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Vids of the new Caterpillar truck — the CT660

"No one knows heavy-duty like Caterpillar," says the official promo vid for the new Class 8 from Caterpillar, the CT660. Long-awaited in the wake of Cat's announcement that the company was getting out of the on-highway engine market, and entering the truck market, the new truck is here (pictured), built in partnership with Navistar. For several separate video glimpses of it, including reactions from the show floor at ConExpo in Las Vegas, where it was officially ...

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Health walk emphasizes participants

Over the years I have run in scores of events. The smallest event that I have been involved with was 12 people. I have also run in races with 15,000 people. I have learned many things from my involvement in these events. The most important is what sticks with me. It has to be about the participants. Last year at MATS I tried to apply that knowledge to organizing an event. For the first time ever ...

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Tools for trucking career, issues advocacy at social media meeting

Making the wider world work to your particular advantage, whatever you choose that to mean, has always been the goal of the more ambitious among us -- in today's world, the tools toward making that a reality are multiplicitous and downright confusing in the pace at which the written and unwritten rules for their use change, typically via automatic update or small shifts in what business types refer to as "best practices." As more and ...

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Team dogs: In-cab guardians are appreciated

Truckers dogs share a special trait: As a group, they are deeply appreciated and loved.

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Overdrive’s Coulter remembers Fred…

Another fond memory here of Mike "Mustang" Crawford's trucking companion, Fred, who passed on early the morning of Thursday, March 24, 2011. The memory and the wonderful picture here come from Lucinda Coulter, Overdrive's managing editor, who met Crawford for the first time in person during a photo shoot to accompany our Trucker of the Month feature about him in February 2009. He would later go on to be our Trucker of the Year the ...

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A “corporate mouthpiece” responds

A few readers have taken me to task for my March editorial. I had argued that the proposed mandate for electronic onboard recorders could eventually put pressure to raise pay.

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Latest distraction: Hauler takes on-highway health to new heights

Some truck drivers in Germany are on a health kick perhaps more extreme than that of their U.S. counterparts. Near the western city of Munster, the website of Germany's English-language daily the Local reported, a hauler was spotted on the autobahn weaving as he overtook vehicles ahead. As police gave chase, the unmistakable glint of chrome dumbbells was observed reflecting the sun in the cab compartment as the driver got his workout in at high ...

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Fred: Memorializing one long-hauling dog

Condolences to Overdrive 2010 Trucker of the Year, owner-operator Mike "Mustang" Crawford, whose dog Fred passed away early this morning. She was 12 and some years old. "It's a rough day for me, " Crawford said. Fred had been running freight for Prime Inc. with Crawford for the better part of 2 million miles, all logged in Crawford's 1994 Freightliner. "I bet you there ain't another dog in history that's had that in the same truck." Crawford ...

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Why can't we be friends?

His wife is jealous of his old girlfriend.

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Diamond Heavy Haul rig/driver appearing on ‘American Trucker’ this week

When I interviewed the Speed Channel's 'American Trucker' program host Robb Mariani back in January, he was “on set” in the passenger seat of a Diamond Heavy Haul driver’s rig, hooked to a “huge electrical component” en route south across Ohio to an Ohio River port. “I think it’s probably the heaviest haul I could have imagined – the rig they have they build from scratch. It’s got 114 tires and is more than 250-ft. ...

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