These were real drivers on real routes hauling real freight. Midway through a cross-country demonstration run converging on Atlanta late last fall, the seven tractor-trailers participating in the “Run on Less” truck efficiency roadshow had posted impressive double-digit miles per gallon (mpg) results. But when real-world conditions got factored in, they highlighted the challenges truck operators face in squeezing the most optimal fuel efficiency from their equipment.
In the crowded Northeast, where land is at a premium, truck parking can be as scarce as the opportunities to add it along the freight corridors of New England.
We’ve pulled together advice on what can help make those roadside checks go as quickly and smoothly as possible, both for the driver and the officer or official performing the inspection. It’s best for all parties involved when these inspections are as expeditious and uneventful as possible.
Pay increases are a recent trend in an industry struggling to supply a rising demand, but it may not address the heart of the issue.
Eight state DOTs have created a regional system that will post truck parking availability along highways and share data with telematics apps in real time.