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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
Jun 19, 2015

What difference does your engine oil make?

I went for a crash course in engine lubricants, and boy, did I get it—along with an education in global energy markets, alt fuels, engine and....More
Jun 15, 2015

SuperRigs 2015: This is why we love trucking

Anyone who frets about the state of the trucking industry—whether they’re concerned about finding the next generation of professional drivers or....More
Jun 03, 2015

Roadcheck impact: Higher spot rates? Maybe. Higher penalties? Definitely.

Does an annual truck inspection blitz impact the market? A new analysis by DAT Solutions says it’s likely, and spot rate increases are going to cost....More
Jun 01, 2015

Hey, trucker: Do you suffer from ADS (Abused Driver Syndrome)?

The wide world of trucking is surprisingly small. If you get out at all in public, and if you own up to a connection to the trucking industry, you’re....More
May 20, 2015

David Letterman and trucks and me

Here’s the thing, amid all the David Letterman farewell news and notes: My brother’s mother-in-law once was flown to New York to show Dave how to....More
May 08, 2015

Voluntary safety programs: Enforcement weighs in

The roadside inspection piece of the truck safety puzzle is “tried and true,” so enforcement officials have been reluctant to change it even as the....More
Apr 20, 2015

Idea Log: The little engine (idle alternative company) that could

The theme of this series is that the best ideas are simple—but ideas are one thing and execution is another. And five years after taking over the....More
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