Blogs

Does added hydrogen really boost fuel mileage?

Some research shows that hydrogen slightly improves diesel combustion, but the improvement may not be significant enough to warrant all the equipment necessary to separate it and meter it back in.

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Why is a JakeBrake important to you?

Answer the question by November 15 and you may just win a weekend in Las Vegas March 9-12, 2012, around the time of the NASCAR events. JakeBrake makers Jacobs Vehicle Systems, as I wrote in May this year, share a 50th anniversary with Overdrive this year. To celebrate and thank customers, via their Facebook page they're collecting drivers and owner-operators' stories, pictures and video in answer to the question of the engine brake's importance and ...

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How high am I? AutoHaulerSupply.com has the answer

If you’ve ever asked yourself that question after loading a car hauler or an expensive piece of machinery on an open-deck trailer, Oregon-based Stephen Rowe (pictured: don't try this at home) has a tool to help you answer it. His Auto Hauler Supply company’s new Life Saver Height Stick is made of durable bright-orange fiberglass and measures up to 15 ft. or 5 meters – and marked as such. Most importantly, its collapsed length is only ...

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A couple for the kids: Truck, stop! Truck, go!

On children's musician, author and childhood development specialist Jim Gill's most recent CD / DVD, "Music Play for Folks of All Stripes," an interactive tune called "Truck Stop" schools listeners in a fun way on the basics of the truck driver's work. As with most of Gill's tunes, adults are coached toward leading kids through imaginative play. In this case, that means pretending to be trucks that go, that stop, drivers that drink coffee and eat salads ...

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What a mustard seed of faith can do

Religious faith is the subject of two cover stories, the photos for which are in the photo gallery for covers on OverdriveRetro.

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Truckers lobbied to support National Pork Rind Day

This wouldn't be the salty snack's first appearance on the Channel 19 blog. For that, we'd have to go back to August 2010, when a driver choked on one and his rig left the roadway -- and didn't spur mainstream media calls for a ban on eating behind the wheel. All the same, Ohio-based Rudolph Foods, makers of the pork rinds pictured here, spent all day Sept. 14 giving out bags of its barbecue, spicy and ...

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Has CSA hit you? And: DeFazio’s cross-border backlash

Today, a novel suggestion from the folks at J.J. Keller, who conducted a webinar yesterday aimed at providing carriers large and small with tools to combat the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program, nearly a year into its history as the safety ranking system of record. This one has to do with the so-called "interventions" FMCSA's been conducting with carriers since the program went live last December. Anybody seen a warning letter, ...

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New book explores first cross-continent truck trip

Many of you will be familiar with the 1919 military truck convoy that traversed the United States in an effort to test the efficacy of cargo trucks on the roads, or lack thereof, of the day. A Young Dwight Eisenhower was part of the convoy, and his experience of it is oft-cited as having a great deal to do with his support of the Interstate Highway Program as President later. A new book, however, tells the ...

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

Charlie Daniels: “We’re coming to rock ’em” at Charlotte show

Charlie Daniels has been at making music for a half-century and then some, and he's still going strong. He turns 75 next month, and earlier this year he released a new track in "Let 'Em Win or Bring 'Em Home," a meditation on American service members and their families giving all for love of country. With, of course, an explicit message for our elected leaders about a proper course. As part of his hard-running touring around ...

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A receptionist’s memories: Overdrive in Hollywood

Bonnie Robinson remembers Overdrive's staff and offices in the 1970s.

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