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Roadside Attractions

A trucking addict tells all, differential and transmission oil change intervals, truck nuts, how to get and keep the contract plus truck gallery are among the featured industry news items.

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Driver John Irish wins Carhartt sweepstakes

Remember the "Art you Carhartt tough?" sweepstakes? I wrote about the two finalists earlier this year, both of them with some behind-the-wheel experience. John Irish (pictured, middle), the ultimate winner, Carhartt announced, and his wife took the Grand Prize trip in August to Oregon for a competitive lumberjacking event covered by ESPN. Working long days as a truck driver delivering shingles to construction sites, Irish’s job requires him to catch and lift thousands of pounds per ...

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Don’t sweat the occasional setback

Take a careful approach to beginning a workout routine by first seeing a physician.

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Taking the per diem deduction

Knowing the per diem basics will help you navigate the tax labyrinth.

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Set short- and long-term goals

October is a great month to start a routine.

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Driver’s “beans-and-rice budget” needed in D.C.

Someone who’s experienced his own financial crisis during this period is hot-shot hauler Frank Hagwood.

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Workhorse antiques to get ‘a little pampering’

OverdriveRetro's mission expands into trucking history at the end of Overdrive's 50th anniversary celebration.

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New health audiobook, convoy for cancer cure, Project 351 gets low

Joe Martin, whom you'll no doubt remember as the operator behind the Truckercise DVDs I wrote about earlier in the year (Martin's pictured, right, with Alex Debogorski of Ice Road fame), announced recently that a new truckers' health strategies audiobook that he contributed a chapter to is out and available. The book, Truckers' Road to Health, is a production of the Man in White health care discount broker service for truckers without insurance, in conjunction ...

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Citizen to accident lawyers: Lighten up on anti-truck ads

"How many times a day do you hear on TV ads from lawyers making statements such as, 'big trucks can cause serious injuries?'" So asked a reader, Bill Hughes, of the Tennessean newspaper, based in my home base of Nashville. I know the folks he's talking about, of course, as I'm sure do you in whatever television market you happen to be. Despite the real message such ads deliver -- that truckers and trucking companies can ...

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Fitting insurance to the operator — trends in usage-based pricing

If you missed a feature about insurance costs I wrote for the August edition of Overdrive, it contained a brief item relative to how insurance companies determine customer risk -- and as a result of that risk determination, premium rate pricing. Canal Insurance Chief Underwriting Officer Paul Brocklebank made brief mention in the piece about the fact that the consumer auto insurance industry writ large is moving toward more frequent rate updates, utilizing GPS and other vehicle ...

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