News, Interviews, and Happenings From The Trucking World
Autonomous trucks outpacing self-driving cars, will come to market sooner
Friday Short Haul - Driver training, driver retention, Safe Trucks Act
Association launches to take CDL driver training to high school students
Queen of the Road winners named by REAL Women in Trucking
Friday Short Haul -- Amazon expands fleet, Dollar General's sign-on bonus, Werner nuclear verdict appeal
Operation Safe Driver Week is under way, ends July 17
New blame being named for driver shortage
Friday Short Haul - America's Road Team, sexual harassment webinar, Knight-Swift acquisition
Analysis: One third of bridges across the nation are structurally deficient
Truckers help bring a Vietnam memorial to communities across America
Friday Short Haul - AB5 discussion, crash scam sentencing, Werner lawsuit
Training Provider Registry website now taking registrations
UK driver shortage has some calling for desperate measures
Friday Short Haul - Minneapolis set to ban big rig parking, WIT Member of the Month
CTA's challenge of California's AB5 on its way to the Supreme Court
More guilty pleas in New Orleans staged crash scam ring investigation
Friday Short Haul - DOT agenda, pay increases, Workforce Heroes, and TuSimple
ATRI survey points to the need for a nationwide truck parking availability system
Canada ELD mandate deadline was June 12; won't be enforced
Friday Short Haul - Driver essay contest, safest fleets, JB Hunt's Waymo, ATA's climate change
OOIDA aids CTA in its appeal of unfavorable AB5 ruling
Little for truckers to like in newest highway bill
Friday Short Haul - TuSimple watermelon run, Schneider diversity, pre-settlement claims
Latest study released: 25 most-dangerous highways in America
Survey seeks answers to what drivers want from carriers
Friday Short Haul - Speed limiters, ATRI research agenda, Pallet shortage
Some are asking the feds to take another look at twin-33 trailers
Watch out for increased cargo theft over Memorial Day holiday
Friday Short Haul - Woman in Logistics award, Brake Check Week, and truckers' COVID shots
Sides lining up on re-introduced $5 million insurance minimum bill
Supply chain is in crisis: Is a truck VMT tax the solution?
Friday Short Haul - Break-away fifth wheel, HP partners with Embark, Texas lawsuit bill proceeds
Three top carriers sign up for 6,775 TuSimple self-driving trucks
Drivers come to the aid of crash victims, earn Highway Angel wings
Friday Short Haul - WIT names finalists, DOL withdraws decision, seat belt enforcement
Nation catching on to consequences of truck driver shortage
Inspectors on the road for International Roadcheck this week
Friday Short Haul - ADAS push, Fiji trucking, gas shortage, and AB 5 becomes law
Truckers involved in one-third of work zone crashes
Seven tips for drivers to boost their pay
Friday Short Haul - Samsung's Safety Truck, insurance minumums increase, COVID shots for Canadian truckers
TravelCenters names two as 2021 Citizen Drivers of the Year
Truck Historical Society launches Hall of Fame to honor truckers
Friday Short Haul - WIT Driver of the Year nominees, FMCSA admin, DRIVE-Safe Act
League of Cities offers solution to truck parking problem
Policy brief makes a strong case for commercializing rest areas
Friday Short Haul - FMCSA's TeenZone, Safety blitz, and Knight-Swift pay increase
States preparing for another spotted lanternfly season
Carriers encouraged to hire more entry-level drivers
Friday Short Haul - Embark AV interface, OOIDA letter, Crete pay
Website ranks carriers by driver pay - Sysco at the top
Opponents voice concerns about Amazon's Driveri surveillance system
Friday Short Haul - Embark and ADOT, Livestock haulers, and truck parking
WIT honors 73 "Top Women to Watch"
TCA honors four new Highway Angels
Friday Short Haul - Truck wings, miles traveled tax, left-lane laws
Texas doing something about nuclear verdicts against truckers
First autonomous vehicle program student to graduate this semester
Friday Short Haul - U.S. Xpress report, DRIVE Safe Act, Illegals
California's job-killing AB 5 about to go Federal
Federal speed-limiter mandate up for discussion again
Friday Short Haul - Florida's SafeDRIVE, hair test update, human smuggler caught with 41 aboard
Senators propose legislation to promote women in the trucking industry
Canada is firm on June 12 ELD mandate; but no devices are certified
Friday Short Haul - Top truck bottlenecks, North Dakota road trains, TuSimple IPO
Despite benefits, fleets are not embracing lightweighting
ELD mandate drives telematic and technology consolidations
Friday Short Haul - Truck stop closures, apprenticeship program, emissions tampering
