Overdrive Staff

Video: Truck jumps 83-feet after launching from ramp

Stunt car/truck driver Mike Ryan says what transpires in the video below was a "dream stunt." The coordinators break the world record for the longest truck jump. Ryan says they gutted the truck to remove flammable items. And they manage to clear an Formula 1 race car in the process:

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Giving thanks: Driver dispatches

We asked, and you told. Here find a round-up of readers' answers to the question "What are you thankful for?" Happy Thanksgiving from all the staff at Overdrive!

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We’re thankful for you!

A special message of thanks to readers, from all of us here at Overdrive.

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Alt fuel ‘reality check’: Cheaper diesel drives down interest in natural gas

The recent slide in the price of diesel — and the prospects of that trend to continue — have caused trucking’s interest in natural gas to wane some, according to a recent report. The adoption curve for natural gas, however, is still expected to reach 23 percent of units sold by 2025.

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Ryder introduces loyalty program for truck renters

Ryder System recently announced it is instituting a new customer loyalty program for its rental customers, who will now earn points for renting trucks from the company. To participate, customers need to sign up at RyderRedZone.com. Participants can redeem points on things like hotel stays, consumer electronics and home and garden supplies. Points can be redeemed online. Each month, Ryder RedZone members earn ten percent of their organization’s net rental spend in points, Ryder says. Visit RyderRedZone.com to learn ...

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Meals for 18 wheels delivers

After launching in 2013, this year, organizers of Meals For 18 Wheels are hoping to increase the number of drivers they feed over both the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

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‘Finally an independent woman’: Most Beautiful finalist and a Pride & Polish winner

Owner-operator Sonja Morris says she found trucking 11 years ago and recognized it as “a chance to finally become an independent woman,” she says.

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OOIDA’s Truckers for Troops raises $52k for care packages

OOIDA says it raised $52,528 this year in its Truckers For Troops campaign. The money will be used to pack and send care packages to U.S. military members stationed in combat zones.

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Con-way Freight driver Painter hits 3 million safe miles

Con-way Freight, an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based less-than-truckload company, announced that Larry Painter, a 30-year company veteran, became its sixth professional driver to achieve three million consecutive accident-free miles. Con-way Freight’s three-million-mile club also includes previous honorees James “Jackpot” Sutfin of Las Vegas, Nev.; Tom Syme of Palatine, Ill.; Tom Strissel of Mundelein, Ill.; David Frazier of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and Doug Phelps of Clearfield, Pa. All continue to drive for the company today. “I think I speak for ...

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Recent cargo thefts a warning to carriers: Beware of cargo theft ‘red zone’

Cargo theft tracking firm FreightWatch International issued an alert this week saying it has seen three “red zone” truckload thefts in the last three weeks, stemming from what it says is an “unusually high rate in violations of best practices for in-transit security.” FreightWatch defines the cargo red zone as within 200 miles of a loads origin, and the three recent thefts were caused by “staging cargo within the red zone,” FreightWatch says in its alert. A ...

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