Overdrive Extra

Why early tax prep is best

There are many advantages to getting your income tax return completed as soon as possible.

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Housing still lags rest of the economy

The Census Bureau reported this week that new housing starts declined in December by 4.3 percent, notes the weekly economic recap from the American Trucking Associations. 2010 was the second worst year on record for housing starts, bested only by 2009, when the credit and housing collapse was at its worst.

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Trucking resumes growth as 2010 fades

Freight improved in November and then surged in December – enough to offset the decline in August through October.

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Going for the gold in 2011

We began celebrating Overdrive’s 50th year of publishing in October, when that milestone year began. Now, starting the calendar year of that golden anniversary, we’re introducing some improvements in the magazine.

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Idle-reduction strategy

Understand your habits before choosing the tool to power your downtime.

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New aid for sleep apnea?

Sleep researchers are testing a new approach to controlling sleep apnea. It involves an implant that would keep the tongue from relaxing so much that it blocks air passages. Inspire Medical Systems plans to test 100 apnea patients by late January to see how well the implant really works. You can read a full report from the Associated Press on this technique, called hypoglossal nerve stimulation. Truckers have a much higher incidence of obstructive sleep apnea. It ...

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Ghosts of violations past

For owner-operator purposes, CSA 2010 started three years ago. That’s how far back your violations are taken into account.

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Electronics makers cranking out freight

ISM says production of computers and other electronics led the way for manufacturing, which continued its rebound in November.

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Dollars and Sense

Here is a step-by step approach to guide you through the process of buying a used truck and help you make smart decisions.

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The twist in year-end tax planning

If Congress doesn’t extend the tax cuts, in effect raising taxes for 2011, it will make more sense to defer expenses into 2011 and accelerate income into 2010.

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