Overdrive Extra

Are you a natural gas truck owner-operator?

Overdrive's brand-new June issue features our quarterly section devoted to the severe service niche that's heavy this time around on coverage of natural-gas-powered engine technology, leading with the story of a Chicago ready-mix concrete outfit that's put down big investments in natural gas Kenworth W900s. Check out the section in the digital magazine via this link, or read it in html here. As fleets try out the new natural gas powertrains, as our sister magazine CCJ ...

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One Girl Trucking: ‘More courtesy now’

An encounter with a pair of joy-riding, inconsiderate motorcyclists over Memorial Day turned dramatic when truck driver Bethany, blogging at One Girl Trucking, decided enough was enough and confronted the bikers at a red light. Read her account, a sort of pitch and plea to bikers, motorists and truckers alike for more courtesy and common sense on the road, via her One Girl Trucking blog here. If you haven't encountered her blog before, Bethany describes herself as ...

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New heights for American pride?

Driver David Ray Thornburg took matters into his own hands, reported Steve Stoler of WFAA in Houston, when he saw a barren flagpole at a truck stop in Denton, Texas, on Memorial Day. Thornburg, a military veteran, with video camera running, drove his truck down to a nearby Wal-Mart, got the store to donate a flag and took it back to the truck stop, where he hung it himself. The stop then took it down, citing ...

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Does natural gas ‘have legs’ in trucking?

Greg Burns, CEO of PLS Logistics Services in Pittsburgh, set out to find somewhat of an answer to this question by polling 100 fleets about their thoughts on the future of trucking fuel.

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Truckers’ attorney Paul Taylor, FMCSA rep at social media meeting

The folks with the Truck Driver Social Media Convention are gearing up for their second annual meeting -- and have been sharing highlights of the two-day program in process for Oct. 27-28 in Kansas City via the AsktheTrucker.com blog. Among the presenters this year will be Elaine Papp, Division Chief of the FMCSA's  Office of Medical Programs. Got a question relative to driver medical qualifications / FMCSA's plans to regulate the sleep apnea condition? Given the ...

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When do you shop online for trucks, parts?

The "Best Practices for Car Dealers" infographic below (click through it for a larger version) shows results of a survey conducted by the folks at Carwoo.com of its auto-shopper users and auto dealers that suggests many dealers are missing customer needs at peak times for online searching/shopping. Though of course the commercial truck and consumer auto markets are different worlds, by and large, we wondered: What times of day do you typically find yourself needing online ...

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Awesome bull hauler: An Iowa Pete truck show winner

Peterbilt of Council Bluffs, Iowa, hosted a truck beauty competition and show this past Saturday, May 5, that attracted more than 40 entrants. Pictured here (beauty shot below) is the "hot lime-green" 2000 Peterbilt 379 bull hauler that garnered the most votes from the judges (the entrants themselves) for Best in Show, along with staff members of Buhr Trucking, the rig's owner (pictured left to right: Kevin Whitla, Travis Buhr, Atley Buhr, Darylee Gómez and Logan ...

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Poster art for truck safety

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne Ferro yesterday announced the two winners of this year’s “Be Ready, Be Buckled” Safety Belt Student Art Contest. Regular readers of the Channel 19 blog will remember this post about last year's contest. Second grader Sophia Chen from Edison, N.J., and fifth grader Richard He from Parsippany in the same state were recognized at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Transportation building in Washington, D.C. Each won top honors for ...

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How-to: Identify quality air coils

A quality air coil will exhibit good “strength, durability, flexibility, memory recoil and performance in hot and cold temperatures,” say the writers behind parts manufacturer Phillips Industries’ Qwik Tech Tips monthly newsletter. A chief consideration is the material the air line is made of. The company says a shortage of castor beans in 2002-03, the chief component in natural Nylon 11 (Polyamide 11), led to more prominence in air coils made of synthetic Nylon 12 (Polyamide ...

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Could stocks lead natural gas power uptake?

Much has been made in recent times of the traction being gained by natural gas as an energy source to power truck freight transportation. Natural gas powertrains have made their most significant gains to date in vocational markets. Recall my post here in Overdrive Extra about the Ozinga Ready-Mix fleet in Chicago and 13 new natural gas Kenworth Class 8s they've had in service for going on a year now. Since Navistar's announcement of full-scale pursuit ...

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