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  • A walk through a rich history of truck making

    By David A. Kolman - Monday February 24, 2014
    Last Friday I traveled to Allentown, Pa., to meet with Mack Trucks’ new president of sales and marketing for North America, Stephen Roy. The meeting took place at the Mack Customer Center . This was my first time to the center, which celebrates...
  • How would your truckers perform in an international truck driving event?

    By David A. Kolman - Monday February 17, 2014
    Late last month, more than 85,000 truck drivers from around the world participated in the sixth Scania Driver Competitions – an international event that is billed as the world’s largest truck driving and training event. Held in Sodertslje, Sweden...
  • The top causes of most fatal large truck crashes

    By David A. Kolman - Monday February 10, 2014
    A new report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) says speeding remains the largest contributing factor in fatal crashes involving drivers of large trucks. The second highest contributing factor is distraction or...
  • Is that cheese I smell?

    By David A. Kolman - Monday February 3, 2014
    When it comes to snow- and ice-fighting on roadways, the arsenal typically includes a host of de-icing chemicals and rock salt. Now, there is a new weapon, and cows have a hand in its development. Under a pilot program, Milwaukee, Wis.’ Department of...
  • Showing pride in your people

    By David A. Kolman - Monday January 27, 2014
    A while back, I wrote a blog about spotting a rig that had graphics on its trailer showing the importance of its driver. At the time, I didn’t have a camera with me. On a recent road trip to North Carolina I came across another one of these trailers...
  • What is that behind the wheel?

    By David A. Kolman - Monday January 20, 2014
    There are those that say alien life forms have visited our planet throughout history. Others believe that aliens live among us. However, such assertions are difficult to prove. Most UFO and alien sightings can be easily dismissed as hoaxes or...
  • Heard about the Stretch Brake for heavy duty trucks?

    By David A. Kolman - Monday January 13, 2014
    For trucks with trailers, slippery winter roads and downhill grades represent a tough challenge for even the most skilled of drivers. There is always the risk of the rig becoming unstable and, in the worst-case scenario, starting to jack-knife...
  • Drink, steal, swear and lie

    By David A. Kolman - Monday January 6, 2014
    Occasionally you come across some sage piece of advice or wisdom. I recently did and I thought it was well worth sharing: Drink from the fountain of knowledge. Never stop learning. Steal a little time each day to do something for someone...
  • The end already?

    By David A. Kolman - Monday December 30, 2013
    I, for one, do not care for New Year’s. I’m not in a hurry for another year to end and a new one to begin, and this seems to happen faster and faster as I grow older. To help ready myself for the inevitable New Year, around this time every year...
  • What’s all that racket outside the shop?

    By David A. Kolman - Monday December 23, 2013
    Here is my twist on the poem, The Night Before Christmas , by Clement Clarke Moore: T’was the night before Christmas and all through the maintenance facility,       Not a creature was stirring, and there was no technician-manager...