Trucking Straight Talk

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  • Jul 10, 2014
    Commentary

    Breaking the barriers to a brighter future

    With plenty of talk about driverless and autonomous vehicles such as Google’s driverless car, Amazon’s package delivery by drone concept, and other such technological achievements, it’s important to remember that while many of these final products are years, if not decades, away, they provide an important base on which to build technologies that can help almost immediately....More
  • Jul 3, 2014
    Commentary

    Taking a Swedish view of American trucks

    The MB&F M.A.D. Gallery (Mechanical Art Devices) is showing the work of Swiss photographer Ulysse Fréchelin. What makes this particular exhibit noteworthy to American truck enthusiasts is the subject of the work – American trucks. The collection of eight photographs on display are part of a limited edition book created by Fréchelin which displays his unique view of American trucks and trucking. The book, which features 100 such photos, all numbered and signed, is simply called “American Trucks.”...More
  • Jun 11, 2014
    blog

    You can make a truck driver rest, but you can’t make him sleep 2

    Following the weekend crash in New Jersey that killed comedian James McNair and seriously injured Tracy Morgan, the drumbeat for cracking down on truckers has struck a new chord. Safety groups and politicians have filled the airwaves and mainstream media outlets with the dire warnings of more crashes and deaths to come because of the roadway dangers posed by overtired truckers....More
  • May 28, 2014
    blog

    Love's blooms again in Oklahoma

    Back in 2010, the Love’s Travel Stop along I-40 in Oklahoma City was destroyed by a devastating tornado. Miraculously, none of the 80 or so people who took shelter inside the location were injured....More
  • Apr 14, 2014
    blog

    Put down the phone and promise to drive distraction free

    In 2012, nearly 3,400 people (3,328, actually) died in distraction-affected crashes, according to the U.S. Dept. of Transportation (DOT). An estimated 421,000 people were injured in crashes that involved a distracted driver. Approximately 660,000 drivers use a cell phone for talking or texting at ANY GIVEN MOMENT in time across the country. That’s 660,000 people that could be causing a crash – right now....More
  • Apr 9, 2014
    blog

    Fleet Advantage launches charity program to assist kids in need

    Many companies have charitable hearts. Some publicize them, some don’t. I find it particularly heart-warming when companies donate to children’s causes, because as the song goes, “children are our future.”...More
  • Mar 26, 2014
    blog

    Drones are coming to take your job

    In the past six months or so, there has been a lot of talk about drones being used in all types of situations. Sure, we all know the military uses drones to carry out combat missions and surveillance, but it wasn’t until December when Amazon unveiled its plans for Amazon Prime Air – package delivery by drone – that people took notice of the possibilities. UPS quickly noted that it, too, was exploring the use of drones to deliver packages....More
  • Mar 17, 2014
    blog

    Wrongly classifying drivers could mean jail in New York State

    A new law that took effect last week in New York State could mean significant financial penalties and/or jail for companies that knowingly misclassify employee-drivers as contractors. According to the text, the law is designed to ensure drivers, particularly those who work for companies such as FedEx and UPS and port truckers, are properly classified as employees of the company where appropriate....More
  • Mar 4, 2014
    blog

    Tolls, taxes and fees: Why we are stuck with underfunded highways

    Last week saw a flurry of statements, proclamations and pie-in-the-sky dreaming from politicians announcing that they have the solutions to fix our deteriorating highways. President Barack Obama himself, for what seems like the 100th time during his presidential tenure, pitched a new idea last week: a $302 billion, 4-year investment in transportation....More
  • Feb 21, 2014
    blog

    What's the cost to transport my eyes? And other strange shipping stories

    I have to admit that one show I like to watch on TV at night is Shipping Wars on A&E. The premise of the show is for a group of “competitors” to bid on unusual shipments available on the load board uShip and then transport those items to their destinations....More
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