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VIDEO: When bark turns to barf – having a sick pet on the road

Diesel Dog isn’t keeping his food down. You’re nowhere near a vet. It’s the middle of the night. What’s a long-haul driver to do? This Worst Case Trucking Scenario offers a few tips on dealing with common pet maladies on the road when you can’t get advice from a vet. For more detail, see the story by Carolyn Mason here. Or for an entertaining video condensation of that story, watch this Overdrive 30-second Trucker Tip:        

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The ‘poison pill’ that remains in the recently passed highway bill, by the numbers

Unless fixed or removed in the House-Senate highway bill conference committee, the House's carrier "hiring standard" would unduly disadvantage well more than 1.5 million drivers for 440,000 carriers in the competition to secure business.

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Trucking contributions to the English language

Of "bumblebunnies" and "jerkoids" and other creative four-wheeler classifications -- "Screaming expletives all day gets old, even for me. There's only so many times you can yell the word before it loses effectiveness."

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New profile vid in ‘Life of a Trucker’ series by Tex Crowley hits close to home

From driver-videographer Tex Crowley, another slice of trucking from the voice and through the eyes of the stand-up human being behind the wheel -- this installment's subject, George Parker, certainly fits that description.

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Curbman wisdom and other assorted thoughts from the peanut gallery

A $25 million truck parking boondoggle? A recent federal grant to eight states for parking-availability-information systems put to a different use might build as many as 2,500 new spaces. "Let that sink in for a minute."

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Where driving jobs have arisen since 1978

Whatever the extent of any "driver shortage," you wouldn’t think there is one by checking a National Public Radio report by Quoctrung Bui that traces the most common jobs in every state since 1978. The data not only highlights trends about trucking jobs, but also reveals aspects of the broader economy over almost four decades. In 1978, the U.S. Census Bureau category that includes truck drivers was the most common job category in nine states. An interactive U.S. ...

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Digging into Truckstop.com’s chat negotiations feature

It's not a public freight auction, contrary to road rumors: Dispelling some false notions about Truckstop.com's fairly new online-negotiations tool with a close-up look.

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Elusive e-logs: Agency misses another projected publication date for ELD mandate

After pushing Sept. 30 most of the year as the publication date for an ELD mandate, FMCSA’s latest projected date for the rule — Oct. 30 — has also come and gone, and there's no rule yet.

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Pack, paint, pain: Dreaming of the road, at home

"It only makes sense that I pack my bags and return to the road for a few days, so I can actually get some rest. No one asks you to paint houses -- unless it's code for something like 'cleaning your truck' is."

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Getting in bed with the railroad

Every taken a 10-hour break on a train? The Truck Ferry project would turn freight flatcars along the I-70 corridor in Mo. into rolling sleeper berths for multiple tractor-trailer units/drivers.

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