All posts by David A. Kolman

About David A. Kolman

David A. Kolman, an over-the-road driver for many years, is the Senior Editor of Road King magazine.
  • Much-Appreciated
    Yes, I get by with a little help from trucking friends

    I think it’s wonderful that there’s an annual National Truck Driver Appreciation Week — a time in which America and the trucking industry salute and recognize truck drivers for the difficult job they do so well, day...

    • Posted September 1, 2015
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  • so-they-say
    The truckers’ guide to understanding and acceptance on the job

    If you’ve been in trucking even for a short amount of time, you know that things often do not run smoothly. It could be a traffic delay, an incorrect pickup address, an inexperienced dispatcher, an overbearing safety...

    • Posted July 24, 2015
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  • Kolman2
    Are you listening, or just hearing?

    A lot of the stress we deal with every single day is due to a condition I call ineffective listening. How many times have you “heard” the wrong scheduled pick-up time, backed into the wrong door, or...

    • Posted May 2, 2015
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  • It-happened-one night
    Always expect the unexpected on the road

    You never know when opportunity may come a-knockin’. Sometimes it’s at the most inopportune times. Unexpected situation 1 Late into the evening, I had a blowout on a trailer tire. I immediately glanced all around. I could...

    • Posted November 4, 2014
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  • Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025
    Daimler’s Future Truck 2025 makes its own way down the road

    Imagine a truck that drives itself and allows its driver to be less stressed, more productive and safer behind the wheel. This truck constantly communicates with its surroundings to allow vehicles to travel more closely together, taking...

    • Posted November 3, 2014
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  • Rigs-Italian
    Checking out a truck show in Misano

    The Misano Grand Prix Truck Race in Italy is a part of the European Truck Racing Championship — an annual racing series of production two-axle road tractors that takes place throughout Europe on weekends. The races themselves...

    • Posted October 1, 2014
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  • DistractedDriver
    Drivers lose their ability to control a vehicle when distracted

    Many drivers figure they can manage these small distractions.

    • Posted May 1, 2014
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  • Caption pic 2
    Test Drive: Kenworth’s T680 with integrated 52-inch sleeper

    When Kenworth offered me the opportunity to put its T680 tractor with the new 52-inch integrated sleeper through its paces, I jumped at the chance.

    • Posted November 13, 2013
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  • Many-Thanks
    Good reasons to appreciate drivers

    William James, an American philosopher and psychologist who is often referred to as the father of American psychology, once stated: “The deepest principle of human nature is a craving to be appreciated.”

    • Posted September 1, 2013
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  • Stop-Look-Listen
    Making the most of a roadside inspection

    It was one OF those early evenings made for trucking. The sky was clear blue. The air was crisp. My dispatch was an eight-hour round trip drop and hook. No fingerprinting freight for a change.

    • Posted July 2, 2013
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