- Father and son share a love of life on the road, even if it makes visits rare
- This driver always makes time to mentor the next generation — whether at home or on the road
- This driver helps rookie truckers learn the ropes
- Home-schooling in a truck means the country is a classroom
- This driver sees the world through Google Glass
- A career trucker brings his tales of the road to people in hospice
- How driver Paul Sedlak finds motivation to reach his fitness goals
- I Love Trucking: More than a job, driving is a way of life
- Big Rig Books: Driver delivers books to underprivileged kids
- Driver Chris Jackson captures moments of beauty on the road
Truck Traffic Congestion Measured
The Federal Highway Administration is turning to a high tech, web-based tool to pinpoint the spots where trucks get bottlenecked in traffic. According to a DOT press release, “The tool, FPMWeb, measures operating speeds for trucks at any given place and point in time along 25 Interstate highways that are considered significant freight routes.” It uses satellite technology and onboard GPS to get the information.
The hope is that state and local transportation agencies will look at the data and target major congestion areas when they are deciding on highway investment priorities. Meanwhile, freight companies can use the information to determine routes and travel time that will lessen the risk for trucks to be caught in traffic congestion.