Overdrive Extra

Taking charge of your own EOBR data

Fleets already pay for MVR reports, why wouldn’t they pay to know drivers’ records for performance and profitability?

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Missing sleep does more than make you tired

To the extent your job does allow any control over sleep patterns, make that a priority. It could be a step toward health and happiness.

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Shop pitfalls

A email crossed my screen the other day. It seems someone did a study and concluded that shop rags pose health risk hazard. Gee. Ya think? Yes. Shop rags are nasty. But they’re not the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen in shop -- although it was more of an event, instead of a thing. When I was in high school and college, I worked for Sam McGee and his wife Johnnie, at their Snappy Gulf service station ...

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How trucking is becoming the most attractive job in the country

Trucking offers job security and upward trending pay, which is more than can be said at many other fields in the current economy.

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Slight progress on crash accountability – and some maddening examples

An eight-person majority on the subcommittee ultimately showed preference for what they called the fault standard over DOT preventability regarding crash accountability.

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A tale of two drivers says a lot about fuel use

Industry tests have shown for years that the difference in fuel economy between the best drivers and the worst can be as much as 30 percent due.

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Putting agency heads in trucks makes good sense

It makes sense that if someone is going to regulate the trucking industry, he or she should get real-world experience by spending time riding in a tractor-trailer.

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A ‘cuddle café’ and loneliness on the road

The weird idea of men paying women for companionship that doesn’t involve sex reminds me of comments from two of the women we interviewed for Overdrive’s stories on lot lizards in 2002.

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Renowned tenor proves there’s no such thing as a typical trucker

Opera tenor Carl Tanner's story, which includes a stint as a bounty hunter while driving a truck, will appeal to many people. It’s gritty and real.

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The uneasy dance with red light cameras

A new study released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says red-light cameras reduce accidents. What's your thought on traffic cams?

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