Blogs

Fatigue detection — where some driver-facing camera techs are headed

Advancement in camera techs are headed down a path toward, in various ways, what might seem to be a safety holy grail: being able to deliver observations of drivers and context around events where fatigue is at issue -- and assist drivers themselves in taking action. Do you have experience with these techs' in-cab-warning predecessors?

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The mechanical prowess — and ELD trials and tribulations — of Randy Carlson

Owner-operator Carlson's approach to the business follows an early career as a mechanic, learning from his father, who also trucked, then in trade school and on the job at an International dealer -- a solid basis on which to build an owner-operator business. Is it less common than it used to be?

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A busy independent’s plan to transition his business (and dodge ELDs in the process)

A run with John Hodges in his 1998 Freightliner Classic, part of his small fleet. As independent, Hodges juggles roles as driver, owner, cattle farmer and pastor in his local church, taking it all in stride: "To whom much is given ..."

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The difference between passionate speech and the truth

Passion is great, but the truth is often found far from it: The sleep apnea rulemaking being shelved does not mean a truck driver is now "more likely" to be nodding off behind the wheel, as noted a former Federal Railroad Administration official on CBS news.

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ELD rumors dispelled: Small fleet exemption? Delay to 2019? Answers here…

Given the apparent misinformation making the rounds among drivers, let’s dispel some of the rumors and provide an update on the efforts -- which is all they are at present -- to delay the mandate.

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Put your duck-trucking hats back on, drivers

Minnesota-based trucker Joe Mansheim's ridealong duck, Frank, passed away earlier this year -- the hauler's got a new codriver, however, a young mallard named Eddy. "I think if everyone had a duck in their truck, the world would be a better place," Mansheim says.

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Rainy days and Mondays

"I've seen more wrecks and awfulness associated with the industry than I care to in my news feeds. What the heck happened, y'all? Have mercy, we need a better week."

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Podcast: Step deck owner’s journey into mobile information tech, more

How to build an effective organizational system for your smartphone apps -- and just what apps are showing plenty utility for step-deck hauler Joey Slaughter. In this Overdrive Radio edition, also, the operator's thoughts on ELDs (he's still on paper), broker relationships and more.

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Rediscovering discoveries just discovered — talking heads, leasing practices, puddles

Breaking news! “We join the scene live, with Monica McDoodlesnap, as she uncovers shocking, never seen before, completely 100 percent brand-new discoveries in the trucking industry. Monica, can you describe the general atmosphere among the natives?”...

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Interesting approach to accessorials for Uber Freight app users

It's not exactly common when dealing with a broker that accessorials like truck-ordered-not-used, detention and the like are up-front accessible and available to anyone -- or guaranteed should situations arise that cause them to come into play. How does $200 + $2/mile deadhead on a canceled load sound?

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