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Video: Drivers to put voices in gear at Dallas show

Trucker Talent Search finalists Brad James, Keith Sampson and Jennie Simpson will perform right as the show closes, at 5 p.m., at the Red Eye Radio booth in the lobby.

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Mike Parkhurst’s legacy of reform

Today’s owner-operators have him and other leaders, as well as thousands of drivers who followed them, to thank for today’s ease of entry to the industry. No one should take for granted the freedom to compete with no restrictions on lanes, rates, areas of operation or freight.

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Video: Most Beautiful winner shares life on and off the road

Emily Weymouth talks about women in trucking and the interesting things she does in her off-time, including modeling.

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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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