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Let us now rant over the unfairness of safety technology

| April 23, 2010

You wouldn’t normally equate a person’s economic status with the safety of their vehicle, but a recent study links them. The study, appearing in the April issue of Traffic Injury Prevention, is talking about four-wheelers. ...

You gotta know when to hold ‘em, when to fold ‘em

| April 13, 2010

Anyone who’s been to an intermodal port or seen the container ships that serve them knows there is no shortage of big colored boxes being stacked like giant Lego walls. They’re also shuffled all over ...

How recorders can protect you

| April 09, 2010

If it seems electronic onboard recorders are becoming much more prevalent, it’s because they are. Thousands of units are in place in major carriers. The recent final rule from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ...

Factories humming; inventories start growing

| April 01, 2010

Today’s report on manufacturing shows it expanded in March for the eighth consecutive month, says the Institute for Supply Management, which does a monthly survey of supply executives. The good news mirrors what many in the ...

Hours of services changes: Sooner and later

| March 30, 2010

If you have any doubt about whether the bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., are getting the message about needed flexibility in the hours of service revision, worry no longer. I attended part of the fifth hours ...

Fewer trucks + more freight = good news

| March 19, 2010

It looks like freight is coming back. Or has been back for weeks. Some off-the-record conversations I’ve had with industry leaders in the last few weeks confirm that, as does other evidence. Internet Truckstop’s latest Market ...

Deadly roads, best Interstate, stupid drivers

| March 11, 2010

Knoxville News Sentinel columnist Sam Venable took time to concur with our readers, who recently voted I-40 in Tennessee as the nation’s best highway segment in our annual Highway Report Card. However, if he didn’t know ...

Distracted driving needs uniform restrictions

| March 09, 2010

It’s a pity that it takes the heavy hand of government to ban practices that common sense would say are stupid, if not deadly. Such is the case with text messaging while driving, which the ...

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