Trucking Straight Talk http://fleetowner.com/blog/25141/feed Trucking Straight Talk is designed to engage readers with fresh insight and thoughts on topics important to all the players in the trucking industry. en From cables to sensors: A wireless approach to truck design http://fleetowner.com/blog/cables-sensors-wireless-approach-truck-design <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Ask any bodybuilder about upfitting a truck, and they will tell you about the maze of cables that must be navigated. Ask any mechanic about servicing a car or truck with an electrical problem, and they will tell you how sometimes, the answer isn&rsquo;t so simple.</p> <p>Which cable is the bad one? Where is the problem? Given that a typical truck has between 130 and 229 ft. of cabling, the <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/volvo-1?intlink=incontent" title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Volvo</a></span> Group has gone in search of a solution.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/cables-sensors-wireless-approach-truck-design" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/cables-sensors-wireless-approach-truck-design#comments Equipment News Trucking Straight Talk Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:24:00 +0000 206161 at http://fleetowner.com More Uber for freight – no really, it’s Uber Freight http://fleetowner.com/blog/more-uber-freight-no-really-it-s-uber-freight <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/08/ottobud1.jpg.crop_display_0.jpg" style="width: 525px; height: 277px; margin: 10px;" title="Otto made an autonomous delivery of beer for Budweiser recently. Otto, a developer of autonomous driving technology, could eventually be a critical component of Uber Freight's strategic plan." /></p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/more-uber-freight-no-really-it-s-uber-freight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/more-uber-freight-no-really-it-s-uber-freight#comments Fleet Management News Technology Trucking Straight Talk Mon, 07 Nov 2016 13:56:00 +0000 204971 at http://fleetowner.com Tom Brady and Deflategate shows why tire inflation systems are necessary http://fleetowner.com/blog/tom-brady-and-deflategate-shows-why-tire-inflation-systems-are-necessary <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/08/Tiresidebar_0.jpg" style="width: 520px; height: 341px; margin: 10px;" title="P.S.I.'s Al Cohn says that no two tire gauges measure the same pressure, and there is a +/- 3% in any reading." /></p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/tom-brady-and-deflategate-shows-why-tire-inflation-systems-are-necessary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/tom-brady-and-deflategate-shows-why-tire-inflation-systems-are-necessary#comments Equipment News Trucking Straight Talk Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:26:00 +0000 201261 at http://fleetowner.com Russian efficiency http://fleetowner.com/blog/russian-efficiency <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Russian efficiency. No, I&rsquo;m not talking about the ability to read emails, although it looks like they may be quite good at that. I&rsquo;m talking something more fundamental to society &ndash; quality roads.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/russian-efficiency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/russian-efficiency#comments Equipment News Trucking Straight Talk Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:25:00 +0000 197261 at http://fleetowner.com The milk truck delivers: A look at Divco's legacy http://fleetowner.com/blog/milk-truck-delivers-look-divcos-legacy <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Near the beginning of the 20<sup>th</sup> century, there were two things that most Americans could count on: mail delivery from the U.S. Postal Service, and a weekly visit from the milkman.</p> <p>Back before we had modern refrigeration systems, we had the milkman, who would bring fresh milk to our doorstep when we needed it. And to get that milk to our doors required specialized transportation &ndash; the milk truck.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/milk-truck-delivers-look-divcos-legacy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/milk-truck-delivers-look-divcos-legacy#comments Equipment News Trucking Straight Talk Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:46:00 +0000 194941 at http://fleetowner.com <p>A Divco milk truck, used by Milwaukee Frozen Custard to deliver ice cream. <em>Photo by Christopher Ziemnowicz, via Wikimedia Commons</em></p> Make-A-Wish convoy shows trucking's caring side http://fleetowner.com/blog/make-wish-convoy-shows-truckings-caring-side <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/08/truck%20convoy%20yellow%20truck_0.JPG" style="width: 530px; height: 353px; margin: 10px;" /></p> <p>If there is ever a time for traffic congestion, it&rsquo;s for charity. That was the case on Mother&rsquo;s Day in Lancaster, PA, when 590 tractor-trailers jammed the roadways for the annual Make-A-Wish Mother&rsquo;s Day Truck Convoy.