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Trucking: Like father, like son

Daughter, too. 7 in every 10 of Overdrive's mostly owner-operator readers, whether male or female, reported having descended from a trucking father, in some form or another.

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Four generations of fathers, sons power Penn.-based R.W. Smith Trucking

With Father's Day coming up, a question: Is/was your father involved in trucking, too? And: A guest profile of and "salute to a company "that’s been led for 85 years by successive generations of fathers and sons," Penn.-based R.W. Smith Trucking. 

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Readers’ name suggestions for trucking image campaign’s ‘mascot’

Among more than a few sarcastic name suggestions like Aaron Johnson's "'Super Trucker,' since everyone that comes out of trucking school thinks they are the best of the best," some readers proffered more serious ideas for the folks behind the Trucking Moves America Forward campaign.

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Majority of drivers are opposed to federal approval for hair-sample testing for drugs

While such testing has long been sought by a variety of mostly large carrier interests, a slight majority of Overdrive readers oppose the move to hair testing, objecting to the privacy intrusion they believe it represents.

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Letter to Trump: Parking, 14-hour rule, congestion ever more urgent issues with ELDs

Reader Clifford "Chappy" Petersen's open letter to Donald Trump ranges through his views on a variety of issues -- from parking and congestion to driver pay and more -- that he says are set to be further exacerbated by the ELD mandate.

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Behind-the-wheel training: ‘Arbitrary’ nature of hours minimum doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be one

From Alaska-based driver and trainer Dan Tucker: "Thirty hours of behind-the-wheel training, even for the most intuitive student, is marginal if for no other reason than they can't possibly encounter and learn from enough varied situations to be adept at handling the next one."

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Build the wall? Majority of readers favor Trump’s border plan

More than half of Overdrive readers supported efforts to build a wall across the 2,000-mile U.S. border with Mexico. The most vocal among responding commenters, however, were those among the 27 percent who did not support the wall effort in any way.

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America’s Road Team captains to carrier recruiters: ‘Respect your drivers’

"Be honest with the driver. You won’t lost a driver any quicker than to tell him something and then he finds out 30 days later that it’s just not true." --Walmart driver Allen Boyd, to recruiting specialists at a recent panel discussion in Nashville.

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Reader: ELDs set to exacerbate existing parking, detention issues

"I don't think anyone has really considered what making all trucks go ELD will do and all the problems it will cause. There isn't enough parking now." --reader Josiah Gonzalez, via email. And: A little personal conveyance wiggle room.

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Berlin/Nice-style terrorist attack likely in U.S., readers say

8 in 10 Overdrive readers believe such an attack is at least somewhat likely, lending new importance to personal security/safety measures on the road.

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