Max Heine

How to engage potential drivers who are slipping away

| March 03, 2015

A safe, practical graduated CDL program ... could bring more qualified drivers with long-term career potential, while screening out more of those who are better suited to four wheels than 18.

Snake in the cab! How to get rid of this uninvited hitchhiker

| February 24, 2015

This video, part of the 30-second Trucker Tips series, is taken from the first installment of 10 Worst Case Trucking Scenarios, Volume 2.

FMCSA shuts down small Nevada carrier  

| February 13, 2015

A three-truck fleet, JDJD Transportation, has been ordered to cease operations because of hours of service and other violations.

The bar goes up on fuel surchargesPodcast

| February 12, 2015

In a podcast, Gordon Klemp, head of the National Transportation Institute, discusses fuel surcharges, sign-on bonuses, demand for owner-operators, and compensation trends for flatbedders and independents.

Record year for owner-operator income: Here are the numbers

| February 10, 2015

Net income for independents and flatbedders topped $60,000. Independents’ income showed the biggest gain over the year, 8.7 percent.

6 things you should know about napping

| February 02, 2015

For professional drivers, napping can be a critical tool in fatigue management. When you nap and how long you nap can affect the results.

Why low fuel prices hold key to fixing highway funding

| January 29, 2015

Congress wimped out again last year and injected the Highway Trust Fund with only enough money to make it through May.

Jan. 15: Neglecting this IRS deadline will cost you

| January 12, 2015

When it comes to income tax, the end of each year gets independent contractors thinking about last-minute strategies to reduce income. After that, April 15 looms as the big deadline. So it’s easy to ignore Jan. ...

Max Heine

Max Heine is editorial director of Overdrive and writes regularly for the Overdrive Extra blog. A CDL holder, he joined Overdrive in 1998 after more than two decades of newspaper work. You can reach him at or 205-248-1038.

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