Max Heine

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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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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