Owner-Operators

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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Two awesome class 8 motor coaches

The first comes by way of the Southeastern Regional Truck Show and the awesome pair of Hyler Bracey and Cass Flagg, the former of whom you may well remember as one of the folks behind the "Big Horn" moving museum(click through that link for a story about its conception.Some years later, Bracey was looking for a way to ride in style to antique tractor and truck shows from his Atlanta-area home base with Cass and ...

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New Android app provides IFTA assist

Owner-operators packing an Android-powered smartphone can use a new free tool to track fuel purchases and drive miles by state -- right on your smartphone. The SimpleIFTA app makes doing so relatively easy, taking paper out of the process (click through the image to download if you're reading on a smartphone, scan the QR below with your device if not). "It's called simple due to being so easy to use," the makers say. "Enter your odometer ...

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What’s eating you today?

If you’re not hitting some congestion, there are probably other things that are of concern, such as parking shortages, fuel costs and electronic onboard recorders.

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From toilets to roads — concrete from the potty

It's "poticrete," actually, the name given an aggregate mix the city of Bellingham, Wash., used for a paved trail project -- a big portion of the aggregate is made of crushed toilets, sinks and other porcelain bathroom fixtures. The mixture is notablein that it marks the first "LEED-style certification," Christopher Mims wrote on thegrist.org, for something resembling a roadway. (The folks at the Greenroads Foundation designated the Poticrete trail its first certified Greenroad.) And I imagine it might ...

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Driver reunited with lost pup

Have you heard the one about the truck driver whose Yorkie pup slips out of the truck while he's cooling his heels briefly at a Missouri rest area? Well, all's well that ends well, and that one does, USA Today reported yesterday. The driver, Michael Siau, "didn't realize that Rambo had slipped out of his long-haul truck while he was stretching his legs at a rest stop in Hannibal, Mo.," wrote Douglas Stanglin. He made ...

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Owner-operator on a fuel-economy test run

In May independent Albert Transport owner-operator Henry Albert participated in a test run of the 2014 Freightliner Cascadia Evolution (pictured) to track and compare its fuel-efficiency against an EPA 2010-compliant Cascadia. We reported about the test just last week. This week, he's been sharing results of this unique experience over on his blog as part of Freightliner's Slice of Life program -- offering windows into owner-operators' experiences with their Cascadia model updates. Albert was tapped to ...

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‘7 deadly lot lizards’ infographic raises image questions

A satirical infographic detailing the so-called "7 Deadly Lot Lizards" from the folks at Trucker to Trucker.com has me pondering the dynamics that make just this sort of thing possible. I won't repost it here, but you can take a look at it on their site (or click through the truncated thumbnail at right). Among the "lizards" identified are the CB Chameleon, who "prefers to do business from afar," and the Knocking Skink (pictured), whom the ...

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IRT without Lisa Kelly: Downer for many fans

With Ice Road Truckers' sixth season premiere on the History Channel last Sunday, fans were reportedly bummed by the absence of the biggest star the show's produced, trucker Lisa Kelly. (Find my 2010 interview with her here.) On Overdrive's Facebook page, one commenter went farther: "Looks like this will be the worst season ever. Hot dogs, hot heads, and idiots," he wrote. "The show has run its course." On Truckers News' page, commenters were more split in ...

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