Trucks at Work

  • May 22, 2015

    Heroes are his co-pilots

    After a year spent crisscrossing the country to support a variety of military-themed endeavors – from participating in parades, Wounded Warrior charity events, even military funerals – one would think Randy Twine might find it difficult to adjust to being a solo truck driver again, alone with his thoughts traveling hundreds if not thousands of miles of asphalt. Thing is, Twine is never alone....More
  • May 21, 2015

    Targeting the work zone vehicular threat

    A recent survey of 800 highway contractors conducted by the American Association of General Contractors (AGC) coughed up a worrisome statistic in terms of roadway safety as 46% of those contractors said a motor vehicle crashed into one their construction work zones over the past year....More
  • May 20, 2015

    At the proving grounds

    So I spent some time this week at Navistar Inc.’s “new” proving grounds site in New Carlisle, IN, located about an hour or so due west of its Lisle, IL, headquarters outside of Chicago....More
  • May 18, 2015

    Big data, big headaches

    You can’t go far in trucking without running into the term “big data” and how it’s being deployed by more and more carriers to improve efficiency while boosting profits....More
  • May 14, 2015

    It’s just easy

    So I spent half a day test driving Caterpillar’s new CT680 vocational truck model – the third in its CT vocational truck line, joining the CT660 introduced back in 2011 and the CT681 rolled out in October last year....More
  • May 14, 2015

    Road rage, the study

    Most motorists are quite familiar with road rage – a term that apparently came into being back in 1987 in Los Angeles to describe a series of highway shootings. (Hey, isn’t California supposed to be the land of peace and love? But I digress …)...More
  • May 12, 2015

    That workplace feeling …

    So I spent some time at Flying J’s Frystown location out along I-78 in eastern Pennsylvania not long ago (you can read more about that visit by clicking here) with much of my visit focused on how the “personal touch” is coming back into vogue as a customer retention tool....More
  • May 11, 2015

    Contemplating in-cab video

    You may recall last week’s post digging into the reasoning regarding National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommendations for mandating various technologies on commercial vehicles. You may also recall as part of that post the 45-page report recently issued by the NTSB backing the implementation of in-cab video systems on trucks and buses....More
  • May 8, 2015

    Looking through the NTSB safety lens

    So I listened to a great presentation by Mark Rosenker this week – chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) from 2005 to 2009, and a former U.S....More
  • May 7, 2015

    Hard to find, hard to keep

    When a former truck driver built like a linebacker starts to get emotionally choked up about the challenges big rig operators face in this day and age, you know things are tough indeed....More
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