Blogs

Big data changing the owner-operator insurance game, Progressive says

Simple formulas used in owner-operator insurance acquisition, such as driver health and age and number of out-of-service violations, soon could take a back seat to big data and more sophisticated algorithm-driven coverage and rates.

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Science doesn’t lie

"I propose that all the people who think it's a good idea to further castrate the big diesel engine should have to drive a governed truck in full-on bumper-to-bumper rush-hour traffic around Atlanta on 285, where the median speed is 'balls to the wall.'"

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Start the Pride & Polish season with six seconds of stars

Any of you show truck aficionados who'll be in central Florida April 24-26 can get a good fix at the 75 Chrome shop show. It's the first Overdrive's Pride & Polish event of 2015, taking place that weekend at the shop on I-75, just northwest of Orlando (map). Can't make that? Check the locations and dates for our four other competitions this year. We never know who all the entrants will be until the last ones show up, ...

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Introducing: Overdrive’s Dashcam Central for driver video shares

"We hope this new section of Overdrive's website will grow into a repository of reader-submitted rolling-video work (such as with a mounted GoPro camera) and dashcam clips that show compelling events."

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A goofy back is no joke

"At some point during my transitional truck packing from winter clothes and MATS paraphernalia to summer clothes and Wildwood paraphernalia, I wrenched my back. I hate to admit it, but I'm falling apart."

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Freight from the ports: Savannah benefiting from West Coast freight diversions

If trends continue, watch for well better van rates out of Georgia as freight heats up with the Spring.

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VIDEO: Obscene Gesture cabover rescued from junkyard

Among the many cabovers at the recent Mid-America Trucking Show, one of the best-looking was Jeff Shawhan’s 1990 Kenworth K100E, which he calls Obscene Gesture.

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Rates hall of shame: Bottom 10 U.S. states for outbound freight

Turns out it's true: Colorado on average is on the list for outbound freight -- so are many Northeast states. At once, some states in the NE region show some of the highest rates for inbound freight. More data, discussion here.

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Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

Let’s wear white shoes and eat ham

Here's a happy Easter from the Parkers. "Easter represents everything good to me.... Did I mention ham?

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‘Fury by association’ therapy

"We met a broker this past week at MATS, and he absolutely confirmed that all brokers aren't bad" -- Wendy hangs on to some of her sparkle.

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