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UPS to Retrofit Class 8 Trucks with Collision-Mitigation Technology

UPS has announced that it is equipping more than 5,700 of its existing Class 8 tractors with advanced collision mitigation technology that can alert drivers to moving and stationary objects around the vehicle truckinginfo.com (11/2/17). This will result in more than 60% of UPS’s Class 8 tractor fleet, more than 11,000 vehicles, being equipped with Read More…

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Tesla Trucking Ahead with Nov. 16 Semi Reveal

According to Fox News (11/6/17), Tesla has reconfirmed plans to take the wraps off of its first semi-truck in California on November 16, and has revealed a little more of what the all-electric hauler looks like. An invite to the event includes a new teaser image of the side of the truck, where you can Read More…

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Tailgating May Soon Be Perfectly Normal – and Safe

Ever look to the next lane and see two 18-wheelers roar past at 70 mph with just 10 yards between them?  Think that’s dangerously close? In this high-tech age, that may no longer be true. In fact, it might be just the opposite, and it might even end up saving you money. According to the Read More…

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Dottie’s One Helluva Mother Trucker!

Chances are that Dottie never took the Mother Trucker Challenge at the restaurant named in her honor. But then again, she wouldn’t have to because her name alone is known and beloved by thousands of truckers who run America’s infamous Route 66 in Cuba, Missouri. Dottie’s Family Restaurant, part of the Midwest Petroleum Truck Plaza, Read More…

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What Do You Do with A Truck with a Roll-up Door?

A trucker posted the following in a Reddit (10/17/17) feed [edited]: I’m brand new to the trucking world and have my own authority and truck and trailer. I finally got all the pieces together and today started searching for loads. After unexpectedly filling out over a dozen carrier applications, I thought I was ready. This Read More…

Market Swings in Truckers’ Favor

  According to overdriveonline.com (10/16/17) shippers are expecting big rate increases as the market swings in the favor of truckers.   As noted by the red line here, DAT’s Freight Index shows soaring freight activity on the spot market in September compared to recent years. Shippers fear “double-digit” (by percentage), rate increases in the coming Read More…

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Driver Shortage May Impact Earnings of Trucking Companies

According to the Wall Street Journal (10/16/17), analysts expect rising driver pay and storm disruptions to eat into what would otherwise be stronger third-quarter results for truckload carriers. The freight market has picked up as manufacturing activity expands and retailers restock inventories in advance of the holiday season. For-hire truck tonnage jumped 8.2% in August compared with the Read More…

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Trump Addresses Truckers About Tax Reform

On October 11, President Donald Trump took to the trucking industry to stump for his plan to reform the U.S. tax system, telling a crowd made up of fleet managers and truck drivers that his tax reform framework would put more money in the pockets of U.S. workers and be a boon for the U.S. Read More…

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Women in Trucking Introduces Girl Scout Transportation Patch

In October of 2014, eighty four young girls gathered at Olive Harvey School in Chicago, Illinois for the first Girl Scout Transportation event. These girls heard from a (female) Navistar Engineer who talked about designing trucks to better accommodate women. They also were given the opportunity to meet two female professional drivers and to climb into Read More…

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Driver Turnover Spikes

While the driver turnover rate has been down in the last few years, it’s just seen a significant double-digit bump according to a new report released by the American Trucking Association (thetruckersreport.com 9/22/17). Driver turnover is an indicator of the strength of the freight economy, but the ATA also claims that it is a sign Read More…