Todd Dills

Truck fleet combats high diesel prices

In case you needed a reminder as diesel prices inch upward, at the the Northeast Pennsylvania Logistics amp; Transportation Industry Partnership's Go-Green Seminar today (held at Sands Spring Country Club in the town of Drums) Marketing VP Gerry Coyle for the intermodal, LTL and flatbed truckload carrier companies of the Evans Network offered further evidence of results obtained from basic operational and equipment improvements, some common among fleets and others recommended by the U.S. SmartWay ...

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Road Crew

A micro-community with a truck driver's website at its center Since San Antonio-based trucker/photographer Stephen Michae...

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Live From Somewhere

Reefer driver Stephen Michaels makes impact with big-rig webcam and photo site Webcams on the dashboards of big trucks are nothi...

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Traffic blows up

Mathematicians at MIT have built a model to describe "how and under what conditions" so-called "phantom traffic jams," those without any obvious cause like a wreck or disabled vehicle, form on the roadways. An article about the research into "jamitons," as the researchers dub traffic jams of this type , appeared at the MIT news site here after the researchers reported findings in the Physical Review E online."Key to the new study is the realization ...

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Border backups

A recent report in the Maktoob Transport Business journal noted a huge hold-up for truckers driving into Saudi Arabia from the United Arab Emirates as Saudi officials reportedly began fingerprinting all drivers coming into the country, allegedly part of ongoing Saudi efforts to stem drug-trafficking.It was interesting in light of ongoing congestion issues on the U.S. southern border (northbound trucks pictured on the Laredo World Trade Bridge) recently highlighted in a conversation I had with ...

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A great guy still going

Overdrive Trucker of the Year for 2005, Ted Chapman (pictured), made it into print again -- this time for his adoration of the Peterbilt trucks he has driven in his more than 7 million accident-free miles and 50 of the 70 years the company has been in business.Chapman, along with owner-operators Ronald Colvin, Steve Cudeck and Anthony Goolesby, are featured in the summer issue of the company's newsletter, "First Class," celebrating the truck maker's 70th ...

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N.H. ‘truck museum’ puts classics up for auction

Heavy-equipment operator Richard Kemp of Hillsborough, N.H., passed away in September of 2007 at age 76, but his informal truck museum, with a collection of seveal vintage Macks, Internationals, Sterlings and other trucks and pieces of equipment, lived on past his death as a stopping point for collectors and part-time truck and vintage equipment enthusiasts in the northeast and beyond long after he died. A May 18 story in the New Hampshire Union-Leader detailed the ...

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‘Our trucks can move a ton of freight…’

You've heard the ads, running typically something like this: "our trains can move a ton of freight 436 miles on just a single gallon of fuel," as goes a frequent one aired on National Public Radio by CSX. I've tried to reverse-engineer what I've guessed to be the logic in the underlying calculation here and came up with one for trucking companies: if a typical sleeper truck at around 26,000 lbs. can move 27 tons of ...

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NASCAR = Medieval Joust?

I've heard the old "modern day gladiator" description of a NASCAR driver, a comparison that calls up ancient Rome, but Wall Street Journal writer Amy Chozick in May called attention to Northern Michigan University prof Karyn Rybacki's essay in the book The Sporting World of the Modern South in which she makes a perhaps more valid comparison between NASCAR and medieval joust, "a sport that involves two opponents trying to unhorse each other with a ...

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The aggro lead — USA Today’s latest

"Debate is heating up over an issue likely to strike terror in the heart of any driver," wrote Larry Copeland in the lead of a USA Today story last week. He wasn't talking about terror among truckers, though, only those who had ever "spied an 18-wheeler looming in the rearview mirror as into the slow lane."While the truck-driver community has its speeders, for certain, I imagine you'd take exception to the assumption made here: ...

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