Max Heine

Roadmansion photo gallery, background from founder Mike Parkhurst

Overdrive founder Mike Parkhurst converted a Los Angeles home into the Overdrive Roadmansion, a hotel for truckers, in 1967.

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Overdrive’s Roadmansion: A fancy driver’s oasis in 1967

Some of Overdrive’s oldest readers might recall the Overdrive Roadmansion in Los Angeles. Retired driver Bill Nickel, 74, is one of them. He contacted us recently to see if we had any information on the house, which provided lodging and amenities to drivers. Nickel recalled staying there during, he believes, 1967. He had a dedicated route with Kansas-based Tip Top Dairy Products running between Kansas and Los Angeles. He was lacking a return load one day, ...

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Carriers’ crystal ball: Load One keeps drivers with help of Stay Metrics

The Stay Metrics program uses driver feedback to improve retention. It does this by tracking engagement in a rewards program and evaluating results of periodic satisfaction surveys and exit interviews.

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Carriers’ crystal ball: John Christner Trucking gains from ‘big data’

Christner uses Athena, a new product from Vigillo, the industry’s leader in CSA data analysis. Athena uses a broad range of data, from driver-generated and CSA-related to information from areas such as weather reports and population density stats.

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Reading between the lines of Trucker Talent entries

Three finalists will compete at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Aug. 21-23, for the winning spot in the contest, brought to you by Chevron Delo.

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Carriers’ crystal ball: Averitt Express boosts safety with FleetRisk Advisors

FleetRisk uses extensive trucking data, such as drivers’ starting times or change in empty miles relative to fleet average, to help fleets with safety, retention and workers comp.

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Carriers’ crystal ball: Fleets using driver performance data more than ever

Fleets have long used performance data in driver scorecards to help identify and address problems. Now, with the help of companies that specialize in predictive analytics, fleets are trying to head problems off before they happen.

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CSA’s mad math: Readers right on lack of reliability

Clearly the “A” in CSA isn’t working when the data being accounted for paint a distorted picture. The result is a system where too many small carriers are assumed guilty until proven innocent.

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30-second video tip: Get more sound out of your phone speakers

One great scene from the rock’n’roll mockumentary “This Is Spinal Tap” has dim-witted musician Nigel Tufnel showing off his amplifiers to another character. Tufnel notes one amp with control knobs that peak at 11 instead of the usual 10. Believing the amp is superior to others, he explains, “It’s one louder.” Well, this little trick won’t get you to 11. Or even 10. Still, it’s handy if you’re looking to hear music from your phone or mp3 ...

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VIDEO: Sacrificial action averts tragedy on icy road

A driver's quick thinking helps mitigate damage on an icy road.

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