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Steel hauler recalls cabovers, wreck runaways and more from six decades

When Richard Maxwell started driving, cabovers were common, truck stop amenities were sparse and Dwight Eisenhower was still president.

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Nomination period opens for Overdrive’s Owner-Operator of the Year contest, winner gets $25k cash

The nomination period for the Owner-Operator of the Year and Company Driver of the Year contests, each of which carry a $25,000 cash prize, opens today, Sept. 19. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 6.

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When regulation hurts worse than paltry pay

When nearly two-thirds of truckers (for owner-operators alone, 71 percent), working ridiculously long hours for modest pay, are far more aggravated over regulations and lack of respect than they are money, something’s amiss. It’s no surprise that turnover stays high.

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Prediction: Rates will jump with ELD transition

"We're going to have a truck shortage when this ELD rule gets put into effect," said ATBS' Todd Amen said during his Partners in Business GATS presentation. "Essentially it's like taking 200,000 to 300,000 trucks off the road." Here's how much he sees rates jumping.

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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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