Owner-Operators

Truckers lobbied to support National Pork Rind Day

This wouldn't be the salty snack's first appearance on the Channel 19 blog. For that, we'd have to go back to August 2010, when a driver choked on one and his rig left the roadway -- and didn't spur mainstream media calls for a ban on eating behind the wheel. All the same, Ohio-based Rudolph Foods, makers of the pork rinds pictured here, spent all day Sept. 14 giving out bags of its barbecue, spicy and ...

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Has CSA hit you? And: DeFazio’s cross-border backlash

Today, a novel suggestion from the folks at J.J. Keller, who conducted a webinar yesterday aimed at providing carriers large and small with tools to combat the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program, nearly a year into its history as the safety ranking system of record. This one has to do with the so-called "interventions" FMCSA's been conducting with carriers since the program went live last December. Anybody seen a warning letter, ...

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New book explores first cross-continent truck trip

Many of you will be familiar with the 1919 military truck convoy that traversed the United States in an effort to test the efficacy of cargo trucks on the roads, or lack thereof, of the day. A Young Dwight Eisenhower was part of the convoy, and his experience of it is oft-cited as having a great deal to do with his support of the Interstate Highway Program as President later. A new book, however, tells the ...

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A receptionist’s memories: Overdrive in Hollywood

Bonnie Robinson remembers Overdrive's staff and offices in the 1970s.

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Truck exhibit hall expanding

Iowa 80 Trucking Museum's exhibit hall is expanding by 21, 600 square feet to display more than 60 trucks, museum curator Dave Meier said. Part of the Iowa 80 Truckstop based in Walcott, Iowa, the exhibit hall will have air conditioning after the expansion is completed, which is expected to be in December 2012.

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Love’s opens Bennett, Colo., stop

A Love’s Travel Stop opened at Interstate 70, off Exit 304, in Bennett, Colo. Chester’s Chicken and McDonald’s restaurants operate at the truck stop, which also has 90 truck parking spaces, DEF dispensers at the diesel islands, CAT scales, five showers, a lotto machine and other amenities. A truck tire care center is located behind the travel stop. Commercial drivers will receive double “I Love Rewards” loyalty points on purchases at the new stop through Oct. 15. For ...

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R&L driver Sam Spradlin runs for Congress in Illinois

Sam Spradlin (pictured), driver on a pickup-and-delivery route for R&L Carriers, is taking some time off this month, but it's no vacation. He's gathering signatures needed to file to include himself on the ballot in the Republican primary for his home state's newly redistricted 13th congressional district. He'll be challenging 15th-district incumbent Republican Tim Johnson, who's been in that seat since the beginning of this decade. "Most people think it’s time for him to go," says Spradlin, "but ...

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New technology: Hydrogen-injection for fuel mileage boost

A Q&A in the Richmond (Virginia) BizSense magazine published Monday revealed an interesting new technology coming into the trucking world. Related to the hydrogen fuel-cell idea, the technology has been created by Marz Industries of Ashland, Va., BizSense reporter Michael Schwartz wrote. Marz Industries president Eddie Miller has been working on it for several years now, the concept being to "take water from a tank and electricity from the truck and create hydrogen," Miller told Schwartz. ...

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Last chance to apply for owner-operator contest

Overdrive and the Truckload Carriers Association will be naming the nation's top owner-operator.

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Overdrive’s Lucinda Coulter on Big Al’s show this week

Tune into Big Al Weekley's Dipatch Me Home Radio streaming broadcast this week for an interview with Overdrive Managing Editor Lucinda Coulter about the magazine's 50th anniversary special coverage and her place in it. A prime place it is. Coulter headed up our Overdrive Retro website for more than a year preceding the anniversary issue, out this month. Along the way she toured the magazine's history along with that of the industry, collecting reflections from ...

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