Readying for the Future

Some things you'll want to mull over


The objective, he said, will be to find new and innovative ways to have trucks be more productive. Using fewer trucks to move the same amount of freight reduces fuel consumption, pollution and traffic congestion.

This will be achieved in part with longer combination vehicles, heavier gross vehicle weights, different types of trailers and vehicle combinations and packaging that allows more goods to be shipped per pallet and truck, anticipates Slagle.

No matter how good the crystal ball, no one can be certain about the future. I suggest heeding the words of two historic figures: Abraham Lincoln and Napoleon Bonaparte.

Abraham Lincoln said: "The best way to predict the future is to create it." Napoleon Bonaparte said: "Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in."

I welcome your thoughts and comments.

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