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Podcast: Cold water on the ELD mandate’s potential rates impacts

While recent polling shows most owner-operators view the ELD mandate's chances of positively impacting rates either short- or long-term as good, don't count OOIDA board member and B.L. Reever Transport small fleet owner Monte Wiederhold among the true believers.

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Ode to the mothers

Ode to the mothers

"I'm going to share the love and give a deep thanks to all the moms out there – especially the trucking family moms, who are the support and backbone of so many small business trucking operations." ...

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A nine-year-old’s view of the so-called ‘autonomous future’

"When I asked if she could imagine a big truck going down the road maneuvering with its own controls, with no person behind the wheel, the look of horror that passed across her face was fairly priceless."

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Texas, land of windshield monsters

Texas, land of windshield monsters

"George assures me the ratio of windshield breaks associated with Texas is directly related to the number of times we've been there. I say it's windshield monsters."

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As with most superlatives, ‘best’ is a relative term when it comes to truck stops

Readers responded in numbers to the "Best truck stop ever?" question in last week's Channel 19 post. Find here a bevy of recommendations for quality stops, great restaurants and more.

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Oil-patch captioning ‘from sun-up til down-hole’

One reader's fitting caption for a photo depicting a sunrise early-early in the oil patch in Texas by John Reinhardt. The hauler and his Freightliner were “waiting to be escorted six miles up a poorly graded well road to deliver poly pipe at a water storage facility used for drilling operations.” ...

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The ‘I’m not leaving the house’ blues

"Unfortunately, I can't always extend the compassion to my own driver, who makes the statement, 'I am not leaving the house for three days,' every time he hits the door for home time. We all know this is a filthy lie."

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ELDs and safety: Wes Memphis weighs in

ELDs and safety: Wes Memphis weighs in

"One thing you come to learn around here is when there is the same highlighted handwritten memo on every table of the drivers' room, in the company newsletter, on the shop bulletin board, even on the inner door of the bathroom stall, somebody done messed up good. ..."

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Wax on, wax off: Stanch the bleeding

Wax on, wax off: Stanch the bleeding

There is at least one trucking reference in this post about Wendy getting her legs waxed (first time ever), promise. "When she ripped the first piece of linen off, I swear I heard a lawnmower start. Soft and dreamy was immediately replaced with..."

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Readers offer 14-hour fixes with pay for time, hours revisions, more

Following my post Friday last week about part of the two days I spent running with Ohio-based owner-operator Scott Reed, readers responded in numbers with 14-hour fix suggestions. Among them was Gary Carlisle, increasingly outspoken advocate for change ...

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