cell phones

POLL: Do you use push-to-talk functionality/devices other than the CB?

With the rise of smartphone apps enabling push-to-talk functionality on such devices, and the continued attraction of the Nextel-popularized function, this poll looks at current use of the technology.

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It’s the little things

In which Wendy gets a headset: "It didn't pinch my brain at all, and completed my imaginary Boba Fett outfit perfectly. 'Uh, babe, I think they want you to actually make calls with it.'"

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Readers to law enforcement: Look in the mirror

Some drivers responding to news of Tennessee's use of troopers in big rigs to nab texting four-wheelers loved the idea -- others suggested it might be just another safety hazard.

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Larry the Hobo is using my hot spot!

"George says Larry is a figment of my imagination, but I'm pretty sure I don't shop for anti-fungal socks and beanie weenies online, unless I do it in my sleep, and, well, that's another story...."

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Load tracking tools, for the right price

Detailing the new "Where you @?" app from the makers at Otter, likewise the Trucker Tools app's relatively new "Load Track" functionality.

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MADSEN: With more value-added services on trucks, driver value declines

If you missed this post to Phil Madsen's Learning Something New Every Day blog, from earlier in the month, give it a gander soon as you can. It's a must-read for the quality of analysis it gives to the expediting owner-operator's first experience with software that can, with an operator's permission, track his cell phone in lieu of utilizing an expensive on-board load tracker. Madsen -- rightly, in this case, we think -- refused to cooperate, ...

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Kicking the habit: Why a blanket cell-phone ban won’t work

As if hearing the plethora of truck drivers' objections to the prohibitions on handheld cell use in-cab while driving, minus any similar prohibition for the motoring public and given the wide problem of motorist distraction on the highways, the National Transportation Safety Board formally recommended that all personal electronic devices be banned from use while driving by everyone in all 50 states and D.C. (except in emergency situations and unless they aid the driving task). All ...

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Ruling bans handheld phones for truckers Jan. 3

A ruling was issued Wednesday banning commercial truckers from using handheld phones while driving.

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Fitting insurance to the operator — trends in usage-based pricing

If you missed a feature about insurance costs I wrote for the August edition of Overdrive, it contained a brief item relative to how insurance companies determine customer risk -- and as a result of that risk determination, premium rate pricing. Canal Insurance Chief Underwriting Officer Paul Brocklebank made brief mention in the piece about the fact that the consumer auto insurance industry writ large is moving toward more frequent rate updates, utilizing GPS and other vehicle ...

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Michelin Iphone, Android roadside service apps join Blackberry functionality

The further CSA gets in ongoing rollout, the more critical repairing noncritical vehicle defects is going to get for both owner-operators and company drivers, potentially counting as they do against the former's safety ranking in the Vehicle Maintenance BASIC and the latter's employment history. More and more, service shops and OEM parts manufacturers are making it easier to efficiently obtain quick service. Today, Michelin Americas Truck Tires joins a few with its announcement of service-locator/emergency-breakdown-assistance applications functional ...

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