The trucking industry, and transportation sector at large, are going through big changes. The adaptation of advanced technologies allows transportation companies to operate in a way they never have before. Yet, as all this new technology seeps into the industry, trucking companies are also drowning under a deluge of data. The questions now are: How … Read moreMining the Trucking Digital Data Dump
A major highway infrastructure bill is now rolling around the Senate. After landing on July 29, the bipartisan bill, termed the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019, the bill is now set for debate and has been termed the “largest highway legislation in history.” The bill has already been marked up with amendments and was … Read moreA Huge Highway Bill and an EPA Vindication
Welcome to our next installment of the technician’s log. Today we are going to talk about inverters and battery chargers, which are essential items in every modern cab. Why? Well, for a few reasons. Just one example includes when you are parked at a truck stop. A proper inverter and charger will help keep the … Read moreThe Fleet Technician’s Log: Your Guide to Inverters and Battery Chargers
It doesn’t matter whether your fleet has five trucks or five hundred trucks, negligent entrustment represents an existential threat to trucking companies should they get caught up in it as a result of poor decision-making. If you are a trucking executive, it is likely you are already well-versed in the concepts and liabilities associated with … Read moreWhat is Negligent Entrustment and How Can Trucking Companies Avoid It?
Certain trucking industry advocates are once again raising the idea of requiring all new Class 8 and Class 8 commercial motor vehicles to be equipped with speed-limiting devices. This debate seems to come up at least once a year, sometimes more, and it looks like we are in for another round as we move into … Read moreWashington D.C. Debates Speed Limiters and Platooning
When most people think of artificial intelligence (AI), they think of hordes of robots roaming the land looking for humans. Except we don’t live in the land of the Terminator. The real applications of artificial intelligence have been creating new business applications and ways for companies to get the job done. Transportation companies in the … Read moreArtificial Intelligence and Trucking Become More Intertwined
Welcome to Part II of our important series on violations. In Part I, we left off discussing Part 382 of the regulations. This is a big category – and has accounted for over 20 percent of acute violations so far this year. The key takeaway is this: if you’re a motor carrier that operates trucks … Read moreHow to Carriers Ensure Stay Violation-Free – Part II
Have you passed an audit or roadside inspection this year without a violation? If so, then you’re in the minority. FMCSA data shows that only six percent of carriers have gotten through an audit or inspection without a violation in 2019. That means that 94% of audits and roadside inspections have resulted in at least … Read moreHow to Ensure Carriers Stay Violation-Free – Part I
A new study released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has found that electronic safety systems may not see stopped vehicles and, in some situations may exacerbate the situation if the truck driver is not paying adequate attention. This may come as quite a surprise considering how much the transportation industry and government … Read moreAre There Limits To Electronic Safety Systems For Trucking Industry?
When considering the average mileage of most commercial motor vehicles, considering the load and job type, wheel bearing replacement generally occurs between 90,000 and 120,000 miles. Still, regardless of the vehicle’s age, it is prudent to inspect the wheel bearings any time you are also doing brake replacement work or brake inspections. Most OEMs recommend … Read moreThe Fleet Technician’s Log: Bearings, Suspension and Steering, Oh My!