Overdrive Extra

Drive better to save fuel

The biggest bang for the fuel-savings buck is in changing your driving habits.

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Carriers watching you, and why that might not be the worst thing

Video monitoring is a trickier subject than it originally appears, especially when truck drivers are exonerated for accidents they would otherwise would be blamed for. However, is the constant presence of video monitoring worth the benefits?

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My MATS Mash-up

Another Mid-America Trucking Show is in the books and things are quiet for the moment while the trucking industry catches its collective breath. There’ll be more big news coming soon – I’ll be in Germany this time next month to get an up-close look at the new Detroit automatic transmission. But in the meantime, let’s sift through the confetti and see what we learned in Louisville last week. Our industry has a hangover I’m talking about the ...

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Is the owner-operator a dying breed?

A major part of trucking is the owner-operator model, which has survived recessions, regulations, unionization efforts and other forces. It’s not going away.

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This truck brand reigns in diecast model market

One of the back aisles staples of the Mid-America Trucking show is the vendors of model trucks. What truck brand wins the hearts of buyers? Over the years, it's Peterbilt. That's according to Larry Black, who's got a huge stock of model trucks on sale at his diecastdirect.com booth. That's not surprising. Go to any of Overdrive's Pride & Polish events and Petes make up 80 percent or more of everything out there. If there's a ...

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A Lone Star special: 2/3 off on new toll road

The Texas DOT is offering you quite a deal – two-thirds off the truck rate on its newest toll road, SH 130, for 12 months. This is the road that got so much publicity last year for having the nation’s highest speed limit, 85 mph. The road’s intent is to provide relief for a highly congested part of I-35 between Austin and San Antonio. Though the announcement doesn’t say so, presumably not enough truckers have rushed to ...

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Work Truck Show wrap-up

Rounding up commercial van market, hybrid truck, solar panel, natural gas powertrain and other news from the NTEA show in Indianapolis, which ended March 8.

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Driving a lot less, earning a little bit more

Average owner-operators miles have dropped 21 percent over 10 years, according to ATBS. With data showing a concurrent income increase, it's clear operators have seen some improvement over the decade.

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LaHood’s right — Sequester’s dumb, and we’re doing nothing for our kids

This generation inherited great advancements in transportation — like the Interstate system — and, not only did we give nothing back, we failed to take care of what was given to us.

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Safety advocates’ pathetic shell game

There are enough studies to prove just about anything in this arena, but the vast majority of studies, as well as federal data, bear out ATA’s assertion.

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