Blogs

Of football and viral road signs

Did you see the hit South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney put on Michigan's running back New Year's day? More on the subsequent road-sign spoof that emerged in the aftermath.

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A lease-purchase success story

Meet Andre Jackson, a U.S. Xpress driver on his third lease-purchase truck -- his experience with the plans has been largely positive, he says.

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Hole hell in California

Wendy visits a middle-of-nowhere, Calif., rest area outhouse/reptile feeding facility.

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Save me from the saints!

Why does girlfriend have time for everyone except her boyfriend?

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Slowing down with sailboat fuel

“'Sailboat fuel' is a dumb saying. Because sailboats have motors and there is no such thing as an airtight trailer that can haul wind.” More notes on the long deadhead here.

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Smokin’ Joe Lee Smith rides into the sunset

Today, a salute, a send-off, for Smokin' Joe Lee Smith, a hardworking free spirit of a driver well-known for his 1989 album of rock 'n' roll truck-driving music, Smokin' Joe in Overdrive. I wrote about Smith after his record found a second life back in 2010. (Find a more detailed story about the record and Smith in this story, part of my column for Truckers News at the time.) Longtime friend from the Texas-based owner-operator (Smith was ...

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Broken resolutions

Reader tries to quit smoking and eat healthy but can't seem to do either.

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New: Minimizer mobile site

Minimizer's new mobile-friendly tool offers users a streamlined experience on mobile phone browsers.

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Heavy-duty dream machines

If you’re not already familiar with the Blastolene Brothers, there’s a good chance you’ve seen their work: Jay Leno famously purchased – and occasionally drives – one of their designs, the “Blastolene Special,” an extra-large roadster powered by an engine cribbed from a 1950s-vintage U.S. Army Patton tank. The Blastolene Brothers aren’t brothers and they aren’t engineers. In fact, they don’t even live in the same state. Yet their artistic collaboration is redefining the concept of ...

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Signs of the times: Study says digital billboards distracting

The study, conducted by researchers at the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, concluded that drivers looked at digital billboards significantly longer than they did at other signs on the same stretch of road,

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