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    Tracy Morgan crash sparks another debate over tired truckers
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    Days before Morgan's accident, the Senate approved legislation that would undo rules that mandated certain rest periods for truck drivers. In the wee hours of Saturday morning, a sleep-deprived Walmart truck driver didn't see that traffic ahead in the northbound lanes of the New Jersey ...

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    Report: Ford E-Series chassis cabs and cutaways to survive mass Transit onslaught [UPDATE]
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    UPDATE: The text below has been amended to include new details provided by Ford. In March 2013, Ford announced we'd be getting chassis cab and cutaway versions of the Transit. Since incoming Transit vans will soon be rolling over the grave of the E-Series van, it was assumed that all E-Series ...

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    Video: Watch the slow and careful process of an oversize load truck negotiating a roundabout
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    Roundabouts are generally a good idea when it comes to easing traffic flow, as they eliminate traffic lights by keeping cars moving more often. They are not, however, great if you're the driver of a semi with a particularly oversize load. Depending on the length of the trailer, in fact, a ...

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    Video: How to unload a truckload of bamboo poles
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    Have you ever wondered why home improvement delivery trucks have that little forklift piggybacking on the back of the trailer? To make unloading all the heavy supplies easier, of course. But what happens if you're trying to unload a massive amount of bamboo quickly and without a forklift? For ...

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    Opinion: US truck fleets turning towards CNG, LPG
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    Fleets can save well over $150,000 in fuel costs over the six-year life of a truck. The electric vehicle market is turning into a financial nightmare for many of the automakers and suppliers that invested in the technology. Hybrids only comprise three percent of total new car sales, despite ...

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    Official: 2014 Ford Transit unveiled in Chassis Cab and Cutaway versions
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    As a leader in commercial vehicles here in the US, we knew Ford wouldn't take too long to show off the chassis cab and cutaway versions of its 2014 Ford Transit van. Set to go on sale this fall, Ford already revealed the full-body version of the Transit, and now it has pulled the cover off ...

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    Official: Blue Oval's new Cargo cab-over rig is largest "One Ford" initiative yet
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    The imposing commercial truck above has a feature that might be surprising to most Autoblog readers – a Blue Oval emblem on the front. Here in North America, Ford simply doesn't play in the eighteen-wheeler sandbox, but that doesn't mean that the Dearborn-based automaker is absent in the ...

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    Report: VW mulling stake in U.S. truckmaker Navistar
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    Volkswagen is reportedly looking into taking a stake in heavy truck maker Navistar International in an attempt to gain ground on rival Daimler. Reuters references a Financial Times Deutschland report as saying such a move would give VW a leg up on Daimler Trucks, which holds the keys to ...

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    Infographic: Breaking down the costs of trucking
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    If you've ever had visions of telling your boss exactly where he can put his TPS reports and heading off to reenact your favorite scenes from classic trucking movies like Smokey and the Bandit, Convoy or Over the Top, we have bad news for you: Trucking is prohibitively expensive. The crew at ...

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    Official: Freightliner's awesome new Revolution Innovation is a future rig done right [w/video]
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    Freightliner is stealing the spotlight at this week's Mid-America Trucking Show in Kentucky with a new truck concept. The Revolution Innovation is aimed squarely at reimagining the face commercial trucking. With innovations like a more aerodynamic body, cold-rolled aluminum frame that's 200 ...

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    Video: Vehicle hauler shortage to threaten new car sales?
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    New car sales have endured all manner of impediments since The Great Recession began in 2008, and for various reasons including everything from restricted lending by banks to strikes and Acts of God. Next up among the bugbears could be a shortage of car haulers, which were pulled from active duty ...

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    Report: Big Cheese: Kraft pushing for 97,000-pound "bridge wrecker" trucks
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    Kraft Foods wants to bring you more Velveeta, more efficiently. According to Bloomberg, the food giant says it needs to pack its 97,000-pound trucks full of processed deliciousness in order to combat high diesel prices. Problem is, interstate highways have an 80,000-pound weight limit. But Kraft ...

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    Report: First Mexican truck poised to enter U.S. as tensions mount
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    The very first Mexican truck is set to enter the United States seventeen years after a provision in the North American Free Trade Agreement allowed cargo carriers from the south to carry freight across the border. The provision has faced stiff opposition from lawmakers and union officials alike, ...

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    IIHS: Underride guards on semi trucks can fail even at low speeds
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    Insurance Institute for Highway Safety semi trailer crash test - Click for high-res image gallery
    A new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has found that underride guards on semi trailers are prone to failure. Despite major advances in passenger car safety since the mid-1970s, ...

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    NHTSA angling to make stability control systems mandatory on big rigs?
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    Automakers are legally required to install stability control to all new cars and trucks for sale to the public, but as of yet, there is no such law for commercial tractor trailer trucks. That may soon change, however, as the Associated Press is reporting that The National Highway Traffic Safety ...

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    Semi-Dangerous? Truckers group says texting while driving is safe, necessary
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    digg_url = 'http://digg.com/political_opinion/Semi_Dangerous_Truckers_say_texting_while_driving_is_safe'; Research shows that a driver can be as much as 23 times more likely to get into an accident if he or she is texting while driving. New legislation in Washington aims to ban texting while ...

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    VIDEO: Euro trucker sought by police after releasing drive-dancing footage
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    Follow the jump to see the video of the dancing trucker
    It gets lonely in a semi cab, long hours of doing little more than light bouncing and trying to stay in your lane. But on the bright side, it does provide a lot of "me time," and with a little background music and the urge to shake it, the ...

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    How to drive a big-rig
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    It's rush hour, and you're late for work. Needless to say, you've got absolutely no patience for the trucker trying to merge onto the freeway, so you speed up to ensure you won't end up behind him. Later on, you cut another truck off to get into a faster lane... then slam on your brakes when the ...

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    Network truck stop showdown at the Flying J
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    A consortium of networks including ABC, CBS, Fox, Turner Entertainment and Disney have banded together to file a federal lawsuit against the Flying J truck stop chain. Apparently, the chain of 178 travel plazas and fuel stops has taken to substituting outside commercials for their own spots in ...

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