MATS 2017

Cutting through the ‘autonomous’ hype with Bendix’s Fred Andersky

Listen in on Andersky's "Drivers and the Automated Future" tech talk at the Bendix booth at the Mid-American Trucking Show two weeks back -- likewise a talk on PM procedures for slack adjusters.

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Rate Per Mile Masters founder Chad Boblett from MATS: How broker relationships saved him during recent downturn

Following the demand on the spot market is all well and good when times are high, but when the market shifts it's crucial to have solid broker relationships -- more from a talk with Rate Per Mile Masters owner-operator Chad Boblett. And an answer to the question: Does the autonomous trap work on trucks?

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Building broker trust to get better loads and rates

One of the most common problems with independents using a broker-based business model is "chasing rates" instead of building relationships with a handful of brokers. When loads are picked at random, "it's almost impossible to build relationships," said owner-operator coach Kevin Rutherford.

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MATS2GATS lives again!

The MATS2GATS fitness challenge, an idea from James Crowley of Texomatic pictures, returns this year, challenging drivers to take the months in between MATS and GATS to improve their health and physical condition.

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Pilot Flying J showcases emergency roadside assistance service at MATS

Pilot Flying J last month rolled out a new roadside assistance program meant to aid truckers with emergency maintenance issues. The program will include more than 150 trucks equipped to handle issues with tires, fuel, accessory replacement and more.

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Trucker Buddy honors drivers at MATS

Trucker Buddy International honored its 2016 Outstanding Trucker Buddy and Outstanding Teacher award winners at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky during a press conference March 24.

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One20 launches the F-ELD

The F-ELD is aptly named, believes One20's founder, noting its intended target market of independent owner-operators -- it's built with the driver in mind, he says.

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Progressive Insurance offering customers free ELDs

Brett Stalnaker, product manager for Progressive, said the company will give its insurance customers a free ELD and pay the monthly service fee for as long as the driver is with Progressive.

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Cooper launches new Roadmaster long haul drive tire

The Roadmaster RM852(EM) is available in a variety of sizes with 30/32nds of tread.

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Pirelli debutes truck tire line

Pirelli took its next step into the U.S. commercial truck tire market Thursday with the debut of the company's TP Commercial Solutions lineup at the Mid America Trucking Show in Louisville.

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