Blogs

Truck parking issues

Truck parking is always an issue and more so with our present carrier that prohibits truck parking on the street.

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Evel Knievel’s driver and the 1973 Overdrive interview

Unearthing the history behind Evel Knievel's 1970s touring operation with former driver Mike Draper. Bonus: Videos of the old Mack haul rig, currently undergoing restoration.

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Southeastern Regional truck show one month hence

Mid-America had to start somewhere. --owner-operator Ted Bowers, president of the American Truck Historical Society's Smoky Moutains chapter The show about which Bowers had those thoughts for me is a joint venture with his ATHS chapter and several others in the Southeast, and it's coming up quick: April 13-14 in Knoxville. Bowers made his comparison with the giant Louisville trucking show after noting that he expected more than 200 trucks to enter the Knoxville event. Some of ...

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Building your quick reference folder

Collecting and using information to make life on the road easier.

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Uh-oh! engine code: check fuel filter

For the first time ever in this truck, we got a fuel filter code.

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CSA-Proofing, part two: Closed greasing system

I wanted to highlight a maintenance tip today you may have missed from owner-operator Gordon Alkire, leased to Landstar, down in the comments section on my "CSA-proof your rig" cover story for this month's Overdrive (if you haven't read that story yet, find it here in text or in digital mag format here). Essentially, Alkire's engineered a solution to the problem of needing to get under the truck to grease front and rear suspension components with ...

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The wisdom of calling ahead

I learned (relearned) today the wisdom of calling ahead. Learned when not doing so cost us an extra stop and when doing so saved us a hassle at our upcoming delivery. Diane and I woke up this morning at a small truck stop in upstate New York. We drove from there to our pick up. This freight goes cross-country and delivers Monday morning. Before signing on with Landstar Express America last June, ...

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More about New York tolls and highway tax

It is true what my friend told me about New York tolls and highway use tax.

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‘Roll On, Truck Driving Girl’: Introducing trucker-songwriter Lisa Godino

Harmony, N.J.-based Lisa Godino (pictured) is a self-proclaimed "folk artist just trying to make a little noise anywhere I can,” she says. It's not always easy, as the kind of noise she's talking about isn't of the Class 8 diesel variety but music, and with "50 hours a week’s worth of trucking, it’s difficult to find the time, but I keep trying to write as much as I possibly can,” she says. It's clear to me ...

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Protecting our profits from obscene toll hikes

I learned today something about New York mileage tax and fuel tax that I did not know before and that may work to our benefit.

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