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Oct 02, 2015

Dreaded double diverging diamonds are coming

What the freeway! Which way do you go? And what do you do when a traffic flow idea is so crazy it makes sense?....More
Sep 28, 2015

Guilty By Association: An essential American celebration

If there’s a list somewhere of essential and perfectly American events, the Guilty By Association Truck Show (GBATS) in Joplin, MO, needs to be on it....More
Sep 25, 2015

The latest demise of the owner-op, via the WSJ

To borrow from Mark Twain, the reports of the demise of the owner-operator have been greatly exaggerated. Well, somewhat, anyway. So it’s not likely....More
Sep 22, 2015

Would you cheat the EPA if you could, trucker?

With a second round of increasingly stringent truck fuel efficiency standards and greenhouse gas limits in the works, courtesy of the Obama....More
Sep 17, 2015

Funding delays hamper highways, regulatory reform

It’s a tough call: Usually, the nation is better off when Congress doesn’t get much done. In fact, government gridlock is basically built into the....More
Sep 08, 2015

Truckers livin' large in luxury rigs

This is the life! If only the NBC News feature on “Luxury Big Rigs” bore some resemblance to the every-day living conditions of a more typical....More
Sep 03, 2015

Smart people, smart money are betting on truck platooning

Platooning, or running trucks close together on the highway to take advantage of aerodynamics and improve fuel efficiency, is coming sooner than many....More
Aug 24, 2015

FMCSA can’t win on split-sleeper exceptions

Is the hours of service rule collapsing under its own weight, or are the growing number of waivers that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety....More
Aug 18, 2015

Future is now for predictive maintenance, telematics company says

Predictive maintenance—using telematics and big data to fix a truck before it’s broken—will be “a game changer” for the industry, or so I wrote a....More
Aug 11, 2015

Truckers who change the world?

I’ll admit it right up front: My bad. I’ve been ignoring emails from the U.S. Dept. of Transportation lately, or, at best, glancing at the subject....More
Aug 04, 2015

Dueling videos: Obama, Jon Stewart on the highway funding

Let's compare President Obama's gentle chiding of Congress to The Daily Show's analysis of the highway funding problem....More
Jul 20, 2015

I-10 washout is a 'gentle reminder' for Congress

The I-10 bridge collapse in the Mojave Sunday afternoon isn’t really a prime example of the growing national problem with failing infrastructure,....More
Jul 15, 2015

This is why we love trucking: the Walcott edition

A month ago, I wrote about what a great time was had by all at the Shell Rotella SuperRigs event near San Antonio, and I encouraged anyone who was....More
Jul 07, 2015

Screwdrivers, golf balls, fuel economy: How I wasted my July 4 vacation

We’re sitting around the shop on the Fourth of July watching it rain, so instead of rolling out assorted summer toys powered by internal combustion....More
Jul 02, 2015

Congress takes a break, highway bill issues remain

Congress may be on an extended Independence Day break, but debate over the next highway bill continues with the White House, business groups and....More
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