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The Orlando mechanic delivers

Visiting the Orlando Volvo trucks dealer for the first time, we are pleasantly surprised.

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Interviewing NFI ‘roadside midwife’ Mike Hawthorne

How many roadside midwives do you know? Such is the unlikely description that can now be appropriately applied to NFI driver Mike Hawthorne, of Somerdale, N.J. Since I wrote about him several weeks back, the driver, who delivered the third newborn baby of his hauling career in late March, has been back at work delivering much less dramatic freight in his primary trailer/tractor relocation hauling niche with NFI and their maintenance department. The steady-as-she-goes approach ...

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Could stocks lead natural gas power uptake?

Much has been made in recent times of the traction being gained by natural gas as an energy source to power truck freight transportation. Natural gas powertrains have made their most significant gains to date in vocational markets. Recall my post here in Overdrive Extra about the Ozinga Ready-Mix fleet in Chicago and 13 new natural gas Kenworth Class 8s they've had in service for going on a year now. Since Navistar's announcement of full-scale pursuit ...

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One-stop load and skipping vacation for truck maintenance

Finally free of a multi-stop load, we are preparing to visit a Florida Volvo truck dealer for the first time.

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Adjust priorities to include exercise

MARATHON TRUCKER -- Truckers need to make health a priority.

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Roadside Attractions

Owner-operators have some strong words, an air force vet finds a third life in trucking, a demand for bee hive transport; plus Truck Gauge, Channel 19 and Truck Gallery are featured.

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Hydration 101: No substitute for water

HEALTHY OBSESSION -- Even in the midst of your hectic schedule on the road, you must drink water.

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Humor in all places: Weigh stations, auto hauler suppliers…

That'll be $5, driver When we quizzed operators via Overdrive's Facebook page about their funniest weigh-station memories, moving van hauler Robert McConnell didn’t hesitate: “Many years ago at a Colorado scale, when you used to have to go in and get your little yellow paper, a fellow mover was there and, when asked what he was hauling, replied, ‘Bedbugs.’” A young officer on hand “proceeded to write him up a livestock permit,” McConnell added, an older officer letting ...

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Trucker protest shuts down construction project

Roughly 30 drivers staged a small ruckus this weekend by refusing to work and shutting down a $1.4 billion highway project in the process.

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More about the detained trucker

More about Jabin Bogan, the U.S. truck driver who is being detained in Mexico.

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