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Mailbag: One operator’s ‘hairy’ trip speed-limited at 65, more views on limiter mandate proposal

In response to recent polling, the largest share of reader respondents object to any speed limiter mandate. A larger share of responses considered together, though, favor speed settings well above the speeds the DOT analyzed within the proposed rule's text. More voices on the proposed mandate in this podcast.

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ICE is important

In Case Of Emergency, or ICE, contacts can easily be added to your cell phone, and have been advocated for by paramedics and emergency response personnel.

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Spot market UP-date, weekend edition: Good news for a change

The weekly demand charts from DAT came in a smidge later than usual this week, so I thought I'd host them here on the blog this time around. Data is for the week prior to Labor Day, and the good news is that volume and load-to-truck ratios rose on the spot market and rates followed, especially for vans and reefers. Van rates added 6 cents, and reefers got 3 cents themselves. Flatbeds gained just a penny per mile. ...

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Powerfully connected with tiny cords

The magic and the wonder of a solar battery pack for a phone: "It doesn't get hot, it doesn't make my phone hot, and it charges with the energy of the freaking sun. ... Is my phone still tethered to something all the time? Yes. Yes it is. But that something can move with me, and no matter how many times I drop it, it won't die."

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Rearview: Covering custom

Workhorses increasingly became show horses in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with style-minded owner-operators turning to aftermarket lights, chrome, graphics, paint and more to convert their rigs into things of beauty. Overdrive began covering the trend and started the first major truck beauty show, Overdrive’s Pride & Polish, in 1991.

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‘Irresponsible’ use of data — it happens day in, day out

Jumping to a conclusion that speed limiters are the driving force behind reductions in crashes without considering other factors is, well, irresponsible indeed.

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She’s taking all the torque she can, Jim. We’re at critical mass.

Have you ever read something "so terrible you just can't imagine a real human being pieced it together and hope that someone has an imminently evil computer program to stitch together an AP article about trucking?" Plenty examples this week ...

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When regulation hurts worse than paltry pay

When nearly two-thirds of truckers (for owner-operators alone, 71 percent), working ridiculously long hours for modest pay, are far more aggravated over regulations and lack of respect than they are money, something’s amiss. It’s no surprise that turnover stays high.

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Volvo fans, this one’s for you: Trux’ custom ’06 VNL 670

This 2006 VNL 670 might well be the only Volvo with eight-inch straight pipes, builder Josh Foster says. Take a video run through the numerous custom mods Foster took the truck through his his employer, Trux Accessories.

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Notes on being attached

"Be safe out there – and keep an eye out for marauding fathers saving Mousies and blankets. (Like you need one more thing to watch out for...)"...

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