Still time to comment on FMCSA's proposed vision rule change
Red-light and speed camera enforcement on states' legislative agendas
Friday Short Haul - C.R. England files RICO lawsuit, riskiest states, Walmart bonus
Controversy continues on under-21 driver pilot program proposal
WIT honors January and February Women of the Month
Friday Short Haul - International Roadcheck 2021, Nikola hydrogen deal, OOIDA wants truck stop vaccines
OOIDA's Lewie Pugh on tap as House transportation committee witness
Car drivers are schooled about truckers' blind spots
Friday Short Haul - Human smuggling, DOL rescinds opinion, yard moves comments
January Highway Angels get their 'wings'
DOL opinion green lights carriers to implement safety requirements on contractor drivers
Friday Short Haul - Protests, dark days ahead, TuSimple
Proposal to hit up SoCal warehouses for truck emissions at their facilities
Court says interstate drivers are not held to California's meal and rest break rules
Friday Short Haul - ND's 80mph speed limit, FMCSA advisory committees, precedent-setting lawsuit
Most states fail to measure up to safety advocate's recommendations
Road train pilot program approved by North Dakota lawmakers
Friday Short Haul - Best fleets to drive for in 2021, Feds' final worker status rule, yard jockeys need better training
TruckPark and FuelMe partnership takes the worry out of parking and fueling
Clearinghouse deadline, and new FMCSA guidance about yard moves
2020 closes with probably one of the most bizarre truck crash lawsuits ever
FMCSA adds underride guards to list of inspection items
Ex-football player helping truckers get into shape
Friday Short Haul - OOIDA's letter to Congress, J.B. Hunt's diversity project, major winter storm
France imposes lockdown on truckers from Britain attempting to cross the channel
DOT told to assess skills of employees able to meet automation challenge
Friday Short Haul - New FMCSA final rule, U.S. Xpress MIT study, Triton-EV semi
COVID blamed for backlog in holiday deliveries
Rule requiring driver notification of traffic violations is on FMCSA chopping block
Friday Short Haul - WIT Female Driver nominations, FMCSA HOS Q&A webinar, truckers handle
House passes federal marijuana bill; won't affect truckers
Predictive hiring assessments becoming popular recruiting tool. But will it cure turnover?
Friday Short Haul -- ATA letters about vaccine, FMCSA emergency declaration, UPS steps up dry ice production
WIT seeks to survey women about driving while pregnant
Four more drivers join ranks of TCA's Highway Angels
Friday Short Haul -- TCA's Fleet Safety awards, truck drivers' vaccine, Volvo electric semis
AI technology is now playing a bigger role in driver-facing camera surveillance
CDC releases lates COVID-19 guidelines for truckers
Friday Short Haul - Daimler self-driving Freightliner, driver's ed students, StopTheTires cancelled
FMCSA shoots down Washington State's more-stringent break rules for truckers
Two awardees announced for WIT's 2020 Woman of Influence
Friday Short Haul -- Trucking quilter, Tri-State bets $5,000, and CRST conquers dwell time
Veterans Day StopTheTires2020 shutdown protest planned
California voters approve Prop 22 to gain exemptions to AB-5
Friday Short Haul - FMCSA Pocket Guide, Heartland pay raise, teen trucker comments
U.S. Senator blasts FMCSA for lack of accountability and increased crashes
Four-state coalition forms to alleviate I-10 corridor truck parking problem
Friday Short Haul - Tyson's mirrorless trucks, Brake Safety Week results, 14-hour pilot program comments
Driver shortage ranks highest in ATRI's latest truck industry survey
FMCSA criticized for high number of CDL fraud incidences
Friday Short Haul - Volvo electrics, EPA emission penalties, PA move over law
Nuclear verdicts get carriers rethinking safety training programs
SBTC denied request for HOS and ELD exemptions when pets are on board
Friday Short Haul - Smuggled migrants, Prime settlement, USF Holland lawsuit, truck road damage
Tank trailers get approved for an additional pulsating brake light
TuSimple and Waymo go head to head on issues of AV trucking
Friday Short Haul - Drivers can self-dispatch, driver pay on the increase, Hurrican Delta emergency
Women in Trucking names Influential Women and top companies for women to work for
When a social media presence could hurt a driver or carrier
Friday Short Haul - Walmart buys Tesla semis, FMCSA drivers panel, Pronto.ai is denied request, and Jim Mullen moves to TuSimple
Machine learning shared truck loads add efficient component to LTL shipping
New HOS rules in effect Sept. 29; clearing confusion about the new rule changes
