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Blacked out for the night?

How long before Class 8 trucks come equipped with SmartGlass technology? Lately making inroads in concept cars at auto shows around the world, the SPD-Smart window-tint technology by Research Frontiers enables a vehicle's operator to, with the push of a button, apply varying degrees of tint to one or more windows to keep the outside out. I can't help but see potential applications for night haulers looking for some shut-eye in the heat of a ...

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Doing a man's job!

Dear Carolyn, I am an attractive, (according to others) single, 32 year-old truck driver. I’m good at my job and work long hours like everyone else. My problem is that men in this industry don’t take me seriously.  They either think I am soliciting or going to crash my truck into a wall. I try to ignore them but sometimes I feel like quitting and doing something easier--like coal minning. Wanda  Dear Wanda, Women have to do everything twice ...

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Former Overdrive editor, actor Charles Napier passes on

Character actor and former Overdrive editor Charles Napier passed away at a hospital in Bakersfield, Calif., on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Napier's perhaps best known for his role as one of the Good Old Boys in the Blues Brothers film as well as an intelligence officer in the Sylvester Stallone vehicle Rambo: First Blood Part II. But he served as an Overdrive editor at a time when the magazine's popularity and profile among the nation's owner-operators ...

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Lagging libido!

Dear Carolyn, My husband has lost his sex drive. I’m not sure what to do about that!  I’ve tried all the usual methods but he’s not interested. He’s a great guy and we have a strong marriage. What can I do? Jen Dear Jen, Sex is like air; you don’t notice it until you aren’t getting any! First, drag him to the doctor and get him checked out.  Many health conditions and medications can zap the libido.  And, the ...

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Truck Stop Missouri redux; American Trucker GATS episode tonight

Truck Stop Missouri a 'trucking ambassador' in reality? After my interview posted yesterday with Joe Bechtold, General Manager of the Midway Truck Stop and Travel Plaza that is the subject of the Truck Stop Missouri TV show on the Travel Channel, a longtime commenter on the Channel 19 blog took issue with Bechtold's characterization of the show as a positive for the image of the trucking industry generally -- and the American driver in particular. Bandit, ...

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A trucking ambassador: Interviewing ‘Truck Stop Missouri’ star Joe Bechtold

The Truck Stop Missouri series on the Travel Channel has been running for a couple of months now, featuring the goings on in and around the 12 business that make up the Midway Travel Plaza between St. Louis and Kansas City in Missouri, I-70 exit 121. Midway General Manager Joe Bechtold (pictured) has seen his expectations realized in many respects. "Has it brought in more business?" I asked him yesterday. "Yes. Definitely," he said, simply, as ...

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Got the breaking up blues

Dear Carolyn,  My girlfriend went back to her ex-boyfriend last week. It was a huge shock to me and I never saw it coming. She says she tried to tell me that she wasn’t over him but honestly, I can’t recall having that conversation. I know I shouldn’t call, email, text and drive by her house all the time. She is telling friends that I’m stalking her. Can you help me? I’m so angry about this and ...

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Fighting the ‘cold war’ with Ted Nugent

With winter weather well on its way, and with it the looming threat of a gelling stranglehold on your fuel tanks, Power Service Products hope's you'll take note of their "Buy American/Made in the U.S.A." winter campaign, featuring none other than rock legend Ted Nugent (pictured). An "Uncle Ted Killer Offer" promotional campaign to help you fight the cold war is coming to a truckstop near you -- four bucks back on an 80-oz bottle of ...

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

Wood production leads September growth

Manufacturing activity, and the economy in general, kept growing in September, though some related measurements tempered that good news. Wood Products was the leading manufacturing category reporting growth. The monthly analysis comes from the Institute for Supply Management, which also notes slower supplier deliveries and a contraction of new orders last month. The Purchasing Managers Index “registered 51.6 percent, an increase of 1 percentage point from August, indicating expansion in the manufacturing sector for the 26th consecutive ...

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Toolbox system made in the USA by and for owner-operators

Veteran owner-operator Jeff Zehrer of Minnesota (trucking since 1983) had long known the difficulty of finding the perfect-sized toolbox to fit in his sleeper's side compartment. After 28 years of frustration, he decided to rectify the situation by designing his own. He wanted a toolbox that was sturdy, easily accessible, and could hold all his important tools. The first Cubby Buddy prototype was born, and Zehrer and his wife Debbie launched sales of the toolbox systems ...

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