Blogs

Rescued puppy now trucking dog

Dear Carolyn, A while back I wrote about the loss of my two best friends, Bouncie and Bullet.  I swore I would never go through that hurt again.  I took a trucking job and have been driving for four years now.   On Nov. 3, 2009 we were out by the fire at our place in GA.  I sensed something by my feet.  It was dark and breezy.  This thing began biting at my ankles.  My ...

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Bug-removal tip: Scotch Brite ‘Dobie’ pads

This one comes by way of owner-operator Henry Albert's blog, where he shares an anecdote about the Scotch Brite "Dobie" cleaning pads (pictured) he uses to clean bugs from his windshield -- and how he somewhat inadvertently passed the trick off to Daimler engineers at the Uvalde, Texas, proving grounds. Give it a read here. As for getting the bugs off, he writes: 1. Spray a little window cleaner on the pad itself. 2. Rub down the entire ...

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Ferro introduced to CSA ‘8th BASIC’: Driver turnover

Some watchers contend carriers' driver turnover rates should be considered in computing ultimate safety scores in CSA.

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EOBRs reportedly dropped, then back in highway bill

According to this report from Fox News, citing confidential sources knowledgeable of ongoing Senate/House conference committee work on final highway bill language, a deal has been reached that includes removal of the mandate for interstate carriers to use EOBRs for hours-of-service compliance. Here's the language in the Fox report: "At the insistence of House Republicans, the Senate dropped a safety provision that would have required commercial trucks to be equipped with devices that keep track of ...

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Check in with ‘Roadcookin’ authors on online radio

Authors of the Roadcookin' guide to healthy eating on the road interviewed on online radio.

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LETTER: Shippers ultimately responsible for payments

Denver-based independent Tom Koller spells out a court case that placed ultimately responsibility for freight payment on shippers.

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Irish truckers report on South Korean truckers’ strike

An estimated 80 percent of the 380,000 total South Korean truckers were reported to have gone on strike "demanding the introduction of standard freight charges, a 30 percent rise in transportation fees and revised laws on labour rights," reported the (you're hearing right) Irish Trucker Magazine. News travels faster than on-highway rigs, eh? Platts reports the truckers are striking over high fuel prices, demanding further government subsidies. According to the Korea Herald, the stoppage comes on ...

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More on broker bond increase, highway bill

Given the June 30 hard deadline for the highway reauthorization negotiations ongoing between House and Senate, it's likely that any highway bill that successfully emerges, whether longer term or another six-month-or-more extension of current priorities, is more or less already finished. Regardless, following my last post on the issues of the EOBR mandate and broker surety bond minimum increase included in the Senate's MAP-21 two-year reauthorization, James Lamb, president of the Association of Independent Property Brokers ...

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Cabover fanatics, this one’s for you: 1973 K100 vid

Bill Bradford's video of the restoration of his antique Kenworth COE.

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Corny pick-up line that worked

Dear Carolyn, My husband used a corny pick-up line when we first met. Here’s one for your collection. Hubby to be: Can I have directions? Me: To where? Hubby to be: To your heart. I know, lame as can be but I fell for it! Just so you know, we’ve been married 32 years! Jane Dear Jane, Oh, I’m a sucker for a corny pick-up line! They take courage and also a twinkle in the eye. There’s a big difference between being amused ...

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