Max Heine

Terry Smith’s focus on safety, health, biz produces balance of disciplined professionalism, vibrant lifestyle

Terry Smith of Miramichi, New Brunswick, has five rules for safety that have helped him to drive 4.75 million accident-free miles in his 42-year career. The fruits of his fifth rule, which impacts more than safety, helped him earn the industry’s top honor: 2013 Owner-Operator of the Year.

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Is going independent a fading dream?

An Overdrive poll in late 2013 showed half of our readers believe industry changes have made it more difficult to get your operating authority and be profitable.

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Forgetting a parking place and other highway goofups

If you've forgotten where your truck is parked, you’ve got something in common with most four-wheelers.

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Gender, personality traits and even more odd notions about numbers

Your days are numbered, so to speak. Drivers are bombarded by numerical characters, more so today than ever.

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Hours and recorders: Give safe drivers some freedom

You shouldn’t have to invest in electronic logging technology to continue proving that you're safe.

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6 revealing facts about the owner-operator population

The latest Overdrive report, just out, says demand for owner-operator services is high and the balance of leased and independent operators continues to shift.

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Author Eric Siegel: Predictive analytics

Predictive modeling should hold a lot of potential for fleets looking to improve safety, says author Eric Siegel, an expert in predictive analytics.   When it comes to concerns over companies in trucking or other industries using data to gauge loyalty or predict performance, “There are places where the world is not comfortable with that yet,” he says. In this seven-minute podcast, Siegel talks about predictive analytics with Overdrive Editorial Director Max Heine.  

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Smile for the camera, but keep your eyes on the road

Having anyone’s camera inches away from you virtually the entire time you’re doing your job, and knowing that you don’t have control of the on/off switch, has to be unnerving.

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E-logging: What’s trackable is going to get tracked

Even if we lived in an alternate universe where hours of service did not exist, fleets eventually would monitor drivers’ locations and hours.

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Highway Hero recounts rescue under burning fuel tanker

When he came upon another trucker who had fallen from his truck that was hanging over the side of a freeway overpass, Ivan Vasovic sprang into action. What transpired was “really like Hollywood movies,” Vasovic recalled after accepting the 31stGoodyear North America Highway Hero Award during the Mid-America Trucking Show. Vasovic tells his full story in this illustrated video, which includes the announcement of his honor during the show. Vasovic received $5,000, a trophy and a ring from ...

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