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 Where is your plan for disruption? http://fleetowner.com/blog/where-your-plan-disruption <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Back in September, the <a href="http://www.thehartford.com/our-company/">Hartford</a> insurance company <a href="http://www.thehartford.com/our-company/midsize-business-survey">polled about 500 owners and executives of U.S.</a></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/where-your-plan-disruption" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/where-your-plan-disruption#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:29:00 +0000 167131 at http://fleetowner.com Big Brown getting greener http://fleetowner.com/blog/big-brown-getting-greener <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Some politicians talk a good game about &ldquo;greening&rdquo; the 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/big-brown-getting-greener" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/big-brown-getting-greener#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:34:00 +0000 167031 at http://fleetowner.com One vehicle to rule them all … http://fleetowner.com/blog/one-vehicle-rule-them-all <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Mirroring the efforts of other auto and truck manufacturers &ndash; <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/ford-0?intlink=incontent " title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Ford</a></span> Motor Co.&rsquo;s famed &ldquo;<a href="http://wardsauto.com/management-amp-strategy/one-ford-strategy-key-global-challenge-executives-say">One Ford</a>&rdquo; strategy comes to mind &ndash; <a href="http://www.gm.com/">General Motors</a> is beefing up plans to create a &ldquo;single global platform&rdquo; for its <a href="http://www.chevrolet.com/">Chevrolet division</a>, from which it can customize vehicles for specific markets around the world.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/07/GMdan.p</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/one-vehicle-rule-them-all" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/one-vehicle-rule-them-all#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:54:00 +0000 166941 at http://fleetowner.com Where environmentalists and highway safety advocates collide http://fleetowner.com/blog/where-environmentalists-and-highway-safety-advocates-collide <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>There&rsquo;s been quite a bit of debate of late regarding the renewed push to make <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/longerheavier-truck-debate#slide-0-field_images-165381">double trailer trucking rigs longer</a> &ndash; stretching each trailer out to 33 ft. from the current 28 ft.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/07/Longer7.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 187px; 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/where-environmentalists-and-highway-safety-advocates-collide" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/where-environmentalists-and-highway-safety-advocates-collide#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:49:00 +0000 166811 at http://fleetowner.com On the skid pad of safety http://fleetowner.com/blog/skid-pad-safety <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>General Motors recently opened a new $14 million 52-acre addition to its Milford proving grounds outside Detroit, MI; a facility the OEM calls its Active Safety Test Area.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/07/GMSafeOpen.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 233px; margin: 10px; float: left;" /></p> <p>The place is specifically designed to test a wide range of safety technologies, everything from rear- and forward-looking camera systems to fully &ldquo;automatic braking&rdquo; functionality in emergency situations.</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/skid-pad-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/skid-pad-safety#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:03:00 +0000 166711 at http://fleetowner.com Breakdowns bother everybody http://fleetowner.com/blog/breakdowns-bother-everybody <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Here&rsquo;s another item for the &ldquo;well that&rsquo;s not a surprise&rdquo; file: a new survey finds that getting stranded on the side of the road by a vehicle breakdown is a &ldquo;major aggravation&rdquo; among motorists, with the flat tires the most common cause of such breakdowns.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2015/07/RoadMaint.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/breakdowns-bother-everybody" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/breakdowns-bother-everybody#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:36:00 +0000 166611 at http://fleetowner.com The battle over broken roads continues http://fleetowner.com/blog/battle-over-broken-roads-continues <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>U.S. roads ain&rsquo;t in good shape &ndash; and that&rsquo;s putting it mildly. Yet how to come up with the cash necessary to put them in good working order, much less expand current networks to handle more traffic, <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/paying-highways-no-free-ride">remains a Gordian knot</a> still in search of sword.</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/battle-over-broken-roads-continues" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/battle-over-broken-roads-continues#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 24 Jul 2015 14:39:00 +0000 166461 at http://fleetowner.com The safety data bucket issue http://fleetowner.com/blog/safety-data-bucket-issue <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So I spent some time this week with some of the good folks from <a href="http://www.ups.com/?Site=Corporate&amp;cookie=us_en_home&amp;setCookie=yes">United Parcel Service</a> and <a href="http://www.bendix.com/en/">Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems</a> this week out at <a href="http://www.summitmotorsportspark.com/">Summit Motorsports Park</a> in Norwalk, OH, participating in several <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/testing-collision-mitigation-technology#slide-0-field_images-166171">truck safety system demonstrations</a>.</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/safety-data-bucket-issue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/safety-data-bucket-issue#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:29:00 +0000 166351 at http://fleetowner.com Spring brake checks uncover good trends http://fleetowner.com/blog/spring-brake-checks-uncover-good-trends <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Back in May, the <a href="http://CVSA.informz.net/z/cjUucD9taT00OTE4NDIyJnA9MSZ1PTEwNjEzNTE3NjYmbGk9MzAwMTY5MzU/index.html" target="_blank">Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance</a> (CVSA) conducted its annual one-day surprise inspection of bus and truck air brake systems as part of its ongoing &ldquo;<a href="http://CVSA.informz.net/z/cjUucD9taT00OTE4NDIyJnA9MSZ1PTEwNjEzNTE3NjYmbGk9MzAwMTY5MzY/index.html" target="_blank">Operation Airbrake</a>&rdquo; program.</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/spring-brake-checks-uncover-good-trends" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/spring-brake-checks-uncover-good-trends#comments Maintenance Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:16:00 +0000 166261 at http://fleetowner.com Death by cyberattack http://fleetowner.com/blog/death-cyberattack <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Of the many posts I&rsquo;ve placed in this space regarding the trucking industry&rsquo;s need to keep an eye on cyber security issues (<em>go <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/new-data-defenses-may-be-needed">here</a> and <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/big-cracks-cybersecurity-confidence">here</a> for just two examples</em>), they&rsquo;ve never touched on the potential for loss of human life from such <a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/data-lockdown">nefarious electronic activity</a>.</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/death-cyberattack" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/death-cyberattack#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 21 Jul 2015 13:58:00 +0000 166121 at http://fleetowner.com