Owner-Operators

Driver-led health walk at MATS; video interview with O/O Dick McCorkle

At the "It's a Teams Life" blog home of expediters Bob and Linda Caffee, you'll find all manner of good information about the business of trucking, from the singular point of view of this versatile and experienced couple. But a recent item caught my attention, as it reminded me of three fairly recent conversations I've had with the Caffees, 2007 Overdrive Trucker of the Year Henry Albert and Perkins Specialized leased owner-operator Dick McCorkle. Albert and the Caffees are part of ...

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Tennessee funds APUs

Tennessee truck owners are eligible to apply for up to $4,000 in grant rebates.

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Distracted driving needs uniform restrictions

It’s a pity that it takes the heavy hand of government to ban practices that common sense would say are stupid, if not deadly. Such is the case with text messaging while driving, which the U.S. Dept. of Transportation recently outlawed for commercial drivers. Studies show that texting and related behaviors – talking on a cell phone or reaching for an electronic device – increase crash risk at a much higher rate for truckers than for ...

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Watermelon Slim’s on-the-road ‘Escape From the Chicken Coop’

Clarksdale, Miss., resident, longtime Oklahoman and North Carolina-reared blues musicmaker Bill "Watermelon Slim" Homans plays a mean slide guitar. And "I was an above-average harp player," he says of his early years making music, his first record of work-song blues coming out in 1972. But when he hears what young blues players like Craig Lawler and Jason Ricci can do with the harmonica today, he knows from his 61 years ever more clearly why he spent so many of them working ...

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Watermelon Slim – on the road again with a killer sound

It’s not every day that we trucking editors get a private lunchtime concert, but such was the case Friday here at the offices of Overdrive and Truckers News. Former trucker Bill Homans, who records and tours as Watermelon Slim, had an evening set scheduled in downtown Tuscaloosa. He got to town early enough to treat us to a solo performance. Slim can coax more slide blues sounds than I thought existed from his dobro guitar, which ...

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Staring down coming CARB regs

A great story in the California-based Porterville Record highlighted the difficulties being faced by a particluar 5-truck fleet in Ducor, Calif., Andromeda Transport, owned by Dave Schwartz. Schwartz (pictured, right, with his mechanic), as he told reporter Sarah de Crescenzo, considers himself a "modern-day environmentalist" in his commitment to keeping his older trucks in tip-top operating condition, thus enhancing their longevity, of course, and keeping them out of landfills and hard at work doing what they ...

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ATA suit vs. Los Angeles port to begin April 20

The two sides will square off over driver classification aspects of the port’s drayage emissions-limiting program.

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TCA teams with independent truckers’ group

The new affinity program with NAIT is part of TCA’s ongoing effort to help its members attract and retain professional drivers.

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CSA 2010 — questions of accountability, fairness

A video interview with driver Steve Bugg about this Georgia-based carrier's experience in the CSA 2010 pilot test program. CSA 2010, set to go online nationwide, changes the model for safety rating and enforcement in many ways for both carriers and drivers. Bugg questions the very basis of the program, at the same time acknowledging the legitimacy of his carrier's new strict approach to driver speeding warnings, tickets and more, given the new regime.

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Show off your rig

Overdrive selects the best of its readers' truck photos that have been uploaded to our gallery for publication in each month's issue. Click here to post your truck in the Custom Rigs/Overdrive online gallery. Darren “Thunder” Gouveia of Lucasville, Ohio, owns this 2006 Kenworth W900L. It will appear in the March Overdrive.

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