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Owner’s headache, customization’s win

Clay Snider's '07 Kenworth boasts one of the standout color schemes in the PKY Truck Beauty Championship at the Mid-America Trucking Show, which starts Thursday. Snider has entered some truck contests before, but this is his first time at MATS.

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Cadillac + custom International Eagle = The Game Changer

“I figured it’s time we brought something different to the equation. That’s why I call it The Game Changer,” says owner Zebie Daniel.

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Eight owner-operator takeaways from a trucking economist’s talk

Here are some points made by trucking economist John Larkin, plus Overdrive's take on how they could have some bearing on owner-operators, especially independents.

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Overdrive names 2015 Owner-Operator of the Year, winner of $25,000 prize

Edward Mark Tricco, leased to Bison Transport, was named the 2015 Owner-Operator of the Year by the Truckload Carriers Association and Overdrive Tuesday night. He won a $25,000 cash prize.

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Diesel’s roller-coaster ride: The thrill is gone, but not for all

Now that fuel surcharges are more entrenched, the plunge to below $2 a gallon after about three years in the $4 range has generated much less notice than similar price swings in prior years -- though that's not a blanket truth for everyone.

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Home delivery: If not by drone, then by driverless truck. Or both.

Google’s gotten plenty of publicity with its moves toward drone-delivered packages. Now a patent awarded to the company this week indicates it’s eyeing another delivery technology: autonomous trucks.

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One carrier’s work-around for the driver shortage

Landstar’s low turnover rate shows that strong earnings potential for drivers can soften a labor shortage by retaining solid operators.

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One beauty meets another

Owner-operator Travis Poulsen’s 1998 Pete didn’t emerge as one of the four national grand champs, but it did get the honor of serving as a backdrop for a photo of Overdrive’s Most Beautiful winner, Joanne Fatta.

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Overlooked video gem reveals a bygone trucking era

“On the boulevard” shows owner-operators talking about their struggles to survive, being apart from their families, taking pride in running without authority and dodging scales.

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When filmmakers hit the road with 1970s owner-operators

After interviewing drivers at a late 1970s truck show, the film collective Optic Nerve spent six weeks crossing the country to record drivers for a 30-minute documentary.

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