Lifestyle Resources

Trucker’s Report

One of the most active driver message boards on the Internet, the “Trucking Forums” hosted via this website are a repository of information from the horse’s mouth, as it were, drivers working the roads today.

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Expediters Online

The home of Expedite Now magazine as well as its annual Expedite Expo trade show, this online community hosts a series of expedited owner-operator blogs as well as open forums for business and social networking.

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Audible

The premiere source for audiobooks, owned by Amazon, also enables listening on the go via its mobile apps for most Android, iOS and Windows Mobile smartphones and tablets.

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Big Rig Travels

This “Photographic Journey of an American Trucker” is broadcast in a live stream from the dash of driver Stephen Michaels, who also includes photos from the road. Michaels’ site has caught worldwidemedia attention for the window it provides into the day-to-day world of the American trucker.

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The George and Wendy Show

The blog home of Wendy Parker – ridealong partner to her owner-operator husband, Landstar-leasedGeorge Parker – is hosted at Overdrive’s website, but the big show from the road also happens via YouTube and Facebook; search “George and Wendy Show.”

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Grandpa and the Truck

This illustrated children’s book series by Colleen Kelly Mellor is inspired by her husband’s long careeras an owner-operator. Online, Mellor shares excerpts from the series as well as other related writing.

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Healthy Trucking Association of America

HTAA fills the health information and service needs of drivers of all kinds. Among their outreach efforts of late has been the launch of a driver-specific portal toward insurance plans on the new health-insurance exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act.

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Hulu

Watch a wealth of television programming and movies free and on demand via this streamingservice – and with a Hulu Plus subscription, much more. Tablet and smartphone apps offer another avenue to the service.

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Keys Truckers

James McCarter’s “Bobbie Boofay” alter ego  is the star of a series of hysterically funny, often satirical trucking videos (like the now-classic “Bobby Boofay’s 24-Hour Truck Driving School”)accessible via the Keys Truckers’ website.] The home site of owner operator team Jan and James McCarter, the former likewise a songwriter and singer and the latter perhaps the funniest man behind the wheel of a big rig. Hear song samples and read travelogues and gourmet in-cab recipes.

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Let’s Truck

The forums at radio host and business consultant Kevin Rutherford’s website run the gamut betweenlifestyle and business topics, but all are geared toward the professional owner-operator. See the MyGauges listing in Business for Rutherford’s owner-operator business software.

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