winter

Reefer rates follow van to winter lows, particularly out West

With last week's spot market update, it looked like van rate averages on many lanes might have been near the bottom for this slow season. It’s looking that way for reefer rates now, and spot market volumes have been relatively constant in the segment.

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Winter doldrums in the spot market for vans, reefers

Van rates may have hit bottom for the season, says DAT's Ken Harper. "There are reasons to be cautiously optimistic, however, for spot freight. "Volumes on the top 100 van lanes were up 2.5 percent over the previous week, and about the same month over month."

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Seasonal pattern taking hold in spot market dry van, reefer

Good news, bad news: Normal seasonal slowdowns means "we're coming down from higher volumes of freight and rates. Compared to December 2016, the strongest month of the year, we're sliding, but compared to last year at this time, we're up."

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Mailbag: ‘Common sense, you’ve got it for a reason’ — Use your CB, already, readers say

And if you don't run with a CB, get one. Too many seem to think that the CB is little more than a "movie prop from a silly movie from the 1970s," as Kenneth Williams put it, echoing the sentiment of a bevy of drivers in response to Scott LeVan's anecdote about a deadly crash whose severity have been less had CBs been used effectively.

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Real American Trucker presents ‘A 360+’ in snow on U.S. 30 in Wyo.

"Following a snowplow on a foggy, ice-covered road" near Kemmerer, Wyo., as you'll see in the vid, an SUV coming up from behind the truck was unable to stop and does a full 360, and then some, right in front of the rig.

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When in doubt, change it out

With flatbed freight volume in the tank, George moves back to the old stand-by: "I'm going to pick up a van. I dropped my flatbed off for inspection and I'm picking up a van.”

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Saturday round-up: Life goes on, worm turns on small fleet successes

Pony express freight: A prescription from a reader for long-term long-haul small fleet success? And: Got the white stuff? We got plenty of it here. . . . Stay warm.

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Packing for the seasonal transition: ‘Sometimes you eat the bear …’

"The moral of the story is, don't get cocky... Kudos to the drivers who do it right, and realize that when they feel like they've learned it all, they'll hang up the keys."

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Winter storm cutting from Midwest across Southeast and beyond through Thur.

Various winter storm warnings were in effect for areas from Texas and Oklahoma east to the Appalachians and beyond; Also: More winter-trucking pics from readers around the nation.

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Preparing for the worst

No one likes to think about it, but winter is upon us and the chance of being involved in an accident increases tenfold with bad weather and slick roads. Preparing for the worst-case scenario is not only smart, it could save your life.

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