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Facebook friends are not enough

Dear Carolyn, I am a pretty lonely guy and can't seem to figure out why. I am a professional truck driver, in good shape and am well read. I also have nearly 600 "friends" on Facebook. What do you think I'm doing wrong? Billy Dear Billy, Driving a pick-up truck doesn't make a guy a trucker any more than having 600 Facebook friends makes a guy popular. You have to meet real humans in order to play with humans. Stop ...

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The all-time greatest trucking songs

What are the top trucking songs of all time? That’s what we want you to tell us. Senior Editor Todd Dills has been soliciting titles through his Channel 19 blog.

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A summer weekend read for gearheads

The technology for air-to-air coolers and auxilliary power units was invaluable for making cleaner running engines and saving fuel.

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New speed governor: Public art on the roadways

No, it's not a joke the Kansas DOT is playing on truckers and motorists -- nor any kind of sophisticated speed trap. Click through the thumbnail of the picture at right here for a story from the Olathe News on the Kansas City Star's website about Gastinger Walker Harden architect Joel Marquardt's Art-n-R-Park public art project/series, of which this curious sign is part. It sits on Roe Boulevard between West 48th Street and  I-35 in Roeland Park, ...

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Bank robbery: The things some will do for health care

Perhaps you've heard this story already -- desperate for something he thinks is totally out of his financial range, man does something over-the-top, creating a national media circus along the way. The latest variant comes from Gaston County in North Carolina in the form of a former beverage delivery driver feeling so much in need of medical care and not wanting to be a burden on extended family, he says, that he concocted and executed a ...

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‘Medically certified’ — join us for radio show Wednesday to probe driver health regs

At 7 p.m. Eastern time tomorrow evening (Wed., June 22) I'll join Truth About Trucking Live hosts Allen & Donna Smith as well as my colleague Max Kvidera for a special show probing the issues raised by the current, June Truckers News cover story Kvidera and I penned about state and federal regs for driver medical certification. Joining us will be a special guest, a big-hearted driver I wrote about in my portion of the ...

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What are the top ten trucking songs of all-time?

Planning for Overdrive's 50th anniversary this year, we want to hear from you with recommendations for a top-ten list of the best trucking songs of all time. Lest I unduly influence the process, I will refrain here from mentioning my own top-ten, but let's say potential contenders could range from classics by Red Sovine to "Eastbound and Down" to the more recent, such as Pure Grain's "Trucking Song" or many a tune penned by owner-operator-crooners ...

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A knight of the road recalls the royal carpet

Owner-operator Gordon Alkire recalls an era when the knights of the road, he says, were treated like royalty.

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Jason’s Law national call-in day June 23; drivers urge action

Last year it came on the heels of calls for passage from often at-odds constituencies in the industry, and this year, drivers and other industry parties are following similar unity after Jason's Law's May reintroduction to the 112th U.S. Congress by New York Congressman Paul Tonko to urge drivers to make vocal their support next week, June 23. (For video of the press conference reintroducing the legislation, see the bottom of this post.) The legislation, H.R. ...

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Worries about Weinergate

Dear Carolyn, All this news attention on Weinergate makes me anxious about my husband who is always on the road. Do you think most men send suggestive pictures to strangers online? Should I check his computer history? Sally Dear Sally, Oh, please don’t make me have to use all my good Weiner jokes for this answer! Here’s the long and short of Wiener’s pickle.  A stand-up guy keeps it zipped. On the other hand, now is a good time to ...

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