Friday Short Haul -- Schneider's remote orientation, 14-hour rule change comments, license renawal extension, ATA's DOL response
Feds come out with their own definition of independent contractor status
Amazon casts around for freight haulers; FMCSA news for drivers
Friday Short Haul - WIT photo contest, Teamsters challenge HOS, $1 billion for infrastructure
Speeding was most-cited violation during Safe Driver Week
Carriers, others, honor drivers during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week
Friday Short Haul - FMCSA wildfire declaration, hair drug testing, shift plus load pay
FMCSA looking to put under-21 drivers on interstate hauls
New AB 5 bill specifically targets truckers for enforcement
Friday Short Haul - AV test tracking tool, split-duty proposal comments, and mandatory hair testing
FMCSA helps bankroll Trucking Fatigue Meter to fight driver drowsiness
FMCSA looking at split-duty rule change; extending 14-hour day
Friday Short Haul - Travel centers announce special offers for drivers in September
Trucking landscape could look different after Nov. 3
More indictments in New Orleans area accident insurance scams
Friday Short Haul - North Dakota road trains, Brake Safety Week, drivers not returning to duty, opposition to Mexican truckers
Platooning passes real-world tests; new company emerges as leader
Helping victims of crashes earn drivers Highway Angel awards
Friday Short Haul - Trucker's last ride, FMCSA extension, autonomous trucks
Test vehicles did not fare well during AAA's driving assistance evaluations
Spotted lanternfly sightings on the increase
Friday Short Haul - JKC Trucking announcement, truck stop break-in, WIT top women businesses
FMCSA reminds drivers of 'adverse conditions' exemptions to HOS rules
SmartSense mitigates collision and 'sitting duck' situations
Friday Short Haul - FBI ELD hacks warning, students hack trucks, OOIDA asks for HVUT suspension
Women In Trucking announces 2020 photo contest
California publishes major new freight plan
Friday Short Haul - Love's requires masks, 10-million-mile driver, brake check blitz, and TuSimple truck incident
COVID-19 gives the average trucker a chance to attend FMCSA safety summit
Overdrive honors Small Fleet Champs
Friday Short Haul - States push for electric semis, fewer student new-hires, troopers in a truck
Nearly 300,000 drivers would lose jobs if hair testing was mandated
Trucking Truth owner/founder gets 3-hour spot at Road Dog Trucking Radio
Friday Short Haul - Operation Safe Driver Week, Canadian border, fuel cell semis hit the road
Werner, DOE earn FMCSA ELD and HOS exemptions
TuSimple announces its Autonomous Freight Network to expand driverless freight hauling throughout the nation
Friday Short Haul - House passes Moving Forward Act, YRC gets a bailout, and trucking jobs on the increase
Group pens letter objecting to proposed EV charging stations at highway rest areas
Carriers' virus response gets kudos at TCA virtual meeting
Friday Short Haul - Convoy brokerage, CLP waiver extended, $2 million amendment passed, two sentenced for CDL fraud
Nuclear verdicts strangling trucking companies; not so, say lawsuit attorneys
Eight carriers in lawsuit for not poaching other companies' drivers
Friday Short Haul - Post-virus speeds return to normal, $2 million insurance minimum proposed, WIT looking to honor an influential woman
FMCSA extends 3 COVID-related waiver declarations
Truckers say they will refuse to enter cop-defunded cities
Friday Short Haul - Truckers love guns, freight broker leader resigns, avoiding riots
Cargo theft on the uptick during COVID-19 era
California voters will get a chance to scrap AB 5
Friday Short Haul - Prime crash verdict, Teamsters applaud INVEST Act, OOIDA opposes broker bond changes
Dwell and detention times begin to decrease post-virus
CRST fighting another battle over driver poaching
Friday Short Haul - Driver shortage is over, Amazon's brokerage goes national, and lawyers are after carriers for nuclear verdicts
Freight industry considering post-COVID-19 strategies
FMCSA to consider increasing HOS for autonomous drivers
Friday Short Haul - Trimble MAPS, rate of fatalities increase, Comcar bankruptcy, driver pay on the rise
FMCSA: Long-awaited final HOS revisions announced
2016 trucking documentary released to YouTube for public viewing
Friday Short Haul - Reusing morgue reefers, ATRI research priorities, FMCSA HOS declaration
WIT honors two women in the trucking industry
Freight brokers push back against "price gouging" accusation
Friday Short Haul - Tank truck revenues decline, former Arrow CEO gets early prison release, not-preventable crashes
ATRI and OOIDF team up for comprehensive COVID-19/trucking survey
