Blogs

Things I’ve learned about open-deck hauling

And dry van!: "I also learned that Golden, Colo., has the heaviest and cheapest paying loads out there, because they're all beer and liquor and the beer companies should be ashamed of some of the prices they're offering to haul it."

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High driver turnover correlated with higher OOS, crash volumes and CSA scores

Data firm Vigillo found a close correlation between high turnover and generally more negative carrier numbers in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's compliance rating program. Also: FAST Act CSA requirements update -- suggested CSA changes expected late Spring/early Summer.

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The truth is hard

"Telling the truth is still important, even if it's not particularly popular right now. The current climate of things is one lie to combat another, and it's definitely not working out for the best." ...

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The weak arguments for skimping on behind-the-wheel training

It’s sadly ironic that the agency charged with improving trucking safety would rely on lame excuses to shrug its shoulders at a simple, common-sense way to shore up safety.

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The pemmican prophecy

In which Wendy tries out a recipe for the super-food of the native Americans: "I took a big, healthy, life sustaining bite of pemmican, and immediately discovered that I'm not ready for the apocalypse." ...

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Out now: ‘The Bison & the Butterfly’ — rollicking sequel to former owner-operator Fred Afflerbach’s ‘Roll On’ novel

A road novel of the classic sort, the new book builds on the foundations laid by its predecessor -- Afflerbach's empathic, often hilarious, moving depiction of two generations of men coming back together through lived experience after separation and loss is a master turn in the literary arts.

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Ode to those who make us laugh

"Here's to the people who make us laugh when we'd rather cry, especially my sweet husband. Make someone laugh today -- you never know who feels like the cat's been sucking on their hair, and you may just keep a trucker from crying."

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A night in jail on account of an unloaded pistol in the truck

Fred Afflerbach recalls the state of Massachusetts' treatment of carrying out-of-state firearms round about 1980 -- and more voices on issues of parking and personal protection on the road.

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Can’t sneak away from trucking

In which Wendy steals off at 4 a.m. from her daughter's hospital bedside for an illicit smoke in an underground parking garage, only to find out "you can't do anything without a trucker. Not even sneak off to smoke a cigarette."

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As tax time looms, owner-operators shouldn’t overlook these deductions

Here are five of the most common deductions for owner-operators, says trucker tax expert Dennis Bridges, an Atlanta-area CPA who works with about 1,000 owner-operators. Savings for these add up to $3,000 for those in the 15 percent tax bracket -- and more for those in the 25 percent bracket.

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