Roadside Attractions

Overdrive Staff | July 01, 2011

— Katherine Martin



GAUGES

Deadly cities

Premature deaths in 2010 attributed to traffic emissions

Fine particulate matter emissions from traffic congestion in the nation’s 83 largest urban areas led to more than 2,200 premature deaths last year and $18 billion in costs. The estimates were made by Harvard University’s School of Public Health. Fewer people are dying prematurely in recent years, the researchers say, due to more low-emission vehicles on the roads. Of the cities studied, Raleigh, N.C., is expected to experience the biggest rise in traffic congestion – 54 percent – in the next 20 years.



Reefer rates spike

Spot market rates for reefer segments gained 19 cents from April to May, an increase analysts attribute in part to seasonal produce demand. Dry van rates rose 6 cents and flatbed increased 3 cents during the same period, according to Internet Truckstop. In mid-May, freight capacity reached its highest volume for one week in the last six months, TransCore says.



May 31, 2011 diesel price averages


FUEL SURCHARGE INDEX (www.FuelSurchargeIndex.org) prices are collected daily from more than 5,500 truck stops and averaged along specific routes.

A Mack on a mission

What’s 15 feet long, seven feet high and upward of 2,000 pounds heavy? The Mack Pinnacle tractor leading State Farm’s Spring “Agents on a Mission” tour for the Cars 2 movie surely beat those dimensions when it stopped in Allentown, Pa., to show off life-size models of three of the film’s main characters. Lightning McQueen, Mater and British super spy Finn McMissile were quite the attraction at Mack’s Allentown Customer Center for dealers, customers, local leaders and their families. The Pinnacle subsequently took the tour to Los Angeles for the film’s red-carpet premiere on June 18, stopping in more than two dozen U.S. cities.



CALENDAR

JULY 14-15: WALCOTT TRUCKERS JAMBOREE, Iowa 80 Truck Stop, I-80 Exit 284, Walcott, Iowa, www.iowa80truckstop.com.

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