HDT’s Top 20 Trucking Products to Buy in 2015

HDT has come out with their list of top 20 products for 2015. LoadSmart.com will give you a sneak peak but for the full list and details go to HDT>>

1. Alcoa Ultra ONE Wheel with MagnaForce alloy

2. Allison Transmission FuelSense

3. Aperia Technologies Halo Tire Inflator

4. Clean Energy NGV Easy Bay

5. Detroit Assurance Safety Systems

6. Eaton Procision Transmission

7. Fontaine Fifth Wheel Dual Assist Camera System

8. Goodyear Fuel Max LHD G505D Tire


Problem Replacing Our Aging Workforce, the Avg Age of a Trucker Has Risen

ATRI Data does not lie and it looks like the youths are not very interested in entering the trucking industry. In 2013 the average age of a truck driver was 46.5 and 52 in the private sector. A theory as to why 20-24 year olds comprise only 4.9% of the trucking industry is the CDL age minimum of 21, which leave a three year gap after high school for potential drivers to discover other careers. There are also certain sectors in the trucking industry that have a 25 age minimum which leave an even larger gap.

Percentage of Drivers in the Trucking Industry By Age

Truckers between 25-34 years old has gone down from 30.4% to 15.6% in 20 years.

Truckers between 55-64 years old has gone up from 9.1% to 20.1% in the last 20 years.



Graph By ATRI


Save Fuel and Money with Simulators

If you could improve your driver fuel efficiency by 5% and save $3,000, wouldn’t you?

The city of Waterloo in Ontario embarked on a fuel-efficiency driver training program and found those results. The simulators are a great way to train drivers without actually wasting any fuel or damaging any trucks. The main focus is proper acceleration and braking techniques. Initially drivers used hard acceleration 8% of the times and hard braking 15% of the time. After the training program it was hard accelerations: 5% and hard braking: 9%

Other Fuel Efficient Techniques and Tips

-Driving 65 mph instead of 55 mph can use 20% more fuel.

-Driving with RPM to high can waste several gallon an hour.

-Improper Shifting

-Proper Shifting

-Rapid Acceleration

-Frequent stops

-Circuitous Routes

Note: This training program is not just for the new drivers but can be used by drivers with years and years of experience. The program does not tell you how to drive but how you are using your fuel and how to optimize it.

For more information go to Transportation info>>

FMCSA Survey Finds Truckers pros and cons to E-Logging

FMCSA found that carrier harassment to truckers using E-Logs is minimal however it still found pros and cons to E-Logging. FMCSA stated that the evidence in the survey does not support the assumption that more harassments are due to logging Hours of Service with E-logs however it does not necessarily find that it doesn’t either.


-More drivers using E-logs reported more frequent instances of harassment, however 95% don’t contribute it to E-logging.

Pros to E-Logging

70% of drivers believe…

1. E-Logging involves less paperwork to fill out.

2. E-Logging is time efficient and makes it easier to comply with hours.

3. Enhances relationships with fleet managers.

Cons to E-logging

More than 50% of drivers believe…

1. They give their fleet manager to much insight (no privacy).

2. E-Logging hinders them from doing their jobs the way they want to.

3. It makes them less Independence.

Pushing up the max trucking hours a week

Republican Senator from Maine Susan Collins is pushing for longer hours with an amendment that would increase the limit to 82 hours a week. While Democrat Senators Blumenthal (Conn.) and Booker (N.J.) have commisioned a surver that found (with not much surprise) that  80% of people feel less safe on the road if truckers are allowed to drive longers hours. Their amendment would keep the limit at 70 hours a week. However, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) says that the survey is misleading and most americans find truckers to be the safest drivers on the road.

With the elections tomorrow remember the importance to vote it affects all sectors. For more go to The Hill>>

Cargo Thieves Getting Smarter, Stealing the Right Loads.

In the third quarter of 2014 the average loss of cargo theft jumped a full 100%, although the actual number of thefts lowered by 20%. Cargo thieves are becoming smarter at choosing high value freight.

