Overdrive Staff

What owner-operators can expect from FMCSA’s Safety Fitness rule

The key difference between the Safety Fitness portion of CSA and the already existing SMS, says FMCSA, will be relativity — or lack thereof. The SFD will score carriers on their individual performance, rather than the percentile rankings produced by the SMS, which compare carriers to their peers.

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PIB tip: Remember the warranty during truck loan negotiations

When you are negotiating for a truck loan, make sure your dealership is able to service your truck and that warranty work and downtime will have the least possible effect on your driving time and miles. Get warranty agreements in writing and make sure you understand them. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants at ATBS, the nation’s largest owner-operator business services firm. The next Partners in Business seminars will be Aug. 22 ...

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Q&A: Mobil Delvac’s Hurtado talks fuel economy benefits of next-gen ‘thin’ oil

Prior to this year's Technology and Maintenance Council's annual meeting, CCJ sister site CCJ had the chance to talk to ExxonMobile's Lilo Hurtado, the company's senior applications engineer, about upcoming regulatory changes and changing technology in the trucking industry

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New Iowa80.com catalog available

Trucking accessories provider Iowa80.com has released its redesigned and larger catalog. The new 92-page catalog features more than 275 new items, including new lights, chrome and stainless exterior accessories, interior accessories, safety and compliance items and more. The new catalogs have been mailed to existing customers and are available for pickup at all Iowa 80 Group truck stop locations, as well as Truckomat Truck Washes. For a free copy of the catalog, call 866-446-9280 or go to ...

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Ryder spec’ing female-friendly trucks

Ryder System announced that it will offer customers a female-friendly vehicle package for lease. With the help of various OEMs and the Women in Trucking Association, a nonprofit organization established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, Ryder is making available a custom vehicle design with 15 specifications intended to better meet the needs of female drivers. The ergonomic vehicles include features such as adjusted height and placement of cab grab handles, adjustable ...

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AlertDriving launches redesigned website

AlertDriving, a provider of driver risk management solutions, has launched its redesigned website, www.alertdriving.com. Besides helping to improve the user experience, the new website also is designed to offer simplified site navigation with cross-platform support for computers, tablets and smartphones. AlertDriving says fleet safety professionals now can gain quicker and more intuitive access on any device to information about its solutions and product demos or how to join a risk-free pilot. “We have expanded to over 70 ...

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Book recounts Schneider’s 80-year history

In 1935, Al Schneider purchased his first truck, and today his namesake company is one of the nation’s largest providers of truckload, intermodal and logistics services. To capture and commemorate its history over the past eight decades, the company has released “Leap of Faith: The Story of Schneider,” a full-color 144-page hardcover coffee table-style history book. Schneider worked with Essex Publishing and author Jim Smith to gather interviews with members of the Schneider family and dozens ...

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Three truckers named Goodyear Highway Hero finalists for rescuing fellow motorists

Goodyear announced Feb. 10 three finalists in its annual Highway Hero program: Clinton Blackburn of Morehead, Ky.; Mack Guffy of Gainesboro, Tenn.; and David Frederickson of Windermere, Fla. Here are their stories.

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POLL: Percentage, mileage, hourly — what’s the ideal pay package?

Assuming an hourly rate for detention, what pay scheme do you view as most preferable: pay-per-mile, percentage or hourly packages?

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OOIDA: Small biz regulatory bill good for owner-operators, small fleets

A bill making its way through Congress currently — most recently clearing the U.S. House — is being lauded by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association as a win for owner-operators and other small trucking companies.

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