Overdrive Staff

Bendix takes Wingman collision avoidance tech to next level, includes auto slowdown for speeding

Potentially most pertinent for truck operators are the system’s autonomous actions, such as braking when a collision is anticipated and engine disengagement when the truck speeds longer than the system’s programmed threshold.

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MATS 2015: Live coverage from the Mid-America Trucking Show

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Mid-America Trucking Show: Follow the show live on Overdrive

Overdrive will be covering the 2015 Mid-America Trucking Show live throughout the week. Here's how to keep up with the news, announcements and other action from the show.

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Back in black: ‘86 Pete 359 still hauling logs daily

Owner-operator Richard Shaw Jr. runs this 1986 Peterbilt 359 daily hauling logs, which the Woodville, Texas-based trucker says he’s done for 20 years.

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Trucking rap sheet: Trucker charged for threatening FMCSA inspector, HHG movers’ scheme busted

A truck driver has been indicted on charges of making a threat to a federal employee following repeated phone calls in which he threatened an FMCSA inspector with bodily injury in retaliation for issuing him a fine.

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Dart Network installing Bose Ride seats

Dartco Inc., a member of the Dart Network, announced that it has begun installing Bose Ride seats in its trucks. Long-haul employee drivers who have been with the company three or more years and drive a truck with less than 250,000 miles on it will be among the first to receive the seats. Also, Dart Transit is offering the seat as an alternate to its sign-on bonus for newly contracted owner-operators. Dart’s current owner-operators are eligible ...

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R+L relocates its Canadian Gateway Service Center

R+L Carriers of Wilmington, Ohio, relocated its Canadian Gateway Service Center from Elgin, Ill., to Janesville, Wis. The company said the move expands its Canada service capabilities with enhanced daily direct loading to and from nine Western Canada Service Centers in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The new facility features a 100,000-square-foot service center and a newly renovated 4,940-square-foot shop, both with 24/7 guarded access.

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Averitt employees donate $450,000 to St. Jude

Through weekly contributions, truck drivers and other employees of Cookeville, Tenn.-based Averitt Express raised a total of $450,000 in 2014 that was donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since 1986, Averitt Cares for Kids, the company’s charitable employee-giving program, has contributed nearly $7.5 million to children-related charities, including the Shriners Burn Institute and Ronald McDonald House.

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Prime driver gives life to save co-driver, cousin

TCA recently named Boyd Miles, a former drive for Prime Inc., a TCA Highway Angel after he rescued his cousin from being hit by an oncoming car. Tragically, however, Miles died in the rescue attempt.

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Ol’ Red: Owner-op’s custom ’82 Freightliner cabover

Owner-operator Robert Carr says he loves this 1982 Freightliner COE “like my kids.” The truck is powered by a a 400-hp Cummins. Carr says the truck has been “totally redone” from its stock set-up.

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