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Koch & Sons driver’s adventure at Minn. driving championships

Driver John Borman and I haven't met in person, but via the monthly photo contests I help host for Truckers News and, before that, our monthly featured photo from the magazine's Flickr.com photo-sharing group, I've become well-acquainted with Borman as not only a great photographer but a consummate professional. When he asked if I'd be interested in including his narrative of his recent participation in the Minnesota state driving championships, I didn't hesitate. Find it ...

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One dispatcher’s public salute to the American truck driver

In case you've missed news of this one, which has made the rounds of various email blasts and blogs, it's one of the best high-profile salutes to owner-operators and drivers I've come across in mainstream media of recent memory. Written by Minnesota-based fleet manager Dan Hanson and published last week in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, it seems to stem from a heartfelt appreciation for the difficulties experienced by his drivers in today's hurry-up climate, particularly as ...

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A window on FMCSA’s CSA driver-enforcement authority goals

I thought I'd share a document leaked earlier in the year -- specifically in May, and to the Transportation Weekly publication -- that purported to be a draft highway bill whose genesis was within the Obama administration. It contains a 12-page section headed by "Driver Safety Provisions," beginning on p. 366, that seems to further confirm Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration intentions to expand authority in the Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement regime to rate individual ...

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The harsh realities of excessive debt

Congress has muddled through the debt-ceiling crisis, but it's obvious the problem is not solved. Not only has the nation's debt rating been lowered, but massive deficit spending remains the norm in Washington, D.C. We're still going to hell in a hand basket, just at a slightly lower pace. On a smaller scale, any owner-operator who’s worked his way out of thousands of dollars of red ink can tell you what it’s like when compounding high-rate ...

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Lassie come home: Calling all dog stories

OverdriveRetro is sponsoring a reader-submission contest for the doggone best trucking dog stories.

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Overdrive top 10 songs streaming online this week

Longtime trucking radio host "Big Al" Weekley have put together a two-hour program that will stream from the Dispatch Me Home Radio website 24-7 throughout the week. It's all starting, well, now, and featuring a run through trucking history via our Top 10 Trucking Songs of all-time poll.  If you missed the polling results last week, find them with commentary here. Click on the image above to get to the Dispatch Me Home Radio site and ...

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Scale It: The platform-scale axle-weights app, designed by a driver

John Christner Trucking driver Jerry Wilks is the programmer/developer of an application that, if you're packing an iPhone and find occasion to use platform scales, could be of great use. Launched early in 2010, the Scale It app for the iPhone is a quick cheat that allows you to input the different weight readings you get as you roll onto the scale, then does the math for you to determine axle weights. "It's not hard math," ...

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Roadside Attractions

Robb Mariani will be one of the judges in the Custom Rigs Pride & Polish competition, make exercise your new normal, flooding creates hassles for drivers, spotting severe weather a truck gallery and other trucking news items are featured.

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

‘A creep or crazy': Roseanne Barr on today’s truckers

News today is that celebrity media, as usual, is having fun at the expense of the nation's haulers. You've got two choices, as I see it: go on and have fun with them or get madder than a hornet. There's a poll over at the Hollywood Life site that asks readers to vote on whether a certain 90210 star's ball-cap look (pictured at a red-carpet affair in Hollywood) is trashy or classy. Want to have fun ...

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3 keys to expansion

Focus on the business model and the day-to-day operations of your trucking company in three major areas.

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