U.S. military has unique needs for truck platooning
Friday Short Haul - Truckers protest low rates, 1 million masks given to drivers, SecurSpace app finds parking
WorkHound analyses what drivers think about the COVID-19 crisis
Group pushes back on temporary increased weight limits
Friday Short Haul - 'Thank God for truckers!' CA state senator proposes bill to suspend AB5, TA furloughs 3,000 workers
Truckers say distracted driving is on the rise
Trucking leaders think some recent changes might become permanent in the industry
Friday Short Haul - "Your papers please," skills testing waiver, masks required in Canada
Truckers report in on their treatment during these COVID-19 times
FMCSA acts quickly to keep the new-driver pipeline flowing
Friday Short Haul - Weight limits increase, food trucks not wanted in rest areas, FMCSA extends HOS exemptions
Trucking industry concerned about state licensing agency closings
California AB-5 advocates react to carriers' COVID-19 good deeds
Friday Short Haul - Schneider's error, Change.org petition, Teamsters Canada demands
Authors: 'Legacy' carriers ignore autonomous technology at their peril
COVID-19 scare: State gun laws come under scrutiny
Friday Short Haul - Inspection blitz postponed, COVID-19 webinar, FHA urges states to keep rest areas open, fewer cars means faster truck deliveries
DOT and FMCSA issue COVID-19 responses
Starsky Robotics calls it quits
Friday Short Haul - Weigh station parking, rest areas reopen, HOS waiver expanded, freight prices increase
Truck drivers mostly exempt from coronavirus lock downs
HOS rules relaxed for COVID-19 relief effort
Friday Short Haul - Western Express recovers from Tennessee tornado, driver involved in two accidents six minutes apart, another carrier quits
Daimler's electric vehicles and autonomous trucks continue real-world testing
Predictive technology increases driver safety, benefits carriers
Friday Short Haul -- Coffee drinking drivers, Amazon coronavirus email, FMCSA safety summit
AIRman introduces no-crank technology to landing gears
Roadmaster shows how to reduce driver turnover
Friday Short Haul - CBD users beware, 8,000 violations revealed in Clearinghouse, laptop theft lands Alabama trucker in prison
Canada company offers easy access to spare trailers
Roadcheck could result in temporarily higher freight rates
Friday Short Haul - Self-driving yard trucks, Knight-Swift partners with Truckstop.com, Security guard shoots driver
Training providers offer a diversity of options
Idaho eases hemp transport prohibition; too late to help arrested drivers
Friday Short Haul - Tennessee carrier quits, signs a carrier is going down, retaining drivers
New phone app hopes to alleviate shipper waits
Senate Transportation Committee gets an earful from trucking execs
Friday Short Haul - Best fleets to drive for, FMCSA delays ELDT rule, Cold Carriers closes doors
Baylor Trucking deals with consequences of ELD outage
WIT announces first-ever Driver Ambassador, names February Member of the Month
Friday Short Haul - ATA at White House USMCA signing, AB-5 fight continues, toughest jobs
May dates announced for this year's roadside inspection blitz
States work to toughen up left-lane-hogging laws
Friday Short Haul - Pilot Flying J name change, CRST-Swift lawsuit, Schneider named innovator
Seven drivers named as TCA's Highway Angels
Travel advisories and restrictions announced for Midwest weekend storm
Friday Short Haul - Senators demand GPS app updates, Jason's Law survey, ATA applauds USMCA, FMCSA's truck crash survey
Research group recommends a national autonomous truck policy
A glimpse into driving long-haul in China
Friday Short Haul - Court blocks AB-5, SBTC vs. FMCSA, Can Opener Bridge
Loses appeal: Walmart ordered to pony up $54 million to drivers
WIT and Walmart seek nominations for Female Driver of the Year
Friday Short Haul - Sweatshop on Wheels, judge exempts truckers from AB-5, Fleetwood closes doors
Trucking Truth's top stories for 2019
Random drug tests of drivers to double in 2020
Friday Short Haul - New EV semi, tonnage down, turnover up, Grapevine fatality, runaway truck tires demolish car
Trucking industry goes out of its way for Christmas charitable giving
Fuel card provider hit with FTC lawsuit
Friday Short Haul - Driver coercion, zero emissions, driver fatalities
Hard enforcement for ELD compliance now in effect
State CDL agencies get reprieve from drug & alcohol clearinghouse deadline
Friday Short Haul - JB Hunt's Wreaths Across America, Plus.ai butter run, states look for zero emissions
Carriers muster to pick up Celadon drivers, employees
Will Amazon's pay-per-day plan influence the industry?
