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Live load visibility with a simple, free smartphone app

Owner-operators, there's been no shortage of talk about the profusion of truck-tracking devices and the relative problems they could cause, given ongoing hours-of-service/EOBR issues and discussions. But the simple fact of the matter is that allowing shippers and consignees a real-time window into your location could be a quite simple way to engage potential direct-freight customers if you're using brokers, or a value-added service if you're already independent with your own shippers (if, of course, ...

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1970s-era Overdrive staffer enjoyed storied past

Former Overdrive receptionist, Bonnie Robinson, remembers a storied past at the magazine, whose headquarters were once in Hollywood, Calif.

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Driver loses vital organ at Kentucky hospital

Trucker Philip Seaton is locked in a battle with a Kentucky doctor whom it appears may be attempting to cover his tracks after amputating Seaton's penis after finding cancer during a routine circumcision-type procedure to relieve inflammation -- doing so without, apparently, telling Seaton he was doing it. That's all I'll say, aside from that folks all around the web are having too much fun with this one -- it ultimately seems more gruesome than all ...

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What’s going on with owner-operator pay

Got a hour to spare? That's all it would take to watch and listen to the webinar we did last week with Gordon Klemp on driver compensation. Klemp, head of the National Transportation Institute, has spent years tracking pay at mid-sized and large carriers. After talking with his fleet clients for the most recent survey, he expects owner-operator pay to rise 4 cents to 6 cents over the next 12 months. He had lots of other good ...

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From a left-coast operator on the Virginia quake

Thought I'd share a brief item related to the 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered between Charlottesville and Richmond, Va., and felt up and down the East Coast (including in my mother's office as far South as Rock Hill, S.C.). A west-coaster posted on Truckers News' Facebook page a couple reminders of basic advice to haulers worried about potential on-highway delays: 1. "I would just avoid any bridges or tunnels today if practical, or maybe even get some ...

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Tips for the Big Rig Run, TSG Walk

So you’re going to do the Big Rig Run in Dallas! Here is some practical advice for you to consider before you lace up your running shoes as well as the layout of the event itself. It’s Dallas. It’s August. It will be hot. Hydration is key. The 5K is on Friday. The convention begins on Thursday. Is it a social event masquerading as a business convention or vice versa? I don’t know. Either way, it has ...

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Owner-operators remembering Chance Rogers at GATS

A fixture at truck shows for years with his owner-operator grandfather Jim Rogers, leased to Fikes, young Chance Rogers passed away July 11 after a long battle with bone cancer. Several owner-operators and drivers have banded together in the Truckers United for Charities group to honor Chance by raising money for a memorial fund in his name for the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation in Porland, Ore. “That was the hospital that took care of Chance,” ...

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Long-haul literary: Former owner-operator’s memoir of the life

Marc Mayfield (pictured) didn’t set out to write a book when, after a lot of college – “some of it was wasted time,” he says -- and several less-than-successful, half-hearted career choices, he jumped into a job choice he’d long ago entertained as a possibility. “I really enjoyed driving big trucks,” he says, which is evident in the long-haul portrait – warts and all – that is his new literary memoir In the Driver’s Seat: Interstate ...

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Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

Cheers, stars launched the Great American Trucking Show

Randall-Reilly Publishing's first Great American Trucking Show in Dallas had a spirited start in August 12 years ago.

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Phone app for getting around GATS in Dallas next week

If you're saying "Man I sure could have used that last year," I can assure you you're not alone. The new Great American Trucking Show app for various smartphone platforms, put together by the show's owners (Randall-Reilly Business Media & Information, publishers of Overdrive) with Core Apps and sponsored the Cummins Engine Corp., puts an interactive, searchable map of the show floor at the Dallas convention center at your fingertips, as well as offering one-touch access to showgoer information ...

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