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Election 2016 still ‘Trumped’ for truckers

Three out of four Overdrive readers report supporting Republican Donald Trump for President. That's a considerably higher percentage than was supporting the Republicans' 2012 candidate, Mitt Romney, at around this time that year.

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Voices on the issues in post-crash litigation following June cover story

Readers respond to the issues around post-crash litigation, including strategies for prevention in the event that the worst happens.

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Mailbag: ELD choice — ‘wait and see’ mode a hope for common sense?

Among other voices responding to recent ELD market, privacy reports: "Most experienced, knowledgeable professionals still hold out hope that some common sense will prevail in the government to recognize any positive impact on safety will not be due to the implementation of ELDs."...

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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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