Thursday, July 28, 2016

Los Angeles leads ‘Highways from Hell’ rankings

If you have a least favorite stretch of highway to drive on, there’s a good chance it’s in Los Angeles. According to a new study by the Auto Insurance Center, Los Angeles is to blame for six of the nation’s top 10 “Highways from Hell.”

Two different stretches of U.S. Highway 101 in Los Angeles are deemed the two busiest highways in the United States.

U.S. 101’s path from Topanga Canyon Boulevard to Vignes Street received top billing. Despite being only 26 miles long, the trip takes an average of 91 minutes during peak rush hour. The study also found that the average speed is 17 mph, and the worst time is 8 a.m. on Wednesdays.

No. 2 on the list is U.S. 101’s 21.8-mile stretch from Soto Street to Haskell Avenue. During rush hour, the trip typically takes about 70 minutes and drivers are confined to an average speed of 19 mph.

Los Angeles is also credited with having the third, sixth, eighth and ninth busiest highways. Interstate 10 from 20th Street to Alameda Street in Los Angeles is third. The 15-mile jaunt takes an average of 73 minutes. I-5 from Cesar E. Chavez Avenue to Valley View Avenue is sixth, while I-5 from Artesia Boulevard to Cesar E. Chavez Avenue and I-10 from the I-5/U.S. 101 junction to National Boulevard are eighth and ninth, respectively.

The other four highways to earn the dubious distinction are in Chicago and New York.

The complete list is:

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Pennsylvania township all about compromises

Another truck parking win! Well, kind of. A truck parking compromise is more accurate.

The latest “not bad” news in truck parking comes out of South Whitehall Township in Pennsylvania. According to The Morning Call report, a trucker and South Whitehall resident was approached by city officials last September regarding his tractor-trailer. Essentially, they wanted to ban the truck from parking on the road, citing dangers to a nearby daycare center.

It all began when a city commissioner tried to install a site-specific truck parking ban. Not coincidentally, the site was near his place of work. The commissioner claimed others had complained about the truck, saying the truck blocked the view of the street and could lead to crashes near the daycare center.

However, the ban was denied 3-2. Other city officials were not so quick to add another rule to the book based on a hypothetical concern. Furthermore, city officials were not too crazy about a “piecemeal approach” to the alleged problem. Instead, they opted to devise a better plan.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Road Rumor Alert – Pokémon Go causes fatal Tennessee crash?

If you’re a trucker with a Facebook account, chances are you’ve seen or at least heard about a post last
week about a wrong-way driver who struck and killed a tanker hauler on Interstate 40 near Knoxville on July 20.

The post, purportedly from the driver’s grieving daughter, claims the errant four-wheeler was distracted by Pokémon Go and didn’t realize he was going the wrong way until it was too late for both him and the truck driver, Carroll Trent. Both men died in the crash.

We almost got caught up in the headline rush-to-judgment ourselves last week, when our social media maven Kerry Evans-Spillman was tagged in the post. Trouble was, we couldn’t verify that Pokémon Go was the cause of the crash anywhere besides the Facebook post. In fact, when we started scanning the local headlines looking for boots-on-the-ground reports, like this one from the local CBS affiliate in Knoxville, they said just the opposite. The local newspaper reports also say police aren’t sure what caused the crash, but they’ve ruled the game out as a cause.

Monday, July 25, 2016

This is why speed limiters are a bad idea

It seems there is a great divide between those who live in and around trucking and those who don’t when it comes to whether speed limiting of trucks should be mandatory.

The arguments for speed limiters – by the anti-trucking groups and large motor carrier groups – are tied up in pretty wrapping-paper arguments of highway safety and saving the environment for the most part.

It’s pretty easy to throw common sense out the window and play to these emotional arguments, and unfortunately lawmakers and regulators seem to be doing their damnedest to buy in and push a mandate through.

To drive my point home, I’ll just share a video I came across this weekend as Exhibit A of what will be happening more and more on the highways if all trucks are speed limited.