Blogs

Newbies: Could you survive events like these?

We have had a dry spell but are OK. Financial reserves are important.

Read More

The right attire

I've been working really hard these past few weeks to set aside more time to exercise, and sometimes I have to fit it in between work and church, or other activities. I keep a few basic things in my car (or in my closet at home) at the ready so I don't have to go searching every time I get five minutes to exercise. Since many of you are gone for weeks at a time, I'd ...

Read More

Is this a red flag?

Dear Carolyn, I’ve been dating a new guy for about three months now and everything is going well. He’s smart, cute, funny and ambitious. He also owns his own truck and is about to buy two more trucks and start a small company. That’s the good news. The bad news is that when we go out to eat he’s rude and unpleasant to the server. Last night he made our waitress cry because she forgot to ...

Read More

Owner-operator bags Victory Vegas Jackpot bike

  The bike Long Haul Trucking-leased owner-operator Steve Wright is sitting on is a 2012 Victory Vegas Jackpot cycle that was the grand prize in a contest begun by the Albertville, Minn.-based carrier at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., last year. This year, after Wright joined two other finalists -- owner-operator Jeff Christenson and team Evan and Shannon Jones -- for the grand prize in the safety contest, he came out on top for ...

Read More

Zombies!

The reefer dealer that was scheduled to fix our truck blew the chance to do this job.

Read More

Check out April issue of Overdrive

Read James Jaillet's great story on the pros and cons of reprogramming your engine in the digital edition of Overdrive.

Read More

A salute to women truckers at MATS

Women in Trucking honored 67 women who had driven one million accident free miles, 36 who had reached two million safe driving miles, fifteen with three million mile records and seven women who had attained four million safe driving miles during their careers at MATS in 2012.

Read More

Scheduling repairs, passing time

Our reefer needs a new alternator. The repair is scheduled.

Read More

Owner-operators deliver in MATS EOBR listening sessions

If you haven't read the report my colleague James Jaillet filed from the Mid-America Trucking Show on the Friday listening sessions the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration conducted on the subject of electronic on-board recorders for hours of service compliance, find it here. Time and again, operators urged regulators to address the real problems in the industry -- some of the same problems you'll remember the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association's Todd Spencer noting as underpinning ...

Read More

Protect yourself against shippers who cancel loads

After waiting all day to pick up a load, it canceled. Are we screwed?

Read More