ATA Truck Tonnage Index Rose 3.7% Last Year

The American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased by 3.7% overall in 2017 compared to the year before, marking its largest annual gain since 2013 (,1/23/18). While it was up overall, the index stumbled toward the end of the year, falling 5.7% in December. The index equalled 142.9, down from Read More…


Keep Those Wheels Turning at the Derailed Diner!

This is a love story.A love story that started with a vision scrawled on the back of a napkin. A love story about a journey on “dirt roads, railroad tracks and asphalt highways that throughout our history, moved Americans from Point A to Point B”*. . . and to the Derailed Diner.   The story Read More…


Hauled Anything This Weird?

A trucker posted the following in a Reddit (12/1717) feed [edited]:   What is the weirdest load you’ve ever hauled?   Following are some of the responses [edited]:   A load of flashlights from Austin to LA.   Know a guy who hauled the monopoly cups for McDonalds, and somewhere in the truck was a Read More…


Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Require Tractor-Trailers Be Equipped with Underride Guards

A bipartisan and bicameral group of U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday announced intentions to introduce a bill in Congress to require tractor-trailers to be equipped with so-called side underride guards, intended to protect car occupants in crashes in which the car slides under the trailer ( 12/13/17). The bill would also require the U.S. DOT to Read More…


Five Most Congested Cities Cost Fleets $1.7B Annually

Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Seattle and San Jose are the five most traffic-congested cities in the U.S., according to TomTom Telematics research ( 12/15/17). The congestion in these cities costs local businesses and trucking fleets $1.7 billion per year or $7.71 million daily in productivity, based on 2016 data from California, New York Read More…


Trucking Industry Worries New Rule Could Raise Costs

A new rule requiring most big rigs to be equipped with electronic logs that record a driver’s time behind the wheel is triggering deep divisions in the trucking world and raising concerns that shipping goods could get more costly and complicated (Wall Street Journal 12/15/17). The federal regulation took effect on Dec. 18. Many shippers Read More…


Tesla Unveils First Electric Big Rig

A month ago, Tesla unveiled its long-anticipated electric semi-truck that chief executive Elon Muck said would blow people’s minds into an “alternate dimension” (Washington Post, 11/18/17). “What does it feel like to drive this truck?” Musk asked the audience, shortly after his latest creations rolled onto the stage. “It’s amazing! It’s smooth, just like driving Read More…

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Steer Right On In!

Participating or witnessing a livestock auction can work up an appetite, particularly if the auction lasts five hours and features the sale of 5,000 cows. Perhaps that’s why the Texhoma Livestock Auction in 2001 began to sell cattle just down the hall from the Texhoma Livestock Café – a restaurant that first opened in the Read More…