family Companies   1 week 2 days ago    

    Great story. Maybe she should have been in the business earlier and helped it grow. I hope she continues to have great success and with her Principal In Training, significant greater business.

  • Trump uses truckers to elevate tax reform push   1 week 3 days ago    

    I agree with the President and hope that Congress will finally do their job and work with the President or all Congress Rep.'s should be fired and replaced with Representatives that know how to get things done and give a time limit of no more than 1 year to see if each are really doing their job.

  • Eight tips: Don't get pegged during CVSA's safe driving enforcement week   1 week 3 days ago    

    blitzes can backfire too when the public realizes that this proves that the day to day work is not being done by our 'public defenders'. to me this is just a dog and pony show so the cops get their 'good deed' mentality in the 6 o'clock news. boy oh boy the last bit is good too. we find as much or more distracted driving from rubberneckers as with those dang phones.

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  • Mother Nature and fuel economy   1 week 5 days ago    

    Another weather-related factor is "winter blend" fuel. Since kerosene or lighter hydrocarbons are included, the energy value per pound of fuel or per gallon is reduced. Thus we typically see lower MPG values during the cold season. And, if the engine idles to keep the cab warm, that is additional effect on non-driving MPG.

  • Highway fatalities increase again, NHTSA says   1 week 6 days ago    

    Why not employ a 6-Sigma approach to solving this problem? It has all the right elements - especially the statistics to define the problem.

  • Mother Nature and fuel economy   1 week 6 days ago    

    Interesting. Do side skirts help or hurt during a crosswind? Why is the aero drag worse in cold weather?

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  • Webinar: Tackling the truck technician shortage   2 weeks 2 days ago    

    How can I find you webinars database?

  • Trucking warms to technology   2 weeks 3 days ago    

    There are 2 other major reasons for trucking companies embracing technology;

    First, it is much more accessible. Web based software, like AscendTMS ( allow truckers to get the same TMS capabilities that the top 100 carriers use but with nothing more than a web browser needed. NO tech skills needed. NO Hardware. NO contracts.

    Second, the cost of technology is no longer a barrier to entry. TMS software used to cost six figures, today, totally free TMS software exists for the smallest trucker or broker to "get aboard" for the first time ever. NO cost software means zero risk for the smallest carriers and brokers to catch up and compete.

    Tim Higham

  • Prestolite introduces new alternators in North America   2 weeks 4 days ago    

    Prestolite Electric was acquired by Chinese government-backed Zhongshan Broad-Ocean Motor Co. Ltd. in 2015.

    Some North American customers might take issue with having party-built starters and alternators in their vehicles.

  • ELDs: Menace or miracle?   2 weeks 4 days ago    

    Yes, the ELD is a tool that may be used positively as well negatively. And if it helps with detention time then that would be great. However, a quick check of the Coercion Rule shows that the FMCSA specifically considered detention to not fall in the coercion realm when drafting the rule.

  • ELDs: Menace or miracle?   2 weeks 4 days ago    

    Another enabling article, trying to justify another costly and dissing law. Ever notice, rather than asking why drivers adjust their logs, govmt just passes another law. Guess that's why they the 'lawmakers'. There is already a handy dandy invention called a time clock. All you have to do is have drivers punch in when they arrive and when they leave; then the shipper/receiver gives them a copy and it is a done deal. Cost nobody nothing. Ah, but I forget, the eld makers gotta eat too. Just think what this would cost them? Keep going apologists, we will remember who is for us and who is agin us.

  • Democratic lawmakers seek mandatory sleep apnea testing for truckers   2 weeks 5 days ago    

    While states close rest areas and limit stopping to sleep, drivers lack medical coverage for this kind of screening, other solutions aren't compared with this proposed mandate, and availability of staffing for the testing is doubtful, I can't support this proposal. I don't want sleepy drivers on the road or the rails. Nobody does. But making sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment the sole answer without considering the other factors and other possible solutions is bad policy.

    I actually retired early to avoid having to send fat truck drivers for a test that was being scheduled weeks out, with no legislative attention to who would pay for all those sleep studies, and with no attempt to look at other ways to address the problem. Technology to detect inattention in real time would catch not only people with sleep apnea - - when they are having the sleepiness - - but also identify the folks without sleep apnea who stayed up too late the night before. Why not that?

  • Hornady guarantees drivers' minimum weekly pay   2 weeks 5 days ago    

    Higher wages are in the immediate future of the trucking industry, and I am talking about $60 - $70,000 / year. Better measurements exist today to monitor driver efficiency, and salaries are going to get better drivers who are dedicated to a particular trucker.

  • Democratic lawmakers seek mandatory sleep apnea testing for truckers   2 weeks 5 days ago    

    This is a major health issue and I believe this will become a requirement.

  • Democratic lawmakers seek mandatory sleep apnea testing for truckers   2 weeks 5 days ago    

    "It has listed apnea as the probable cause of 10 rail and highway crashes in the past 17 years."

    10? Pretty sure we have bigger things to worry about.

  • Using data to move toward predictive maintenance   2 weeks 5 days ago    

    would anyone know where I can find countrywide or state wide data on roadside breakdowns? Your help would be greately appreciated.

  • Medical marijuana and the workplace   2 weeks 5 days ago    

    Although your overall point is valid, marijuana is not a hallucinogen. Marijuana is a mild psychedelic, but not all psychedelics are hallucinogens. The psychedelic properties of marijuana can alter mood and sensory perception, but people who have consumed marijuana do not truly hallucinate as a result. Hallucinogens include drugs such as LSD, PCP, salvia, ketamine, and MDMA.

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  • Scenes and notes: Out on the road with Mack's new top dog   3 weeks 2 days ago    

    Looks like a Navistar tractor.

  • Scenes and notes: Out on the road with Mack's new top dog   3 weeks 2 days ago    

    Looks like a Navistar tractor.

  • FMCSA proceeds with December ELD enforcement plan   3 weeks 2 days ago    

    SMALL business truckers will bear the majority of the $2 billion in ELD costs with realizing any safety, economic, or productivity benefits. they will lose productivity.

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