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A couple for the kids: Truck, stop! Truck, go!

On children's musician, author and childhood development specialist Jim Gill's most recent CD / DVD, "Music Play for Folks of All Stripes," an interactive tune called "Truck Stop" schools listeners in a fun way on the basics of the truck driver's work. As with most of Gill's tunes, adults are coached toward leading kids through imaginative play. In this case, that means pretending to be trucks that go, that stop, drivers that drink coffee and eat salads ...

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Truckers lobbied to support National Pork Rind Day

This wouldn't be the salty snack's first appearance on the Channel 19 blog. For that, we'd have to go back to August 2010, when a driver choked on one and his rig left the roadway -- and didn't spur mainstream media calls for a ban on eating behind the wheel. All the same, Ohio-based Rudolph Foods, makers of the pork rinds pictured here, spent all day Sept. 14 giving out bags of its barbecue, spicy and ...

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Has CSA hit you? And: DeFazio’s cross-border backlash

Today, a novel suggestion from the folks at J.J. Keller, who conducted a webinar yesterday aimed at providing carriers large and small with tools to combat the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program, nearly a year into its history as the safety ranking system of record. This one has to do with the so-called "interventions" FMCSA's been conducting with carriers since the program went live last December. Anybody seen a warning letter, ...

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New book explores first cross-continent truck trip

Many of you will be familiar with the 1919 military truck convoy that traversed the United States in an effort to test the efficacy of cargo trucks on the roads, or lack thereof, of the day. A Young Dwight Eisenhower was part of the convoy, and his experience of it is oft-cited as having a great deal to do with his support of the Interstate Highway Program as President later. A new book, however, tells the ...

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Charlie Daniels: “We’re coming to rock ‘em” at Charlotte show

Charlie Daniels has been at making music for a half-century and then some, and he's still going strong. He turns 75 next month, and earlier this year he released a new track in "Let 'Em Win or Bring 'Em Home," a meditation on American service members and their families giving all for love of country. With, of course, an explicit message for our elected leaders about a proper course. As part of his hard-running touring around ...

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R&L driver Sam Spradlin runs for Congress in Illinois

Sam Spradlin (pictured), driver on a pickup-and-delivery route for R&L Carriers, is taking some time off this month, but it's no vacation. He's gathering signatures needed to file to include himself on the ballot in the Republican primary for his home state's newly redistricted 13th congressional district. He'll be challenging 15th-district incumbent Republican Tim Johnson, who's been in that seat since the beginning of this decade. "Most people think it’s time for him to go," says Spradlin, "but ...

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New technology: Hydrogen-injection for fuel mileage boost

A Q&A in the Richmond (Virginia) BizSense magazine published Monday revealed an interesting new technology coming into the trucking world. Related to the hydrogen fuel-cell idea, the technology has been created by Marz Industries of Ashland, Va., BizSense reporter Michael Schwartz wrote. Marz Industries president Eddie Miller has been working on it for several years now, the concept being to "take water from a tank and electricity from the truck and create hydrogen," Miller told Schwartz. ...

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Overdrive’s Lucinda Coulter on Big Al’s show this week

Tune into Big Al Weekley's Dipatch Me Home Radio streaming broadcast this week for an interview with Overdrive Managing Editor Lucinda Coulter about the magazine's 50th anniversary special coverage and her place in it. A prime place it is. Coulter headed up our Overdrive Retro website for more than a year preceding the anniversary issue, out this month. Along the way she toured the magazine's history along with that of the industry, collecting reflections from ...

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‘Where’s the love’ for truckers? Dr. Love has the answer

Or at least he knows where it's not: I-55 South into Hammond, La., from the No. 46 milemarker about 15 miles to I-12 (much smoother). Dr. Love, or truck driver B.G. Love, takes online viewers on a tour down this road in a video posted in June to the blog for his "Lovology" project, a personal philosophical journey the driver and thinker has been documenting online since April 1, 2010. In the video, he tries to make ...

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Remembering 9/11 as anniversary approaches: A trucker’s story from ground zero

This month's issue of Truckers News commemorates the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with a look at how the trucking business has changed as a result of the disaster. The areas impacted largely include load security and driver background scrutiny, but also camaraderie, drivers looking out for one another, pay, and other factors. A lot of the changes have been for the positive, say the owner-operators and drivers we interviewed, with the result of a ...

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