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  • The odds of bad things befalling you while on the road

    By David A. Kolman - Monday December 16, 2013
    Ever given any thought to what are your chances of being pulled over by law enforcement in a given year? If you do get pulled over by an officer, have you wondered what the odds are you’ll be issued a citation? Esurance , an online auto insurance...
  • Got good first-aid training?

    By David A. Kolman - Monday December 9, 2013
    Too often, vehicle shops do not instruct their workers in first aid - emergency care provided for injury or sudden illness before emergency medical treatment is available. A workplace first-aid program ought to be part of a comprehensive safety and...
  • Greater ignition hazards during refueling with ULSD

    By David A. Kolman - Monday December 2, 2013
    Are you aware that there are greater static electricity ignition hazards associated with use of ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD) than earlier diesel formulations with higher sulfur content? USLD has an increased ability to store a static charge that...
  • There is no good way to manage people

    By David A. Kolman - Monday November 25, 2013
    Everyone brings their own personal baggage with them to work. People make poor choices, act rashly and defend their own comfort zones. People have agendas all their own that often have nothing to do with the work agenda that managers are...
  • One-of-a-kind 1936 Cadillac

    By David A. Kolman - Monday November 18, 2013
    Cummins , now a multinational Fortune 500 company that operates and serves customers around the globe, was founded in Columbus, Ind., in 1919 as Cummins Engine Company by Clessie Lyle Cummins - a self-taught mechanic and inventor. His company was among...
  • A big thank you

    By David A. Kolman - Monday November 11, 2013
    Here in the USA, today, November 11, is the official observance of Veterans Day. This annual special day is intended to honor and thank all American military veterans for their service to the U.S., particularly living veterans. For those of you...
  • You call this a truck brake plant?

    By David A. Kolman - Monday November 4, 2013
    On an exclusive press trip to Europe, courtesy of Meritor, I had a change to tour its truck brake plant in Cwmbran, United Kingdom. Cwmbran is a city with a small population in the region of Torfaen, Wales. The plant has been producing brakes since...
  • Handling a compact

    By David A. Kolman - Monday October 28, 2013
    With all commercial vehicle rig test driving I've been doing of late, I was looking forward to trying out a Mini Cooper. My wife convinced me we should rent one on our recent vacation. We got a red, two-door hardtop with sunroof - a nice touch for...
  • More than 15 million violations by motorists in 180 days

    By David A. Kolman - Monday October 21, 2013
    It is well understood that when driving next to or behind a school bus, drivers need to be extremely cautious and anticipate signs and stops. Sadly, that is not what many of us do. The third annual national school bus stop-arm running survey found...
  • The future is being delayed

    By David A. Kolman - Monday October 7, 2013
      Among the many study groups within the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) is one on future truck propulsion systems. This group was investigating what these systems might look like by 2025. I say “was” because the Future Truck...