Overdrive Extra

Eager to add a truck? Consider these 9 points.

If you’re thinking about adding trucks, you can get a quick summary of nine key points to consider in a story by financial services provider ATBS.

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Photos: 20 European show trucks sporting chrome, lights, graphics

Roughly 200 show trucks showed up last weekend to the European truck racing finale in Le Mans, France, including several dozen American-style cabs. Check out some of them here.

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Video: Sample a diversity of trucker body art

It doesn’t take much time hanging around a truck stop to notice that there’s no shortage of tattoos, many elaborate and creative. Overdrive’s created a Show Us Your Ink website to celebrate these wide-ranging expressions of interest, whether trucking-related or otherwise. We’re using the site to solicit photos of your tattoos and any comments you have about them. “I get to take it with me when i die!” notes Heather Knoll about her flower tattoo that covers ...

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Video: One tragedy averted, another that could have been

“It’s a shame that we’re all so busy we can’t stop and help one another out,” said Brad Wenneberg, one of two drivers named Highway Angels for their smart handling of a highway disaster.

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Taking control of load-matching

What has emerged through the years is the ability for owner-operators to quickly and accurately pinpoint the markets where they’re in high demand, even before arriving.

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Changing Gear: Wabco’s innovations from across the pond

Since they happened overseas while most of us were asleep, you might have missed last week’s announcements by Wabco, which chose last week’s IAA Commercial Vehicles 2014 event in Hanover, Germany, to roll out a wide array of safety and fuel efficiency technologies to help fleets and drivers with both their compliance efforts and their bottom lines. While the technologies are geared toward European operations, there’s a likelihood some of these innovations will make their ...

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‘Cream Puff’ Pete holds two surprises

Dean Jay’s Cream Puff, a 2007 Peterbilt 379 and 2013 MAC flatbed, took home three awards from Overdrive's Pride & Polish at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas.

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Ken Fisher’s Pete 379: ‘I wanted the fire in my truck’

One standout among the 2014 Pride & Polish National Championship Series was Kenneth Fisher’s 1997 Peterbilt 379, with its striking green flame graphics.  “I’ve been a firefighter all my life, so I wanted the fire in my truck,” says Fisher, who’s from Muscoda, Wis. and Leased to Mercer Transportation. “It’s always been the mocha pearl, and then we added the dark green and lime green fire.”  Fisher took Third Place for Working Bobtail in the Championship Series, which ...

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Changing Gear: Kenworth on an upgrade tear

Handling product announcements for OverdriveOnline.com and its print product, I see a slew of gear-related news cross my desk on a daily basis. For the most part, this is all good information worth passing along to you readers, so I put a fresh spin on it and post it online, and later I send a similar version of the same story to the printers for our hard-copy magazine – you do remember magazines, don’t you? Anyway, ...

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California’s ‘right to control’ test vs. the independent contractor

A three-judge panel, citing California’s “right to control” test, reversed litigation in Indiana against three class action lawsuits regarding independent contractor status.

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