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LETTER: Kudos, more maintenance please!

I just wanted to take a moment to let you know how much I appreciate everyone and everything they do at Overdrive. I can't tell you how much I enjoy getting your magazine in the mail each month. My wife has learned over the years that every time I come home to a new issue she can expect to be by herself again for the next couple of hours while I pour over each and ...

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National Seating sweepstakes: Do you need a new seat?

If so, here's your chance to get one free of charge. Get on over to this website, which is offering owner-operators the chance to win a brand-new premium National Commodore seat (pictured) by sharing a shot of your current seat and any anecdotes detailing what you like about it and what could make you like it a whole lot more. The contest is ongoing as of June 1, and a monthly winner will be selected.

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Onboard recorder integrates with Google Earth

The PeopleNet company announced two weeks back that it had integrated some of the onboard data-recording capabilities of its EOBR units with Google Earth in order to provide back-office staff a bird's eye, 3-D-type view of critical events. Check out the picture here, which appears to show acceleration/braking on a right-hand curve. “In direct response to demand, we’ve given customers a ground level view that lets them “drive” the Onboard Event Recording event from point to ...

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Farm to market in style — Bill Blankenship’s 1978 W900A

Bill Blankenship, who with his son, Jerry, runs the McMinnville-based Blankenship Farms & Nursery business, found this member of the 1978 class of Kenworth's long-running W900 model eight years ago, buying it to haul the products of his business. Today, after a long restore-and-rebuild process, he hauls trees to customers week-in, week-out -- "32 trips this year," he says. It's something of a miracle that had the truck sitting pretty out among the show and antique ...

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Vegas trucking tweets and Music City peeps

The Great West Truck Show gets going today out in Las Vegas, running through Saturday with vendor exhibits, the Custom Rigs Pride & Polish competition, CCJ's Fleet Executive Conference (under way as of yesterday -- some news here from the first panel on challenges and opportunities trucking the rarefied California environment of late) and more. Follow Overdrive's Twitter feed @OverdriveUpdate -- and our Facebook page -- for views from the show. Associate Editor James Jaillet, among others, is on the scene and has shared ...

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Would the professional drivers please raise hands?

At a fueling station in Dayton, Ohio, Kevin Burch, President of the Jet Express truck line, saw a decal (pictured) on the side of a flatbed as he was fueling. The message, "This truck helps build homes for our troops," was on a flatbed in the operation of a Volvo Rents delivery fleet. Burch took a picture of it, thinking he might use it as an example in an upcoming discussion he was participating in ...

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World’s Toughest Trucker contestants at Great West

Drivers Jason Johnson and William Carlos "L.A. Rookie" Weekley (pictured) will be joining representatives of the Truck It Smart load matching service at their booth in Las Vegas at the Great West Truck Show, beginning Thursday. Not only have both drivers proven they can hang hauling loads in the Australian Outback and in the Himalayas, among other locales on Discovery Channel's competitive "World's Toughest Trucker" series, but they also have no problem piloting air boats, ...

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Heads-up: Senate EOBR mandate gets a push

The mandate for interstate carriers in the United States to use electronic onboard recorders for hours of service tracking that is in the Senate's two-year highway bill proposal -- S. 1813, currently in conference with a House six-month temporary reauthorization and experiencing no shortage of debate -- got a little push from a few big players in trucking legislation yesterday. Namely, the American Trucking Association and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, along with the American Automobile ...

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Truckers to DOT: ‘Smartphones are winning’

Smartphones are whipping the Department of Transportation in the battle for the attention of the motoring public, wrote Whitesboro, Texas-based Pennco Transportation driver Martin Groseclose on Overdrive’s Facebook page, in response to last week's news of the DOT’s strategy for dealing with the epidemic of four-wheeler distracted driving. If you missed said news, check it out via this link -- it detailed plans to encourage states to pass anti-handheld phone use/texting laws and efforts to ...

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Driver for Landstar-leased fleet in Oprah magazine

Cleveland-based Shannon "Sputter" Smith (pictured, courtesy of Women in Trucking), a driver for a Landstar-leased small fleet, got into on-highway hauling as the youngest child of a father who worked on trucks for a living. As told by Jeanne Marie Laskas in Oprah magazine, her story is an inspiring one for any woman thinking of entering the business of trucking. Telling her mechanic father that she was going to become a truck driver someday -- in ...

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