Roadside Attractions

Like pork rinds? Contest for year’s supply begins 7/1

Starting July 1, you'll have a chance to win a years' supply of pork rinds (and $1,500) from Rudolph Foods by sharing a video filling in the following blank: "Three things I always have in my truck: a bag of pork rinds, a roll of Duck Tape and ____________.” The Rudolph company will be collecting responses and posting the best August 1 to its Facebook page toward determining a winner to be announced during National Truck ...

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Would the professional drivers please raise hands?

At a fueling station in Dayton, Ohio, Kevin Burch, President of the Jet Express truck line, saw a decal (pictured) on the side of a flatbed as he was fueling. The message, "This truck helps build homes for our troops," was on a flatbed in the operation of a Volvo Rents delivery fleet. Burch took a picture of it, thinking he might use it as an example in an upcoming discussion he was participating in ...

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From toilets to roads — concrete from the potty

It's "poticrete," actually, the name given an aggregate mix the city of Bellingham, Wash., used for a paved trail project -- a big portion of the aggregate is made of crushed toilets, sinks and other porcelain bathroom fixtures. The mixture is notablein that it marks the first "LEED-style certification," Christopher Mims wrote on thegrist.org, for something resembling a roadway. (The folks at the Greenroads Foundation designated the Poticrete trail its first certified Greenroad.) And I imagine it might ...

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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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Sound off on CSA changes via score/data preview

As CVSA's RoadCheck inspection blitz continues this week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a call to action that makes clear the importance of safety scoring to motor carriers and independents. Through the end of the month, you'll be able to preview refinements the agency has made to the CSA program's Safety Measurement System that may well have an effect on your rankings in the seven Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories. You ...

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Channel 19’s Friday trucking news quiz

A brief quiz on the week's news -- play yourself! Post answers in the comments here then go back through the past week's blog entries to check your results. Get all five without cheating? You might be my best reader. 4: A Channel 19 regular, no doubt. 3: Thanks for reading! 2: Where have you been? 1: You know, you really could look into feeding the blog into your mobile RSS reader. 0: Um, mind ...

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Truckers’ attorney Paul Taylor, FMCSA rep at social media meeting

The folks with the Truck Driver Social Media Convention are gearing up for their second annual meeting -- and have been sharing highlights of the two-day program in process for Oct. 27-28 in Kansas City via the AsktheTrucker.com blog. Among the presenters this year will be Elaine Papp, Division Chief of the FMCSA's  Office of Medical Programs. Got a question relative to driver medical qualifications / FMCSA's plans to regulate the sleep apnea condition? Given the ...

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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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Imagine running for the same fleet for 50 years…

Can you? We’ve heard no shortage of stories of independents who’ve stayed active that long leased to different carriers or on their own, but never with the same company. (If you have, I'm all ears!) I can't think of a company driver who's done it, either (though Wisconsin-based Butch Mueller is getting pretty close), and as far as UPS knows, Springboro, Ohio, resident Ron “Big Dog” Sowder (pictured) “may be the only in the trucking ...

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One child’s dream come true, in a truck

If you've never participated in one of the Make-a-Wish convoys -- which pair children with trucks to make dreams come true and support the work of various Make-a Wish Foundation chapters around the nation -- take a look at the smile on the face of Nicholas Cropper here, pictured in the passenger seat of owner-operator Henry Albert's Freightliner Cascadia. Also, get over to Albert's blog, where just post-Mother's Day, he wrote about his participation in this ...

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