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PaleRider Vlog hits 100 episodes

Keith “PaleRider” Lawson isn't new to the trucking scene. A 20-plus-year veteran of the industry, PaleRider knows a little bit about driving, and he's sharing the knowledge that comes with experience on his PaleRiderTV YouTube channel.

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Mailbag: ‘Common sense, you’ve got it for a reason’ — Use your CB, already, readers say

And if you don't run with a CB, get one. Too many seem to think that the CB is little more than a "movie prop from a silly movie from the 1970s," as Kenneth Williams put it, echoing the sentiment of a bevy of drivers in response to Scott LeVan's anecdote about a deadly crash whose severity have been less had CBs been used effectively.

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On keeping those pesky New Year’s Resolutions

On keeping those pesky New Year's Resolutions

When do most folks lose steam on their resolutions? Right about now, says Jim Sweeney of RoadPro. While I can see that clearly enough, here's a few tips toward better success...

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Flight of the stink bug: Sometimes, home time is hard

Flight of the stink bug: Sometimes, home time is hard

In which Wendy's home is invaded by the creepy-crawlies, and did you know possums use their pouches for storing stolen lighters? "These could possibly be alternative facts, but the stink bug thing is absolutely true." ...

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When enforcement is well necessary — a note from Rich Wilson

When enforcement is well necessary -- a note from Rich Wilson

Wilson's letter follows news of a box-truck owner-operator shut down after a fatality crash. Also: Do owner-operator hotshot truckers (at 10,001-26,000 lbs.) need to join a random drug/alcohol testing consortium? Depends on the CDL status and desires ...

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Life is a highway

Life is a highway

"You cruise along sometimes, looking at beautiful things and being thankful to have the experience of above-the-dirt in general. ... But sometimes, your daughter calls to tell you she's been admitted to the hospital with a bad gallbladder ..."

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BridgeHaul app offers services, including logs, toward a shipper-exclusive freight marketplace

The latest start-up attempting to provide that "elusive holy grail" of a shipper-direct marketplace for freight to owner-operators is Los Angeles-based BridgeHaul, whose app likewise provides a smartphone-based logbook (ELD on the way), trip planner and more.

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Do you even skill, bro?

Do you even skill, bro?

"Skilled" or "unskilled?"... "Beware the trappings of titles, they often only mean a difference in insurance premiums, and being a professional doesn't require one."

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Former operator James Brotz and the Super-Air on-board tire-inflation system

Former operator James Brotz and the Super-Air on-board tire-inflation system

Former driver James Brotz details the Super-Air on-board tire inflation system, detailing efficacy in improving tire life and avoiding road calls for flats. Do you have experience with such a system? There are several on the market today.

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The ELD mandate and the House Freedom Caucus

The ELD mandate and the House Freedom Caucus

OOIDA urging members to engage caucus members on ELDs. And a question: What's your view of the ELD mandate today?

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