Max Heine

Saving time with curtainside trailer, losing it with detention

“So now you get your phone out, take a nap, find something to occupy your time,” said steel hauler Jeremy Johnson said. “I just sit here and wait till they get it all sorted out at my expense.”

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How Covenant relies on teams for its edge

The company has about 900 teams and 375 solo drivers. About 90 of the trucks are owner-operated. For hazmat-certified owner-operators, the team opportunities include 100 percent no-touch freight, $1.03 per mile, a safety bonus, a $1,000 monthly bonus to each team that runs 15,000 miles, and other benefits.

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Trucking inspires stunning landscape photography

Royce, 45, has spent all three of her driving years teamed with her husband, Greg Royce, who was her trainer while leased to Prime, Inc. She grabbed a camera two years ago, while she was still in her permit stage and studying to complete her CDL. Here's a look at some of her work.

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Trying to fix the detention problem

I just sit here and wait till they get it all sorted out,” Johnson said when he finally figured out the bungled paperwork situation at his drop, learning it would cost him another two or three hours. “Guess who gets screwed in the meantime.”

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‘Problem load’? No problem

Overdrive's 2016 Most Beautiful winner Brita Nowak's story is a great one, especially for independents trying to find new business. There are many skills to master as a single-truck owner-operator, but being up for a challenging run, like Nowak was, can land good business and steady paychecks.

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And this little piggy paved the road

There’s a lot of money to be saved if roads were paved with asphalt using processed pig manure, according to a team at North Carolina A&T State University.

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Owner of classic W9 specializes in survival: ‘I refuse to lose’

John Jaikes is clearly a hard-working independent and a proud show truck exhibitor. What's not so obvious is that he's a survivor -- of repeat bouts with cancer and a wreck with a possibly suicidal four-wheeler.

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Whining vs. changing: The case for personal responsibility

Part of Overdrive’s mission is to help owner-operators prosper as they choose their own destiny, an idea frequently echoed at Kevin Rutherford's CMC Live event.

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Cash flow, insurance, more about getting your authority

Getting your own operating authority is usually a straightforward process, but it's still got enough hoops to jump through, complete with red tape, that a new entrant should allow three weeks to get approval.

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Honing your edge as an independent trucker

To rise above the crowd as an independent requires finding your niche and properly quoting rates, said Kenny Long, who runs the Patriot Star small fleet.

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