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Gearing up for a fight with tire dealer

Diane and I may have been scammed by a tire dealer and it may be time to fight.

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Elephants in the room: MCSAC snapshot

There were two of them in the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee meeting room at the Hilton Old Town in Alexandria, Va., yesterday. At a certain point in the committee's discussion yesterday, Feb. 7, about the issue of electronic logs and harassment, as the discussion ranged seemingly away from the task at hand -- discussion to provide a report to FMCSA on how electronic log device standards might be written into future regulations to help ensure ...

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We do our bookkeeping to know the truth

Truck business bookkeeping is a pain, but it is a bigger pain to let it go.

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Language of MCSAC / Medical Review Board recommended apnea guidelines — more from D.C.

Contrasting viewpoints coming together -- or not -- made for an interesting day today at the first of four days' worth of meetings of the FMCSA's Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee. Today's agenda was dedicated to drafting language toward formal recommendation to the agency of potential guidance to adopt in future rulemaking relating to sleep apnea and drivers' medical qualifications. For a roundup of what's in the recommendations as issued and some of the debate ...

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Valentine's Day Plan for Single Trucker

  Dear Carolyn, Have I told you lately how much I hate Valentine's Day? This year, instead of complaining that I don't have a boyfriend, I’m planning to celebrate Discount Chocolate Wednesday! Let the chocolate frenzy begin! Single and Not Sorry Dear No Sorrows, Sounds like a good plan to me! I’m just say’n Carolyn

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Are fuel-injector-cleaning diesel additives worth it?; Apnea update

I'm at the FMCSA Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee's joint meeting with the Medical Review Board today -- watch my Twitter feed for updates from the meeting, where committee members are slated to draft guidance on regulation of the sleep apnea condition as it relates to interstate driver medical qualifications. Find prior reporting from recent-past MCSAC meetings on the subject here and here. (Click through our current, February cover image at right for Managing Editor ...

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Finding happiness with Dutch trucking music

De weg naar geluk, per the nifty Google Translator service, is The road to happiness in Dutch. It also happens to be a song title for a country tune from across the pond by Dutch country singer Henk Wijngaard, with Silvia Swart. Wijngaard is known for his trucking music. Below, find a vid for the song to satisfy idle Sunday curiosity. And here's a question: Does every country in the world have a trucking troubadour? Any ...

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A mile well-driven

A mile well-driven and a journey toward fulfillment, joy and peace are one and the same.

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The world’s toughest trucker I am not

Why I declined the invitation from The World's Toughest Trucker TV show.

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Flying high, running low: Friday Channel 19 news round-up

Big birds to fly by truckWriting on the New York Times blog yesterday, Matthew L. Wald delivered a little unexpected news about a flock of young whooping cranes currently settled down for the winter about 45 miles southwest of Decatur, Ala.: they would travel the last leg of this year's winter journey, led in large part by ultralight aircraft used by scientists attempting to help the cranes reestablish population numbers, by... You guessed it, I'd bet. ...

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