Friday, February 19, 2016

Dump truck driver hit by car, slams into house

There are bad days, and then there are really bad days. A dump truck driver, a sedan driver and a homeowner in North Carolina had one of the latter.

While traveling along Highway 210 in his dump truck in Angier, N.C., 71-year-old Tony Spainhour heard and felt one of the things truckers fear: being sideswiped by a car. It’s something you cannot see coming and therefore can’t prepare for. In this case, the impact threw Spainhour off course and led to this:

Yup. He crashed right into that house! According to North Carolina Highway Patrol, the damage to the house is at a total loss. Fortunately, everyone escaped with non-life-threatening injuries. Homeowners were away at the time of the incident.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Fashion, diet tips, beauty and … trucking?

Every now and then a mainstream publication will do a story on the trucking industry. Often they miss the mark. On occasion a publication will have a relatively accurate piece on trucking. The latest case of the latter comes from a very unlikely magazine: Cosmopolitan.

In a story titled “13 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Long-Haul Truck Driver” (mainstream publications love listicles), Lindsay Slazakowski gives Cosmo readers her perspective as a woman driver. There are a few points of criticism, but for the most part, it’s a fair representation.

In the style of the mentioned article, I’ll address each point in a numbered list in the order presented. This is my attempt at getting away with a listicle at Land Line.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

May we interrupt this disruption?

Let’s talk about hype. Lately, there has been a lot of it about how technology will change trucking.
They call it “disruptive” technology.

But it isn’t.

Here’s one example, a survey by Princeton Consulting called Disruptive Technologies in Freight Transportation and Logistics. According to the results, we will soon (say, within 20 years) see big changes due to self-driving trucks, drones, Uber, the IoT (Internet of Things), and Big Data.

But we won’t.