home time

Keeping the small fleet ‘family’ happy: Pay, equipment, home time

Small-fleet owners use good pay, equipment and home time to attract loyal drivers. They say those are the bedrocks of retention, the top employment issue named in a recent Overdrive survey.

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Drivers’ Night Before Christmas — a tribute from a dispatcher

Chipman Relocations' Tina Pastore sends this poem out to all company employees and contracting owner-operators in advance of the Christmas holiday, a fitting driver tribute this time of year.

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POLL: What’s your view of the ‘driver shortage’?

"Driver shortage" -- myth or reality, all about trucker pay or a reflection of a younger generation's generally unfavorable view of long-distance trucking, a by-product of a constraining regs enivronment? What's your view?

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When real life requires following the rules, even if it sucks

Or: How to get more drive time out of your e-log. Ever had to stop for a 10-hour break 30 minutes from the house? Wendy Parker: Been there, done that.

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Notes on leaving the couch

Wendy and George use the weekend to effect at the Dayton Concours d'Elegance car show: "Without a doubt that no matter where we are, we're never far from trucking."

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Snakes on the plains

"You know what happens in Ohio when it rains for months on end and the grass doesn't get cut, because you're away in a big truck and your teenage son loses his mind and doesn't mow? Snakes..."

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Duct-taping the love

"Sometimes, trucking is hard." -- Wendy (almost) goes ballistic after finding an angry note duct-taped to the Parkers' Freightliner's custom paint after a long period of home-time parking...

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Free the whale(s)

Wendy's baby-pool side-yard refuge holds a hidden danger... "It'll be good to be back on the road."

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App needed: Trucker sleep sounds

"Now that I've put myself in the mind of jalapeno Tornados and bubbling guts, I'm wondering if I miss the road as much as I think I do. Let me think about that for a minute... Yep, I do. See y'all out there."

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Attack of the kidney stone, part 1

George laid up with an 8-mm kidney stone proclaims such stones "adultney stones" -- it "takes a real man to pass them." Wendy: "We're both a little stressed and worried about how this is all going to come out (sorry – couldn't resist)..."

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