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/make-wish-convoy-shows-truckings-caring-side" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/make-wish-convoy-shows-truckings-caring-side#comments Equipment News Trucking Straight Talk Tue, 10 May 2016 14:56:00 +0000 191241 at http://fleetowner.com When is a wheel not round? When it is a sphere, of course http://fleetowner.com/blog/when-wheel-not-round-when-it-sphere-course <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/oSFYwDDVgac" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <p>You&rsquo;ve heard the saying before; probably said it a thousand times yourself. You can&rsquo;t reinvent the wheel.</p> <p>Well, it turns out, maybe you can. <a href="http://www.goodyear.eu/">Goodyear</a> has, or at least it has a conceptual idea of what the reinvented wheel will look like.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/when-wheel-not-round-when-it-sphere-course" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/when-wheel-not-round-when-it-sphere-course#comments Equipment News Safety Trucking Straight Talk Tue, 22 Mar 2016 18:55:00 +0000 187161 at http://fleetowner.com City truck ban heads to West Virginia Supreme Court http://fleetowner.com/blog/city-truck-ban-heads-west-virginia-supreme-court <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/08/ThinkstockPhotos-499449980_0.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px; margin: 10px; float: right;" title="Thinkstock" />A West Virginia city that had its ban if heavy trucks from its downtown thrown out by a state court will have its appeal heard by the West Virginia Supreme Court on Tuesday.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/city-truck-ban-heads-west-virginia-supreme-court" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/city-truck-ban-heads-west-virginia-supreme-court#comments Equipment Fleet Management News Regulations Trucking Straight Talk Mon, 29 Feb 2016 15:49:00 +0000 185081 at http://fleetowner.com Truck drivers and math: a weighty problem http://fleetowner.com/blog/truck-drivers-and-math-weighty-problem <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Father brag moment: My son is on his elementary school&rsquo;s math team. Why do I tell you that? Because I learned long ago that math is important and I have been trying to tell my children that. There&rsquo;s an old saying that people who are no good at math become journalists.</p> <p>As I learned very early in my journalism career, math is very important. From budget meetings to sports statistics, a journalist can&rsquo;t get away from math.</p> <p>Recently, we learned that neither can truckers.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/truck-drivers-and-math-weighty-problem" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/truck-drivers-and-math-weighty-problem#comments Equipment News Regulations Trucking Straight Talk Wed, 06 Jan 2016 14:52:00 +0000 180551 at http://fleetowner.com <p>An Indiana truck driver told police she didn&#39;t know how to convert the weight of her vehicle from pounds to tons before driving her 30 ton tractor-trailer over a historic bridge, collapsing it. (<em>Photo: Orange County Indiana Law Enforcement Facebook page</em>)</p> Is rewarding safe fleets the best use of FMCSA resources? http://fleetowner.com/blog/rewarding-safe-fleets-best-use-fmcsa-resources <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Rewarding good behavior? Sounds great, doesn&rsquo;t it? When many of us were kids, did we get rewarded for good behavior? Sometimes, but more often than not, it was just expected. But what about those times where we went above and beyond? Did we help an older lady with her groceries? If so, maybe we got an ice cream as a reward.</p> <p>Now, the FMCSA is considering rewarding fleets that go above and beyond, and it sounds like a win-win for everyone, until it comes to make such a program work.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/rewarding-safe-fleets-best-use-fmcsa-resources" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/rewarding-safe-fleets-best-use-fmcsa-resources#comments Fleet Management News Regulations Trucking Straight Talk Wed, 23 Dec 2015 20:10:00 +0000 179811 at http://fleetowner.com