Trucking Straight Talk http://fleetowner.com/blog/25141/feed en The behind-the-scenes move that set up Richard Petty Motorsports for 2015 success http://fleetowner.com/blog/behind-scenes-move-set-richard-petty-motorsports-2015-success <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>While millions of fans tune in each weekend to watch their favorite NASCAR drivers race to the checkered flag, there are a lot of people who work behind the scenes to make the on-track success happen. I&rsquo;ve written before about the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/truck-driver-worst-job-nascar">truck drivers who haul the race cars</a> from race to race each week, but the real work starts even further behind the scenes in the offseason at each race team&rsquo;s headquarters.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/behind-scenes-move-set-richard-petty-motorsports-2015-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/behind-scenes-move-set-richard-petty-motorsports-2015-success#comments Equipment News Trucking Straight Talk Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:10:00 +0000 157561 at http://fleetowner.com The promise of DME as a vehicle fuel takes a step closer to reality http://fleetowner.com/blog/promise-dme-vehicle-fuel-takes-step-closer-reality <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The viability of yet another alternative fuel option &ndash; as if fleet managers need more choices in an already crowded field of choices &ndash; moved a step closer to reality yesterday when the state of California approved the use of dimethyl ether (DME) as an on-road fuel.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/promise-dme-vehicle-fuel-takes-step-closer-reality" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/promise-dme-vehicle-fuel-takes-step-closer-reality#comments Equipment Fuel News Running Green Trucking Straight Talk Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:54:00 +0000 152061 at http://fleetowner.com FMCSA committee set to work on entry-level driver training rule http://fleetowner.com/blog/fmcsa-committee-set-work-entry-level-driver-training-rule <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/02/driver%20training_0.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 266px; margin: 10px; float: right;" />The members of the Entry-Level Driver Training Advisory Committee (ELDTAC) have been announced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), along with the dates of the committee&rsquo;s first public meeting. In plain English, FMCSA has said who will decide the future of the entry-level driver training rule that it has been trying so hard, to no success, to develop.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/fmcsa-committee-set-work-entry-level-driver-training-rule" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/fmcsa-committee-set-work-entry-level-driver-training-rule#comments Equipment Fleet Management News Regulations Safety Trucking Straight Talk Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:06:00 +0000 150141 at http://fleetowner.com Changing technology doesn’t change the importance of weather forecasting http://fleetowner.com/blog/changing-technology-doesn-t-change-importance-weather-forecasting <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Back in 1987, when I was 16, I spent $300 on my first car &ndash; a 1976 <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/ford-0?intlink=incontent " title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Ford</a></span> Mustang, color banana yellow. Yes, banana yellow &ndash; because at the time the idea of a car, and one I could afford, was more important than the color. Now, I would never purchase a banana yellow-colored car because times have changed.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/changing-technology-doesn-t-change-importance-weather-forecasting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/changing-technology-doesn-t-change-importance-weather-forecasting#comments Fleet Management News Trucking Straight Talk Mon, 02 Feb 2015 14:58:00 +0000 149221 at http://fleetowner.com An entertaining option to truck driver retention http://fleetowner.com/blog/entertaining-option-truck-driver-retention <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/12/gI_66248_golf%20in%20sleeper_0.png" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" title="The EpicVue satellite TV service provides in-cab entertainment for commercial drivers, offering DIRECTV service." /></p> <p>As more carriers seek solutions to solve the driver shortage crisis, which is now pegged at about 30,000, a new alternative is popping up.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/entertaining-option-truck-driver-retention" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/entertaining-option-truck-driver-retention#comments Equipment Fleet Management News Technology Trucking Straight Talk Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:14:00 +0000 145561 at http://fleetowner.com Unlocking the mysteries of the random traffic jam http://fleetowner.com/blog/unlocking-mysteries-random-traffic-jam <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/11/GI%20traffic%20jam_0.jpg" style="width: 530px; height: 353px;" title="Getty Images" /></p> <p>Have you ever seen a 2-mile long traffic jam on the opposite side of the highway and thought, &ldquo;Gee, I didn&rsquo;t see an accident back there, I wonder what happened?&rdquo;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/unlocking-mysteries-random-traffic-jam" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/unlocking-mysteries-random-traffic-jam#comments Equipment Fleet Management Fuel News Trucking Straight Talk Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:29:00 +0000 143401 at http://fleetowner.com Is truck driver the worst job in NASCAR? http://fleetowner.com/blog/truck-driver-worst-job-nascar <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>This summer, The Sporting News <a href="http://www.sportingnews.com/nascar/story/2014-07-23/worst-job-in-nascar-driving-team-hauler-schedule-racecars-equipment-tracks">asked NASCAR drivers and team personnel</a> who had the worst job in the sport. Their answer? The truck drivers.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/truck-driver-worst-job-nascar" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/truck-driver-worst-job-nascar#comments Equipment News Trucking Straight Talk Tue, 04 Nov 2014 18:18:00 +0000 141481 at http://fleetowner.com Why we love food trucks http://fleetowner.com/blog/why-we-love-food-trucks <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The editorial staff here at <a href="http://www.fleetowner.com/">Fleet Owner</a> writes about a wide variety of trucks and trailers, from over-the-road to off-road. But there are some segments of the trucking industry we just don&rsquo;t spend much time on &ndash; one of those is food trucks.