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Latest in distractions: One word, three letters, rhymes with ‘text’

Earlier this week, as Kansas became the 26th state to enact a behind-the-wheel anti-texting law applicable to all drivers, the folks at hands-free headset-maker Jabra released results of a survey/study conducted in April that threw a little wrench (and more!) into all the late discussion of worrisome activities drivers engage behind the wheel of fast-moving vehicles. While 28 percent of survey respondents admitted to text-messaging while driving, more than half that number, a full 15 percent of respondents, said they ...

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Trucks on Pakistan’s Grand Trunk Road

If you missed National Public Radio's recent reporting along the Grand Trunk Road, an historic connection between far eastern and western sections of the Indian subcontinent, from Bengal to Peshawar in Pakistan, you probably missed this report by John Poole from a truckstop outside Islamabad. The stop, a rather informal spot on the Grand Trunk Road from his description of it, serves not only as stopover point but also as a sort of bazaar where artists ...

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Hauler narrowly averts disaster at I-24 Middle Tennessee sinkhole

As if the Tennessee Department of Transportation didn't have enough problems already, considering the damage recent flooding did to infrastructure in the middle part of the state, Tuesday earlier this week a reportedly 25-foot-deep, 40-foot-wide, 18-foot-long sinkhole opened up on I-24 eastbound between Nashville and Chattanooga (pictured, Courtesy TDOT) that nearly swallowed up a big truck, folks on the scene reported. Luckily, TDOT employee David Shelton was in the very next vehicle on the scene and quickly pulled over and flagged drivers behind him ...

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Animal magnetism, or lack thereof, on the road

Sarah Nielson, writer of the "That's What She Said" entertainment/pop culture column at In Utah This Week claimed yesterday that she was, and I quote, a "Turn On for Truckers...", right there in the title of her post about the perceived phenomenon. (Here's Nielson's bio, with picture, at her home site.)  But I imagine the men among you might not take too kindly to the picture she paints of the American driver as a less-than-a-gent who can be bought with ...

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Captain Kirk, owner-operator

The parallels between space travel and trucking have not gone unremarked-upon in recent times -- you might recall a blog post from a year and more ago I made about an online video game whose concept was cargo hauling in deep space -- and considering the decades-long phenomenon that has been the Star Trek TV series and movies, it was probably only a matter of time before an owner-operator named Kirk adopted the "Captain" CB handle and named his business accordingly.  This ...

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Introducing Wayne Dollar, a story-telling quilter who loves trucking, too

Though he perhaps needs no introduction, since you may have met him at his booth at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas last year, owner-operator Wayne Dollar (pictured), 54, not only stitches his own quilts, he's been winning awards with three of his uniquely themed creations since he started making them last summer. A trucking-themed quilt, with the moniker "Trucking Around" (also pictured), won first place at the Tri-State Fair in Amarillo, Texas, last year, and The ...

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Doyle Blackerby writes his life in trucking

The Gadsden Times in Alabama published a rich story this past Sunday by correspondent Harry D. Butler about a great American original in Doyle Blackerby, 38-year commercial hauler, born in lower-state Leeds, Ala. His career followed the development of the interstate highway system, beginning just out of the Army in 1950 (where he'd served as a driver) with a small company based in Leeds and then for Howard Hall of Birmingham and other Magic City outfits. (Handle: Dandy Rabbit.) Blackerby's been ...

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In praise of a good scale

A scale can be the bane of a truck driver's existence, turning a long-held friendly rural-shipper relationship sour when an inaccurate estimation of cargo weight is found faulty 50 miles down the road at the nearest weigh point. That 50-mile return trip gives a driver a lot of time to think about just who is at fault.   Though I imagine some may have thought it impossible, when you hear what Kenyan haulers are going through in ...

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New play brings ‘respect’ for drivers to the stage

"It's been more than 30 years since Hollywood had White Line Fever," wrote Denver Post Theater Critic John Moore in this article, "'Diesels' Fuels Respect for Truck Drivers,' about the Denver Center Theatre Company's production of their in-house-written new play, "Mama Hated Diesels," that premiered March 25 and is running through early May at the Stage Theater in Denver. And, Moore adds, it's taken an equivalent amount of time to beat the "tired old rap" of the pop-culture image of the driver ...

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Staring down coming CARB regs

A great story in the California-based Porterville Record highlighted the difficulties being faced by a particluar 5-truck fleet in Ducor, Calif., Andromeda Transport, owned by Dave Schwartz. Schwartz (pictured, right, with his mechanic), as he told reporter Sarah de Crescenzo, considers himself a "modern-day environmentalist" in his commitment to keeping his older trucks in tip-top operating condition, thus enhancing their longevity, of course, and keeping them out of landfills and hard at work doing what they ...

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