Brooke Wisdom

How to: Prevent Brake Failure

Federal regulations mandate brake wear specifications. For example, air disc brakes must have 1⁄16 of an inch of lining; air drum brakes must have 1⁄4 of an inch. Some types of failures can cause a spring brake to stick on. If the air chamber that retracts a (parking) spring brake fails, it’s a simple procedure to install a caging bolt to manually force the brake to disengage. Carry one along. PREVENTIVE MEASURES • During preventive maintenance on ...

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Pulse: Eye catching

Texting made the crash risk 23.2 times as high as non-distracted driving for truckers. One irritant for professional drivers is being treated like some air-headed teenager with a new driver’s license. After all, you’ve been trained to drive a vehicle whose operation is far more complex than anything riding on two axles. As an owner-operator, your years of experience piloting a commercial vehicle likely number in the double digits. Anyone on the road puts their life ...

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Fleet Focus

Honors are bestowed upon truckers and fleets.

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Trucker of the Month: Tough calls

Robert Wilbur's dependable nature makes him the go-to guy for all manner of challenging -- and lucrative -- hauls. Robert Wilbur became an owner-operator the same day he became a trucker. In 1980, Wilbur bought a 1970 Dodge dump truck and began hauling building materials for construction sites of MARTA, Atlanta’s rapid rail transit system, near his Acworth, Ga., home. “I got a chauffeur’s license and started trucking with pretty much no experience,” Wilbur says. Twenty-nine years ...

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LogBook

Freight stabilization is a reflection of the recession coming to an end, analysts said.

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Marketplace

This month's featured items include bumpers, cost-conscious truck parts, obstacle detection sensors, CB radios with Bluetooth and more.

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Hard Financial Choices

Following are analyses of common financial tough decisions that owner-operators face, with enough information to guide you toward a wise decision.

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Speakout: The Voice of the American Trucker

Truckers speak out on business plans, military personnel, having faith, truck parking and shipping rates.

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Truck Gallery: American Pride

Richard Nardone, an army veteran from Kalamazoo, Mich., hauls military vehicles and other flatbed freight with this 2000 Kenworth W900L, powered by a 550-hp Caterpillar and 13-speed Eaton Fuller. He has installed custom cherry wood panels, added a 27-in. flat-screen TV, and installed eight speakers. He also outfitted his dash with a mahogany steering wheel from Victor Wheels of Italy. Nardone, an Italian-American, calls the truck American Pride. He plans to have a U.S. flag ...

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Channel 19

Rolling the dice A board game designed by Blackfoot, Idaho, resident and potato hauler Randy Cox, My Truckin’ Luck, has players seeing how far they can advance their rigs from Washington state to Florida, making money along the way. The game retails for $29.95 at mytruckinluck.com, and play includes log books and other over-the-road realities. If you advance on the board to lay over in Las Vegas or Atlantic City, you can try your truckin’ luck at ...

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