Blogs

Standard live weight tool making bulk life easier

On-board scale manufacturer Air-Weigh’s QuickLoad Trailer Scale now comes standard on all Sidump’r trailers, says Sidump’r General Manager Jennifer Koepke. “It’s a major customer benefit, providing protection from overweight citations, improving productivity and, at the end of the day, extending trailer life by protecting from overloading.” The QuickLoad onboard scale features an icon-based touch-screen display showing weight on the trailer axle group to within 300 pounds. This screen also gives access to Settings and the Alarm ...

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Advice from a rookie expediter

We met today a married couple who attended a workshop we gave last year. Now they are in the business and have advice of their own to share.

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Working to remain positive in negative circumstances

No freight yet again today. It is taking more effort to keep those negative thoughts at bay.

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FMCSA close to finalizing medical registry rule

Industry sources say that FMCSA is working on a rule to establish a national registry of FMCSA-certified medical examiners.

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‘Even the look of the rigs has changed’

The LA Times takes notice of and reports on modern tactics for improving fuel economy in trucks.

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Owner-operators’ road trip guide from Atlas

Atlas Van Lines' King of the Road operator survey, conducted earlier this year, garnered close to a couple hundred responses to questions running the gamut of operational details and preferences for various businesses delivering services to drivers the nation over. Favorite coffee? Dunkin Donuts. Best fast food? Subway. Biggest difficulty on the road? Eating right, followed by the rigidity of the hours-of-service regs. Atlas put together the following "Road Trip" infographic from the responses, from which ...

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We’re caught in a freight black hole

Finding no freight to haul yet again, we are deadheading east to improve our prospects.

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Some L.A. port truckers voting for union representation

Employee unions can be tools toward giving workers a stronger basis in decisions regarding their collective interests, just as small-business associations can help to give collective voice to small business interests. Where the line between the two is blurred, however, there may well be unintended consequences of legal moves in either or the other direction. According to reports like this one in the Australian press, a group of truckers working Southern California ports for Australian firm ...

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TCA’s weight-loss contest week 7: Individual driver leaders

After we posted last week on the week 6 results of the Truckload Carriers Association's Weight-Loss Showdown competition among carriers and their drivers and staff members, the organization released the week 7 results, including not only cumulative carrier percentages (Prime Inc. remains the weight-loss leader) but results among individuals. Drumroll please.... Hirschbach Motor Lines driver Carl Bailey is the individual leader with a whopping 23 percent-plus reduction in weight, nearly a quarter of his beginning weight lost! ...

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On Easter Sunday worshiped at the “Church of the Cold Stare”

I learned today about Casa Grande, Ariz. Learned by driving around in the town and spending the day there. Diane and I woke up this morning at the Petro truck stop in Eloy, Ariz. We are laying over here while waiting for load offers. No offers were received today. As planned, we took morning showers at the truck stop, put on our Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes and drove the truck to a church in nearby ...

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