Blogs

Oil/gas boom in N.D. generates owner-operator opportunities

A report from an NPR listener bemoaned truck traffic in his native Watford City, N.D., associated with the oil boom -- but that boom is proving golden for many owner-operators.

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Awesome trucks and the fruits of debate: Two events upcoming

Round-up of two events upcoming: the big 2nd Annual Truck Driver Social Media Convention meeting Oct. 27-28 and the ATHS Cookeville, Tenn., truck show Sept. 27-28.

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Reader: Repeal FLSA trucking exemption

The following comes by way of owner-operator Joe Ammons, who is looking for assistance with a petition for the U.S. Secretary of Transportation (or Congress) to repeal the trucking exemption to the Fair Labor Standards Act, which among other things specifies the 40-hour workweek and 8-hour day for employees of companies in other industries -- particularly in the context of the new Congressional mandate for interstate carriers to use electronic onboard recorders, which would seem ...

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Change is possible

Dear Carolyn, I’m about to get married to a great guy. He wasn’t such a great guy when he was married to his previous wife. However, he has since quit drinking, got into therapy, lost 50 pounds and has turned into the great guy he once was. I know everything about how badly he treated his first wife but I feel lucky to be getting a new improved version. Does this worry you? Sue   Dear Sue, The second mouse ...

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High-altitude jumper was also a …

Yeah, you guessed it. Today over on the CCJ blog find the story of onetime New Jersey-based truck driver Nick Piantanida (pictured), who also holds the distinction of being a 1960s pioneer of extreme high-altitude skydiving -- and who holds the unofficial record for the highest-ever manned balloon flight, 123,500 feet. He was trying to beat a U.S. Air Force colonel's jump record on that flight, though things went awry. Ever persistent -- and "a self-styled adventurer who ...

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What’s cool about being a truck driver? Video contest details

The Minnesota Trucking Association is holding a video contest offering $1,000 to the winning entry that best answers the question "What would be cool about being a truck driver?"

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Diesel exhaust listed by WHO as cancer causing agent

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, has formally categorized diesel exhaust as cancer-causing but fails to recognize advancements in diesel technology in the developed world.

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Win a free trip to Dallas trucking show

Overdrive​ is giving an owner-operator the chance to jet to Dallas next month for an all-inclusive trip to The Great American Trucking Show.

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ObamaCare: Love it? Or repeal it?

As you'll likely be aware, on June 28, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld most of the president’s health care act, including a provision that requires Americans to prove they have health insurance or pay a fine. Also under the law, those with pre-existing conditions cannot be denied coverage, children up to age 26 can stay on their parents’ insurance, and states must set up online “exchanges” where consumers can buy subsidized insurance policies. Presumptive Republican ...

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Two custom ’80s Petes for the cabover fanatics

These two Peterbilt 362s, owned by Dustin Kunkel and John Bradford, respectively, we caught out at the Crossville, Tenn., show of the ATHS Music City Chapter.

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