Roadside Attractions

Overdrive Staff | February 01, 2011

KEEP A LOCK ON DIGITAL DATA  Your laptop computer can be a huge treasure trove of information about you. Where possible, store sensitive data on a secure website instead of your hard drive. When you sell any computer, wipe out all personal data — though simple file deletion isn’t enough to thwart experienced data thieves. Visit wipedrive.com or datakillers.com to learn how to do it right.

• WATCH YOUR BACK AT ATMs. Make sure no one’s hovering too close when you use an ATM. Crooks can use cell phone cameras to capture PIN keystrokes, then lift your wallet to get the card.



 

GAUGES

December diesel

Year-end diesel prices spiked to their highest level since October 2008, according to U.S. Department of Energy weekly averages.



Rates drop at year-end

Dry Van - Red, Flatbed - Yellow, Reefer - Blue

After rising in the fall, flatbed freight rates resumed the second-half decline that all major sectors experienced as the economic recovery sputtered.






CALENDAR

FEB. 4-5: MID-WEST TRUCK SHOW, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, Ill., www.midwest-truckers.com

MARCH 8-10: THE WORK TRUCK SHOW, Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, www.ntea.com, (800) 441-6832

MARCH 13: DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS. Move clocks forward one hour.

MARCH 31-APRIL 2: MID-AMERICA TRUCKING SHOW, Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, www.truckingshow.com, (502) 899-3892

APRIL 2: TRUCK SHOW of Yellow Rose Chapter of Antique Truck Historical Society, River Bend Par, Smithville, Texas, (830) 743-3179

APRIL 8-10: 75 CHROME SHOP ANNUAL TRUCK SHOW, Wildwood, Fla., www.75chromeshop.com, (866) 255-6206

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