Dean Smallwood

Super Service offers new lease-purchase program

Super Service rolled out a new lease-purchase program that provides owner-operators the ability to acquire their own truck with no money down and no credit check. Contractors for the regional and dedicated truckload carrier can choose from a variety of tractors, including Peterbilt, Volvo, International and Freightliner, and they also can select their own compensation plans, providing them with added control over their business. Super Service says it offers all owner-operators a 100 percent fuel surcharge, ...

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Fleetmaster Express boosts pay for regional drivers

Fleetmaster Express announced a pay increase for its regional drivers of more than 14 percent. The Roanoke, Va.-based company says it also recently enhanced its detention pay, holiday pay and 401(k) program, and also offers an incentive bonus plan, holiday and vacation pay and bonuses for driver referrals and U.S. Department of Transportation inspections. Drivers can expect no-touch and no hazmat freight, weekly settlements and quality home time. Fleetmaster also offers local and dedicating hauling opportunities.

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Transport America acquires stake in Optimal Freight

Transport America, an Eagan, Minn.-based truckload carrier and TransForce subsidiary, acquired a majority stake in Chicago-based Optimal Freight, a privately held nonasset-based truckload freight brokerage company that provides services throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Optimal Freight manages the requirements, capabilities and freight patterns of shippers and carriers to create solutions designed to maximize productivity and cost efficiency. Transport America said the acquisition, terms of which were not disclosed, expands its capabilities to create solutions ...

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Equipment Spotlight: LEDs

Today’s LED lights offer clear advantages for truckers when driving, parked or under the hood. Finely tuned light-emitting chips provide enhanced colors, enhancing visibility. Although LED lights cost more, the return on investment is greater due to longer lifespan. In addition, they remain almost as bright at the end of their service lives as at the beginning while drawing less energy. In the cab, that means more amperage to recharge batteries or run auxiliary systems. Kiser’s Safety ...

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Gear Rewind: Aero, add-ons and chrome

Since most of you are busy enough trying to manage your own business, it’s likely you occasionally might have missed a few announcements for new products that we frequently relay to you at OverdriveOnline.com. This week, our “Gear Rewind” series takes a look back at some recently introduced aerodynamic, chrome and other related add-ons designed to help you keep your truck looking and working its best. Fleet Engineers’ AF-19 AeroFlap mudflap for wide-base tires is designed for ...

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Equipment Spotlight: Seats

While office workers can spend hours sitting down, they can 
get up, stretch and walk around. Those are not options for truck drivers. Add to that road vibration and shocks, and it’s easy to see why seat technology can have a massive effect on safety and health. “Truck drivers experience lower back problems at a much higher level than almost any other occupation,” says Jim Parison, chief design engineer with Bose Ride. “The way a human ...

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Gear Rewind: Cab and Interior

This week we’re resuming our series that takes a look back at some recent product introductions for specific categories and specs. After all, since most of you are busy enough trying to manage your own business and make as much money as possible, it’s likely you occasionally might have missed a few gear rollouts over the past few months. That's why we’re hitting rewind on some new cab and interior products to help you maximize both ...

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Gear Rewind: Electronics

This week we’re resuming our series that takes a look back at some recent product introductions for specific categories and specs. After all, since most of you are busy enough trying to manage your own business and make as much money as possible, it’s likely you occasionally might have missed a few gear rollouts over the past few months. That's why we’re hitting rewind on some new electronics products to help you keep up with the ...

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Gear Rewind: Health

This week we’re resuming our series that takes a look back at some recent product introductions for specific categories and specs. After all, since most of you are busy enough trying to manage your own business and make as much money as possible, it’s likely you occasionally might have missed a few gear rollouts over the past few months. That's why we’re hitting rewind on some new health products to help you keep driving your best. ...

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Gear Rewind: Lights

This week we’re resuming our series that takes a look back at some recent product introductions for specific categories and specs. After all, since most of you are busy enough trying to manage your own business and make as much money as possible, it’s likely you occasionally might have missed a few gear rollouts over the past few months. So that's why we’re hitting rewind on some new lighting products to help you keep shining ...

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