Max Heine

Fewer trucks + more freight = good news

It looks like freight is coming back. Or has been back for weeks. Some off-the-record conversations I’ve had with industry leaders in the last few weeks confirm that, as does other evidence. Internet Truckstop’s latest Market Demand Index report this week exceeded 7, meaning that carriers have more leverage with price than do shippers or brokers. It was the first time the index was in that zone since July 2008. “Load availability and truck demand are going ...

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Deadly roads, best Interstate, stupid drivers

Knoxville News Sentinel columnist Sam Venable took time to concur with our readers, who recently voted I-40 in Tennessee as the nation’s best highway segment in our annual Highway Report Card. However, if he didn’t know how diversely opinionated truckers are, he does now. He polled three of them at a truck stop about their favorite stretch of highway. None picked I-40 – in Tennessee or anywhere else. Meanwhile, the April issue of Reader’s Digest has its ...

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Distracted driving needs uniform restrictions

It’s a pity that it takes the heavy hand of government to ban practices that common sense would say are stupid, if not deadly. Such is the case with text messaging while driving, which the U.S. Dept. of Transportation recently outlawed for commercial drivers. Studies show that texting and related behaviors – talking on a cell phone or reaching for an electronic device – increase crash risk at a much higher rate for truckers than for ...

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Watermelon Slim performs the blues

Former trucker Bill Homans performed in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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Watermelon Slim – on the road again with a killer sound

It’s not every day that we trucking editors get a private lunchtime concert, but such was the case Friday here at the offices of Overdrive and Truckers News. Former trucker Bill Homans, who records and tours as Watermelon Slim, had an evening set scheduled in downtown Tuscaloosa. He got to town early enough to treat us to a solo performance. Slim can coax more slide blues sounds than I thought existed from his dobro guitar, which ...

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Show off your rig

Overdrive selects the best of its readers' truck photos that have been uploaded to our gallery for publication in each month's issue. Click here to post your truck in the Custom Rigs/Overdrive online gallery. Darren “Thunder” Gouveia of Lucasville, Ohio, owns this 2006 Kenworth W900L. It will appear in the March Overdrive.

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TCA names Owner-Operator of the Year

Warren Transport’s Steven Recker was named 2009 Owner-Operator of the Year in the contest sponsored by the Truckload Carriers Association and Overdrive.

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Pulse

Safety restrictions that are prudent for professional drivers should also be prudent for amateurs.

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Arrow Trucking: Lawsuits, blame and good news

Some new developments emerged in recent days with Arrow Trucking, now two months after its Dec. 22 closing. Two items are from the Tulsa World. One details how lawsuits filed individually against executives are moving forward even though bankruptcy proceedings protect the company  from further lawsuits. Several of the civil cases are against Former CEO Doug Pielsticker. In the other, Pielsticker responds to allegations against him “by claiming that his former chief financial officer is primarily responsible ...

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Credit card statements include free cold shower

You might have heard that banks have to play by new rules with their credit card terms and disclosures, starting today. If you’ve never faced the music when it comes to credit card abuse, your chance is about to come. One of the more digestible – and eye-popping – bits of information that now must be disclosed is how long it will take you to pay off your balance if you make only the minimum monthly ...

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