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Informational book

Crushing Cones, a book about the experience of earning a CDL written by Ellen Voie, President and founder of Women In Trucking, includes chapters on choosing a school, selecting the best carrier and what a potential driver will learn while attending driver-training classes. It also includes diagrams and information a student must know to pass the written and skills testing and outlines the steps in conducting a pre-trip inspection. Crushing Cones 888-464-9482

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Slice of Life blog extended

The Slice of Life blog, in which three truckers describe their experiences driving the Cascadia, has been extended, Freightliner Trucks announced. The fleet says the program will stay because of its popularity and the drivers’ positive response to it. For the last year, Overdrive 2007 Trucker of the Year Henry Albert, Dick McCorkle and Kurt Grote have described their responses to drive the Cascadias equipped with a Detroit Diesel DD15 and newly added selective catalytic reduction ...

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Extended warranty on PowerPacks

Detroit Diesel PowerPacks are now available with an extended 2-year, 150,000-mile warranty if installed at authorized Detroit Diesel service outlets. Remanufactured to original equipment specifications, Detroit Diesel reliabilt fuel injectors are calibrated at precise pressures and exact timing to prevent diminished performance over time due to normal wear. Detroit Diesel reliabilt fuel injectors are the only replacement injectors recommended for Series 60 and MBE 4000 engines, the company says.

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Kinedyne awards scholarships

Kinedyne Corporation recently awarded Cass Sheridan, of Prattville, Ala., and Shaley Smalley, of Albany, Minn., $2,500 for college in a new collaboration with the Alabama and Minnesota state trucking associations. Recipients for the first year of the program were selected based on 500-word essays on how the trucking industry impacted their lives positively. The competition was open to all members of the respective trucking associations, as well as to members of their immediate families. Payments will ...

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Daimler’s RunSmart wins award

Daimler Trucks North America’s new RunSmart predictive Cruise system won the best Service and Application for Commercial Vehicles Award by Telematics Update. Developed by Daimler with digital map data from NAVTEQ, the computer system evaluates the upcoming road profile more than one mile in advance using GPS and ADAS attributes in the NAVTEQ map. The system adjusts the actual speed of the truck for maximum fuel efficiency based on terrain, the company says.

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Bentz closes operations

Bentz Transport Products, Inc., in Fort Wayne, Ind., will close Aug. 18 after 17 years of business, the company announced today. Keith Bentz, president of the aftermarket sleeper cabs manufacturer, said that the closing was due to a collapse in sales. "No sales means no business," Bentz said. Products made at the company in addition to the aftermarket sleeper cabs included stainless accessories for medium and heavy-duty trucks.

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Counteract shows bead test results

Tests of tire-balancing products have produced varying results, but the most precise and properly conducted tests validate Counteract Balancing Beads, based in Georgetown, Canada, company officials said Thursday at the Great American Trucking Show. “It’s basic physics,” said company president Roger LeBlanc. “To date, more than 10 million axle ends have been balanced with this product.” The service manual of a major tire manufacturer recommends balancing complete wheel/axle end assemblies, and the company has endorsed Counteract, said ...

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Navy veteran named 2008 Arkansas Driver of the Year

The Arkansas Trucking Association named German émigré Toni Chandler (Antje Luitjens) its 2008 Driver of the Year. Already retired from the U.S. Navy as a Petty Officer First Class when she joined CalArk International Inc. in 1995, she has since logged more than 1.8 million miles with the company with no accidents or moving violations. HONORS Con-way Freight company drivers David Frayser and Tim Lee each achieved two million miles of safe driving, and fleet driver ...

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Building a rainy day fund

In recent months I’ve covered steps to help you survive the downturn in the economy: • Set clear written goals. • Focus on the bottom line. • Eliminate or minimize debt. Focusing on the bottom line requires looking at your profit and loss statement, and it’s time to do that again for the next step: Build cash reserves. Part of reaching the bottom line goal is to examine each line item on your P&L statement and work to lower ...

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Give that man a CDL

Give that man a CDL Little did South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford know how universal was the feeling he revealed to his Argentinean mistress in one of several e-mails released by The State newspaper. Describing an early morning excavator session on his farm, he wrote, “To me, and I suspect no one else on earth, there is something wonderful about listening to country music playing in the cab, air conditioner running, the hum of a huge ...

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