Roadside Attractions

iPhone or Android? Titans neck and neck among drivers

It’s neck and neck between the two smartphone giants among fans of Overdrive’s Facebook page weighing in on a proposed choice between the iPhone or one among many of Google Android-powered devices (Motorola Droid Razr pictured) available today. “This one I want to follow,” the very first commenter noted when we asked the "iPhone or Android?" question several weeks back, “coming from a guy with a ‘flip phone’ and a Blackberry for work that I ...

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Story in NY times tars oil field exemption

I've been at work covering the uptick in oil field work surrounding new drilling techniques that have been enabling new oil and gas wells to explode in a number of areas around the country, from Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale area, the Eagle Ford in Texas, and the Bakken in North Dakota, Montana and parts of Canada. Judging by the guys working the wells I've talked to, it's largely a positive story relative to pay and work. Owner-operator ...

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Owner-operator on CNN FitNation team trains in Hawaii

Last week, when I interviewed Roadrunner Transportation-leased owner-operator Glenn Keller (pictured, second from left) about his ongoing training to be a part of CNN's FitNation Triathlon Challenge, he mentioned to me that he was headed off for a week of training in the state where the Nautica Malibu Triathlon competition will ultimately be held Sept. 16 -- Hawaii. He sent along the pics you see here, also posted to the FitNation main site in a larger ...

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Owner-operators back in the news on EOBRs

The latest is following the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's formal removal of the remedial-directive rule, which would have required carriers with big hours compliance problems to install electronic onboard recorders. After being thrown out by the court last year, FMCSA's finally removed it from the regs. A feature in the Bismarck, N.D., Tribune newspaper over the weekend, however, shows how repeal of the 2010 EOBR rule doesn't mean operators who oppose any mandate for the ...

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Crude hauling in N.D., Texas with former expediters

A story in this month's Truckers News followed the transition of the former FedEx Custom Critical expediting team of Mark Kathrein and Wendy Wing (pictured) into a crude-hauling operation in North Dakota. Just as the May magazine was going to press, as mentioned in the story, the ultra-rugged, cold climes of North Dakota gas-and-oil-well trucking were leading Kathrein and Wing toward the more established industry down in Texas. I spoke with the two this past ...

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$100 off apnea test; Motorhead Garage TV at Diamond International

Motorhead Garage TV to feature International dealerships this morning Diamond Companies, a holding company for International Truck and IC Bus dealerships in Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas, will be featured on a special “Big Rig” episode of the Motorhead Garage TV Series on the Fox Sports Network. The episode airs this morning at 11:30 a.m. Eastern and again Monday, May 7, at 4:30 pm Eastern. Hosts Sam Memmolo and Dave Bowman visited Diamond International of Memphis, taking a tour through the proprietary ...

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Former hauler loses 100 pounds with dance

Need proof "small steps can lead to big results" in attempts to lose weight? Look no farther than "Big John" Drury, who at his heaviest weighed 400 pounds, reported Local 12 News in Cincinnati, Ohio. A resident of nearby Hamilton, the 6'7" tall former highway hauler lost nearly 100 pounds combining portion control and calorie counting with a particular kind of fitness: dancing. His success ended up being enjoyable to such an extent that, today, he's ...

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Interviewing NFI ‘roadside midwife’ Mike Hawthorne

How many roadside midwives do you know? Such is the unlikely description that can now be appropriately applied to NFI driver Mike Hawthorne, of Somerdale, N.J. Since I wrote about him several weeks back, the driver, who delivered the third newborn baby of his hauling career in late March, has been back at work delivering much less dramatic freight in his primary trailer/tractor relocation hauling niche with NFI and their maintenance department. The steady-as-she-goes approach ...

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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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OOIDA on bond increase: Large brokers not the problem

I spoke to Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association Executive Vice President Todd Spencer about the broker minimum bond increase issue earlier this week. The conversation followed posts to the blog looking at opposition to the measure (to raise it from $10,000 to $100,000) from small brokerages and their advocates, who have been reaching out to owner-operators hoping for a little small-business camaraderie. They paint the bond-increase proposal as an attempt by large brokerages and the biggest ...

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