Trucks at Work http://fleetowner.com/blog/25144/feed Trucks at Work: Sean Kilcarr comments on trends affecting the many different strata of the trucking industry. en Could enjoyment be a key to recruiting and retention? http://fleetowner.com/blog/could-enjoyment-be-key-recruiting-and-retention <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Here&rsquo;s something motor carriers may or may not think about when it comes to truck driver recruiting and retention: enjoyment.</p> <p>Whoa, wait a minute, you may say: folks don&rsquo;t plan on driving trucks for a living unless they enjoy at least <em>some</em> aspect of piloting big rigs on the asphalt, right?<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/04/RoadwayHauling.JPG" style="width: 350px; height: 233px; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/could-enjoyment-be-key-recruiting-and-retention" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/could-enjoyment-be-key-recruiting-and-retention#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:07:00 +0000 157971 at http://fleetowner.com Speaking of electricity … http://fleetowner.com/blog/speaking-electricity <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It&rsquo;s not surprising that all-electric vehicles (EVs) and <a href="http://fleetowner.com/running-green/who-knew-hybrids-still-exist">hybrids</a> find themselves on the back-burner of late &ndash; due largely to the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/fleets-looking-capitalize-low-fuel-prices-face-uncertainties">precipitous drop in global oil prices</a> since June of last year, which in turn helped sparked big declines in U.S.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/speaking-electricity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/speaking-electricity#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:35:00 +0000 157921 at http://fleetowner.com Extending lead-acid battery life http://fleetowner.com/blog/extending-lead-acid-battery-life <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The conundrum traditional lead-acid batteries face in trucking is that the long operating hours coupled with harsh conditions &ndash; extreme heat and cold, supporting hotel loads, etc. &ndash; can wear them out before their time.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/04/Battery1.JPG" style="width: 350px; height: 294px; margin: 10px; float: left;" /></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/extending-lead-acid-battery-life" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/extending-lead-acid-battery-life#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:24:00 +0000 157741 at http://fleetowner.com How big will the connected vehicle market be? http://fleetowner.com/blog/how-big-will-connected-vehicle-market-be <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Ah, the wondrous world of &ldquo;<a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/nhtsa-plans-mandate-v2v-technology-vehicles">connected vehicles</a>,&rdquo; whereby technology will enable motor vehicles not only to &ldquo;talk&rdquo; to one another, but to chat with &ldquo;external&rdquo; items as well such as traffic lights, crosswalk signals, even buildings.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/how-big-will-connected-vehicle-market-be" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/how-big-will-connected-vehicle-market-be#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:53:00 +0000 157671 at http://fleetowner.com Mobile medical apps and truck drivers http://fleetowner.com/blog/mobile-medical-apps-and-truck-drivers <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Recently, I&rsquo;ve been up to my ears in truck driver health-related information (<em>the fruits of which you can read in Fleet Owner&rsquo;s May and June print editions</em>) much of which is rather disheartening.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/04/Rolling2.JPG" style="width: 350px; height: 233px; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/mobile-medical-apps-and-truck-drivers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/mobile-medical-apps-and-truck-drivers#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:41:00 +0000 157551 at http://fleetowner.com Looking back to look forward http://fleetowner.com/blog/looking-back-look-forward <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>In something of an interesting aside to the marketing promotions surrounding the new <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/chevy-s-city-express-van-now-way-dealers">Chevrolet Express Van</a>, General Motors provided a glimpse back into the history of such light commercial vehicles and especially the critical role they then played in urban communities.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/looking-back-look-forward" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/looking-back-look-forward#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:32:00 +0000 157281 at http://fleetowner.com Divining the daily driving habits of motorists http://fleetowner.com/blog/divining-daily-driving-habits-motorists <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Truck drivers and their fleets alike must always wonder about the four-wheelers they deal with on America&rsquo;s crowded roadways every day, such as: How many miles do they drive every day? Do four-wheelers drive more during the week or on the weekend? And can vehicle type &ndash; pickup, SUV, midsize sedan &ndash; tell me something about the person behind the wheel?<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/04/DrivingHabit1.JPG" style="width: 350px; height: 233px; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/divining-daily-driving-habits-motorists" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/divining-daily-driving-habits-motorists#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:25:00 +0000 157171 at http://fleetowner.com Old tactics keep wreaking cyber havoc http://fleetowner.com/blog/old-tactics-keep-wreaking-cyber-havoc <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Here&rsquo;s the odd thing I discerned while thumbing through the <a href="http://vz.to/dbirinfo" target="_blank">2015 Data Breach Investigations Report</a> issued by Verizon Enterprise Solutions this week: despite a rising level of cyberattack &ldquo;sophistication,&rdquo; cyber criminals in the main still rely on decades-old techniques such as phishing and hacking to conduct their nefarious electronic deeds.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/04/Cybersecurity.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 263px; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/old-tactics-keep-wreaking-cyber-havoc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/old-tactics-keep-wreaking-cyber-havoc#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:30:00 +0000 157081 at http://fleetowner.com Digitizing crash tests http://fleetowner.com/blog/digitizing-crash-tests <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Vehicles large and small all undergo <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/seeking-more-crash-insight">physical crash tests</a> as part of their development process &ndash; though some feel such testing, where light vehicles are concerned, <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/new-crash-test-aims-boost-light-vehicle-safety">needs serious upgrading</a>.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/04/DigitalCrash3.jpeg" style="width: 350px; height: 233px; margin: 10px; float: right;" /> &nbsp;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/digitizing-crash-tests" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/digitizing-crash-tests#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:56:00 +0000 156961 at http://fleetowner.com Tracking summer fuel consumption trends http://fleetowner.com/blog/tracking-summer-fuel-consumption-trends <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So, according to analysis by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), distillate consumption in the U.S. &ndash; the raw &ldquo;feedstock&rdquo; from which diesel fuel is made &ndash; is going to increase this summer, with the same trend ex<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/04/Coffee4.JPG" style="width: 350px; height: 233px; margin: 10px; float: right;" />pected for gasoline as well.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/trucks-work">Trucks at Work</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/tracking-summer-fuel-consumption-trends" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/tracking-summer-fuel-consumption-trends#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:35:00 +0000 156891 at http://fleetowner.com