For nearly a year, OOIDA member Henry Albert has taken his presence to the world of Web logging or blogging. In fall 2007, Albert began driving a 2009 Freightliner Cascadia, reporting back to Freightliner and blogging about the experience at www.SliceofTruckerLife.com.
Other Slice of Trucker Life blogger-drivers include Dick McCorkle and Kurt Grote.
McCorkle, Carthage, IN, is also an OOIDA member. He drives for Perkins Specialized Transportation in Noblesville, IN, and has been a driver for 44 years. McCorkle was named the 2001 Indiana Motor Truck Association’s Driver of the Year and recently won a sportsmanship award in the Indiana truck rodeo championships, in which he has competed for 42 years.
“Given the positive response we’ve received so far, we decided to extend the program and introduce the drivers to BlueTec emissions technology by giving them three new Cascadia trucks to test drive with DD15’s BlueTec technology,” said Jamie Heck, owner-operator product marketing manager for Freightliner Trucks. “As Kurt, Henry and Dick continue to cross North America, we will be eager to read their blogs and hear their reports detailing their experiences and the performance of these new products.”
A recent post in Albert’s blog included a brief description of the new Air Slipper aerodynamic side curtains for his 53-foot dry van and the mileage he hopes to improve, though Henry says he enjoys blogging about the positives of life on the road more than technical issues.
“When I blog, I’m usually trying to find something positive,” Albert said. “Before I blogged, I don’t think I was always seeking out those positive things. It’s been great; it’s been a real eye-opener.”
The experience with a major OEM has allowed Albert an insider’s view of truck research, he says, and may even have improved Freightliner’s internal communication.
“A lot of people don’t see all the troubleshooting and all the tests. You can only imagine what would go wrong if they didn’t, when you see all their efforts,” Albert said. “And it’s been good for them. The people we report back to are getting unfiltered information back from us on the truck, whereas before it had to come all the way up through several company levels.”
– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer
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