Trucks at Work http://fleetowner.com/blog/25144/feed en A toy truck tradition continues http://fleetowner.com/blog/toy-truck-tradition-continues <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>When Christmastime comes around, kids are usually eagerly focused on what toys Santa Claus might bring and place under the Christmas tree.</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/toy-truck-tradition-continues" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/toy-truck-tradition-continues#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:33:00 +0000 145601 at http://fleetowner.com Thoughts from inside the winner’s circle http://fleetowner.com/blog/thoughts-inside-winner-s-circle <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>&ldquo;<em>Most things in life that are worthwhile you&rsquo;ve got to work at. You get out what you put in. It&rsquo;s as simple as that. It&rsquo;s kind of a universal law</em>.&rdquo; &ndash;<strong>James Hetfield</strong>, lead singer and rhythm guitarist for legendary heavy metal band <strong>Metallica</strong>.</p> <p>No, I am not about to go on some wild tangent interlacing the intricacies of heavy metal music with the trucking industry (<em>though that would be a LOT of fun, let me tell you &hellip;</em>)</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/thoughts-inside-winner-s-circle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/thoughts-inside-winner-s-circle#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:53:00 +0000 145421 at http://fleetowner.com Aiming to reduce injury rates in trucking http://fleetowner.com/blog/aiming-reduce-injury-rates-trucking <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>I&rsquo;ll admit that minute I heard about this new report from Washington State&rsquo;s &nbsp;<a href="http://www.lni.wa.gov/">Department of Labor &amp; Industries</a> (L&amp;I) entitled <a href="http://www.keeptruckingsafe.org/technicalreports.html"><em>Trucking Industry: Examining Injuries for Prevention</em></a><em>,</em> I prepared myself to endure another diatribe against motor carriers and truck drivers alike.</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/aiming-reduce-injury-rates-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/aiming-reduce-injury-rates-trucking#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:48:00 +0000 144701 at http://fleetowner.com Pay vs. satisfaction http://fleetowner.com/blog/pay-vs-satisfaction <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>As a debate over a controversial budget bill rider that would <a href="http://fleetowner.com/regulations/battle-brews-over-hos-restart-rider-budget-bill">suspend the 34-hour restart provision</a> contained within current <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/outlook-2014-real-impact-hos">hours of service (HOS) rules</a> heats up on Capitol Hill, it&rsquo;s worth thinking about whether such rule changes amount to very much when it comes to the longer-term effort of finding and keeping <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/truck-driver-demographics-approaching-cliff">suffi</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/pay-vs-satisfaction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/pay-vs-satisfaction#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:01:00 +0000 144591 at http://fleetowner.com Reality check for vehicle safety systems http://fleetowner.com/blog/reality-check-vehicle-safety-systems <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Technology is a wonderful thing, especially where motor vehicle safety is concerned.</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/reality-check-vehicle-safety-systems" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/reality-check-vehicle-safety-systems#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:57:00 +0000 144501 at http://fleetowner.com Transportation demands more dollars, report says http://fleetowner.com/blog/transportation-demands-more-dollars-report-says <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The <a href="http://www.transportation.org/">American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials</a> (AASHTO) and the <a href="http://www.apta.com/">American Public Transportation Association</a> (APTA) jointly released a new report today &ndash; dubbed the <em><u>2015 Bottom Line Report</u></em>, which you can access by <a href="http://bottomline.transportation.org/">clicking here</a> &ndash; that essentially says more spending on 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/transportation-demands-more-dollars-report-says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/transportation-demands-more-dollars-report-says#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 09 Dec 2014 16:02:00 +0000 144401 at http://fleetowner.com Trucking: window to the human spirit http://fleetowner.com/blog/trucking-window-human-spirit <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So much vitriol is spilled out every day about trucking &ndash; that fatigue <a href="http://pix11.com/2014/11/24/fatigue-among-tractor-trailer-truck-drivers-a-growing-threat-on-u-s-highways/">runs rampant among truck drivers</a>, threatening everyone using the roadways, for starters &ndash; that it obscures not only the hard work done by the industry to ensure all sorts of vital goods get delivered every day but the good deeds done largely under the radar by those doing the delivering, too.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/12/Pennington.jpg" style="height: 240p</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/trucking-window-human-spirit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/trucking-window-human-spirit#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 08 Dec 2014 15:15:00 +0000 144261 at http://fleetowner.com Digging into the downspeeding details http://fleetowner.com/blog/digging-downspeeding-details <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>&ldquo;Downspeeding&rdquo; is a rather clunky description of what&rsquo;s becoming a significant vehicle engineering tactic for boosting fuel economy &ndash; a tactic <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/volvo-1?intlink=incontent" title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Volvo</a></span> Trucks of North America, for example, <a href="http://fleetowner.com/green/archive/volvo-downspeeding-fuel-boost-0930">touted three years ago</a> and continues to believe will continue to save fleets diesel and dollars both down the road (<em>no pun intended</em>).