big rigs

Oil/gas boom in N.D. generates owner-operator opportunities

A report from an NPR listener bemoaned truck traffic in his native Watford City, N.D., associated with the oil boom -- but that boom is proving golden for many owner-operators.

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Diesel exhaust listed by WHO as cancer causing agent

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, has formally categorized diesel exhaust as cancer-causing but fails to recognize advancements in diesel technology in the developed world.

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Two custom ’80s Petes for the cabover fanatics

These two Peterbilt 362s, owned by Dustin Kunkel and John Bradford, respectively, we caught out at the Crossville, Tenn., show of the ATHS Music City Chapter.

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‘7 deadly lot lizards’ infographic raises image questions

A satirical infographic detailing the so-called "7 Deadly Lot Lizards" from the folks at Trucker to Trucker.com has me pondering the dynamics that make just this sort of thing possible. I won't repost it here, but you can take a look at it on their site (or click through the truncated thumbnail at right). Among the "lizards" identified are the CB Chameleon, who "prefers to do business from afar," and the Knocking Skink (pictured), whom the ...

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Photo: Face of a longtime driver damaged by sunlight

A stunning photo from the New England Journal of Medicine shows the damaging effects of ultraviolet sunlight on the left side of a 69-year-old longtime truck driver's face.

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One Girl Trucking: ‘More courtesy now’

An encounter with a pair of joy-riding, inconsiderate motorcyclists over Memorial Day turned dramatic when truck driver Bethany, blogging at One Girl Trucking, decided enough was enough and confronted the bikers at a red light. Read her account, a sort of pitch and plea to bikers, motorists and truckers alike for more courtesy and common sense on the road, via her One Girl Trucking blog here. If you haven't encountered her blog before, Bethany describes herself as ...

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Amid big fleet investments, operators stare down high truck prices

Something is going right for the Jacobson Companies 3PL -- Mack Trucks announced yesterday that they took delivery of an order of 259 built-in-the-U.S. Mack Pinnacles, 139 daycabs and 120 sleeper trucks, and they're hiring dedicated company drivers for runs based out of their Des Moines, Iowa, headquarters. Any owner-operators out their run freight for them on occasion or regularly? The new tractors (some of which are pictured), Mack says, were delivered to Jacobson locations throughout ...

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Xantrex: 3 inverter installation tips

1. Installation best at the factory or authorized dealer aftermarket: If you're considering an aftermarket inverter installation to an older truck or mulling options on a new vehicle, take it under advisement that leading inverter manufacturer Xantrex Technology reps have formally recommended inverter installation by a truck OEM or an authorized dealer. According to Xantrex, inverter shipments have risen sharply since 2005, and the company expects sales to increase at least 40 percent in the next ...

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Two J&S Petes — views from a new custom player

The combination of the J&S Truck and Trailer Sales dealer in Knoxville, Tenn., and J&S Body Shop, run by Benny Coffey in nearby Corryton, showed these two newly restored / customized Petes at the Southeastern Regional Truck Show in Knoxville last month. They're lookers, that's certain, and both on sale at the J&S sales installation at 2816 John Deer Dr. in Knoxville. The sleeper truck on the left is a 2005 Peterbilt 379 extended hood with ...

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Could stocks lead natural gas power uptake?

Much has been made in recent times of the traction being gained by natural gas as an energy source to power truck freight transportation. Natural gas powertrains have made their most significant gains to date in vocational markets. Recall my post here in Overdrive Extra about the Ozinga Ready-Mix fleet in Chicago and 13 new natural gas Kenworth Class 8s they've had in service for going on a year now. Since Navistar's announcement of full-scale pursuit ...

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