Trucks at Work http://fleetowner.com/blog/25144/feed en Taking a road trip via electric vehicle http://fleetowner.com/blog/taking-road-trip-electric-vehicle <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>In a bid to boost the appeal of electric vehicles (EVs), <a href="http://www.nissan.eu/">Nissan</a> recently its latest all-electric LEAF model &ndash; one fitted with a 30 kilowatt-per hour (kWH) battery pack &ndash; on a 403-plus mile &ldquo;Grand Tour&rdquo; that encompassed what the automaker calls &ldquo;six of the most beautiful drives&rdquo; in Europe, including rural and coastal routes.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/taking-road-trip-electric-vehicle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/taking-road-trip-electric-vehicle#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:36:00 +0000 199411 at http://fleetowner.com Hitting the highways with Big Red http://fleetowner.com/blog/hitting-highways-big-red <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Ah, <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/riding-roads-big-red#slide-0-field_images-199251">Big Red</a>, how we miss thee; let us count the ways &hellip;</p> <p>So I recently got to test drive a <span class='keyword_link'><a href="http://fleetowner.com/ford-0?intlink=incontent " title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Ford</a></span> Motor Co. <a href="http://fleetowner.com/equipment/ford-s-new-transit-full-size-van-enters-production">full-size Transit van</a> for week &ndash; the same model my compatriot <strong>Aaron Marsh</strong> got to pilot for a stretch not too long ago.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/hitting-highways-big-red" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/hitting-highways-big-red#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:40:00 +0000 199271 at http://fleetowner.com Scania’s got a new truck, but not for North America. Not yet at least. http://fleetowner.com/blog/scania-s-got-new-truck-not-north-america-not-yet-least <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It&rsquo;s always a treat to watch a new truck get introduced, with all the flash and hype that&rsquo;s usually only reserved for swanky new sports cars. &nbsp;</p> <p>That&rsquo;s certainly the case for the new big rig being rolled out by Swedish truck maker <a href="http://www.scania.com/">Scania</a>, which is part of <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2015/05/05/volkswagen-truck-and-bus-official/">Volkswagen Truck &amp; Bus GmbH</a> ; an all-new platform that&rsquo;s been 10 years in the making with investments totaling about $2.39 billion.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/scania-s-got-new-truck-not-north-america-not-yet-least" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/scania-s-got-new-truck-not-north-america-not-yet-least#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:14:00 +0000 199171 at http://fleetowner.com Old drivers never die … but they do retire one day http://fleetowner.com/blog/old-drivers-never-die-they-do-retire-one-day <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>I love stories about <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/nod-old-school">old school truck drivers</a>: the kinds of folks who <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/call-home">get the job done</a>, day in and day out, without any of the drama that seems all-too-prevalent in our social-media-driven world these days.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/old-drivers-never-die-they-do-retire-one-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/old-drivers-never-die-they-do-retire-one-day#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:11:00 +0000 199121 at http://fleetowner.com Keeping an eye on the inside http://fleetowner.com/blog/keeping-eye-inside <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>In my last post regarding <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/people-it-security-and-trucking">digital defenses for trucking data</a>, I noted that people can be both the greatest asset as well as the greatest threat to <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/data-breaches-it-s-4-million-incident-problem-now-0">information technology</a> (IT) networks.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/keeping-eye-inside" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/keeping-eye-inside#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 22 Aug 2016 15:26:00 +0000 199021 at http://fleetowner.com People, IT security, and trucking http://fleetowner.com/blog/people-it-security-and-trucking <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Here&rsquo;s probably what should be a well-known &ndash; if highly ironic &ndash; strategy when it comes to protecting trucking&rsquo;s information technology (IT) systems from data breaches and hack attacks: you need detailed and repeated employee training.</p> <p>Yep, the best data defense is once again the human beings who use IT systems every day, in every way, to perform their freight-related tasks.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/people-it-security-and-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/people-it-security-and-trucking#comments Technology Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:53:00 +0000 198651 at http://fleetowner.com Another worry for truckers: higher health insurance costs http://fleetowner.com/blog/another-worry-truckers-higher-health-insurance-costs <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Right at the moment when <a href="http://fleetowner.com/driver-management-resource-center/survey-poor-health-contributing-driver-shortage">truck driver health</a> as well as correlations between <a href="http://fleetowner.com/regulations/report-more-research-needed-connect-driver-health-safety">driver health and safety</a> are becoming more prominent in trucking, the cost for companies to provide health insurance is undergoing a big jump this year &ndash; even as a growing majority of U.S.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/another-worry-truckers-higher-health-insurance-costs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/another-worry-truckers-higher-health-insurance-costs#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 12 Aug 2016 13:43:00 +0000 198411 at http://fleetowner.com What pressures might social activism put on trucking? http://fleetowner.com/blog/what-pressures-might-social-activism-put-trucking <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>A lot of folks might think that the trucking industry flies under the radar when it comes to the vagaries of &ldquo;social activism,&rdquo; which is a term encompassing a broad swath of issues from environmentalism to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) rights.