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‘Monster train’ and other freight supersizers

You might have missed news of Union Pacific testing to see just how long a train can be. I didn’t know of it until reading a Wall Street Journal story this week. Writer Jennifer Levitz cites the train as an example of pressures in rail and ocean shipping, as well as trucking, to haul more freight per trip. The proponents in all three modes cite the potential for using less fuel, and thereby less pollution ...

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Live online CD release party for ‘When the Big Rigs Don’t Roll’

Join the www.AsktheTrucker.com proprietors this Wednesday for a live online exclusive release event for a new record aimed squarely at the politically conscious among you. "When the Big Rigs Don't Roll" is its title, and the country musicians/songwriters behind the 10 songs on the CD, David Ayers and Barry Allen, have birthed several winners in songs like the title track, first penned during a collaborative songwriting session in spring 2008, as the historic diesel-price spike ...

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Trucking shutterbugs bring it in Truckers News first photo contest

Photographers brought pretty stunning images to the online photo forum we host at the the Flickr.com photo site for the first, July contest on the theme of "Junked or Forgotten Trucks/Trailers." Check out Bob McGilvray's runner-up "Rusy"  here to see the quality of the work sent in from around the nation (McGilvray's been featured in Truckers News before, actually, when he captured a empathic moment of driver error -- "We've all been there," he said ...

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Fitness and health to be big themes at GATS

Named for the laudable goal of launching truck drivers writ large past the statistical driver's average age of death (less 61 years, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 16 years younger than the average American), the 61+ Driver Health Awareness Walk of 2010 will take place Aug. 28 at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, one day after Truckers News' Too Hot to Trot 5K run-walk I mentioned briefly in my ...

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Join us at GATS!

Something sort of amazing has happened in the past month. Truckers News' Fit for the Road program decided to put together a 5K event for the Great American Trucking Show. We figured the turnout might be kind of small, but that it could be the start of something great for the trucking industry. Little did we know. Soon enough, John Christner Trucking had signed on to sponsor the Too Hot to Trot 5K. And after a little ...

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Empowerment

The most frustrating thing about trucking is the waste of time.  Shippers and consignees seem to gleefully waste it. Our time has no value to them. They often treat the drivers like we have no value. Since our time has no value to them they don’t mind wasting it. Sometimes it seems like some of them seem to enjoy it. I had one of those last week in Melrose Park, Ill. It was on a Friday ...

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Original ‘Vince and Larry’ crash test dummies donated to Smithsonian

The U.S. Department of Transportation last month donated a number of “Vince and Larry” crash-test dummy costumes and related auto safety items to the Smithsonian Institution. You probably remember the PSAs from the 1980s, such as this one in which Larry convinces Vince to get out of bed in time for a crash test by noting that Barbara Mandrell was saved by a seat belt. “We learned a lot from Vince and Larry about the ...

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New ‘gold trucks’ vid from owner-operator Howard Salmon

Remember that little mention I made a few weeks back about my serendipitous meeting with past Overdrive Trucker of the Month Howard Salmon (pictured), the one where I talked about participating in a bit of a video experiment with him singing at the fuel island (I held the camera, don't worry; he did all the singing)? Well, you can get a look at the results below, a new vid for the title track on his ...

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12 big legs on 18 wheels

Cargo thieves in Quebec didn’t waste much time dumping a truck and trailer they lifted while in transit to an Ontario zoo June 18. Just 25 miles from where the rig was stolen, the trailer was spotted. The truck was found a few miles down the road. Ron Petrie creatively reconstructed the scene in the Regina, Sask., Leader-Post: “Only when well down the road did feel safe to get out, check their hot cargo, ...

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Would you like fries with that?

Driver demand is higher than it’s been in more than two years. For leased owner-operators, it could be a good time to get updated on compensation packages and other lease terms, especially if you’ve been with the same carrier for more than a few years.

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