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 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