Roadside Attractions

Overdrive Staff | January 01, 2012

Watch your roof

The driver of this rig was fueling at a Laredo, Texas, truck stop when a fellow hauler saw his extra passengers and attempted to locate the rig’s driver. The trucker approached someone else who was fueling – owner-operator Henry Albert, Overdrive 2007 Trucker of the Year. Albert took this photo, later posting it on his blog, of a young man and woman (pictured) crouched on top of the U.S.-bound sleeper behind the high roof fairing. The truck’s driver called police. The stowaways realized the jig was up and climbed down, running off before police arrived.

Hope for the next generation

Jeff and Lynette Lynd of Ft. Collins, Colo., say the favorite magazine of their 6-year-old great niece, Zoe, is Overdrive. “She had to read it while she was eating her cereal and said, ‘I love my trucking magazine,’ Lynette says of Zoe’s interest in our 50th anniversary issue.

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“We have People magazine, nature magazines, and she picks up Overdrive every time,” Lynette says.

Jeff, too, is no stranger to Overdrive. He’s trucked for two decades, today as company driver for JPS Trucking, before that as an owner-operator.

When Zoe moves on with her family from the Lynd home, Lynette adds, “we’re thinking of getting her a subscription of her own.” With fans like this, the next 50 years ought to be easy.

Joint pain PM

Long hours behind the wheel with little exercise can lead to chronic joint pain.


People with sedentary lifestyles and those who are overweight are more likely to experience some type of arthritis. Dr. Ronald Rush of Highway Healthcare in Texarkana, Texas, says truckers might notice degenerative osteoarthritis — where bone rubs against bone — in joints they use often, such as shoulders, lower back, arms, wrists and fingers.

What can you do to treat or prevent joint pain?

• Move around. “You might think of it like the fluids in your engine or wheel bearings,” says Rush. “On a cold day, the fluids are thick and slow to move but after a few miles the fluids thin out and the engine and bearings run smooth. The fluids in the joints, when not in motion, stiffen the joint.” Yoga and other exercise regimens have worked for some haulers.

• Try medication. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, known as NSAIDs, can be effective. Some, such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen, are available in different brands over the counter. You need a prescription for others, such as Celebrex.

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