Month: December 2019

An article— a “feature” in journalese— dives deeper into a topic than a straight-up breaking news story does and may include expert analysis of the topic being discussed. In 2019, HDT’s editors reported in depth on a wide range of topics. The subjects of our Top 10 Articles for the year range from the whys
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A little something different on the Channel 19 blog today from CoachCarolyn O’Byrne. Regular readers will recall Wendy Parker’s past reviews of her “Gut Instinct” book, as well as news about her online self-help modules from earlier this year. The life coach (and much else besides) geared them specifically toward over-the-road haulers who have likewise
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Photo: NFI NFI has acquired G&P Trucking Company, a logistics provider specializing in asset-based transportation, port drayage, and non-asset brokerage solutions, to expand NFI’s coverage of the Southeast. G&P, headquartered in Columbia, S.C., has been providing transportation services for customers across its 14 locations for more than 80 years, including dedicated, regional, long haul, and Mexico
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This past year saw the recognition of many Highway Angels – 37 to be exact.  The Highway Angels program, operated by the Truckload Carriers Association, recognizes drivers who go out of their way to help others while over the road. Since the program launched in 1997, more than 1,250 truck drivers have been recognized as
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As the saying goes, “Opinions are like [fill in the blank], everyone’s got one.” And that is no more true than here at HDT. We have rounded up the top 10 commentaries for you to enjoy while you ring in the New Year. Screen capture from 9news.com 1. What Went Wrong in Colorado’s Deadly Truck
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Major truck stop chains treat fuel to minimize cold-weather gelling. Over-the-counter fuel treatments can add value but should not be overdone. Pilot Flying J, Love’s and TravelCenters of America are among truck stops using cold-flow broad spectrum additives to treat fuel at cold-weather locations for the winter. “With the exception of our cold-weather stores, we
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With 2019 in the rearview, a look back at the top trucking themes, trends and news from the year and links to Overdrive‘s coverage of all.  The plateau that felt like a downturn nipped owner-operator pay and spurred a few high-profile fleet closures. The basic theme of the year, at least from a business perspective, was
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Trucking news and briefs for Dec. 30, 2019 FMCSA to double random drug-testing rate in 2020 after rise in positivesThe U.S. DOT announced it will increase its random drug testing rate in 2020 to 50% — meaning that carriers will be required to perform random drug tests at a rate equivalent to half their number
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At the 2019 Fleet Forward Conference, Jim Park, Heavy Duty Trucking’s equipment editor, caught up on camera with Bill Combs, director of connected fleet, Penske Transportation Solutions. Park asked Combs for insights into Penske’s real-world tests of electric trucks, including deployment of Daimler Trucks North America’s first pre-production electric units with Penske fleet customers. Combs discusses
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Inground hydraulic piston lift require breaking the concrete floor to install the hydraulics and the lifting mechanisms. Such installations my not be suitable for fleets renting or leasing their facilities. Photo: Stertil-Koni In Part I of this three-part series on shop lifts, Equipment Editor Jim Park looked at how these time-saving systems can save improve
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After scouring through news items of the past 12 months, HDT came up with the top 19 stories of 2019, giving you a look back on some of the important moments from this past year. The California Trucking Association predicted that Assembly Bill 5 “will put tens of thousands of owner-operator truckers, who service agriculture,
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The Skylift platform lift from Stertil-Koni can be configured to lift an entire tractor trailer in a drive-on, drive-off application for quick services like chassis inspections and oil changes. Photo: Stertil-Koni Fleets considering equipping a shop with lifting devices have many options. Which type or types of lift you choose depends on the amount of
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The family shareholders of Les Schwab Tire Centers, which has 492 locations in 10 states, intend to sell their company in the next few months. Photo: Les Schwab Tire Centers Les Schwab Tire Centers, Bend, Oregon, is for sale. Les Schwab is the exclusive distributor of Toyo brand truck tires in the states of Oregon
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A tractor-trailer loaded with fireworks drove off a highway in central Missouri Thursday, Dec. 26, and crashed through the side of a supermarket injuring five people inside. The driver, who was not identified, told a store employee he may have had a medical issue and passed out before running off eastbound U.S. 54, hitting a
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FMCSA estimates it will cost the trucking industry  $50 million to $70 million to conduct the additional random drug tests. Photo: Quest Diagnostics The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is doubling the minimum annual percentage rate for random controlled substance testing for commercial motor vehicle drivers, from 25% to 50% percent, effective Jan. 1, in
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Winter storm warnings and watches are up for much of the midsection of the country this weekend. A major winter storm could cause problems for truckers traveling through much of the midsection of the country through the weekend. The Nation Weather Service says winter storm watches in effect for states from Colorado to Minnesota. The
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Truck Parts Lookup allows users to identify the heavy-duty parts they need easily without needing a VIN or engine serial number.  Screenshot: Diesel Laptops Diesel Laptops, a provider of commercial truck diesel diagnostic software, repair information and hardware, has launched a free software program called Truck Parts Lookup. According to the company, Truck Parts Lookup
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ATA’s advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index dropped 3.5% in November after falling 0.7% in October. Graph: American Trucking Associations The American Trucking Associations’ numbers tracking tonnage hauled by for-hire trucking companies fell again in November, leading ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello to say, “It’s tough to sugar-coat November’s reading.” ATA’s advanced seasonally adjusted
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