Blogs

California steamin’ — just say no to being nuts

Wendy on one driver's trailer-retrofit / delivery nightmare: "I'm no fan of California's prohibitively restrictive laws, but I'm also not a fan of insanity. Just say no to being nuts. Please."

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Diesel’s roller-coaster ride: The thrill is gone, but not for all

Now that fuel surcharges are more entrenched, the plunge to below $2 a gallon after about three years in the $4 range has generated much less notice than similar price swings in prior years -- though that's not a blanket truth for everyone.

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Podcast: A run through the stories behind the songs on Bill Weaver’s ‘Every Mile I Drive’

In this edition of the Overdrive Radio podcast, run through the brand-new record from trucker Bill Weaver, who with regulator collaborators in his band has honed the Southern Rock style you'll hear here over many years.

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Cat’s back (with another phone)

Owner-operators haven’t been able to spec a new Caterpillar-powered truck in nearly a decade, but they can spec a new piece of Cat equipment of a smaller variety: The company’s second take on a rugged smartphone built for users who work in industries like trucking and construction.

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Turning your phone into a dashcam

Have you tried any of the available smartphone apps designed to turn your device into a functional dashcam allowing for saving clips for exoneration/evidence and other purposes?

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Yankee Candle creates a new scent called ‘Vitriol’

Wendy on the dust-up over a shipper/receiver facility's "no restrooms for drivers" policy: "Unfortunately, the bad apples of the bunch have ruined the sauce for all of us. It's time to cull those tainted fruits."

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Mark Bezley’s ‘crosswalk law’ citation: Dismissed with dashcam evidence

Read driver Mark Bezley's No. 1 dashcam tale, involving his exoneration from a ticket given during a "crosswalk law" sting in a small Wash. town. And: What's yours?

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Stress relief for mastodons

"Sometimes, relaxing is hard." Wendy gets ready for a long run with no scheduled return, learns about soil liquefaction, deaths of mastodons and just how restorative sleep can be.

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ELD mandate: Is drivers’ time saved by e-logs worth near $2 billion annually?

Just as it's pretty hard to estimate time saved in a reliable way, it's pretty hard for paper and pencil to malfunction in the same way a computer can -- delving into FMCSA's ELD mandate cost-benefit analysis.

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Beware the dreaded butt-dial

"Sometimes, learning new phones is hard." Wendy on the worst butt-dial ever: From George after his lost a gear on his way down the mountain ...

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