Roadside Attractions

Speak out today in EOBR session

If you've not taken the opportunity to tell the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration your thoughts on just how electronic onboard recorders for hours-of-service monitoring are or will be used in the industry, today is your day. For haulers shutting down in late afternoon on the East Coast, the opportunity is particularly good. The agency's listening session on EOBRs and harrassment is taking place live on the West Coast in conjunction with a meeting of law ...

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Heck of a farm truck: Custom 359 single-axle flatbed, with wide singles

Tom Crawford, owner and operator of the Farmer’s Market in Cashiers in far Western North Carolina, showed this custom-restored 1975 Peterbilt 359 flatbed daycab, outfitted with Michelin wide singles on the single axle rear end, at the Southeastern Regional Truck Show in Knoxville April 13 and 14. It was one among many I saw there that, well, I'd never seen anything quite like before. You? Before he began the custom restore on it, the unit, powered ...

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Operators pitch in to foil suicide attempt, take two

It was truckers to the rescue again Monday in Minneapolis as a suicidal man stood poised to jump, hanging onto nothing more than the outside of a chain-link fence at the edge of a 25-foot-high bridge over I-94. A trooper on the scene, Carl Hoffman, took a page from the Tuscaloosa, Ala., police's handbook and asked the operators of several tractor-dry van rigs that had been stuck in the traffic that backed up around the ...

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Excerpting ‘Roll On,’ a novel by Fred Afflerbach

The book is out, owner-operators. And what a book it is, telling the story, as I've written here, of owner-operator Ubi Sunt, an old-school "bedbugger" and child of the orphan trains facing down in the early 1980s an incoming rush of new faces, new ways of doing business, new pressure from his family to settle down and if not new, then certainly increased talk of a nationwide independent owner-operator shutdown he wants no part of. Afflerbach ...

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New hotel-search iPhone app from Booking.com

Need a hotel last-minute on the road? The new free Booking.com Tonight app for the iPhone taps into the Booking.com website's global listings for more than 200,000 hotels and other accommodations and offers some built-in price discounts for many, the company says. The app's geared toward last-minute bookings and thus may be particularly useful for drivers. Simple, with one tap the app can retrieve all the available hotels in your immediate area, including special last-minute deals. Hotels are ...

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NFI driver delivers third roadside baby

I was all set this morning to write about the debate over the appropriate strategy toward dealing with fraud in the trucking industry from crooked poseur brokers and the like (tune in tomorrow for more on that), but sometimes a story hits that is just too good and/or unbelievable to pass on. Today, that story is NFI driver Mike Hawthorne's. According to press reports, and NFI's website, Hawthorne not only assisted Jack and Tammy Smith on ...

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Owner-operator on the guv’s blog

Owner-operator Paul Ahles utilized the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's program for low, 4 percent financing of auxiliary power units to purchase the APU on his truck today, and as a participant in the program he was featured recently on Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton's blog, available at this link. Ahles called the choice to purchase the PowerCube APU the "best decision I ever made ... I would absolutely recommend getting an APU. The MPCA has been great to ...

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Tackle, oil patch service and a joke: Channel 19 Thursday round-up

Win Bass Pro Shops gift certificate from VIPro TruckForce networkFor the fish-happy among you (weather's been good for it over much of the nation, that's certain), ongoing through the end of May, operators utilizing the VIPro TruckForce network of shops for maintenance can enter to potential win one of 25 $150 gift certificates to Bass Pro Shops. VIPro TruckForce service centers are located "coast-to-coast across the United States and Canada," network reps say, offering "quality ...

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A note from Schneider on their Dallas facility

  I received the note below just now from the folks at Schneider National. Luckily, none of the company's personnel at their Dallas-area facility were injured or killed when yesterday's tornadoes tore through, as has been reported elsewhere -- and buildings on the property sustained no damage; personnel are back to work to day picking up the pieces, though -- many trucks and trailers in the yard sustained damage, as we've reported. I thought I'd share ...

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Get the Xtra Lease size/weight guide in free download

I first came across Xtra Lease's wonderfully comprehensive annual size and weight guide back in late 2010, when covering the grand opening of the company's new Nashville terminal location, following the flooding that made its old location on the banks of the Cumberland River a wreck. The guide is a great resource, not only for size and weight regs. Take a look at the page images posted below for the kind of detail that's available ...

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