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The yardstick method of driver training

Jimmy Ardis tells the funny story of how he learned to drive -- his uncle rapping his knuckles with a yardstick from the sleeper whenever he jammed a gear too quickly -- toward a serious focus on the need to more robust mentoring industrywide.

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Learning early from the ‘gentle giants’ of the highway

A four-wheeler's salute to the "gentle giants" of the highway -- "I know that each and every driver endures a lot, whether it is bad weather or bad drivers, to name just two, to keep the rest of us safe."

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Reader: Parking enforcement in La Porte, Texas, gets tough

Clark Freight Lines Safety Director (and La Porte police officer) Jeffrey Tippit on city's move to get tough enforcing a no-parking ordinance extending to retail parking lots.

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‘Haul it for free?': Readers sound off on recent hours study

Wisecracks and ideas on rates following the recent UT Global Supply Chain Institute's study on the new hours of service's economic impact, which noted companies along the supply chain should focus on efficiency rather than raise rates/pass along costs...

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Driver Bettina Cameron ‘Losing It’, New Entrant test backgrounder

Driver Cameron's new Facebook page is dedicated to sharing her story -- she's lost 75 pounds while driving over-the-road in just a year -- to inspire others. Also: More on the New Entrant testing rulemaking under way.

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CDL transfer rigamarole in IL: One operator’s experience

Paul Frederick, of Kalamazoo, Mich., details his experience transferring his CDL to Illinois -- where the DMV required a full driving skills test. What has been your experience in different states?

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Split sleeper wishful thinking, redux

Is there hope for a good outcome of FMCSA's apparent focus on split sleep? Utilize 530-408-6423 to leave a message to contribute to a future podcast on the split-sleep subject.

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Throwing tomatoes at fuel-tax-hike bill

Any fuel-tax hike must come with "iron clad' provisions on misuse of funds for purposes other than highways, readers note -- meantime, the recent tax-hike bill's chances of passing?....

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Holiday trucking tunes from drivers Bill Weaver, Tony Justice

It's Thanksgiving -- what better time to share a couple Christmas tunes of considerably different hues by hardworking drivers Bill Weaver and Tony Justice.

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Bon voyage — a final word on leaving trucking

Thomas Dempsey's farewell to trucking "toward a more stable industry, one that young people will want to enter, and current drivers will choose to stay with, and be proud to do."

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