Overdrive Extra

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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Trucker protest shuts down construction project

Roughly 30 drivers staged a small ruckus this weekend by refusing to work and shutting down a $1.4 billion highway project in the process.

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Penske Truck Rental/Logistics’ new driver

The folks at Penske Truck Rental and Penske Logistics have a new driver doing some hauling, so to speak, in their stable -- he might well be familiar to the IndyCar fans among you. None other than Helio Castroneves will wear the Penske Logistics/Truck Rental yellow for several races this season. Castroneves is in his 13th year with the Penske Racing organization, and off to a strong start this year, with a win and a top-five ...

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Get inside of a twister with Sean Casey

Truckers News is hosting a live chat tonight with storm chaser Sean Casey.

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‘Shipping Wars’ hotshot reality TV show extended

The Shipping Wars reality TV show, launched earlier this year and featuring the work of several hotshot owner-operators competing for earnings by bidding on and moving freight from the uShip.com online marketplace, hasn't exactly lit up the trucking world with interest in the manner of, say, the Ice Road Truckers show at its height, but the same can't be said for the general public. The show's gotten an extension, uShip reports. "A&E has ordered 26 new episodes ...

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New service space at Nebraska Pete dealer

The folks at South Dakota / Nebraska / Iowa-based four-dealer network Sioux City Truck Sales (pbtruck.com) shared this photo with us of construction, now completed, of a new nearly 7,400-square-foot addition to the Peterbilt of Norfolk (Nebraksa) building. Eight new service bays, with a wash bay and some additional parts storage space included, have been added to the east end of the building. They all opened for business this month at the dealership on U.S. Highway ...

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Big fleet earnings could mean bigger paychecks

Carriers who have seen big growth over the last year could be passing some of it on to owner-operators.

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Tire whack-a-mole

Goodyear shows off its DuraSeal puncture-battling technology.

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TCA’s weight-loss contest week 7: Individual driver leaders

After we posted last week on the week 6 results of the Truckload Carriers Association's Weight-Loss Showdown competition among carriers and their drivers and staff members, the organization released the week 7 results, including not only cumulative carrier percentages (Prime Inc. remains the weight-loss leader) but results among individuals. Drumroll please.... Hirschbach Motor Lines driver Carl Bailey is the individual leader with a whopping 23 percent-plus reduction in weight, nearly a quarter of his beginning weight lost! ...

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