</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/digging-downspeeding-details" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/digging-downspeeding-details#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 05 Dec 2014 15:18:00 +0000 144141 at http://fleetowner.com Will rising business optimism further boost freight? http://fleetowner.com/blog/will-rising-business-optimism-further-boost-freight <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Positive vibes remain fairly strong within the U.S. business community right now concerning the outlook for 2015, though that&rsquo;s being <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/12/02/business-roundtable-ceos-expect-less-capital-spending-more-hiring/">tempered by a number of factors</a>, with the recent 11% drop in year-over-year retail sales <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/holiday-weekend-retail-sales-sink-11-1417376714">over the Thanksgiving holiday</a> one such reason for cautiousness.</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/will-rising-business-optimism-further-boost-freight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/will-rising-business-optimism-further-boost-freight#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 04 Dec 2014 15:33:00 +0000 144041 at http://fleetowner.com A truck museum turns thirty http://fleetowner.com/blog/truck-museum-turns-thirty <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The <a href="http://www.macktruckshistoricalmuseum.org/">Mack Trucks Historical Museum</a> up in Allentown, PA, celebrated its 30<sup>th</sup> anniversary last month &ndash; a non-profit entity formed back in 1984 &ndash; and for truck junkies like me, the place offers an endless supply of classic iron and related components to investigate.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/12/MackCabovers.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/truck-museum-turns-thirty" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/truck-museum-turns-thirty#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 03 Dec 2014 15:15:00 +0000 143841 at http://fleetowner.com Global oil transport “chokepoints” source of worry http://fleetowner.com/blog/global-oil-transport-chokepoints-source-worry <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It&rsquo;s funny in a way that at a time when the U.S. is producing more and more of its own oil and <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/running-green/blue-fleets?intlink=incontent" title="" target="_blank">natural gas</a></span> &ndash; on pace to surpass Saudi Arabia as the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/what-awesome-global-energy-forecast">world&rsquo;s largest energy producer</a> &ndash; concerns are ramping up regarding the security of the transportation corridors through which much of that energy moves.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/12/Tanker1.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 230px; 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/global-oil-transport-chokepoints-source-worry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/global-oil-transport-chokepoints-source-worry#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 02 Dec 2014 16:38:00 +0000 143771 at http://fleetowner.com Dim initial view of driverless trucks http://fleetowner.com/blog/dim-initial-view-driverless-trucks <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>As the trucking industry begins to experiment with <a href="http://fleetowner.com/technology/daimler-showcases-autopilot-trucks">driverless vehicle technology</a>, public opinion on the subject is also being ascertained &ndash; and the initial reports, at least, aren&rsquo;t coming up roses for the concept of pilotless big rigs.</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/dim-initial-view-driverless-trucks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/dim-initial-view-driverless-trucks#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 01 Dec 2014 15:31:00 +0000 143661 at http://fleetowner.com Time to look at trucks http://fleetowner.com/blog/time-look-trucks <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>As winter begins to flex its icy strength across much of the country &ndash; the Northeast in particular is going to feel the early onset of its wrath <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2014/11/25/winter-storm-east-coast-thanksgiving/70084800/">for the second time over the Thanksgiving holiday</a> &ndash; truck calendars also begin to pop across the land as well.<img alt="" src="/site-files/fleetowner.com/files/uploads/2014/11/Midwest1.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 274px; 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/time-look-trucks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/time-look-trucks#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:19:00 +0000 143521 at http://fleetowner.com Navigating Thanksgiving holiday traffic http://fleetowner.com/blog/navigating-thanksgiving-holiday-traffic <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Apparently, we&rsquo;re going to witness some of the highest traffic volumes in seven years for a Thanksgiving holiday this week &ndash; something neither truckers nor motorists must relish.</p> <p>[<em>And I bet more than few truck drivers would like the ability to &ldquo;leap&rdquo; traffic jams, too, though perhaps not in the manner the Lotus Formula One racing team recently demonstrated</em>.]</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/TVBcEg6klJI" width="560"></iframe></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/navigating-thanksgiving-holiday-traffic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/navigating-thanksgiving-holiday-traffic#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:54:00 +0000 143251 at http://fleetowner.com Through the regulatory looking glass http://fleetowner.com/blog/through-regulatory-looking-glass <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Even as the wrangling begins over President Obama&rsquo;s executive order altering 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/through-regulatory-looking-glass" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/through-regulatory-looking-glass#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:14:00 +0000 143111 at http://fleetowner.com