2017 Great American Trucking Show

Photos: Operators showcase custom working, show trucks at GATS Pride & Polish

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Video: ATBS forecasts higher owner-operator income

Amen revisited his forecasts from last year and made some new ones during an Overdrive Partners in Business seminar at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas last month.

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Hwy Pro web portal offers dispatch, business services

Coming to a smartphone near you is the Hwy Pro business process technology outsourcing app, which has already launched as a web portal -- optimized for mobile devices -- that gives participating owner-operators access to loads, invoicing and payment services.

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Knockout shots of the country’s top show rigs, full list of winners from GATS Pride & Polish

See a full list of winners from the GATS Pride & Polish show, held last week, along with beauty shots of the show's top winners...

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Driver-facing cams an invasion of privacy? Answers at Real Women in Trucking’s GATS legal Q&A

In a word, if the driver agrees to work for the company providing the equipment, no. Attorney Paul Taylor: "Should drivers do something about it? Yeah, they should -- to a certain extent, drivers have to quit working for bad companies."

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Because that’s what professionals do

After Tony Justice's band's tour bus had a breakdown en route to Dallas, guess who pitched in to get the equipment there in time enough for a full set? True professional truckers from all around the nation ...

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Roadside with ELDs:  Inspectors talk leeway on exemptions, DOT officials on malfunctions

Roadside inspectors, at least in Texas, will give drivers the “benefit of the doubt” when it comes to verifying electronic logging device mandate exemptions in the months following the Dec. 18 ELD adoption deadline.

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Owner-op Scott Jordan bags Harley-Davidson in giveaway

Scott Jordan of Peculiar, Mo., uses the KeepTruckin logbook app but not its ELD upgrade intended to satisfy FMCSA's mandate requirement. Jordan's nonetheless happily surprised to be the new owner of a Harley-Davison KeepTrucking and Comdata gave away at GATS.

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Photos: Pride & Polish day 3 at GATS

Check out Pride & Polish show trucks from the final day of the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas.

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Lindamood, Manuel continue winning ways with Best of Show victories at GATS Pride & Polish

Best of Show winners were announced in five categories – working bobtail, working combo, limited-mileage bobtail, limited-mileage combo and builders class – along with the People's Choice winner in a ceremony held at GATS on Aug. 26.

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Safety Sammy: TMAF’s mascot named during GATS

Safety Sammy is officially the name of the Trucking Moves America Forward mascot. American Trucking Associations Chairman Kevin Burch announced the name during the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas Aug. 26.

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‘Benefit of the doubt’ to the driver on the ELD mandate: Texas sergeant urges officers ‘punt’ in questionable situations

In this Overdrive Radio podcast, listen in on a conversation with Texas Sergeant Dana Moore at GATS about roadside hours reality and ELDs post-mandate. Plus: Todd Amen on the burgeoning freight economy, tunes from trucker-songwriter Michael Lochmiller...

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BlueParrott debuts new headset at GATS

The new C400-XT, which will begin shipping in October, can be worn over the head like traditional wireless headset, or around the back of the head on either the right or left ear, whichever the user prefers.

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New app gives drivers details about shipper locations

Dock411 helps drivers know what to expect when they deliver loads, providing information such as dock locations, yard entrances, restroom accessibility, wireless availability and availability of unloading equipment. Drivers who download the app can add to Dock411’s database by rating each location as "good, OK or bad" on attributes such as lighting, maneuverability, wait times, professionalism of staff and lumper practices. "This is exactly what I’ve been saying we needed for 10 years," independent owner-operator Steve Heglmeier ...

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Trucking radio legend Dave Nemo honored with Lifetime Achievement award

Nemo received a Lifetime Achievement award from an informal group of drivers, as well as a large plaque from TA/Petro and a crystal microphone from the St. Christopher’s Fund. He was also given a free vacation to Hawaii.

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Photos: Day 2 of Pride & Polish trucks at the Great American Trucking Show

Trucks shine bright for Pride & Polish competition at GATS.

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Minimizer introduces aftermarket mattress with lifetime guarantee

Trucking industry supplier Minimizer unveiled Friday a truck mattress line that the company says closes a quality void that exists among stock and other aftermarket mattress offerings. The company introduced the new Long Haul Mattress series at the Great American Trucking Show. 

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AeroFlow launches referral program that gives drivers $75 toward apnea testing and treatment

AeroFlow’s at-home tests, which are mailed to buyers via fast shipping options, cost $250 -- much cheaper than the average $1,350 cost of an in-lab test.

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ELD clarifications: Dual accounts, edits, ‘unidentified driving’

Two officials from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Thursday addressed drivers’ questions and concerns regarding the coming electronic logging device mandate, touching on topics like record retention, the two types of ELD accounts, edits to logs and more.

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Magellan ELD self-certified, built in partnership with Samsung

The Magellan/Samsung partnership offers a way to separate work and play on the tablet on which it's built, Samsung's marquee Tab-E. BYOD options to run Magellan's ELD/nav software on select Samsung phones and tablets also exist.

