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Before and after: TCA’s weight-loss showdown finale

Official results are in, ladies and gentlemen, and we have ourselves a winner -- or two, that is, one at the carrier level and the other at the individual. Congrats to Prime Inc. for a big company trophy for the highest total weight percentage lost among its participating staff and drivers/owner-operators. With a total loss of 352.3 lbs., the company shed 15.3 percent of its total starting body weight. They must have really put on the ...

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The owner-operator: Takes a lickin’, still tickin’

Looking at the overall need for owner-operators, their health tracks freight demand.

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Are you going to drink that?

The Associated Press reports a stolen trailer of Corona went missing on or around Cinco de Mayo.

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Trucks – eyesores to the ritzy neighbor

Cedar Lake, Ind., Town Councilman John Foreman says he doesn't want trucks parked near his $300,000 house.

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Awesome bull hauler: An Iowa Pete truck show winner

Peterbilt of Council Bluffs, Iowa, hosted a truck beauty competition and show this past Saturday, May 5, that attracted more than 40 entrants. Pictured here (beauty shot below) is the "hot lime-green" 2000 Peterbilt 379 bull hauler that garnered the most votes from the judges (the entrants themselves) for Best in Show, along with staff members of Buhr Trucking, the rig's owner (pictured left to right: Kevin Whitla, Travis Buhr, Atley Buhr, Darylee Gómez and Logan ...

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Poster art for truck safety

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne Ferro yesterday announced the two winners of this year’s “Be Ready, Be Buckled” Safety Belt Student Art Contest. Regular readers of the Channel 19 blog will remember this post about last year's contest. Second grader Sophia Chen from Edison, N.J., and fifth grader Richard He from Parsippany in the same state were recognized at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Transportation building in Washington, D.C. Each won top honors for ...

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Study indicates growing number of independents

A recent jump in carrier registrations might be due to drivers getting their own operating authority.

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Show truck lights and a full winners list

The full list of winners from the 75 Chrome Shop’s Pride & Polish show – held April 27-29 – is available on Overdrive’s sister website Custom RigsMag.com. With it are a photo gallery of the four Best of Show trucks (featured above, too) and a gallery of Spencer J. Fisher’s photos of the event’s light show, which began Saturday at sunset. Randy Stroup’s 2005 Peterbilt 379 and matching tanker won Best of Show in the limited-mileage ...

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How-to: Identify quality air coils

A quality air coil will exhibit good “strength, durability, flexibility, memory recoil and performance in hot and cold temperatures,” say the writers behind parts manufacturer Phillips Industries’ Qwik Tech Tips monthly newsletter. A chief consideration is the material the air line is made of. The company says a shortage of castor beans in 2002-03, the chief component in natural Nylon 11 (Polyamide 11), led to more prominence in air coils made of synthetic Nylon 12 (Polyamide ...

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Natural gas + trucking = 6 stock tips

It's interesting to see investors and mainstream business media take note of how the boom in natural gas production is affecting the truck market.

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