Freight volume and rates downturn turns into a 'bloodbath'
Friday Short Haul - Independent contractors getting booted out of CA, winter weather resources, ransomware attack
Knowing when to say goodbye to an unprofitable shipper
Schneider donates trucks; Congress considers women-driver-friendly bill
Friday Short Haul - CTA files lawsuit against California, Highway Hero nominations sought, video of "Move Over" crash
Tesla announces new electric Semi model
Not everyone happy with potential FMCSA clearinghouse delay
Friday Short Haul - AI taking driving jobs, CRV scam, Truckers protest AB-5, ELDs quit working
Investigators cracking down on truck accident fraudulent lawsuits
So you want to start your own trucking company?
Friday Short Haul - FMCSA emergency exemptions, snow plows, FedEx employee bribery charges
Human smuggling via big rigs on the increase
Carriers, drivers look at ways to deal with California's AB-5
Friday Short Haul - Millennials and trucking, Truckers Christmas Group, Navistar settlement
Too many drivers still don't know to "Move Over"
Are trucker strikes a thing of the past?
Friday Short Haul - Passenger car drivers, spotted lanternfly, women drivers
OOIDA makes final push for better HOS rules
Car-truck crash fatalities continue to increase
Friday Short Haul - Amazon's fleet of day cabs, legislator's disclosure, WTA petition
ATA chief takes on truck-accident lawyers
Lonely on the road? Get a furry friend
Friday Short Haul - Lab-grown meat, fraudulent freight brokering, FMCSA HOS committee, FMCSA Clearinghouse
UPS takes giant leap in its drone delivery program
Female drivers are safer bet for trucking companies
Friday Short Haul - Embark gets financing, FMCSA announces safety grants, Covenant exits Mexico routes, and trucking statistics
Emissions standards battle heats up between the EPA and California
Smog checks in the future for California truck drivers
Friday Short Haul - Volvo Dynamic Steering, Meals for 18 Wheels, speeding crackdown, OOIDA opposes legislation
Telematics could be insurance-premium-saving boon for fleets
54 percent of survey respondents still not impressed with telematics technology
Friday Short Haul - Walmart video, it's churn, not shortage, California's independent contractor bill, hemp drivers plea
TCA honors three Highway Angels
Now they're talking about "smart" trailers
Friday Short Haul - Detention-time comments, truck orders decline, diesel fuel shortage
Berkeley study says reducing independent truckers can alleviate climate change
Clearing up concerns about the drug and alcohol clearinghouse
Friday Short Haul - Hurricane Dorian, Speed limiter bill, Thank a Driver campaign
Georgia jury awards $280 million for truck-driver-caused multi-fatality
Friday Short Haul - New eCascadias, Top cities for truck driver jobs, Push against driverless trucks
Decision on California drivers' employee/contractor status coming down to the wire
UPS jumps on autonomous bandwagon with TuSimple investment
FMCSA publishes proposed HOS rule changes
Fleets, drivers coming to like automated manual transmissions
CVSA asks for new truck crash study
Friday Short Haul - HOS revisions delayed, AEB mandate proposed, Koch sued for sex discrimination
Kodiak Robotics takes lead in autonomous truck industry race
New York City combats rash of cyclist/truck clashes
Friday Short Haul - CRST wins lawsuit, OOIDA opposes insurance hike, UPSNav
Mechanics shortage equals driver shortage in intensity
DOT announces almost 1$ billion in grants to fix infrastructure
Friday Short Haul - DOL on sleeper pay, UPS drone delivery, Geowiz ELDs
FMCSA takes a look at assault, harassment of female and minority drivers
It's hot out there, what's a trucker to do? Can't idle.
