Trucking Straight Talk http://fleetowner.com/blog/25141/feed en 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 You can make a truck driver rest, but you can’t make him sleep http://fleetowner.com/blog/you-can-make-truck-driver-rest-you-can-t-make-him-sleep <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Following the weekend crash in New Jersey that <a href="http://fleetowner.com/regulations/will-walmart-truckers-crash-thwart-hos-reform-drive">killed comedian James McNair and seriously injured Tracy Morgan</a>, the drumbeat for cracking down on truckers has struck a new chord. Safety groups and politicians have filled the airwaves and mainstream media outlets with the dire warnings of more crashes and deaths to come because of the roadway dangers posed by overtired truckers.</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/you-can-make-truck-driver-rest-you-can-t-make-him-sleep" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/you-can-make-truck-driver-rest-you-can-t-make-him-sleep#comments News Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:36:00 +0000 128051 at http://fleetowner.com Love's blooms again in Oklahoma http://fleetowner.com/blog/loves-blooms-again-oklahoma <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Back in 2010, the Love&rsquo;s Travel Stop along I-40 in Oklahoma City was destroyed by a devastating tornado. Miraculously, none of the 80 or so people who took shelter inside the location were injured.</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/loves-blooms-again-oklahoma" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/loves-blooms-again-oklahoma#comments News Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Wed, 28 May 2014 14:55:00 +0000 126691 at http://fleetowner.com Put down the phone and promise to drive distraction free http://fleetowner.com/blog/put-down-phone-and-promise-drive-distraction-free <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>In 2012, nearly 3,400 people (3,328, actually) died in <a href="http://www.distraction.gov/content/get-the-facts/facts-and-statistics.html">distraction-affected crashes</a>, according to the U.S. Dept. of Transportation (DOT). An estimated 421,000 people were injured in crashes that involved a distracted driver. Approximately 660,000 drivers use a cell phone for talking or texting at ANY GIVEN MOMENT in time across the country.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s 660,000 people that could be causing a crash &ndash; right now.</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/put-down-phone-and-promise-drive-distraction-free" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/put-down-phone-and-promise-drive-distraction-free#comments News Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:37:00 +0000 122891 at http://fleetowner.com Fleet Advantage launches charity program to assist kids in need http://fleetowner.com/blog/fleet-advantage-launches-charity-program-assist-kids-need <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Many companies have charitable hearts. Some publicize them, some don&rsquo;t. I find it particularly heart-warming when companies donate to children&rsquo;s causes, because as the song goes, &ldquo;children are our future.&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/fleet-advantage-launches-charity-program-assist-kids-need" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/fleet-advantage-launches-charity-program-assist-kids-need#comments News Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:12:00 +0000 122531 at http://fleetowner.com Drones are coming to take your job http://fleetowner.com/blog/drones-are-coming-take-your-job <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>In the past six months or so, there has been a lot of talk about drones being used in all types of situations. Sure, we all know the military uses drones to carry out combat missions and surveillance, but it wasn’t until December when Amazon unveiled its plans for Amazon Prime Air – package delivery by drone – that people took notice of the possibilities. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/98BIu9dpwHU?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> UPS quickly noted that it, too, was exploring the use of drones to deliver packages.</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/drones-are-coming-take-your-job" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/drones-are-coming-take-your-job#comments News Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Wed, 26 Mar 2014 19:22:00 +0000 120881 at http://fleetowner.com Wrongly classifying drivers could mean jail in New York State http://fleetowner.com/blog/wrongly-classifying-drivers-could-mean-jail-new-york-state <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>A new law that took effect last week in New York State could mean significant financial penalties and/or jail for companies that knowingly misclassify employee-drivers as contractors.</p> <p>According to the text, the law is designed to ensure drivers, particularly those who work for companies such as FedEx and UPS and port truckers, are properly classified as employees of the company where appropriate.</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/wrongly-classifying-drivers-could-mean-jail-new-york-state" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/wrongly-classifying-drivers-could-mean-jail-new-york-state#comments News Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:02:00 +0000 119871 at http://fleetowner.com Tolls, taxes and fees: Why we are stuck with underfunded highways http://fleetowner.com/blog/tolls-taxes-and-fees-why-we-are-stuck-underfunded-highways <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Last week saw a flurry of statements, proclamations and pie-in-the-sky dreaming from politicians announcing that they have the solutions to fix our deteriorating highways.</p> <p>President Barack Obama himself, for what seems like the 100th time during his presidential tenure, pitched a new idea last week: a <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/obama-proposes-four-year-302-billion-transportation-plan">$302 billion, 4-year investment</a> in transportation.</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/tolls-taxes-and-fees-why-we-are-stuck-underfunded-highways" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/tolls-taxes-and-fees-why-we-are-stuck-underfunded-highways#comments News Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:00:00 +0000 118411 at http://fleetowner.com What's the cost to transport my eyes? And other strange shipping stories http://fleetowner.com/blog/whats-cost-transport-my-eyes-and-other-strange-shipping-stories <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>I have to admit that one show I like to watch on TV at night is <a href="http://www.aetv.com/shipping-wars">Shipping Wars</a> on A&amp;E. The premise of the show is for a group of &ldquo;competitors&rdquo; to bid on unusual shipments available on the load board <a href="http://www.uship.com/">uShip</a> and then transport those items to their destinations.</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/whats-cost-transport-my-eyes-and-other-strange-shipping-stories" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/whats-cost-transport-my-eyes-and-other-strange-shipping-stories#comments News Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:37:00 +0000 117441 at http://fleetowner.com Trucking is waiting for a skilled technician workforce http://fleetowner.com/blog/trucking-waiting-skilled-technician-workforce <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/01/uploads/2014/01/ryder-tech-maintenance-technology.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" />During his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, President Barack Obama mentioned his goal of creating an educated workforce. This is something that trucking knows all about. From not enough drivers to a shortage of skilled technicians, the industry is in a constant state of trying to find that next generation of employees.</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/trucking-waiting-skilled-technician-workforce" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/trucking-waiting-skilled-technician-workforce#comments News Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:40:00 +0000 115521 at http://fleetowner.com Hard-working trucks and truckers hit the airwaves http://fleetowner.com/blog/hard-working-trucks-and-truckers-hit-airwaves <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/01/Rotella%20TV%20Image-1.png" style="width: 448px; height: 250px; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" />To help celebrate the work that Americans do every day, in many cases with the help of trucks ranging from pickups to heavy-duty tractors, <a>Shell Rotella</a> has kicked off a new advertising campaign. The Hardworking Campaign builds on the company&rsquo;s Unsung Heroes effort from last year and will feature television advertising currently appearing on the Outdoor Channel.</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/hard-working-trucks-and-truckers-hit-airwaves" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/hard-working-trucks-and-truckers-hit-airwaves#comments News Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:29:00 +0000 114961 at http://fleetowner.com Mile high in Colorado? Not for commercial truckers http://fleetowner.com/blog/mile-high-colorado-not-commercial-truckers <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2013/12/512px-Spliff_Joint_Twig_Dooby_Jay_.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 210px; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" />Jan. 1, 2014, was a milestone date in Colorado. It was the date that residents, and non-residents alike, could purchase marijuana legally for recreational use. While many in the state, and nation (Washington state will be enacting a similar law this spring), will be watching closely to see what impacts the law will have, if any, there is a more problematic issue for employees.</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/mile-high-colorado-not-commercial-truckers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/mile-high-colorado-not-commercial-truckers#comments News Trucking Straight Talk Trucking Straight Talk Thu, 02 Jan 2014 13:02:00 +0000 113051 at http://fleetowner.com