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‘Be the change you want to see’

From the cab of Clifford "Dream Walker" Petersen on the state of the industry. Drivers have strength in numbers, and individual actions will go a long way toward improving conditions for owner-operators.

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Audio mailbag: Mandating speed limiters is ‘unsafe, period’, readers say

Requiring speed limiters for nearly all on-highway trucks would be a detriment to highway safety, readers say in this mailbag podcast near universally. And, as one reader noted, regulators "will never find out" unless "they get out on the road with us" to see for themselves.

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ELD Mandate, with equipment headaches, presents ‘tough call’ for one owner-operator

Weighing the costs of maintenance, truck purchase and operation in the face of the ELD mandate with one owner-operator.

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Audio mailbag: Broker freight transaction transparency rears its head amid rate doldrums

What exactly are those with the biggest stake in any freight movement getting today separated by middlemen? Not much, at too high a rate, one caller among others to the Overdrive Radio podcast line contends.

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Bad roads hasten one owner-operator’s retirement — and more infrastructure voices

What stretch of North American highway in your experience would warrant the nomination for the No. 1 'Worst Road' all around?

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‘No surprise’: Voices following report on driver pay’s historic fall

Reader Thomas Lawson had this to say about news of a new analysis of driver wage growth -- lack thereof, in fact -- over the 35 years since 1980: "And this is a surprise to whom?"

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Tarping safety: ‘Don’t become a statistic this year’

"Be careful," notes owner-operator Pete Zimmer in this dispatch on tarping safety and the need for better safety practices at some load locations: "It's no secret that drivers are forced to tarp loads that are in unsafe conditions."

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Most truckers favor delay in Supreme Court appointment

Only 4 in 10 respondents to Overdrive's recent polling on how the nomination process should proceed for departed Justice Antonin Scalia's replacement favored President Obama going ahead with a nomination before the election.

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The 34-hour restart’s complicated limbo

Here's the latest. Nothing about the 34-hour restart will change until FMCSA issues its certified report on its mandated comparative restart study. If the report says what many truckers have hoped, however, the restart could disappear entirely.

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POLL: How often do motorists call in to complain about truckers’ driving?

"How's my driving?" Whether solicited on the truck or not, have you ever been the subject of a call-in complaint from a motorist or other trucker relative to your on-highway performance?

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