Blogs

Memorial Day 2016: A tanker’s tale

This year, Wendy's brother Lehi wrote a Memorial-Day story especially for truckers, because he realizes how much they rely and depend upon their machines -- a lot like Army tankers. Please take a moment to honor our fallen veterans today, and enjoy a story from one who made it home.

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Audio: More from Muscle Shoals with Paul Marhoefer

Hear more of my interview with Marhoefer about just what drove the Indiana-based former owner-operator/current driver way down South to Alabama to record his forthcoming "Old Black Epiphone" record.

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A brother remembers a highway hero

Billy A. Henry Sr. of Cross County, Ark., was under an oversize load near El Paso, Texas, on Monday, May 9, when he passed of a heart attack. The trooper on the scene determined his actions neatly parking the rig amounted to absolute heroism. Henry's trucking brother remembers him here.

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Whining vs. changing: The case for personal responsibility

Part of Overdrive’s mission is to help owner-operators prosper as they choose their own destiny, an idea frequently echoed at Kevin Rutherford's CMC Live event.

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Beware the ‘calming’ effects

In the thick of a business transition, Wendy looks for relaxation in some calming tea on the end cap. "I did not consider the fact that possibly crapping my pants may be an unfortunate side effect to the 'calmness' that might ensue."

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How ELDs could be the new radar guns

If the SFD process as proposed becomes regulation, and the ELD mandate isn't struck down by the federal courts or otherwise derailed, on-site auditors may garner an extra-effective tool in their arsenal for declaring a carrier Unfit on the basis of hours, moving violations.

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Small carriers/owner-ops land 40% of freight contracted to large carriers, report claims

Freight being subcontracted to smaller carriers from larger ones is not news to the industry. But LaneAxis says its research shows the practice is perhaps more prevalent than previously though, given the large share of freight -- 42 percent of total bookings, says LaneAxis -- pushed to smaller carriers and owner-operators by some of the country’s largest.

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Back in Time Tour 2016 continues

After loading up in Kansas City, Todd Campbell and Kevin Young of Knox Transportation hit the back roads in two cabovers bound for Oregon last week, and haven't looked back since. Scenes from the run here.

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Dick Smith’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ KW still in action

As seen in the short film from Overdrive's late-1970s N.J. diesel drag races, the winning rig of R.W. Smith Trucking company, and the company itself, continue to operate (and race) today through the third generation of the Smith trucking family.

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‘I’ve been waiting nine seconds, and that’s unacceptable’

"There's a whole bunch of folks traveling out there who better either find Jesus or a happy place to go when they hit a highway full of governed trucks – almost 6 million of them, all going the exact same speed. Good luck, y'all."

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