Friday Short Haul - Utah truck rollovers, aging truckers, lifetime CDL bans
Truck-mounted LED billboards coming under fire
Trucker 'drones on' with unique approach to teaching driving skills
Friday Short Haul - Rhode Island tolls, human smuggling, contractor vs employee status
ELD mandate deadline looming, many still not compliant
New "boot" device being deployed to threaten Walmart overnighters
Friday Short Haul - Prime Inc vs Amazon, mother fights HOS changes, truck drivers appreciation week
Proper way to fly the American flag on your truck this Fourth of July
Roundabouts are becoming popular; but are they best for trucks?
Friday Short Haul - Skills test proposal, driver shortage, hemp sentencing, driverless trucks
Experts warn of active wildland fire season
More states signing on to enlist truckers against human trafficking
Friday Short Haul - Shippers of Choice, insurance rates, wheel spikes, WIT award
Freight numbers not holding up to 2018's highs
Truck safety group urges purges of drug abuse drivers
Friday Short Haul - Self-driving certificate, truck platooning, trade war stacking up cargo
HOS waiver coming soon for fireworks haulers
FMCSA takes a further look at detention time
Friday Short Haul - Autonomous delivery, HOS rules changes, CDL retest
Roadcheck 2019 in effect this week
Hemp arrest prompts USDA memo
Friday Short Haul - Waymo big rigs, Move over sting, Under-21 comments
Severe weather prompts renewed emergency declaration
Memorial Day holiday is prime time for cargo thefts
Friday Short Haul - Hauling hemp, road rage fatality, new rules for autonomous vehicles
Autonomous trucks on USPS test run
Future era of cab-less trucks will be the end of HOS rules
Friday Short Haul - FMCSA under-21 comments, Tesla autonomous car crash, 24,000 drivers sign contract with YRC
Under-21 interstate drivers getting serious look by FMCSA
Trucker Buddy program matches drivers with a classroom; everyone wins
Friday Short Haul - Driver awarded $80 million, ODFL driver wins, loading dock black hole
Storm breaks out from Rockies, slams into Midwest, South
Capacity issues have shippers looking at private fleets
Friday Short Haul - HOS rules, dark skies, Falcon drivers
'Bug' permits now required for four eastern states
Simulator use is catching on for schools, carriers
Friday Short Haul - Thinking electric, Penske opens charging station, border crossing crisis, railroads taking trucking business
ELDs might not be the panacea that was hoped for
Truck drivers may soon see "phantoms" driving yard trucks
Friday Short Haul - Nikola big rigs, WIT welcomes Peterbilt, Oregon crashes, Border crossings
Carriers claim financial benefit of putting up drivers in hotels
Uber's IPO application reveals interesting data about its freight brokerage business
Friday Short Haul - CDL examiner arrested, tolls proposed for trucks, marijuana use on the rise
Smart Load Board will get carriers the loads they need
Huge lines and long wait times greet carriers at Mexico border
Friday Short Haul - Marijuana, ATA campaign, personal conveyance rules
Over-the-air downloads revolutionize parameter updates
Don't get scammed by skimmers
Friday Short Haul -- New Cascadias honored, motorist survey, U.S, Xpress awarded, rest stop parking
Legislators address underride collisions, propose more underguards for trucks, trailers
Motorists soon may encounter a different kind of truck convoy
Friday Short Haul -- Women in Trucking, irate motorist, FMCSA eases HOS, Safe-Cap
Recent survey shows cost of roadside repairs is rising
FMCSA announces drug and alcohol clearinghouse website
Friday Short Haul - Swift settlement, driver shortage myth, TCA Best Fleet award
The hidden danger of looking but not seeing
Accident scammers target trucks for financial payout
Friday Short Haul - Snow on the roof, bypassing toll road, Waze under fire
Retailers blame driver shortage for price increases
Drivers' smartphones may be clue to road roughness
Friday Short Haul -- Freight rates, HOS changes, tonnage reports
New tax changes hit drivers hard
FMCSA to implement under-21 interstate driver program for former military
Friday Short Haul -- Connecticut tolls proposed, hydrogen fuel-cell trucks, cell phone use
Congress committee looks at state of America's highways
Number of cargo thefts is down; but dollar value about the same
Friday Short Haul -- Crossing the border, CA sues FMCSA, Lobbying against larger trucks
Detention - A problem still in search of a solution
February Highway Angels honorees named
Friday Short Haul -- C.R. England announces pay raises, eCommerce impact on trucking, TCA announces best fleets
Is a guaranteed minimum pay the solution to the driver shortage?
