Roadside Attractions

Driver ‘health movement’ hitting stride

On the blog of the U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a shout-out was posted yesterday to the Heathy Trucking Association of America and the Trucking Solutions Group 61+ Driver Health Advisory Committee's health walk at GATS last week, which I wrote a little about in advance of the show. Held at the Dallas Convention Center on Saturday, Aug. 28, the walk was the latest in a series of such held to bring awareness to all about ...

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Stand-up treadmill desk begs question…; cargo theft connection to Jason’s Law?

In the P.R. copy blasted out with announcements about the new TrekDesk Treadmill Desk, the company talks about the dangers of the "sedentary lifestyle," noting studies of various characters that have probed "rising obesity rates and ill health caused by 'Sitting Disease' (a term given to the multitude of syndromes and diseases caused by sedentary lives)." Though I imagine the flatbedders out there would take issue with any characterization of their jobs as totally lacking in ...

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Reporting cargo theft — balancing act in more ways than one…

Tune in Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern for the Truth About Trucking online radio program with host Allen Smith. My fellow Truckers News/Overdrive Senior Editor Max Kvidera and I will be guests on the subject of cargo theft, the topic of note in the latest, September edition of Truckers News, out now in digital format and hitting the truckstop racks as we speak. Cargo theft has risen sharply in recent years, some now referring to it ...

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Rolling out to Dallas ‘Too Hot to Trot’ 5K

Well, folks, I finished -- no surprise to regular readers, I'd guess, since you've seen a little proof I can do some long-distance running. Get over a couple miles, though, for me, and it hurts. Add to that the constant walking around the show floor at the Great American Trucking Show (picture from the bobtail lot) here in Dallas I've been doing for past couple days and a 5K run isn't perhaps the most relaxing way I could have spent the ...

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In defense of food transport

Tip of the hat to Marathon Trucker Jeff Clark for this one (and, readers, if you'll be at the Great American Trucking Show, beginning this coming Thursday, join Clark and I and Jazzy Jordan, among so many others, at Truckers News' Fit for the Road program's Too Hot to Trot 5K Friday morning).... Self-described “liberal curmudgeon” and historian Stephen Budiansky, writing in the New York Times last Friday, took on stats commonly wielded by champions ...

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Tune in tonight!

It's going on a year since I chatted with Daniel Audet of Truckstar Radio for my Truckers News "Exit Only" piece about TruckStar Radio, his online radio show. Audet, formerly a hotshot boat hauler and industry blogger, is still going strong with TruckStar, and tonight I'll visit with him on his show to talk about my August Overdrive story about the new PreExisting Condition Insurance Plan, one of the first pieces of the health-care-reform-bill puzzle ...

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Wiper blades with a cause

The folks behind the AutoTex Pink wiper blades tell me the blades are sized to fit 85 percent of heavy-duty trucks on the road, as well as all manner of autos -- but that's not the most interesting thing about them. The idea behind the blades comes from wiper-blade manufacturer Wexco Industries cofounder Paula Lombard, who wanted to create an automotive product that would benefit breast cancer. “I wanted to create something that benefits women and breast ...

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Honeybees get revenge on bear

North Carolina Wake County Sheriff's Deputy Brandon Jenkins had to sit in his cruiser for upwards of 15 hours yesterday after a truck driver under a load of honeybees had been disabled west of Raleigh. "The truck driver," CNN reported, was on his way to Rocky Mount, N.C., and "had been hauling the bees at night, when they are quiet and not apt to fly." Jenkins responded to a report of someone "possibly being attacked by ...

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Ice roads to Dallas; truck lot entertainment schedule for GATS

Next week, it's safe to say that all roads in the North American trucking world lead to Dallas, even the Canadian ice roads -- or at least those typically run by Yellowknife, Canada's Alex Debogorski, past "Ice Road Truckers" star, who will be on hand at the Dallas Convention Center for the Great American Trucking Show Aug. 26-28 at the Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions booth #16089 as part of the Firestone Truck Tire Team. He'll ...

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WNBA star and her mother, a former trucker, recognized by industry organization

Did you know that the most decorated player in the WNBA (and a four-time Olympic gold medal winner besides), former L.A. Sparks star Lisa Leslie, grew up the daughter of a career truck driver? I didn't, that is, until last week, when at the Staples Center in Los Angeles during a game between the Sparks and the Indianapolis Fever Christine Leslie-Espinoza was recognized by Women in Trucking. Lisa Leslie, see, credits her mom as being her ...

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