Todd Dills

Truck-driving music pioneer Red Simpson dead at 81

Red Simpson, singer-songwriter well-known for such classic trucking songs as "Roll, Truck, Roll" and "(Hello) I'm a Truck" died Friday, January 8, in Bakersfield, Calif. Simpson was 81.

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Listening session: ‘Beyond compliance’ with the regulations — if, and how, to reward

Whatever you think about the in-progress "beyond compliance" program and its origins, the fact is it's in the works -- anyone with ideas on how it *should* or *shouldn't* be structured can weigh in via a listening session Jan. 12.

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Defining competitive factors: What about price?

Whether you're better at "sharpening your pencil" or you're the "high-end guy" with a specialized service, don’t sell yourself short in today's market on rates.

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Aaron Tippin and Tony Justice: ‘Brothers of the Highway’ session report from Nashville

A talk with country-music legend and former trucker Aaron Tippin and rising trucker-singer-songwriter Tony Justice -- straight from their historic vocal collaboration for Justice's new record in Nashville.

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Spot market update: Hot states for van, flat, reefer

Ring in the new year with these hot market maps for dry van, refrigerated and flatbed trailer loads moving on the spot market within the last week.

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Optimus Prime Peterbilt stunt truck from ‘Transformers’ franchise on the auction block

Want to be able to say you haul in a piece of action-movie history? This 1992 Pete, utilized as Optimus Prime in the Transformers franchise, goes up for auction in Arizona later this month.

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Building the customer base: Work the relationship for the long term

Working the spot market via load boards, you may never lay eyes on the face of the freight broker. By contrast, going after direct shipper contracts is largely an exercise in long-term relationship building.

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The question any independent owner-operator business must answer

“Why is anybody going to use you to ship their material?” -- your business' distinguishing "why you" factor could take many forms, such as in these examples related to specialized equipment, geography and freight niche.

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A view on increasing safety through training in wake of historic Indiana bridge’s destruction

"It’s difficult to imagine how a driver could earn a CDL without understanding weights and how they pertain to axles, gross weight and bridge laws." --Ellen Voie

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U.S. Postal Service unveils truck stamp designs

International Harvester, Ford and Chevrolet are among classic pickup truck makers whose models are to be celebrated this year in a special line of postage stamps.

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