Overdrive magazine

Improved side skirt

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company, manufacturer of refrigerated trailers, dry freight vans, flatbeds and Tautliner curtainsided trailers, has announced enhancements to its USS-120A side skirt. The product is also securely bolted by a “spring” attachment to the support leg wingplate, which will allow enough of the forward edge of the material to engage the slip joint. To improve the durability of the product, galvanized high-tensile steel braces that connect to the side skirt’s cross-members have been ...

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Peterbilt to host customer experience events

Peterbilt Motors Company will host several events throughout 2012 aimed at giving customers firsthand experience of the company’s product lineup and Paccar manufacturing facilities. Customers will have the option of test driving different vehicles and the ability to speak with company representatives about the products. The events will be held at various Peterbilt and Paccar facilities across the U.S. and Canada. For a full schedule of events, visit Peterbilt's site.

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Mack launches Bulldog Magazine app

Mack Trucks announced the launch of an iPad and iPhone app for its Bulldog Magazine, a 45,000 circulation quarterly publication which has been published since 1920. The app will be available for download free of charge through the Apple iTunes store and will provide readers with the ease of reading the publication from their smartphone or device. Readers with the app will be notified when subsequent issues are published. For more information, download the app or ...

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EPA sets retreaded-tire standard

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is utilizing a Yokohama Tire Corporation commercial truck tire casing to establish a SmartWay verification program for retreaded tires used on Class 8 line-haul trucks. Following certification of a retreaded tire, fleets using the tires will be compliant with CARB regulations for tire rolling resistance. All retreads will be measured against a target number for rolling resistance and will be used for all treads with conventional-width tires used in dual ...

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Will CSA take its first significant hit standing up?

OOIDA's suit against the FMCSA's CSA enforcement regime charges the agency with significant mishandling of driver information in the MCMIS database -- and lack of an adequate dispute process.

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Truck parking push not over with Jason’s Law

Following the cheers that went up around the trucking community for the “Jason’s Law” truck parking legislation’s inclusion in the MAP-21 highway bill in June, owner-operators like Overdrive reader William McKelvie put a quick lid on the possibility of any resulting driver complacency relative to the parking problem. “While everyone has jumped on the proverbial happy happy joy joy bandwagon about Jason's law passing, we continue to have no answer as to the actual dollar amounts ...

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No Doubt behind the big-rig wheel with ‘Settle Down’

Band No Doubt's first single release in a decade comes with a video featuring the crew rendezvousing for a reunion party behind the wheels of big rigs.

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New book series for the kids: ‘Grandpa and the Truck’

Former independent household goods hauler's wife Colleen Kelly Mellor's new series of "Grandpa and the Truck" children's books blends trucking respect with educational needs.

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Truckers Helper now available for fleets

Truckers Helper Online has released the Online Fleet Edition, which offers the basic functionality found in the stand-alone program, with an added payroll module. The application helps manage a fleet with everything from booking the load to paying drivers. The program also offers automatic mileage entry using the trucking specific ProMiles routing engine, fuel optimization, log compliance, and other features. Truckers Helper is available for $24.95 per month for the first two users, $14.95 per ...

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Driver appreciation campaign to award cash, rinds, duct tape

Rudolph Foods, manufacturer of pork rinds, and ShurTech Brands, makers of Duck brand duct tape, will celebrate National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, Sept. 16-22, with an eight-week campaign and a video contest. Truckers are invited to record videos filling in the phrase “Three things I always keep in my truck: a bag of pork rinds, a roll of Duck Tape, and _____.” A pork rind and duct tape prize pack and $1,500 will be awarded ...

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