Max Heine

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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Highway bill: So much, yet too little

The new highway bill did nothing to create stable user-based funding to make our infrastructure program self-sustaining.

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VIDEO: Stuck under an overpass!

If you are jammed under an overpass, you face financial, legal and employment disaster – not to mention the unending humiliation when your truck pics hit social media.

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End the year with smart tax decisions

Potentially big changes loomed at year-end regarding depreciation limits for 2015 income taxes.

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VIDEO: When bark turns to barf – having a sick pet on the road

Diesel Dog isn’t keeping his food down. You’re nowhere near a vet. It’s the middle of the night. What’s a long-haul driver to do? This Worst Case Trucking Scenario offers a few tips on dealing with common pet maladies on the road when you can’t get advice from a vet. For more detail, see the story by Carolyn Mason here. Or for an entertaining video condensation of that story, watch this Overdrive 30-second Trucker Tip:        

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Where driving jobs have arisen since 1978

Whatever the extent of any "driver shortage," you wouldn’t think there is one by checking a National Public Radio report by Quoctrung Bui that traces the most common jobs in every state since 1978. The data not only highlights trends about trucking jobs, but also reveals aspects of the broader economy over almost four decades. In 1978, the U.S. Census Bureau category that includes truck drivers was the most common job category in nine states. An interactive U.S. ...

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Paycheck checkup: The real spread between driver and contractor pay

It looks like the California spread of $17,400 between company driver and owner-operator earnings is overstated, at least as applied on the national scale. Instead, the $50,000-$60,000 range is now commonplace for many employed and leased long-haul truckers.

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A 360-degree inside look at a rolling audio-visual showroom

You wouldn’t expect a truck based in a tiny Indiana town and tied to grain farming to have more video monitors and speakers than what’s found in most houses. But then you probably haven’t been inside Buzz Kill, the 2015 Peterbilt 386 shown by Davis Bros. of Owensville, Ind. The sleek Pete has a sound system with 28 speakers and seven amps, and video monitors in every door and the dashboard. The over-the-top audio-visual offering isn’t ...

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Owner-operators’ decade of ‘working less and making more’

What’s changed about trucking since 2003? All manner of things, from the emissions systems put on engines to all manner of regulatory overload. There’s also been no shortage of change in the balance of miles and money that drives owner-operator businesses. Because of its role as a financial services provider for thousands of owner-operators, ATBS has lots of interesting data to precisely document that evolution. In this video excerpt from his presentation at the Partners in Business ...

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Conflicting accounts of bigger big rigs

When safety is at stake, there’s no need to take needless risks in the name of uncertain efficiency.

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