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‘Live, Laugh, Love, and Dance’: Tony Justice live to open GATS

Video: Justice opened his first GATS 2017 set yesterday with "Live, Laugh, Love and Dance," penned with his wife, Misty, for those who've been through and/or suffer from depression in their lives, with hopes that it might help someone pull through.

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This ‘shaggin’ wagon’ is built for heavy-haul

Two women looking into the sleeper window of the Dawes' Contract Carriage's Kenworth were tickled by the fancy interior: Red shag carpeting, a small disco ball and button-tufted upholstery throughout. "It's a shaggin' wagon!" said one of the admirers, viewing the truck on the opening day of the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas.

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weBoost’s latest cell signal booster expands boosting capabilities

Instead of switching cell service providers because of poor signal, the 4G-X OTR is designed to provide a "significant increase" to cell signal to all cellular devices from any carrier, Roberts says.

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‘Rigs Without Cigs’ tobacco cessation campaign kicks off at GATS

Drivers who sign up for the campaign will get weekly emails or phone calls to answer any questions or to provide encouragement for continuing to cut back on tobacco use.

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‘Honky Tonk Nighttime Man’: Talent search finalist Michael Lochmiller

Lochmiller hauls for System Transport out of a home base in Las Vegas. In this edition of Overdrive Radio hear Red Eye Radio’s Eric Harley talk music, trucking and life with the driver. 

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Rand McNally updates GPS, ELD and dashboard device product lines

Rand McNally announced at GATS the release of its updated GPS device, the TND 540; a smaller-screen version of its Overdryve Pro dashboard device; and an ELD connector that is compatible with the company's TND 740, the DC 200 S.

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Tony Justice to headline GATS party at Eddie Deen’s Ranch Friday

Justice will be joined by Australian singer-songwriter Jayne Denham and fellow trucker and former Overdrive’s Trucker Talent Search participant Bill Weaver for performances during the event. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are available at the Uber Freight booth.

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New Garmin commercial nav unit interoperable with Garmin ELD

Break planning and dispatch tools are enabled by the connection, with Garmin's commercial-nav features enhanced. The new Dezl 580 LMT-S is being introduced with a suggested retail of $299.99.

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‘Country Road’: Trucking, music, life with Trucker Talent Search finalist Richard Woods

Owner-operator Richard Woods earned his spot in this year's Overdrive/Red Eye Radio Trucker Talent Search with a cover of the famous John Denver tune, "Country Road." He's one of three finalists in the talent search, coming to a close with a final winner Friday, August 25, at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas. Woods is an owner-operator hauling rail containers, largely, and lives in Hickory Flat, Mississippi. Following (and above), hear a little from ...

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What happens in Flippin moves on to Dallas

"There's another 'star studded' event coming up in Dallas, beginning tomorrow at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center – you might have heard about it once or twice, they call it GATS, and it may or may not have been mentioned a few times in Overdrive recently..."

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‘Take this e-log and shove it’: A talk with Trucker Talent Search finalist Terrance Mathis

Red Eye Radio's Eric Harley talks here with Rockford, Illinois, resident and Kloeckner Metals driver Terrance Mathis. Mathis is the man responsible for the great Johnny Paycheck parody you'll hear a little of here, which earned his spot in the Trucker Talent Search.

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KeepTruckin, Comdata to give away Harley at GATS

KeepTruckin and Comdata, who announced a new partnership last week aimed at small fleet operators, will give away a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle at the Great American Trucking Show this week.

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Singer-songwriter Jayne Denham debuts new ‘Stacks’ single, GATS performances upcoming

Attendees of GATS in Dallas this week, where Australian trucking singer-songwriter Denham will release the video for the "Stacks" single, can catch her at the Red Eye Radio booth at 9:30 a.m. Friday and later that night at the afterparty concert at Eddie Deen's.

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When grabbing the right bug-out bag matters

In which Wendy almost grabs the wrong one for the eclipse run. "When you have six different green, black and gray backpacks in the cabinet, and two of them are camera equipment, you sometimes grab the bag full of guns, instead of the Canon."

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GATS kicks off Thursday in Dallas

The Great American Trucking Show will kick off Thursday at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown Dallas and will feature thousands of exhibitors, live music, show trucks, educational sessions and more.

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Answering ELD questions: Texas-enforcement panel at GATS

What questions would you put to Sergeant Dana Moore and Lieutenant Monty Kea in Dallas next week? And: An update on anti-ELD mandate grassroots efforts from the ELD or Me group and others.

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Overdrive announces Trucker Talent Search finalists

The singing contest finals, emceed by trucker and recording artist Tony Justice, will be held on Aug. 25 at The Great American Trucking Show in Dallas.

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Watch now: Trucker Talent Search contestant videos

This year's contest features 42 drivers who are vying for their chance to sing live at The Great American Trucking Show in August.

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Last chance to enter Overdrive singing contest

Submissions accepted through midnight tonight for the 2017 Overdrive-Red Eye Radio’s Trucker Talent Search.

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MATS2GATS lives again!

The MATS2GATS fitness challenge, an idea from James Crowley of Texomatic pictures, returns this year, challenging drivers to take the months in between MATS and GATS to improve their health and physical condition.

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