Overdrive magazine

Olympic downhill skiing, brought to you by dump trailer

Ice road trucking it isn't, but I couldn't help but notice in opening television coverage of the Winter Olympics, ongoing around Vancouver, B.C., an exceptional shot of a tractor pulling a dump trailer loaded with nothing but pure white snow. That's right, while the U.S. has had no short supply of the white stuff this year, getting the slopes around Vancouver in working order required a wealth of diesel muscle. This story, in Vancouver's The Province newspaper, detailed ...

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Owner-operator’s record hits Roots Music charts

I'll bet Overdrive October 2009 Trucker of the Month Howard Salmon, an independent you may likewise remember from a couple posts (here and here) late last year about his part in the Convoy for a Cure festivities in Texas, is having a good old time watching news of all the snow folks all over the country are suffering through. He is, after all, out in Hawaii with his wife where he lives before coming back to the continental U.S. to ...

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Interviewing Overdrive 2010 Trucker of the Year Mike Crawford

Always a pleasure, it is, to get a call from Mike "Mustang" Crawford (pictured), the Prime-leased owner-operator who is Overdrive's 2010 Trucker of the Year (follow that link for my story about him in our February edition). I got one such call just last week. Crawford told me about his truck's recent inadvertent inclusion in preparation festivities for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade along 54th Street in Miami. "I got down there on ...

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A creeping, sputtering recovery

It appears that trucking and the economy will be slouching toward health and stability during 2010. Here are forecasts from three sources.

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Back On the Road deadline Dec. 6

Back On the Road nominations will be accepted through Dec. 6, Arrow Truck Sales announced.

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Exide charged up over Extreme Cycler 200 battery

Exide's Extreme Cycler 200 battery is a Group 31 product engineered to handle not just the high-energy needs of a modern commercial vehicle, but the greater power demands driven by no-idle legislation. The product is designed to provide deeper discharge, more vibration resistance and higher cycling than conventional flooded product. Available with a power level of 700 cold-cranking amps (CCA) and 200 minutes reserve capacity (RC), the flooded product is a bridge between the company's pre-existing ...

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Truck driver week set for Nov. 1-7

NOV. 1-7: NATIONAL TRUCK DRIVER APPRECIATION WEEK, sponsored by the American Trucking Associations, http://www.ntdaw.org/.

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Nov. 5 webinar to detail compensation trends

NOV. 5: FREE WEBINAR, Owner-Operator Compensation Trends with National Transportation Institute (formerly SignPost) head Gordon Klemp, 2 p.m. CST. Go to  www.piblive.com/retentionforum/.

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Free webinar to be on owner-operator compensation trends

The Partners in Business Retention Forum will offer a free webinar on owner-operator compensation trends with National Transportation Institute (formerly SignPost) head Gordon Klemp will be held 2 p.m. CST Nov. 5. Go to www.piblive.com/retentionforum/ for details on registering for it. Since 1995, the National Transportation Institute (formerly SignPost) has provided truckload carriers with detailed pay profiles to help them keep up with their competitors. NTI head Gordon Klemp will present third-quarter data just in from more than ...

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National Truck Driver Appreciation Week starts Nov. 1

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week runs through Nov. 1-7. For more details on the event sponsored by the American Trucking Associations and special discounts associated wih it, go to www.ntdaw.org.

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