Texas

Safety and fuel economy at 85 mph

Given the toll, safety worries and the inability or unwillingness of many truckers to drive 85 mph, heavy-duty trucks could be underrepresented on the new part of SH 130.

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TCA holds Wellness Week

TCA and state trucking associations will host health fairs and "celebrity walks" during National Truck Driver Appreciation & Wellness Week at 12 TA/Petro locations across the United States from 3 to 8 p.m. local time on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

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Too big for Texas?

For one Texas rest stop: Trucks. And if ATA's Bill Graves has his way, the 85 mph speed limit on a stretch of State Highway 130.

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Mexican carriers’ EOBRs flag hours ‘violations’

FMCSA Associate Administrator Bill Quade updated the MCSAC August 27 on progress in the U.S. Mexican cross-border trucking program.

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Challenge No. 1: Adapting to change

Among the many challenges owner-operators face, perhaps the biggest is choosing exactly how to adapt to industry change to remain competitive and profitabile.

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Wellness Tour to stop in Dallas

The 2012 Rolling Strong Driver Wellness Tour will be stopping in Dallas on Wednesday, Aug. 22. The tour will stop at the Pilot Travel Center and Rolling Strong Snap Fitness Gym.

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Tom Jones lives on

We’ve been traveling the back roads of rural Texas the past couple of days. We passed a lot of abandoned strip clubs along the way.

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IdleAir opens new Texas location

IdleAir has announced the opening of its newest location at the Conoco in Baytown, Texas, at I-10 Exit 797. IdleAir is offering a Grand Opening special of only $1.25 plus tax per hour at the new location through June 30. IdleAir provides drivers an alternative to idling their engines and APUs. Their services include heating and A/C, 120 volt electricity, more than 60 channels of DirecTV, including the ESPN package, and basic Internet service. IdleAir is continuing ...

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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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New heights for American pride?

Driver David Ray Thornburg took matters into his own hands, reported Steve Stoler of WFAA in Houston, when he saw a barren flagpole at a truck stop in Denton, Texas, on Memorial Day. Thornburg, a military veteran, with video camera running, drove his truck down to a nearby Wal-Mart, got the store to donate a flag and took it back to the truck stop, where he hung it himself. The stop then took it down, citing ...

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