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Deciphering Trump and the trade winds

Based on two Overdrive pre-election polls, three out of four owner-operators voted for President-elect Donald Trump. No doubt one reason is that, in solidarity with Trump’s Rust Belt supporters, they want good jobs to stay in or return to America. In the Nov. 21 video outline of his first-100-days plan, Trump seemed less strident on the isolationism and nativism that appealed to so many voters. He said the U.S. will withdraw from negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, ...

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Do you carry CVSA’s out-of-service criteria book?

Former inspector/officer Andy Blair argues the book is anyone's best resource for challenging an out-of-service violation -- and an effective tool for other challenges as well. If only its electronic version was free, readers note...

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Aunt Wendy’s gifts for oddly-shaped children

"Here I go again, waiting until the first of December to start work on hand-made Christmas gift items for 42 people," including what appears to the naked eye to be a ruffle-covered tactical vest for a neckless infant.

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The ELD mandate’s double bind for owners of post-1999 trucks with earlier model mechanical engines

Owner-operator Randy Carlson runs a 2001 Freightliner chassis powered by an early-90s Cat 3406B. It's increasingly looking like the truck as configured (and others similarly situated) is between a compliance rock and a hard place with the ELD mandate.

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Jim and Carol Steffey and the Lanita Specialized 2016 W900L

Of the many truckers' rigs I took a closer look at during the Guilty by Association Truck Show in late September, Jim and Carol Steffey's 2016 Kenworth W900L stood out in part for the top-bottom two-tone paint with minimal horizontal striping and the overall simplified look on offer.

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You’ll put your eye out with that thing

The story of cousin George nearly putting his eye out with his CB mic: “No honey, self-inflicted head injuries are never cool. Now rest up, so you can be a plumber or lawyer when you grow up..."

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Trucker’s popular video blog includes four-legged co-star

Trucker Joshua Giesbrecht produces daily videos and posts them to YouTube. They're mostly humorous monologs with himself and Diesel, his ride-along dog. Giesbrecht often mixes in real-time and fast-paced time-lapse highway shots backed by rock music.

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Rearview: 17 years of FMCSA oversight

Long before FMCSA’s creation in 2001, Overdrive had been a watchdog of trucking regulation. In the 17 years of FMCSA’s existence, Overdrive has covered the agency’s tracks, from major regulations governing hours to warnings about e-cigarettes.

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If you’re carrying baking soda on the truck …

You might do well to keep it in the original container ... This cautionary tale of team military haulers Gale Griffin and Wendell Harvey's two months in an Arkansas jail, their truck in impound, shows the unreliability of cheap roadside narcotics-ID kits.

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The rules of dunnage

A hallmark of a flatbedder mind-set, even running around town on home time: "Trucking never ceases to be interesting, I learn new things each and every ... Hey, is that a two-by-four? Pull over, I'll jump out and get it ..."

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