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October 27, 2014

Driver Use of Schedule II Drugs Gets Scrutiny
<p><strong>Ritalin, prescribed for attention deficit disorder, is one of the Schedule II drugs causing concern.</strong></p> The doctors who advise the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are recommending closer scrutiny of drivers using Schedule II drugs, such as opioid-containing prescription pain relievers and medications for attention deficit disorder.

Economic Watch: New Home Sales Highest Since 2008
<p><em>Photo: Evan Lockridge</em></p> UPDATED -- Sales of new homes in the U.S. hit a six-month high last month while the improvement for August was cut dramatically, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report.

UPS Female Driver First to Reach 4 Million Accident-Free Miles
<p><strong>Odom was 23 and working at a boat store in Orlando when she applied for a driver job at UPS in 1973.</strong> <em>Photo: UPS</em></p> On Friday, when UPS tractor-trailer driver Ginny Odom completed her usual 650-mile route towing twin 28-foot trailers from Orlando to Unadilla, Ga., and back, she became the first female UPS driver in history to drive 40 years and more than 4 million miles without so much as a fender bender.

Trailer Orders 'Continue to Amaze'
<p><em>Photo: Carrier Transicold</em></p> New trailer orders for September were up 81% over the same time a year ago, according to the latest figures from ACT Research Co.

Swift Third-Quarter Profit Surges
<p><em>Photo: Evan Lockridge</em></p> With year-over-year profitability improvements in its truckload, intermodal and refrigerated segments, Swift Transportation saw its net income surge to $50.2 million in the third quarter, compared to $30 million a year ago.

UPS Grows Third Quarter Profit
Higher package volume and growth in distribution and UPS Freight business led UPS Inc. to an upswing in third-quarter earnings compared to a year ago.

Forward Air Third Quarter Income Higher
<p><em>Photo: Evan Lockridge</em></p> Net income during the period was $16.7 million compared to $14.2 million in the prior-year quarter or 54 cents per diluted share compared with 46 cents per diluted share.

Con-way Freight Rates Heading Higher
Less-than-truckload carrier Con-way Freight said Friday it will implement a general rate increase averaging 4.7% for non-contractual business, effective Oct. 27.

QuickSpin: LED Headlights vs. Halogen
<p><strong>Truck-Lite's senior vice president and chief technology officer, Brad Van Riper, supervises the headlamp changeover between the test runs at the company's Falconer, N.Y., assembly plant.</strong></p> A comparison between a set of standard halogen headlamps and LED headlamps reveals, well, there is no comparison.

Canadian Carrier Leases 100 Ryder CNG Sleepers
Ryder compressed-natural-gas trucks will replace nearly one-third of the C.A.T. (formerly Canadian American Transportation) fleet of 325 vehicles.

Driver Aids Children in Fatal Accident
<p><strong>David Ragland.</strong> <em>Photo: TCA.</em></p> David Ragland was named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association for his actions in aiding two children in the aftermath of a fatal accident.

Forklift Inflator Speeds Up Trailer Load Times
The Forklift Inflator is an air pump made by Shippers Products that attaches to a forklift and provides a portable way to inflate dunnage airbags when loading a trailer with cargo.

Ultimate Test Drive Video: SuperTruck's Finer Points
We go underneath the hood and between the rails to find out what makes the Peterbilt/Cummins SuperTruck so efficient – 86% more efficient, to be precise. Equipment Editor Jim Park explains in this Ultimate Test Drive video. View Part 1 here.

Got Questions Q. Do automated and automatic transmissions have any different lubrication requirements than manuals?

A. Absolutely there is a difference-refer to your manufacturers recommendations for their specification requirements.


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This Volvo Video's No Bull

Running with the bulls -- in a Volvo medium-duty truck? Deborah Lockridge has more in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

High-Cube Vans Bolster Fast Carriage of Big, Bulky Items

It's "back to the future" in van trailers for one carrier, explains Tom Berg in his "Trailer Talk" blog. The freight is big, bulky and light, with gross combination weights typically at 45,000 pounds, so the ZCube trailers are pulled by single-rear-axle tractors.

Do Drivers With Sleep Apnea Have to Use a CPAP Machine?

For patients with obstructive sleep apnea, a malady affecting many truck drivers, the standard treatment has long been the C-PAP device, a continuous positive airway pressure. But many find it cumbersome, and some companies market oral appliances to treat the condition. Will they meet new federal guidelines for treating apnea?

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Get the Most Out of GPS Tracking By Communicating the Benefits to Your Drivers

Upcoming Volvo partner Chinese Dongfeng Commercial Vehicles exhibited at IAA for the first time ever. On the floor were three main truck models covering medium and heavy trucks for long distance transport, medium distance transport and city transport.
The Show Floor of IAA In Germany
General sessions were held in the exhibit hall this year, meaning more traffic for exhibitors.
ATA Management Conference & Exhibition
On the far side of the sleeper is an autographed illustration of Ice Road Trucker, Lisa Kelly.
Germany's IAA Commercial Vehicles
Daimler Trucks head Wolfgang Bernhard at the helm of the concept truck illustrating the company's vision of the future.
Daimler Trucks Unveils Mercedes-Benz Future Truck
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