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When ‘Bandit’ debuted, the Force was with it – and still is

The legendary romp was released 40 years ago today, and the May 1977 Overdrive highlighted the magazine's involvement, notably the inclusion of a truck race banner bearing its name.

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Partners in Business podcast: Managing your fuel costs

Partners in Business podcast: Managing your fuel costs

This installment of Overdrive’s Partners in Business covers how to control fuel costs. That includes minimizing fuel consumption, getting a fair fuel surcharge and choosing where to buy fue

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Video: Car haulers’ touching tribute to police

The car-hauling Pete 379 is dedicated to police officers who lost their lives while doing their jobs.

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Partners in Business podcast: Getting started as an owner-operator

Partners in Business podcast: Getting started as an owner-operator

This Overdrive Radio podcast covers the first four chapters from the 2017 Partners in Business manual -- from making the transition to self-employment, choosing a financial services partner, creating a strong business plan and establishing your bookkeeping.

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Will ELDs or autonomous trucks make the bigger splash in the driver pool?

Will ELDs or autonomous trucks make the bigger splash in the driver pool?

Progress from Google, Tesla and others with self-driving cars, including the occasional mention of Class 8 trucks, fuels speculation that driverless big rigs are about to rule the highway.

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How to boost your income, and 6 other tips from a true pro

How to boost your income, and 6 other tips from a true pro

Landstar System’s Gary Buchs isn’t just an owner-operator, he’s one of the best. Among a variety of aspects of his business plan, he’s worked out a meticulous system that dictates which loads he chooses, based on his annual and less-frequent goals for earnings and downtime.

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Used truck glut can spell bargains for buyers

By January 2017, retail prices for 3- to 5-year-old sleeper tractors averaged $65,910. That was $7,412 lower than the same group a year ago, and with 2.2 percent fewer miles.

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Building broker trust to get better loads and rates

One of the most common problems with independents using a broker-based business model is "chasing rates" instead of building relationships with a handful of brokers. When loads are picked at random, "it's almost impossible to build relationships," said owner-operator coach Kevin Rutherford.

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Now here’s a pickup that would impress your friends

Now here's a pickup that would impress your friends

You can't walk into a Mack dealership and order the Jack Mack that's on display at the Mid-American Trucking Show this week, but it doesn't hurt to dream. "It's a show truck," says Stuart Russoli, Mack Trucks highway product manager. "It's out there to show the work our plant can do." The converted Mack Granite shows specs that are fairly routine, such as all-wheel-drive. Other features can't be spec'd and make this behemoth truly stand out. Most ...

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A touching tribute to policemen who gave all

A touching tribute to policemen who gave all

"I wanted to get everybody aware that police officers' lives do matter," says Stephanie Robak.

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