Long CDL testing wait times cost economy billions of dollars; not helping driver shortage
Friday Short Haul -- Walmart hiring, Uber Freight App, Speed-limiter Law, America's Road Team
Cranking -- The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
California survives challenge to its low-carbon fuel standards
Friday Short Haul - Highway robbery ... autonomous trucks ... new trailers
LithiumHub enters jump-starter market with Jumpbooster JP30
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Self Driving Trucks Are Not Coming Anytime Soon
Trucker 'drones on' with unique approach to teaching driving skills
Last Updated: Sun, July 14, 2019
We all know that for learning truck driving skills nothing beats being behind the steering wheel with a
qualified instructor sitting in the passenger seat.
And while there are a number of YouTube videos offering instruction as a second-best choice, none have the thoroughness and realism of those produced by YouTuber David Crowley of
My Trucking Skills. He has taken his instructional technique to a higher level – literally.
David's unique contribution to the YouTube instructional video genre is he gives his viewers a drone's-eye view of every maneuver he makes with his truck and trailer. See one of his recent videos below.
And what especially sets his instruction videos apart from any others is his use of added colored guide lines in those drone views showing his trailer's direction of movement, as well as virtual guide lines "extending" out onto the pavement from the parking spots.
Those, combined with the several cameras he has mounted showing every conceivable view, all but puts the viewer in the driver's seat.
A native of Ireland
David, a native of Ireland, currently drives local for
May Trucking Company around the Southern California area. He got his start in 2003 driving for Gordon Trucking Inc., of Pacific, Washington, on their long-haul fleet, and then moved to heavy haul throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho. GTI sold to Heartland Express in 2013, and no longer operates as Gordon Trucking.
In 2008 he signed up with May driving local around Portland, Oregon, and then later began running the 48 states.
He very recently transferred to Southern California, where he continues running local with May.
He says that during his time with May he has trained more than 120 drivers.
"As I trained new drivers I realized that trucking schools left something to be desired. They were only teaching the bare minimum for drivers to pass their CDL, and not teaching them about real life situations," David said in an exclusive interview with Trucking Truth.
"I also saw that one of the biggest problems for new drivers is lack of teaching ability from trainers. Trainers often give very little instruction, and sometimes get lazy --probably due to lack of accountability -- and I wanted to fill in some of the gaps of knowledge."
Viewers of his My Trucking Skills videos will notice that unlike many of the other truck-driving instructional videos that are available David mostly concentrates on one particular aspect of a truck driver's day – namely backing … into docks, into tight parking spots, at truck stops – which he believes is what puts the most fear into a new driver.
"That is where I see many drivers struggling the most because it is the hardest part for most people," he says. "I also tend to focus on different backs because many of my subscribers ask for different types of backing. I think it is one of the biggest areas that drivers lack confidence in."
My Trucking Skills has almost 15,000 subscribers. And, of the 83 videos David has produced so far since starting just two years ago the vast majority of them are for teaching backing skills.
David said he is planning to expand his teaching repertoire into other "obstacles in truck driving" encountered by new drivers, and is planning videos to focus on those other areas in the future.
That's actually part of his long-term goal to do less driving and more video producing.
"I wanted to become a video editor and was looking for an excuse to change careers. I saw an opportunity to use all of my trucking and teaching knowledge, while educating myself on video editing," he said.
