Blogs

‘Even the look of the rigs has changed’

The LA Times takes notice of and reports on modern tactics for improving fuel economy in trucks.

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Owner-operators’ road trip guide from Atlas

Atlas Van Lines' King of the Road operator survey, conducted earlier this year, garnered close to a couple hundred responses to questions running the gamut of operational details and preferences for various businesses delivering services to drivers the nation over. Favorite coffee? Dunkin Donuts. Best fast food? Subway. Biggest difficulty on the road? Eating right, followed by the rigidity of the hours-of-service regs. Atlas put together the following "Road Trip" infographic from the responses, from which ...

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We’re caught in a freight black hole

Finding no freight to haul yet again, we are deadheading east to improve our prospects.

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Some L.A. port truckers voting for union representation

Employee unions can be tools toward giving workers a stronger basis in decisions regarding their collective interests, just as small-business associations can help to give collective voice to small business interests. Where the line between the two is blurred, however, there may well be unintended consequences of legal moves in either or the other direction. According to reports like this one in the Australian press, a group of truckers working Southern California ports for Australian firm ...

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TCA’s weight-loss contest week 7: Individual driver leaders

After we posted last week on the week 6 results of the Truckload Carriers Association's Weight-Loss Showdown competition among carriers and their drivers and staff members, the organization released the week 7 results, including not only cumulative carrier percentages (Prime Inc. remains the weight-loss leader) but results among individuals. Drumroll please.... Hirschbach Motor Lines driver Carl Bailey is the individual leader with a whopping 23 percent-plus reduction in weight, nearly a quarter of his beginning weight lost! ...

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On Easter Sunday worshiped at the “Church of the Cold Stare”

I learned today about Casa Grande, Ariz. Learned by driving around in the town and spending the day there. Diane and I woke up this morning at the Petro truck stop in Eloy, Ariz. We are laying over here while waiting for load offers. No offers were received today. As planned, we took morning showers at the truck stop, put on our Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes and drove the truck to a church in nearby ...

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Cummins introduces iPhone app with 3-D engine views

The latest in the trucking-related smartphone apps world is a nifty program offering 3-D views of engine componentry and systems from the folks at Cummins. It's geared toward connecting technicians with careers with the diesel engine manufacturer, but I imagine there are plenty of you who'd get a kick out of the the app's features as well. Featuring a strong educational component geared toward students of engine and related systems technology, reps say, the app's "intelligent ...

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In Arizona and in the state of flow

I spent today in the state of flow. I love it when that happens!

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Meet John Borofka, Dart Contractor of the Year

When I tripped up to Dart Transit headquarters in Eagan, Minn., last month to visit with the Overdrive Owner-Operator of the Year, Dart-leased Larry Severson, I got the unexpected benefit of sitting in on a small ceremony for Dart's own in-company Contractor of the Year for 2012, owner-operator John Borofka, pictured. Borofka's longevity with the company extends back two and half decades, Dart President David Oren said at the ceremony. In the last 13 years, he ...

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A good Good Friday, but not for freight

Freight is slow in Arizona on this Good Friday.

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