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The limits of social media: More drivers needed in Washington meeting rooms

The final moments of the panel discussion between attendees and presenters during the Truck Driver Social Media Convention in Tunica, Miss., Oct. 15, brought the point of the whole enterprise into inspired relief. Frederick Schaffner of TheAmericanDriver.com, whom you may be familiar with for his part in leading efforts with others to change the Virginia two-hour truck parking time limits at rest areas to a less-draconian overnight parking prohibition, questioned a statement panelist and attorney Paul ...

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Tricky treats!

Dear Carolyn, I love Halloween! I love dressing up, decorating the house, taking the kids trick or treating and all the candy!  My husband hates it. I think he's worried about all the calories in the candy. I think that every once in a while, it's okay to splurge on sweets. What fun is life if you can't kick back and act like a kid? Spooky Dear Spooky, I too love Halloween and candy. I get it that the anxiety ...

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A fine day for some trucking music, don’t you think?

A couple great vids to share today, folks. The first comes from an owner-operator born in 1934 who's been driving a truck for 63 years. "I've heard there’s two guys out here who are as old as I am, but they haven't been out here as long as I have," owner-operator/singer-songwriter R.C. Barnes (pictured) told me Tuesday. Today leased to G&W Hauling & Rigging out of Cleveland with a 1998 Kenworth T2000, he's also got a ...

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Memphis expo and Nashville show this weekend

Outreach, education in Memphis I had the good fortune of meeting Niki Brown and her husband, independent owner-operator Steve Nelson, this past weekend at the Truck Driver Social Media Convention (if you missed my reporting from the event, find two stories here and here) in Tunica, Miss., due south of their Memphis home base. They're the pair behind Worldwide Transport & Permit Service and the Memphis Trucking Expo, the second annual edition of which is ...

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Rockin’ down the highway with new Bell seat covers

The Bell Automotive company is now offering seat covers that bring to mind my teenage trips to Myrtle Beach, S.C., state of my rearing, when I spent several years infatuated with the many (and I do mean many) t-shirt shops specializing in the heavy-hair-metal bands of the day. Some of those shirts survive buried in drawers in my house, and just looking at Bell's new line of seat covers makes me, alternately, cringe and revel ...

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Junk in the bunk!

Dear Carolyn, My husband is almost a hoarder. I mean, his truck is full of junk. It takes 20 minutes to clear off his bunk just to sit on it! I nag, beg, threaten but he refuses to throw out what he says is his “stuff.” What exactly is the difference between “stuff” and “junk?” Patrice Dear Patrice, Junk=stuff we throw away. Stuff=junk we keep. Happy to help! I’m just say’n, Carolyn

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Owner-operator wins Kronos side skirts at social media meeting

That's Memphis-based independent Steve Nelson, hauling van freight as Worldwide Transport, doing his best over-the-shoulder with a certificate for a brand-new set of Kronos Energy Solutions side skirts to improve his overall fuel-efficiency. "I will be down there tomorrow," he said of plans to make good on the prize, won as part of a drawing for drivers held at the first annual Truck Driver Social Media Convention today in Tunica, Miss. Stay tuned to the Overdrive ...

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Retail’s rebound bodes well for holidays

The economy’s still sputtering, but it looks like there will be lots of freight through the holidays. At least consumer goods and other cargo related to retail sales are doing well, based on recent reports.

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Foiling the truckhackers, winning the triathlon

What's next, "Truckhacking?" If this doesn't lend new urgency to the technical standards FMCSA's mulling for EOBRs, I don't know what does. Craig Trudell reported yesterday in Bloomberg BusinessWeek on a team of "carhacking" researchers out of the University of California San Diego and the University of Washington, who found during a study that they were able to take control of a car, manipulating all of its systems remotely via common hacker methodology. The point of entry, ...

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Tony Justice among performers Saturday at driver convention

I'm excited about seeing East Tennessee-based B&B Transport driver and songwriter Tony Justice make his driver-event debut Saturday at the Truck Driver Social Media Convention in Tunica, Miss., on Saturday. I've heard him play before, as the vids below are evidence of, but at the show he'll be with a full band of seasoned Nashville players, and it's all leading up to the Nov. 1 release of his "On the Road" album (pictured), long in ...

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