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Road rage trivia, including the worst cities

The road rage infographic, compiled by bestcounselingdegrees.net, is based on a compilation of data, including each city’s accident rates, commuter time and reported road rage incidents.

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This is now the hottest cargo theft scam

Experts say bogus pickups will become the dominant type of cargo theft.

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Publicity of shutdown attempt says a lot about the evolution of news

The Ride for the Constitution fiasco of last weekend brings to mind the quote often associated with war reporting: "The first casualty when war comes is truth." That’s  California Sen. Hiram W. Johnson, addressing the U.S. Senate in 1917. Truth was also a casualty in the free-for-all publicity surrounding the planned trucker mega-protest that peaked at about 30 trucks. Consider this Fox News headline, posted Thursday afternoon, when it was obvious that the next day’s event lacked ...

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My favorite truck? Don’t ask!

The one question I get asked more than any other as a truck journalist is some variation on, “Which truck is your favorite?”  And it’s not just drivers, fleet managers or industry figures who want to know: My parents, my cousins, my friends have all asked me at one time or another which truck is my favorite.  Of course, as a journalist, I’m supposed to be impartial. And I try to be. Later this week, I’ll be ...

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More you can do if you do not support protest calls

The truckers' shutdown/strike/protest is moving forward and gaining lots of media attention. The Letstruck team has spent the last three days writing, calling and e-mailing every news organization we can find contact info for. I have written a list of reasons why I do not support this group, and we have sent dozens of hard copies of it overnight, have e-mailed it hundreds of times and we have left phone messages everywhere. Last night, we ...

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Questioning the logistics of the convoy in the capital (How many trucks, exactly?)

Whether the Ride for the Constitution protest has the widespread backing or the top-down organization to pull off a meaningful rally or produce any results is questionable, but have they actually considered how many trucks they need?

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Old trucking photos and a tale of ‘envy, pride and greed’

The Fruehauf website contains lots of historical photos and company history, some of it quite dramatic.

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Use your head: Don’t shut down Oct. 11-13

"Let's make sure that the public knows there are members of the trucking industry that are informed and are a part of the political process and are not anarchist thugs."

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Made in Spain?

In the wake of the Great Recession, Europe has pulled ahead somewhat of the U.S. in areas like vehicle telematics and integrated drivetrains.

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Insurance choices: Pay to play or pay the fine?

For owner-operators in certain situations, Obamacare will solve some health care financing problems. It also creates an unprecedented health care financing problem – fines – for those who want no part of health insurance. Some of the clients of owner-operator financial services provider ATBS will find the ACA policies to be “something they can actually afford, with the subsidies they could qualify for,” Andy Erwin, ATBS tax manager, told me. A key factor will be that ...

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