One of Columbus Dispatch this trucking industry reaction to all the mostly “>oh-look-at-those-silly-daredevils”-type press coverage of them. Including, perhaps only slightly less goofily covered, recent bits about John and Helen Taylor, a hypermiling couple who attempted this month to run the lower 48 in a Volkswagen Jetta TDI diesel (pictured) to beat average fuel-mileage world records. Last we heard, they were averaging a whopping 58 mpg.
Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.