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Freewheelin’s top 10 trucking songs after 1985

With Overdrive's September 50th anniversary issue hard on the way, and considering folks at the Great American Trucking Show got a sneak peak at the 50 top technical milestones John Baxter and oiur editorial crew put together, I thought I'd offer up a little for you. You'll recall our all-time top ten trucking songs, of course, a nice collection of tunes from the golden age. While the classics garner recognition in the all-time list, trucking music ...

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Electrification of truck stop spaces revives

As fuel prices spiked in 2007-08, a large majority of truckers' anti-idling interest was focused on dedicated auxiliary power units, which market expanded dramatically with a profusion of new manufacturers. This time around, with the economy still somewhat shaky, owner-operator and fleet interest in up-front investment in full-function APU technology may be taking a back seat infrastructure improvements and use of electrified truckstop parking space services when needed. For operators who don't already have APUs, ...

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Say ____ to electronic logs, Take 2

It's time to play fill in the blank again on the Channel 19 blog. It's been nearly  a year since the above headline graced this hall above a post about a rash of legislative proposals to mandate electronic logs for the entirety of interstate truckers and certain low-cost electronic logging options out there. In the meantime, of course, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has jumped the legislative shark by formally proposing its own EOBR ...

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Scenes from GATS

Great times abound in Dallas at the Great American Trucking Show, not the least of which is this nifty Plinko board at the Roady's/OTR Pro Fuel Card booth -- the new card offering flat off-the-top per-gallon discounts to small fleets and owner-operators (with a $4 a month membership fee) at more than 700 stops currently, and expanding. Stop by the booth (#13661) to play for a mini Mag-light, hat and more. (I wasn't up to ...

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New health blog from the folks at Con-way Truckload

Attendant to news that Con-way TL-leased owner-operators will be able to access relatively low-cost health/dental and other insurance offerings via the carrier's new TrueChoices benefits program, the company also is highlighting drivers' and owner-operators' health needs via a new blog. Steering Your Health today features a great recipe for Mexican Crock Pot chicken, cooked in-cab, in addition to a welcome message from company president Herb Schmidt, in which he invites all drivers, Con-way TL operators ...

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Live load visibility with a simple, free smartphone app

Owner-operators, there's been no shortage of talk about the profusion of truck-tracking devices and the relative problems they could cause, given ongoing hours-of-service/EOBR issues and discussions. But the simple fact of the matter is that allowing shippers and consignees a real-time window into your location could be a quite simple way to engage potential direct-freight customers if you're using brokers, or a value-added service if you're already independent with your own shippers (if, of course, ...

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1970s-era Overdrive staffer enjoyed storied past

Former Overdrive receptionist, Bonnie Robinson, remembers a storied past at the magazine, whose headquarters were once in Hollywood, Calif.

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Driver loses vital organ at Kentucky hospital

Trucker Philip Seaton is locked in a battle with a Kentucky doctor whom it appears may be attempting to cover his tracks after amputating Seaton's penis after finding cancer during a routine circumcision-type procedure to relieve inflammation -- doing so without, apparently, telling Seaton he was doing it. That's all I'll say, aside from that folks all around the web are having too much fun with this one -- it ultimately seems more gruesome than all ...

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What’s going on with owner-operator pay

Got a hour to spare? That's all it would take to watch and listen to the webinar we did last week with Gordon Klemp on driver compensation. Klemp, head of the National Transportation Institute, has spent years tracking pay at mid-sized and large carriers. After talking with his fleet clients for the most recent survey, he expects owner-operator pay to rise 4 cents to 6 cents over the next 12 months. He had lots of other good ...

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From a left-coast operator on the Virginia quake

Thought I'd share a brief item related to the 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered between Charlottesville and Richmond, Va., and felt up and down the East Coast (including in my mother's office as far South as Rock Hill, S.C.). A west-coaster posted on Truckers News' Facebook page a couple reminders of basic advice to haulers worried about potential on-highway delays: 1. "I would just avoid any bridges or tunnels today if practical, or maybe even get some ...

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