Cody Blankenship

Cycle analysis: Geographical freight, rate trends

In all segments, the top states for rates on outbound loads show contiguous areas spread across the Midwest and South. For inbound states, the Northeast dominates, but complications abound.

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Cycle analysis: Assessing rate patterns by negotiation day, time of day, quarter and geographical area

Overdrive’s review of data mined by the Truckstop.com load board reveals trends in negotiation timing and lanes. Some could surprise you – and even reward you.

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Podcast: Entry level driver training conversations following rulemaking committee meeting

Will traditional training approaches survive the Entry Level Driver Training rulemaking? If statutory language is any indication, it's likely. Voices on training standards/practices in this podcast.

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The vape escape — Survey shows growing use among operators

More and more truckers are vaping to get away from tobacco’s dangers. It’s working for some, though it has drawbacks.

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Checking in with independent Cody Blankenship at GATS

Waco, Texas-based independent owner-operator Cody Blankenship brings the family to GATS -- what's he been up to lately? Update here...

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New Entrant test debated in initial regulatory session

Call 530-408-6423, 530-40-VOICE, to contribute thoughts on the New Entrant test rulemaking under way to an upcoming Overdrive podcast. Two more federal sessions, in March at MATS and April at CVSA, are planned.

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Be your own boss: 14 ‘do or die’ compliance duties

Failure to perform these 14 tasks will automatically fail you when the FMCSA comes calling for your New Entrant Safety Audit in the first 18 months you're in business.

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Be your own boss: The wonders and woes of getting your own authority

It can be a hard road, but with careful planning and a little luck, getting your own authority can be a plus for operational freedom and income.

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10,000th student for B.R.A.K.E.S.; Keeping up a classic 359

10,000 more teen drivers now have been trained on safety around big trucks. Also: Photos of one classic workhorse of a 359.

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Last haul from the Texas pea harvest: Unloading with Cody Blankenship

Photos and reporting from a Bells, Tenn., unload with Cody Blankenship, who sees parking availability as the biggest issue going, despite Jason's Law. Hours, e-logs compound the problem...

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