Max Heine

Smile for the camera, but keep your eyes on the road

Having anyone’s camera inches away from you virtually the entire time you’re doing your job, and knowing that you don’t have control of the on/off switch, has to be unnerving.

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E-logging: What’s trackable is going to get tracked

Even if we lived in an alternate universe where hours of service did not exist, fleets eventually would monitor drivers’ locations and hours.

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Highway Hero recounts rescue under burning fuel tanker

When he came upon another trucker who had fallen from his truck that was hanging over the side of a freeway overpass, Ivan Vasovic sprang into action. What transpired was “really like Hollywood movies,” Vasovic recalled after accepting the 31stGoodyear North America Highway Hero Award during the Mid-America Trucking Show. Vasovic tells his full story in this illustrated video, which includes the announcement of his honor during the show. Vasovic received $5,000, a trophy and a ring from ...

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More owner-operator tax deduction myths to bust

Even if you do nothing more at tax time than bury your accountant with receipts and other papers, it’s good to know the basics on deductions.

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Owner-operator tax deductions

As an owner-operator, you are self-employed, so any expense related to operating your business is tax-deductible.

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Colorado driver wins Firestone-customized tractor

Brad Peterson of Wellington, Colo., won a 2013 Firestone Edition Class 8 tractor and more Thursday in the Drive a Firestone Sweepstakes at the Mid-America Trucking Show, announced Bridgestone Commercial Solutions. Peterson, who drives for an excavating company in Wellington, said he was thrilled to win the Peterbilt 589, which features a highly customized interior and exterior appointments that reflect the Firestone brand.  “This is the first contest I’ve ever won in my life,” Peterson said. “I gave ...

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TA and Petro announce seven Citizen Driver Awards

TravelCenters of America, operator of TA and Petro Stopping Center facilities, announced its first annual Citizen Driver Award recipients today at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., to recognize drivers who evoke respect for the industry.  "You've inspired pride and respect in the trucking industry by your actions and your attitudes," said Barry Richards, executive vice president.  As part of the selection process, each driver picked his or her favorite TA or Petro Stopping Center location, ...

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Trail King introduces all-aluminum step deck

Trail King introduced a prototype All-Aluminum Center Frame Step Deck trailer Friday at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. The new TK80AACS features superior corrosion resistance, all-aluminum framing, armor-coated landing gear and zinc-plated steel components as standards, the company says. The AACS is lightweight yet durable, with a low deck height designed to accommodate taller payloads with multiple cargo load configurations, said Rick Farris, vice president of sales and marketing. “This is a forward-thinking design that sets ...

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Goodyear Highway Hero risked life at burning tanker wreck

When he came upon another trucker who had fallen from a burning tanker truck that was hanging over the side of a freeway overpass, Ivan Vasovic sprang into action. For risking his life to save the driver, Vasovic today accepted the 31st Goodyear North America Highway Hero Award during the Mid-America Trucking Show. He received $5,000, a trophy and a ring from Goodyear. The three other finalists, Tim Horton, Brian Dunn and Scott Rosenberg, received $2,500 each. Vasovic ...

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Mack Trucks adding focus on highway market

Fuel efficiency and uptime remain top priorities for Mack Trucks, and will help the company increase its market share in the highway market, officials said today at the Mid- America Trucking Show. The company has hired more sales staff and begun special training to help dealerships sell long-haul trucks, said Stephen Roy, president of Mack Trucks North American sales and marketing. However, the company will continue building its core segments of refuse, regional and construction, he ...

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