</p> <p>Yes, I know what many of you are thinking. First off, they serve food. Secondly, the truck &ndash; or van in many cases &ndash; simply serves as a vehicle to serve food from. Again, it&rsquo;s about the food.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/why-we-love-food-trucks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/why-we-love-food-trucks#comments Equipment News Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Mon, 27 Oct 2014 01:36:00 +0000 140591 at http://fleetowner.com Dear truck driver: Thank you for all you do http://fleetowner.com/blog/dear-truck-driver-thank-you-all-you-do-0 <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/09/uploads/2014/09/conway-truckload-driver.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px;" title="Credit: Con-way Truckload" /></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/dear-truck-driver-thank-you-all-you-do-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/dear-truck-driver-thank-you-all-you-do-0#comments Trucking Straight Talk Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:21:00 +0000 137111 at http://fleetowner.com Cutting the costs associated with work absences http://fleetowner.com/blog/cutting-costs-associated-work-absences <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>There is no question that workers&rsquo; comp claims in an industry such as trucking are a concern for any human resource manager. With drivers spending nearly their entire work shifts sitting in a truck seat bouncing up and down and dock workers quickly moving freight from one trailer to another, the potential for injury is very real.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/cutting-costs-associated-work-absences" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/cutting-costs-associated-work-absences#comments News Safety Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:07:00 +0000 135311 at http://fleetowner.com What can be learned from FedEx Ground’s independent contractor model http://fleetowner.com/blog/what-can-be-learned-fedex-ground-s-independent-contractor-model <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal yesterday said that FedEx Ground&rsquo;s classification of some 2,300 employees as independent contractors is wrong.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/what-can-be-learned-fedex-ground-s-independent-contractor-model" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/what-can-be-learned-fedex-ground-s-independent-contractor-model#comments Equipment Fleet Management News Regulations Trucking Straight Talk Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:48:00 +0000 135051 at http://fleetowner.com Commercial drivers face a global image problem http://fleetowner.com/blog/commercial-drivers-face-global-image-problem <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Richard Madison, a marketing executive from Sussex Signs, a British company, was kind enough to send me an infographic recently about what he says are interesting views of the commercial van driver in that country.</p> <p>Madison thought Fleet Owner&rsquo;s readers here in the U.S. might be interested in some of the findings.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/commercial-drivers-face-global-image-problem" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/commercial-drivers-face-global-image-problem#comments News Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:44:00 +0000 133641 at http://fleetowner.com Why trucking needs to care about augmented reality http://fleetowner.com/blog/why-trucking-needs-care-about-augmented-reality <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Recently, I wrote about the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/drones-are-coming-take-your-job">potential of drone use in transportation</a>. Amazon is just one of the companies exploring the use of drones for delivery applications. Qimarox, a manufacturer based in Harderwijk, Netherlands, released a video showing its <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/drones-are-coming-take-your-job">vision for drones in building pallets</a> within the warehouse environment.</p> <p>(<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG3Frwaa47E">Click here to see a video of Qimarox&rsquo;s vision</a>)</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/why-trucking-needs-care-about-augmented-reality" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/why-trucking-needs-care-about-augmented-reality#comments Equipment Fleet Management News Trucking Straight Talk Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:12:00 +0000 132181 at http://fleetowner.com Breaking the barriers to a brighter future http://fleetowner.com/blog/breaking-barriers-brighter-future <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>With plenty of talk about <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jonathan-handel/how-do-we-know-driverless_b_5549658.html">driverless and autonomous vehicles</a> such as Google&rsquo;s driverless car, Amazon&rsquo;s <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/drones-are-coming-take-your-job">package delivery by drone concept</a>, and other such technological achievements, it&rsquo;s important to remember that while many of these final products are years, if not decades, away, they provide an important base on which to build technologies that can help almost immediately.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/breaking-barriers-brighter-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/breaking-barriers-brighter-future#comments News Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:49:00 +0000 130641 at http://fleetowner.com Taking a Swedish view of American trucks http://fleetowner.com/blog/taking-swedish-view-american-trucks <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The MB&amp;F M.A.D. Gallery (Mechanical Art Devices) is showing the work of Swiss photographer Ulysse Fr&eacute;chelin. What makes this particular exhibit noteworthy to American truck enthusiasts is the subject of the work &ndash; American trucks.</p> <p>The collection of eight photographs on display are part of a limited edition book created by Fr&eacute;chelin which displays his unique view of American trucks and trucking. The book, which features 100 such photos, all numbered and signed, is simply called &ldquo;American Trucks.&rdquo;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucking-straight-talk">Trucking Straight Talk</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/taking-swedish-view-american-trucks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/taking-swedish-view-american-trucks#comments Equipment News Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:24:00 +0000 130241 at http://fleetowner.com