Jack Roberts

An old cabover in the country

A friend of mine – a fellow trucking journalist I’m sure some of you know – has been looking for an old cabover tractor to restore for some time now. Not long ago, he reminded us of his never-ending search on Facebook. And I made a note to myself to keep an eye out  A couple of weeks ago, I took a day off and drove out of town to the state rifle range to sight ...

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Webasto says warm ‘em up first

Winter is hard on trucks and drivers alike. That thought occurred to me today as I was reading over a study released by Webasto showing that pre-heating diesel engines in cold climates has dramatic performance benefits in terms of reduced emissions and diesel particulate performance.According to the study, Webasto contracted with an independent emissions testing Lab to see what the the effects of a Webasto coolant heater have on the emissions performance of a diesel ...

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LED headlamp test: Not just brighter, but wider and more natural illumination

LED headlamps offer distinct advantages over conventional (halogen) designs, including better visibility and longer life.

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Five From Overdrive: More drug testing for drivers, healthcare news and a Cannonball Run record falls

Executive Editor Jack Roberts checks in with stories of interest to truckers nationwide, including a new bill to drug test drivers, a healthcare update and a dangerous Cannonball Run. Thanks to our sponsor U.S. Express. U.S. Express is looking for new drivers and wants YOU to apply. Visit U.S. Express.com to learn more about their great benefits packages or call (888) 988-4348. If you’re looking for a new job, give U.S. Express a look.

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Topping 10 mpg: Former Trucker of the Year blends driving strategy, equipment

Are we about to pass the 10-mile-per-gallon threshold in long-haul trucking? Owner-operator Henry Albert certainly thinks so. He regularly pushes the envelope in his 2012 Freightliner Cascadia Evolution.

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Five From Overdrive: HOS going away? Lindsey Lawler wraps up tour. A pink Mack cruises the highways.

In this Halloween edition of Five From Overdrive, executive editor Jack Roberts reports on what could be a huge HOS development, legal action on the Pilot Flying J front and explains why there's a pink Mack on the highway.

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Five From Overdrive: Dash cameras coming? A Facebook Memorial for fallen truckers and a sleep apnea solution

On our Five From Overdrive podcast today, Executive Editor Jack Roberts talks to truckers about fleets experimenting with dashboard cameras, notes a Facebook push to honor fallen truckers and offers hope for drivers who'd like to tell their CPAP machines to take a hike.

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Five from Overdrive: ATA blasts drug study, Navistar hits a major milestone, C.R. England gives a Harley away

Overdrive and CCJ executive editor gives you a heads-up as to what's happening in trucking today: from a flawed drug study from Brazil, to seriously good news for Navistar and a happy new Harley owner in New Jersey. Thanks to our sponsor U.S. Express. U.S. Express is looking for new drivers and wants YOU to apply. Visit U.S. Express.com to learn more about their great benefits packages or call (888) 988-4348. If you’re looking for a new job, ...

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Five from Overdrive: The problem of uncompensated time, HOS driving drivers out of the industry,more on cargo theft

Overdrive editor Jack Roberts weighs in today on the problem of uncompensated driver time, cargo theft craziness as well as Wendy Parker on the indestructible bluetooth speaker.

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My favorite truck? Don’t ask!

The one question I get asked more than any other as a truck journalist is some variation on, “Which truck is your favorite?”  And it’s not just drivers, fleet managers or industry figures who want to know: My parents, my cousins, my friends have all asked me at one time or another which truck is my favorite.  Of course, as a journalist, I’m supposed to be impartial. And I try to be. Later this week, I’ll be ...

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