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/what-pressures-might-social-activism-put-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/what-pressures-might-social-activism-put-trucking#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 10 Aug 2016 15:30:00 +0000 198251 at http://fleetowner.com Tracking insider threats to trucking IT http://fleetowner.com/blog/tracking-insider-threats-trucking-it <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It&rsquo;s certainly an issue no business, much less one involved in trucking or logistics, really wants to think about: the threat posed by &ldquo;<a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/inside-job-and-information-security">company insiders</a>&rdquo; to <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/shoring-trucking-s-cyber-defenses">information technology</a> (IT) systems.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/tracking-insider-threats-trucking-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/tracking-insider-threats-trucking-it#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 08 Aug 2016 14:28:00 +0000 198061 at http://fleetowner.com Can we survive if trucking shrinks? http://fleetowner.com/blog/can-we-survive-if-trucking-shrinks <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So, while leafing through the latest &ldquo;<a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/ata-publishes-latest-yearbook-trucking-facts-figures">yearbook of trucking</a>&rdquo; compiled annually by the <a href="http://www.trucking.org/">American Trucking Associations</a> (ATA), a certain thought occurred to me: what if the industry starts to shrink in size?</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/can-we-survive-if-trucking-shrinks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/can-we-survive-if-trucking-shrinks#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Fri, 05 Aug 2016 16:09:00 +0000 197881 at http://fleetowner.com Tie truck drivers more tightly to the company team http://fleetowner.com/blog/tie-truck-drivers-more-tightly-company-team <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>There&rsquo;s an awful lot of talk in trucking these days not only about ways to <a href="http://fleetowner.com/driver-management-resource-center/figuring-out-how-find-and-keep-workers-trucking">recruit younger workers</a> but how to <a href="http://fleetowner.com/driver-management-resource-center/survey-poor-health-contributing-driver-shortage">keep the ones the industry already employs</a> &ndash; both in <a href="http://fleetowner.com/fleet-management/driver-shortage-increases-27-according-ata">the driver&rsquo;s seat</a> and in other motor carrier disciplines, especially in maintenance,</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/tie-truck-drivers-more-tightly-company-team" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/tie-truck-drivers-more-tightly-company-team#comments News Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 04 Aug 2016 13:34:00 +0000 197591 at http://fleetowner.com Saving fuel still tops for light vehicles http://fleetowner.com/blog/saving-fuel-still-tops-light-vehicles <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Here&rsquo;s a no brainer: when it comes to selecting the most important attribute of a new vehicle &ndash; be it a car, sport utility vehicle (SUV), or light truck &ndash; a new poll finds consumers put &ldquo;<a href="http://fleetowner.com/driver-management-resource-center/being-both-cool-and-fuel-efficient">fuel efficiency</a>&rdquo; at the top of the list, with sticker price a close second.</p> <p>And we needed a survey to know this?</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/saving-fuel-still-tops-light-vehicles" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/saving-fuel-still-tops-light-vehicles#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 03 Aug 2016 13:04:00 +0000 197471 at http://fleetowner.com If you own an older model pickup truck … http://fleetowner.com/blog/if-you-own-older-model-pickup-truck <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>So the annual list of the 10 most stolen vehicles compiled by the <a href="http://www.nicb.org/">National Insurance Crime Bureau</a> (NICB) came out today and once again, pickup trucks made by the &ldquo;Detroit Three&rdquo; rank high on the list.</p> <p>But not just any pickup truck models, mind you; older model pickups, ones 10 years or older to be exact, are the ones vehicle thieves focused on in 2015.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/if-you-own-older-model-pickup-truck" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/if-you-own-older-model-pickup-truck#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Mon, 01 Aug 2016 11:53:00 +0000 197281 at http://fleetowner.com What does deal-making tell us about trucking? http://fleetowner.com/blog/what-does-deal-making-tell-us-about-trucking <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>A lot of pretty hefty deal-making within the transportation and logistics sector occurred globally in the second quarter of this year, and while a good bit of it went on in Asia, a sizeable uptick occurred stateside within the global trucking industry &ndash; and for some worrisome if understandable reasons.</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/what-does-deal-making-tell-us-about-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/what-does-deal-making-tell-us-about-trucking#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:21:00 +0000 197061 at http://fleetowner.com Digital disruption and trucking http://fleetowner.com/blog/digital-disruption-and-trucking <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>We all know the trucking business is going to be changed significantly due to the rising tide of <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/preparing-digital-transformation-business">digital advances</a> sweeping not only the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/considering-impact-it-change">freight markets</a> but the <a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/imagine-people-are-critical-digital-success">business world</a> as a whole &ndash; with <a href="http://fleetowner.com/regulations/two-fleets-experience-elds-and-extras-cut-costs-boosted-image">electronic logging devices</a> (ELDs) and the <a href=</p></div> <p><a href="http://fleetowner.com/blog/digital-disruption-and-trucking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://fleetowner.com/blog/digital-disruption-and-trucking#comments Trucks at Work Trucks at Work Wed, 27 Jul 2016 09:39:00 +0000 196981 at http://fleetowner.com