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Zombies!

The reefer dealer that was scheduled to fix our truck blew the chance to do this job.

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Check out April issue of Overdrive

Read James Jaillet's great story on the pros and cons of reprogramming your engine in the digital edition of Overdrive.

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A salute to women truckers at MATS

Women in Trucking honored 67 women who had driven one million accident free miles, 36 who had reached two million safe driving miles, fifteen with three million mile records and seven women who had attained four million safe driving miles during their careers at MATS in 2012.

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Scheduling repairs, passing time

Our reefer needs a new alternator. The repair is scheduled.

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Owner-operators deliver in MATS EOBR listening sessions

If you haven't read the report my colleague James Jaillet filed from the Mid-America Trucking Show on the Friday listening sessions the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration conducted on the subject of electronic on-board recorders for hours of service compliance, find it here. Time and again, operators urged regulators to address the real problems in the industry -- some of the same problems you'll remember the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association's Todd Spencer noting as underpinning ...

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Protect yourself against shippers who cancel loads

After waiting all day to pick up a load, it canceled. Are we screwed?

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Is it possible to change?

  Dear Carolyn, Can people change? I’ve been reading you for a long time and you seem like an optimistic gal. I don’t think you’d be giving all the advice about eating healthy, getting fit, improving your mind and such if you didn’t believe it. So please answer honestly. I want to change my unhealthy ways but I don’t know if it’s truly possible. Frank Dear Frank, Yes and I don’t know. Yes, I have seen people change for the better. ...

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Ugly today: pay to park, canceled load

Security told us to pay to park, then a load canceled later in the day.

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Torque It Up – 1850 lb-ft Now Available In ISX15 400-475 HP Ratings

Meet owner-operator of the year Larry Severson

Leased to Dart Transit since the late 1970s, Truckload Carriers Association/Overdrive Independent Contractor of the Year Larry Severson's longevity with the company beats that of even some of the Oren-family management. Dan Oren, grandson of the company's founder and one of three brothers who continue to be active participants among the company's family ownership, remembers riding along with Severson (pictured) in his 1978 Ford LNT9000 conventional, powered by a Detroit 6V92, the second truck Severson ...

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Developing a spreadsheet for expediters

Our spectacular scenic drive continued today. I worked on spreadsheets when we parked for the night.

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