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Bruce Stockton watches his 3-year-old granddaughter play with her mother’s phone, and it seems to come naturally, but he said she can’t quite ride a tricycle.

Stockton, vice president of fleet services at Missouri-based Wilson Logistics, compared his granddaughter to today’s incoming truck drivers: they naturally understand technology, but they have to be trained to drive. Read More

The days of using a generic spec for all fleet applications are over.

While I am not sure that a one-size-fits-all approach to spec’ing was ever a good idea, today that approach can spell disaster. It not only can result in operational inefficiencies but also it can have a profound effect on preventive maintenance and total cost of operation (TCO). Read More

Ask veteran drivers about the good ol’ days in trucking and they’ll tell you stories about friends they worked with, loads they hauled, trucks they drove and coming home for a holiday or a kid’s game on the weekend.

You know what you won’t hear about? Waiting in line for a payphone. Achy hips and knees from shifting gears. Paper HOS logs and shipping documents. Jockeying for a parking space. Ceaseless messages from dispatchers or freight brokers asking where they are and when they’ll arrive. Being routed places they don’t like to go. Read More

There is magic around the 10% solution. I expect many fleets and OEMs have sat through many presentations, read many articles and reports where the claim of a 10% improvement in fuel economy is supposed to wow.

My guess is that 10% is where the venture capitalists and fleet customers seem to get interested in an idea, where 9% or 6% or 3% just are not attractive enough to raise an eyebrow. Read More

As illustrated in Part 1 of this two-part series, the Department of Transportation recently advised Congress to eliminate the Fair Labor Standards Act’s motor carrier exemption that allows many carriers to avoid paying company drivers overtime. As Congress has begun to attempt action on the advice, the change could yield benefits for all drivers including higher earnings and shorter wait times at loading docks. Read More

The average age of a diesel technician, according to Data USA, is just more than 40 years old – about a decade younger than the average age of a truck driver, but still a far cry from the age of a recent high school graduate who just completed an accredited diesel tech program. Read More

The number of fatalities caused by vehicle crashes climbed in 2021.

According to preliminary semiannual estimates from the National Safety Council, collision fatalities in 2021 totaled 46,020, up 9% from 2020 and 18% from 2019, and on average eight people are killed in driver distraction-affected crashes daily. Read More

In a Federal Register notice asking the White House to renew its Safe Driver Apprenticeship Pilot Program, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration responded to some concerns from industry stakeholders during the agency’s previous request for the program earlier this year. Read More

There has been a lot of talk lately about unbundling leases. Proponents of unbundling say they can save you money on certain items that have been bundled together in your lease.
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For the second week in a row, the national average for diesel fuel has decreased, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration. The EIA also released on Tuesday its monthly Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), which includes a forecast for prices during the upcoming summer. Read More

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