Technology, Equipment

Tuned In

Comforts of home such as in-cab satellite television can improve driver satisfaction. EpicVue

Longhaul trucking can be a difficult and isolating job, but some fleets have turned to electronic in-cab entertainment to keep drivers connected and boost their job satisfaction. And when drivers are satisfied, better retention and recruiting numbers often follow.

Katie Pyzyk | Contributing Writer
October 11, 2017

Hill Consideration of Meal, Rest Break Proposal on Pause

John Thune Sen. Thune (Jaclyn O'Laughlin)

A proposal aimed at guaranteeing nationwide uniformity of meal and rest break rules for truck drivers has hit a snag this year in the U.S. Senate.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
September 14, 2017

Industry Celebrates Truck Drivers for Dedication to Profession


Truck drivers deliver virtually everything needed to sustain modern life, and Sept. 10-16 they are getting something in return: Thanks.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
September 7, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

As Robots Take the Wheel, Driving Skills Begin to Hit the Skids

Self-Driving Truck Daimler AG

If your car can hit the brakes in an emergency and check your blind spots, will that make you a worse driver? Increasingly, automakers are worrying it may.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
August 10, 2017

Omnitracs Launches Big Rig Buddies 2017


Omnitracs, a global management solutions provider for transportation and logistics companies, has announced the launch of Big Rig Buddies 2017 for truck drivers and their dogs.

Laurie Wiegler | Staff Reporter
June 26, 2017
Government, Technology, Autonomous

FMCSA Forms Working Groups to Develop Requirements for Automated Vehicle Pilots

truck bed Daimler Trucks

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s chief safety officer last week said the agency has formed three core working groups to develop prospective requirements for manufacturers and truckers seeking to participate in highly automated commercial vehicle, or HACV, pilot programs.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
June 19, 2017
Business, Equipment

Carriers, Shippers View Drop and Hook as Improvement in Operational Efficiency

ricecakeFTW via YouTube

Shippers and carriers sometimes might disagree on fair rates, settlement schedules or detention charges. But there is one freight-hauling technique that wins kudos from both sides: drop and hook. It sounds easy — and it can be — if the timing is right, experts said.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
June 19, 2017
Business, Equipment, Safety

Crete Tells Drivers They Can Drive 65

John Sommers II for TT

Crete Carrier Corp. will allow drivers to travel up to 65 mph on cruise control, up from the 62 mph limit previously in place.

Transport Topics
June 16, 2017

Truck Driver Pay Flat in First Quarter, National Transportation Institute Data Show

Grand Island Express

Truck driver pay was stagnant in the first quarter, marking anemic growth of a fraction of a percent, according to data from the National Transportation Institute.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
May 29, 2017

A Good Truck Driver Is Hard to Find in Tight Job Market


Getting a signing bonus is often associated with top young athletes. Now, taking a job driving a chemical truck in the United States can earn you a signing bonus of as much as $5,000 — and then there are recruiting bonuses, retention bonuses and safety bonuses.

Patricia Laya | Bloomberg News
October 11, 2016