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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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BulkLoads board buys CoopsOpen app

The CoopsOpen app allows users to simply update station statuses as they pass scales -- joining ScaleChek and Overdrive's own Trucker Tools with similar functionality.

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Funding complete for new valve-stem cap with visual pressure indicator

The folks at RightPSI have built a new valve-stem cap made in the U.S.A. and matched to desired tire pressure to give a visual indication when pressure is low or high.

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‘Zero highway deaths’ goal needs general public target

Regulators' ultimate goal pondered, in light of the laundry list of highway-bill recommendations the MCSAC delivered to Congress two weeks back.

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Still rolling: Old Time Express 2001 Freightliner

Catching a rig from the pages of Overdrive in person at a carrier yard -- and a discussion of the dynamics of safety rating, in flux today with CSA. Have you seen the effects of a Conditional rating?

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New custom KW under way from Anthony Fischkelta

Anthony Fischkelta is looking toward Mid-America next month with his latest project truck, the 2014 Kenworth W900 with a 331-inch wheelbase.

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Dispatcher no-brainer and on-highway lemons

It's not the really good dispatchers causing truckers to stick around -- it's those who embody the "dispatcher brains" slang making them leave. And: A bet on a light load for one driver after a blowout...

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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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Audio: Rich Wilson at MCSAC — ‘We need to hear more from drivers’

Though any FLSA reform wouldn't apply directly to owner-operators, some have made the argument that improved pay conditions for company drivers and corresponding rate-dynamics changes would filter positively throughout the industry.

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GAO CSA report fallout: More small-carrier inspections on the way?

Some watchers feel that "reprioritizing" inspection criteria to grab and tie up more and more of the "little guys" among carriers on the road might be the onerous result of the GAO's focus on lack of data.

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