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Report: Small carriers being hammered by bad rates, slow freight

Shippers are “pounding on rates,” the report says, referring to the present pricing situation as “rate carnage.” Small carriers like owner-operators are having a hard time keeping up, the report says.

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Tom trucker and the two-dollar shoes

"Professional don't wear sandals" -- or flip flops -- as the saying goes. What do you think? Does it really matter? Wendy weighs in.

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Car haul for the long haul: Moving the Tesla with Earl Jackson

A run-in at a Nashville-area TA with veteran car hauler Earl Jackson, company driver today for small fleet The Finest Carrier, piloting a 2015 KW T680 w/ 144-inch ARI super sleeper hooked to an enclosed Kentucky trailer loaded with Tesla Model S and Model X cars bound for buyers.

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Rearview: Providing a forum for ‘The Voice’

Though the section has changed names and formats in the 55 years since its founding, Overdrive continues to build its reputation on championing reader representation and the principles they care about. The magazine cover still proudly uses the tagline “The Voice of the American Trucker.”

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‘Problem load’? No problem

Overdrive's 2016 Most Beautiful winner Brita Nowak's story is a great one, especially for independents trying to find new business. There are many skills to master as a single-truck owner-operator, but being up for a challenging run, like Nowak was, can land good business and steady paychecks.

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When ‘keep your chin up’ isn’t enough

After losing a friend and fellow driver to suicide, 22-year trucking veteran Michael Suson founded "Truckers for Truckers," a trucking-specific mental health support group.

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Expediters gathering for niche-specific annual event this coming week

Among the owner-operator niche trucking events out there, the Expedite Expo, first held in 2001, stands out for a variety of reasons, not least among them the close community of haulers that makes up the expediting niche.

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It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 …18, 19, 20?

Decisions, decisions, decisions -- more from Wendy on the wonders and woes of filing for your own authority.

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‘The most important safety feature in any truck? The professional driver’

Jeff Clark's video message to the next president of the United States: Think outside of the box and reward companies that keep their drivers by treating them like the professionals they are.

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When the bees stopped helping the potatoes

"Don't send a potato to represent the interests of the grapes. Also, if you're going to wine, put it in the right cask. One more thing: don't poop in your own vineyard and expect to have a lot of visitors, especially from worker bees."

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