Today's Trucking

IRP offers solution for road builders

December 14, 2017

My dad loved my mom’s “Never Fail Bread.” Time after time, she could turn out a dozen buns that were light as love. Then one afternoon he decided to give her recipe a try. The result wasn’t pretty.

Electric Semi: More sizzle than steak?

May 3, 2017

A few days ago we got our first glimpse of what might be Tesla’s Electric Semi, as company CEO Elon Musk calls it. It looks futuristic, but it also looks like a high-roof over-the-road sleeper truck – which is exactly the wrong application for a fully electric drivetrain.

When good isn’t good enough

April 27, 2017

Should “professional” drivers be held to a higher standard when it comes to care and control of their vehicles, and indeed, the actions they take or don’t take to avoid a collision? An Ontario appeals court judge thinks they should be and has ruled accordingly. I think the decision opens some dangerous doors for Ontario truck drivers.

Terror by Truck: It’s happened again

April 8, 2017

At about the same time North Americans were awaking to the news that President Trump had lobbed 60 Tomahawk cruise missiles onto a Syrian air base an apparent terrorist stole a truckload of beer and crashed it through the front of a Swedish department store. The death toll in the Stockholm department store crash stands at four at the time of this writing.

Very high tech in a plain, white wrapper

February 17, 2017

What you can see of Volvo’s SuperTruck vehicle is pretty spectacular, though fairly plain at heart. It’s what you can’t see that stirs the imagination.

Death in the Tire Shop

November 14, 2016

This story illustrates how a simple lack of communication and a chance second guess resulted in the death of a tire technician. I suspect a scenario similar to this one plays itself out almost daily in repair and service facilities […]

Trusting Technology

September 6, 2016

You, dear reader, have the good fortune of reading the first words written for profit on my brand new Lenovo ThinkPad computer — or at least what’s left of it. The first for-profit words were to fly from this keyboard […]

35 years’ experience, or one year’s experience 35 times?

September 6, 2016

Where I live, commercial drivers are required to rewrite their CDL test every five years in order to renew the licence. I wrote my renewal test today and aced it. I wrote almost exactly the same test in 1978 when […]

Industry Voices: What trucking can learn from the airlines

March 17, 2015

For-hire trucking could learn a few things from the airlines, because they have finally figured out how to make money in a deregulated environment. Love ’em or hate ’em, commercial airlines are the most time- and cost-effective way — even […]

Industry Voices: What happened to brotherhood?

February 24, 2015

KINGSTON, ON – It’s not enough that drivers need to watch out for downright lousy car drivers, overly enthusiastic creeper-cops and dispatchers that don’t know the meaning of ‘tomorrow,’ they also need to be on guard for the sins of […]