truck stops

Pocket Tools

Dozens of new smart-phone apps can save you money, time and hassles. Best of all, many are free.

Read More

Roadside Attractions

An outlaw is riding into cowboy country, there's a new dame on the Dalton, tornadoes take down some rigs, truckers say not to human freight and other industry news items are featured.

Read More

Business group opposes rest area commerce bill

The legislation would permit states to sell food and fuel from interstate rest areas.

Read More

New website aggregates links to free stuff

Ever wonder how you might get free coffee at McDonald's, Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts? Free Trucker Stuff, launched in May as a portal into free services useful to the American long-hauler, has the answer. Created by a truck stop manager to benefit drivers, the site aggregates various truck stop freebies, industry information, free entertainment and productivity resources such as various online route-planning options. The website also provides truck drivers with a menu of one-click lists of truckstops, ...

Read More

Driver rides out Joplin tornado at Flying J

You've probably seen the pictures from the horrific tornado that rammed through Joplin, Mo., hitting the Pilot Flying J off I-44 at U.S. 71 yesterday. Ozark Mountain Leasing driver Todd Arnold, who lives far northeast in Maine, just weeks after missing the Glade Spring, Va., tornado that devastated the Petro Stopping Centers location there by three hours, was sitting in the Joplin Flying J's restaurant with his wife, Jamie, just as the storm was bearing ...

Read More

Channel 19 Monday: Fallen log hauler gets send-off; Court to Tiger Truckstop: ‘Set Tony free’

Last ride for Maine log hauler 'Mackie,' R.I.P. The Central Maine Morning-Sentinel news site reported late last week on the Skowhegan memorial-service convoy that was reportedly "one last ride" for area log-hauler Maxell C. "Mackie" Moore. Around 20 trucks joined the ride, including Mackie's own, piloted by Tim Clements, best friend to Moore's youngest son, Matt, who now operates the rig he and his father bought together. For a pic from the convoy, as well ...

Read More

Freight on your smartphone: TransCore app on the way

Coming in just a couple weeks is the My DAT Truck Stop app (pictured) from freight matching service provider TransCore, operator of the oldest load-board service out there in the DAT boards. My DAT will be initially released for Android phones, providing drivers and owner-operators up to 25 nearby loads per search from Transcore’s DAT network, in addition to convenient access to truckstop information, alternative parking data and point of interest info. “There’s a call button integrated ...

Read More

Love’s stop opens in Pueblo, Colo.

A new stop with 43 spaces for trucks has opened in Pueblo, Colo., off of Interstate 25 at Exit 104 in Pinion Commercial Center, Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores announced. A Subway and Chester's Chicken restaurants, two diesel exhasut fluid dispensers, CAT scales and other amenities are at the stop, the Oklahoma City, Okla.-based travel center firm said. Read more about the facility at Loves.

Read More

Joplin 44 Petro showroom opens

A new multi-million dollar, 15,000 square-ft. showroom has opened at the Joplin 44 Petro truck stop in Joplin, Mo., the travel center announced. The addition nearly doubles the size of the truck stop and features a retro-styled, bright green Peterbilt 379 dubbed LimeLight and a teal and purple Kenworth W900 tractor-trailer combo with a mural depicting Route 66. The truck stop has also added a Taco Bell and a Blimpie sandwich shop in the Fuel Center for restaurant ...

Read More

Happiness; UK producers seek ‘World’s Toughest Trucker’

Happiness There's no other way to describe this picture, eh? It's Virginia Kirk, general manager of the TA C-store and fuel islands in Nashville, Tenn., during the location's grand reopening last week. It's "awesome" to be back up and running, she told me Friday after being closed for nine months. Kirk's addition of the "Welcome to Music City" tag above the front door into the stop, made prior to the flooding, resulted in the Music City thematics of ...

Read More