Most Stolen Loads

1. Food/Drink Loads-          35 thefts/ 18%

2. Electronics Loads-          33 thefts/ 17%

3. Home Garden Loads-     28 thefts/15%

4. Build Industrial Loads-    27 thefts/ 14%

Top Four States

They account for over 60% of all thefts

1. California-                       44 thefts/ 21.4%

2/3. Florida & Texas-         33 thefts/ 17%

4. New Jersey-                  20 thefts/ 10%

Top monetary loss per load

1. Pharmaceutical (Meds) $2 million per load

2. Electronics-                   $1.079 million per load

3. Pharma. (Supplies)-      $453,625 per load

4. Alcohol/Tobacco-         $421,407 per load


Fleets, whats trending for 2015?

CKCVR Annual Fleet Study

The main point discussed was the effect of the driver shortage on what fleets are planning to buy in 2015. With less drivers then desired, they will not be needing as much equipment. The survey was given to 66 fleet operators. Some of the survey’s main topics were new technologies, brand preference, driver shortage impact and replacement parts.

Fleet Demands

Fleets want safety, driver recruitment, and fuel economy technology.

More fleet demand for 13-liter engines with more fleets ordering fuel efficient engines.

Growing fleet demand for driver comfort equipment and adaptive cruise control.

Almost half are ordering automated manual transmissions.

For more info go to CCJ>> 

Campaign for public and policymakers to value the trucking industry doing well

In a previous post LoadSmart discussed the lack of appreciation for truckers and the trucking industry in general. The Trucking  Moves America Forward campaign is trying to build the image of the trucking industry, striving for the public and policymakers to truly comprehend the value and importance of the trucking industry. In doing so, the Trucking Moves America Forward campaign might be able to grow an appreciation for truckers and strengthen and evolve the trucking industry.

Trucking Moves America Forward is already 80% funded and lets not undermine the publicity, with more then 25 million impressions in the media, achieving the same long term goal to improve the image of the trucking industry without the money. If this can be intriguing enough to be so marketable for the media then it shows the curiousity and belief in the trucking industry. LoadSmart’s question is, do you believe this campaign will be affective in convincing policymakers and public in the value of the trucking industry?

Go to Trucking Move America>>

Truckers on the Forbes 400 Billionaire List

There are six truckers on this list and If you don’t like waiting for slideshow to load like me, here’s a quick list. For more detailed info go to CCJDigital>>

Trucker Billionares

#16- Carl Icahn- $25.7B- Owns 18% of Navistar Internation Corp

#149- Fred Smith- $3.6B- Founder of FedEx

#169-Tom and Judy Love- $3.3B-  Loves Travel Stops and Country Stores.

#304- Johnelle Hunt- $ 2.1B- Founder J.B. Hunt Transportation

#358- Jimmy Haslam- $1.8B- CEO of Pilot Flying J.

#378- Mauel Moroun – Owns LTL Carrier Centeral Transport International  Inc…

Poll Found Public Opinion on Trucking Industry Positive

Only 9% of those polled had negative opinions on the trucking industry. 80% believe that truck drivers are safer than passenger vehicle drivers, 90% believed that passenger vehicle drivers are more likely to speed versus a truck driver, and 74% believed that when a passenger vehicle and a truck get into a collision it was most likely the passenger vehicle’s fault.

They were also asked about the highway infrastructure and most Americans believe that the highway infrastructure needs improvement however they do not want to taxes to pay for it.


Top 10 trucking industry concerns of 2014 by annual survery

This is the 10th year of the American Transportation Research Institute’s list. Hours of Service is at the top of the list. However, although more trucking industry stakeholders addressed it as an issue overall, more people considered the driver shortage to be the top issue. This survey is given to 4,000 trucking industry stakeholders, 70% being carriers and 30% driver.

The Top 10 trucking industry concerns

  1. Hours of Service
  2. Driver Shortage
  3. CSA
  4. Driver Retention
  5. ELD Mandate
  6.  Truck Parking
  7.  Infrastructure/Congestion/ Funding
  8.  Driver Health/Wellness
  9.  Economy
  10.  Driver Distraction