• How deep a commitment to climate change?

    By David A. Kolman - Monday August 27, 2012
      The debate over climate change is one rattlesnake I don’t like to step in front of. However, I feel compelled to quick step across this rattlesnake’s path after sitting in on the Corporate Climate Summit 2012, held recently in Miami, FL...
  • Ever gone above 100 mph is a road tractor?

    By David A. Kolman - Monday August 20, 2012
    It is very rare to get to get a chance to go as fast as possible in a big rig and not have to worry about other traffic or Johnny Law pulling you over and writing you up for speeding. Well, I got that atypical opportunity at a recent Meritor Wabco...
  • Behind the wheel of the 2014 Cascadia Revolution

    By David A. Kolman - Monday August 13, 2012
      I was among a very select group of CDL truck journalists who had the opportunity last week to put Freightliner Trucks’ new 2014 Cascadia Evolution through its fuel-efficient paces. In the recently completed Evolution of Efficiency Tour - a...
  • How does a fleet get the most life out of its tires?

    By David A. Kolman - Monday August 6, 2012
      Tires are the number one maintenance cost for truck fleets. It is well known that maintaining proper tire pressure, observing tire and vehicle load limits, avoiding road hazards and inspecting tires for cuts, slashes and other irregularities are...
  • What will change?

    - Tuesday July 31, 2012
    Today (July 31, 2012) it was announced that the Massachusetts state legislature has passed a Right to Repair bill. If the governor signs it as expected, the new law will require car companies to “immediately make available to the independent vehicle...
  • Top 10 federal safety violations

    By David A. Kolman - Monday July 30, 2012
      Every year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Safety Council partner to reveal OSHA's top 10 most commonly cited violations. This latest list, for Fiscal Year 2011, did not deviate significantly from the...
  • Navistar’s emissions strategy shift

    By David A. Kolman - Saturday July 28, 2012
      You may have heard that truck and engine maker Navistar International has said it will change its decade-long approach to pollution control in its diesel engines, mixing its practices with that of its competitors to meet 2010 federal emission...
  • Test driving natural gas vehicles

    By David A. Kolman - Monday July 23, 2012
      I was among a select group of truck journalists invited to the Paccar Technical Center in Mount Vernon, WA, to gets "hands on" with a variety of Kenworth trucks powered by natural gas - both compressed (CNG) and liquefied (LNG). Paccar is a...
  • Fundamental rules for career success

    By David A. Kolman - Monday July 9, 2012
    I was visiting with some colleagues the other day and one of them asked me: “Read any good books lately?” “As a matter of fact,” I piped up, “I just finished a very interesting book and I highly recommend reading it.” The book is What a...
  • Vehicles keep getting smarter

    By David A. Kolman - Monday July 2, 2012
      I recall someone once told me: “Technology has the shelf life of a banana.” That certainly is true in the field of automotive technology. A recent development comes from the Honda Motor Co. of Japan. It announced the development of the...