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  • What's that I smell on the road?

    By David Kolman - Thursday February 11, 2010
    The problem of vehicle corrosion and rust damage always intensifies in the winter. To make winter roads passable, highway personnel typically apply harsh chemical de-icers to melt ice and snow to provide traction.   The problem has been...
  • Racing up the hill

    By David Kolman - Monday February 1, 2010
    I had a chance to visit with big rig racer and stunt truck driver Mike Ryan of Ryan Motor Sports. He had his championship Freightliner Century Class S/T super truck on display at the Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week event that took place in Las Vegas last...
  • Fewer truck-involved fatalities

    By David Kolman - Friday January 22, 2010
    Heard the good news? According to truck Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) figures just released by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and previously released National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) data on crashes, the trucking...
  • And the best out-of-service state is . . .

    By David Kolman - Monday January 11, 2010
    Throughout each year, motor carrier safety officials carry out inspections on interstate trucks and drivers. Vehicles can be placed “out of service” when, by reason of its mechanical condition or loading, they would likely cause an accident or...
  • Here's to another new year

    By David Kolman - Monday December 28, 2009
    I’ve never been a big fan of New Years. I don’t like to see another year end and a new one start, and this seems to happen faster as I grow older.   Nevertheless, for each and every New Year, I make resolutions. Why? Because many years ago my Dad...
  • Christmas Eve at the shop

    By David Kolman - Thursday December 17, 2009
    Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the shop, Not a creature was stirring, not even Farbish and his mop.   The stockings were hung by the entrance with care, In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.   The technicians were nestled...
  • No windshield, no matter

    By David Kolman - Thursday December 10, 2009
    While surfing the web earlier today, I came across a story "broken" in North America by Today’s Trucking Magazine. The story was about a strong-willed, but not too common-sensed trucker in Shandong, China. This trucker was so determined to deliver...
  • The matter of floor mat movement

    By David Kolman - Monday November 30, 2009
    I'm hoping someone can help me understand this issue with Toyota and floor mats. It seems that driver-side floor mats on certain Toyota models could get stuck on the accelerator, which could cause unintended acceleration, which could cause an...
  • Expressions of gratitude

    By David Kolman - Monday November 23, 2009
    The idea of Thanksgiving is to remember the things we have to be grateful for. For me, it is also the time to thank those that have helped me throughout the year. This isn’t as simple it sounds. Human nature is such that we tend to remember the bad...
  • The domino bird effect

    By David Kolman - Monday November 16, 2009
    I've been doing a lot of interstate driving of late, visiting shops, and I figure I must have somehow missed hearing about the federal mandate that if you drive on an interstate highway, you must do something in addition to driving while behind the wheel...