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 Deploying technology to deal with distracted driving http://fleetowner.com/blog/deploying-technology-deal-distracted-driving <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>There&rsquo;s no question that distracted driving is becoming the cause de jour among safety advocates these days &ndash; and for the right reason.</p> <p>Consider this statistic, courtesy of the <a href="http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/">National Highway Traffic Safety Administration</a> (NHTSA): In 2013, some 3,154 people were killed in crashes caused by distracted driving. With on average some 30,000 lives lost to roadway crashes every year in America, that means distracted driving is the root cause of over 10% of those fatalities.</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/deploying-technology-deal-distracted-driving" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/deploying-technology-deal-distracted-driving#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:38:00 +0000 158191 at http://fleetowner.com 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