Trucks at Work

  • Dec 22, 2014

    “Drives like a car”

    It’s such the cliché in the truck-design business today: developing commercial vehicles that offer the comfort, handling, and operational characteristics of passenger cars. Indeed, many years ago, a truck engineer shared with me that the “guiding light” of his profession pretty much followed the mantra expressed above....More
  • Dec 19, 2014

    A toy truck tradition continues

    When Christmastime comes around, kids are usually eagerly focused on what toys Santa Claus might bring and place under the Christmas tree....More
  • Dec 18, 2014

    Thoughts from inside the winner’s circle

    “Most things in life that are worthwhile you’ve got to work at. You get out what you put in. It’s as simple as that. It’s kind of a universal law.” –James Hetfield, lead singer and rhythm guitarist for legendary heavy metal band Metallica. No, I am not about to go on some wild tangent interlacing the intricacies of heavy metal music with the trucking industry (though that would be a LOT of fun, let me tell you …)...More
  • Dec 12, 2014

    Aiming to reduce injury rates in trucking

    I’ll admit that minute I heard about this new report from Washington State’s  Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) entitled Trucking Industry: Examining Injuries for Prevention, I prepared myself to endure another diatribe against motor carriers and truck drivers alike....More
  • Dec 11, 2014

    Pay vs. satisfaction

    As a debate over a controversial budget bill rider that would suspend the 34-hour restart provision contained within current hours of service (HOS) rules heats up on Capitol Hill, it’s worth thinking about whether such rule changes amount to very much when it comes to the longer-term effort of finding and keeping suffi...More
  • Dec 10, 2014

    Reality check for vehicle safety systems

    Technology is a wonderful thing, especially where motor vehicle safety is concerned....More
  • Dec 9, 2014

    Transportation demands more dollars, report says

    The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) jointly released a new report today – dubbed the 2015 Bottom Line Report, which you can access by clicking here – that essentially says more spending on U.S....More
  • Dec 8, 2014

    Trucking: window to the human spirit

    So much vitriol is spilled out every day about trucking – that fatigue runs rampant among truck drivers, threatening everyone using the roadways, for starters – 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....More
  • Dec 5, 2014

    Digging into the downspeeding details

    “Downspeeding” is a rather clunky description of what’s becoming a significant vehicle engineering tactic for boosting fuel economy – a tactic Volvo Trucks of North America, for example, touted three years ago and continues to believe will continue to save fleets diesel and dollars both down the road (no pun intended)....More
  • Dec 4, 2014

    Will rising business optimism further boost freight?

    Positive vibes remain fairly strong within the U.S. business community right now concerning the outlook for 2015, though that’s being tempered by a number of factors, with the recent 11% drop in year-over-year retail sales over the Thanksgiving holiday one such reason for cautiousness....More
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