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Stowaway diary: Keep an eye on your roof fairing in Laredo

What's wrong with this picture? Taken by owner-operator Henry Albert, with whom we just checked in last week, it shows a desperate attempt by a couple to stow away on a rig on its way from the border zone into the U.S. interior. A testament to the value of drivers looking out for each other, Albert posted it to his blog late last week, after one of his regular runs from the Charlotte, N.C., area, where he ...

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‘Talented truckers’ TV show looking for … talented truckers

A television production company has a rather off-the-wall idea it's helping one of the major cable channels develop -- it wants to create a talent-competition-type series (a la American Idol, Dancing With the Stars, et al) that plays out on location at, well, a truck stop. And in the spirit of radio truck driver talent hours and other such showcases, they want  the crooners, musicians, comedians, dancers, jugglers, you name it, among the nation's long- ...

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When burned-out lights glare

The top equipment-related violation is lighting, according to a “CSA: One Year Later” panel discussion at the Commercial Carrier Journal Fall Symposium in Phoenix.

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Want a first look at TruckersEdge’s new mobile site?

All owner-operator subscribers to the TruckersEdge.net load-board service from TransCore can look forward to a new smartphone-optimized mobile site to launch officially late this year or early next, says Transcore product manager Scott McCollister. The screenshots here from the html5 app that enables the enhanced look and feel of the board on all major smartphone platforms will give you an idea of the added ease with which you'll be able to navigate the TruckersEdge tools -- ...

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Setting the pace with owner-operator Henry Albert

Sunday's post on Overdrive 2007 Trucker of the Year Henry Albert's blog caught my eye with what it says about thinking outside the box to ensure success in running an independent business. In the post, Albert visits an old haunt of his, Charlotte's Metrolina speedway (the old grandstands here pictured by Albert), shuttered long since the days he wheeled a stock car around its oval. "I learned so much from those race days," he wrote ...

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Friday Channel 19 news round-up: Cross-border trucking; ‘driver shortage’; and the 1 on the 53 and the 99

Separate but not equal That separation could be diminishing when it comes to U.S. and Mexican tucking, now that a new pilot program for cross-border long haul is under way.  In the wake of the Oct. 21 border ceremony at Laredo, when the first Mexican truck crossed as part of the new cross-border pilot program, notes J.E. Dyer at the Hot Air Green Room website, the job-creation rhetoric so prominent in Washington these days has been revealed for ...

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Landstar report a good sign for owner-operators

If earnings at Landstar System, the nation’s largest owner-operator carrier, are any indication, owner-operators are having a better year than they did in 2010.

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Blacked out for the night?

How long before Class 8 trucks come equipped with SmartGlass technology? Lately making inroads in concept cars at auto shows around the world, the SPD-Smart window-tint technology by Research Frontiers enables a vehicle's operator to, with the push of a button, apply varying degrees of tint to one or more windows to keep the outside out. I can't help but see potential applications for night haulers looking for some shut-eye in the heat of a ...

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Toolbox system made in the USA by and for owner-operators

Veteran owner-operator Jeff Zehrer of Minnesota (trucking since 1983) had long known the difficulty of finding the perfect-sized toolbox to fit in his sleeper's side compartment. After 28 years of frustration, he decided to rectify the situation by designing his own. He wanted a toolbox that was sturdy, easily accessible, and could hold all his important tools. The first Cubby Buddy prototype was born, and Zehrer and his wife Debbie launched sales of the toolbox systems ...

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Driver John Irish wins Carhartt sweepstakes

Remember the "Art you Carhartt tough?" sweepstakes? I wrote about the two finalists earlier this year, both of them with some behind-the-wheel experience. John Irish (pictured, middle), the ultimate winner, Carhartt announced, and his wife took the Grand Prize trip in August to Oregon for a competitive lumberjacking event covered by ESPN. Working long days as a truck driver delivering shingles to construction sites, Irish’s job requires him to catch and lift thousands of pounds per ...

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