That's the short version. In his own words, David further elaborates on his blending of truck driving, teaching, and producing videos:
When I was younger, I did have an interest in multimedia and design, but I do not have a background in communications or video editing. I started watching tutorials on video editing. Then I joined an educational website that had more professional tutorials, and taught myself all the skills you see.
I found that I do have an aptitude for this type of work. I feel like I have unique skills and that nobody can do the same things that I am able to do.
Training, trucking, passion for helping others on a large-scale and video editing don't have a large cross-section. I feel like I have found my purpose in helping new drivers.
In the short-term, I plan on starting my website, which will have a low-cost membership program where drivers can access valuable information that will help them keep their careers. It will be like my YouTube videos on steroids (more content and more professional).
In the long-term, I want to help the trucking industry, and make some much-needed changes, especially as pertains to the safety and retention of new drivers. I want to pass my knowledge on so that drivers don't have to make the same mistakes that I did.
How David creates these unique videos
Because his teaching videos are so well done we were curious how he went about creating them, especially his use of the drone, and how he finds the time to do so much teaching and extensive editing.
"As a local driver, I do a lot of sitting at docks waiting to get loaded and unloaded. While most drivers are on their phones, or watching television or Youtube, I have my laptop with me doing video editing or making videos. I sometimes stay in my truck after my shift and get work done while waiting for traffic to clear."
David explained that for each video he:
Finds the time and the place to record. There are a lot of rules when flying a drone. You have to be more than five miles away from an airport.
Makes sure all the batteries are charged on all devices. Connects all cameras.
Gets the drone around 350 feet in the air, and positions it where he wants it.
Presses record on at least five cameras.
Backs up into as many spaces as he can before the drone runs out of battery.
Lands the drone and turns off all the cameras.
David said he got the idea for the drone while thinking about how to give his viewers a better grasp on what is happening. He says that all the other views are important too, especially the camera pointing at the steering wheel, and the camera mounted to record the steer tires.
But the drone gives students a "holistic view," he says, because it is difficult to show new drivers the whole picture of what is happening just using grounded cameras.
He said the drone, currently a DJI Mavic Air, definitely presented a learning curve, but that he hasn't crashed one yet. "I never do anything technical or difficult. All I have to do is throw it up in the air and, the GPS keeps it in the same place. There is no need to maneuver the drone while I am driving."
Although the GPS does attempt to keep the drone in place, wind sometimes moves it around a bit, so the video is often not perfectly still. David will take the footage and stabilize it using video editing software so it looks perfect.
His video editing workflow involves the following steps:
Uploading around 60 gigs of footage to his laptop.
Stabilizing the drone footage using Adobe After Effects.
Syncing all the videos, using Premiere Pro, making sure that they play at the same time.
Cutting clips and editing them into their appropriate places in the video.
Doing a screen recording, and then cutting that, and then saving into YouTube.
To make the virtual guide lines in the videos he uses motion-capture software that tracks little black dots that he has placed on the top of the trailer. The software slaves the lines to the dots, even as the truck and trailer are moving.
Here is just a small sample of the generally very positive responses in the comments to David's videos: Great video I’ve been watching all of your videos a lot my test is coming up in a few weeks you’re vids have been a big help keep up the great work
Thank you for your videos. I"m 100% new to the industry and your videos are the next best thing to real-world practice. Plus, you make that practice more valuable since I have a better idea of what I'm looking for. I greatly appreciate the wide variety of backing videos you do as well. I have two suggestions I'd like to see if you don't mind. 1) a "Behind the scenes" video. What cameras do you use? How do you control your drone?
Awesome! I struggle sometimes to get my trailer pointed in the right direction...I sometimes think I have more space than I actually do! Your videos have helped me a bunch!!
WOW.. This is Perfect and amazing, you are a blessing and and a sent Mercy from God to help us with a beautiful and magical way, this video is like a dream coming true for me, please keep this format or similar to it in future video
Advice for drivers
Throughout his video teaching sessions David emphasizes over and over what we have all heard thousands of times –
Get Out And Look.
And he also emphasizes to always prepare your route "regardless of how experienced you are." He suggests using Google Maps to scope out the customer before arriving at a destination in order to know how to get in and out again. He recommends scoping out where turns need to be made.
"Know what the right and left-hand turns look like before making them with a 75' long truck using Google Maps; not every turn is equal," he says.
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