Roadside Attractions

Overdrive Staff | February 01, 2011

1.  A trucker tailgates.

2.  A truck’s tires seem to explode when driving down the road [producing gators].

3.  Big trucks spray water all over the place, blinding everyone around them.

4.  One truck pulls over to pass the other, and then they run together, blocking two lanes.

5.  Trucks don’t slow down when it’s snowing.

How to prevent electrical system corrosion

• Use anti-corrosive sprays/dielectric grease to keep system components clean, but don’t use power washers or soap.

• Eliminate moisture build-up in all areas. Keep a keen eye on holes in wiring jackets and non-sealed connectors, which can allow moisture in.

• Take on the road a repair kit with appropriate sprays and grease.

• Make sure ground power source leads directly to the negative battery post, not to the chassis or engine.

For more of the interesting and odd parts of trucking, visit Senior Editor Todd Dills’ Channel 19 blog at


Tunes for cruising

Pioneer Electronics asked its customers for the best “Road Trip” song and then matched results with demographics. Guys were most likely to be looking for adventure with the No. 2 track, “Born to be wild.” Unmarrieds, male or female, seemed to have a death wish in choosing No. 5, AC/DC’s “Highway to hell.” Overdrive’s informal survey revealed some lesser-known classics, such as Golden Earring’s “Radar Love,” Led Zeppelin’s “Carouselambra,” and Jimmy Buffett’s “Fins,” best heard during a winter whiteout.

Top ‘Road Trip’ songs

1. “On the road again,” Willie Nelson

2. “Born to be wild,” Steppenwolf

3. “Take it easy,” Eagles

4. “I get around,” Beach Boys

5. “Highway to hell,” AC/DC

6. “Free falling,” Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

7. “Riders on the storm,” Doors

8. “I wanna rock and roll all night,” Kiss

9. “Wanted: Dead or alive,” Bon Jovi

10. “Free bird,” Lynyrd Skynyrd

Pioneer Electronics

Prevent identity theft 

The nature of trucking, especially long-haul, makes you particularly vulnerable to identity theft. Here are tips for cutting your risk:

• DON’T LET MAIL PILE UP AT HOME. If you do, it not only signals that you’re absent, inviting thieves to make themselves at home, but the mail itself often contains key personal information. Make alternate arrangements for mail delivery, such as a post office box. Take steps to stop junk mail by calling (800) 567-8688 or by visiting

• AVOID SHOWING YOUR LICENSE. As a truck driver, you have to show your license more often that most any driver. Minimizing its exposure — particularly avoid photocopies being made of it — will minimize opportunities for identity thieves.

• PURGE YOUR WALLET. Don’t carry your Social Security number and other important personal data that you don’t have to. If you need remote access, arrange for a spouse or someone else at home to have the data, or store it online. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.