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Thinking about top executives at large motor carriers

Having met and interacted with the top people at our carrier, I am growing more sympathetic toward them.

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‘Courtesy not necessarily contagious’: UPS driver after 50 accident-free years

Ohio resident and UPS driver Ron "Big Dog" Sowder (pictured) started his career with UPS in 1962 after serving in the Navy and answering an employment ad. On January 25, the driver marked 50 years hauling for the company -- all of it without an accident. Sowder's 4 million-plus safe miles have made him the longest-serving active member of the company elite "Circle of Honor" group of UPS safe drivers with 25-plus years of service ...

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Why doesn't she return my calls?

Dear Carolyn, I'm a truck driver who recently asked out a nice gal who works in the main office the small trucking company I drive for. We had a good time and I would like to ask her out again. However, she has not returned any or my calls or text messages since the date. Does this mean she's not interested? I wish she would just say so. Kevin, Dear Kevin, She did. Sorry, I know that sounds mean but if ...

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Is FMCSA putting back in the air what EPA takes out?

New FMCSA rules require truckers to take a 30 minute break. What effect will this have on air quality?

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Using free info and free air to extend tire life

Tire inflation tables -- do you use them?

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Your stuff — why do you own it?

When was the last time you thought deeply about the stuff you own?

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Operator to train in CNN’s Fit Nation program this year

“I was on my way back to Texas and didn’t have a webcam," says Roadrunner Transportation Services contractor Glenn Keller about the circumstances in which he filmed what has become a winning entry to take part in CNN's 2012 Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge. "I pulled off the interstate, went into a Walmart and bought what I figured would be my last bucket of chicken wings and a webcam. I sat there in the seat of ...

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‘Leave Tony alone’ — An owner-operator on the truck stop tiger

Animal rights advocates are a vocal bunch, as I've found out over the course of the last several years. Write word one about Tony, the tiger at the Tiger Truck Stop in Gross Tete, La., and you can pretty much place your bets on a blizzard of commentary coming your way. Until recently, much of that commentary, including some of it from actual driver readers of the blog here, has taken the side of the ...

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ISX15 SmartAdvantage™ Powertrain A Smart Choice for CTI

An owner-operator’s guide to success

Here's a book I recommend to all owner-operators and owner-operator wannabees.

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‘Monkey gouger’ Jimmy Ardis beats the odds to 4 million safe miles

Owner-operator Jimmy Ardis of Sumter, S.C., leased to Moultrie, Ga.-based Sapp Trucking, learned to drive "in a 1971 International 4070 cabover with a 250 Cummins in it," he says, running to the West Coast and back. He'd driven farm tractors prior to that. "I pretty well had it mastered by the time I went over the road." This might be a story emblematic of so many owner-operators', but for the fact that, as is well evident ...

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