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Confidence lackluster, but factories humming

Tuesday’s report on consumer confidence was a bit sour, even though the index was up a tad. “Overall, consumers remain apprehensive about the future," said an official with The Conference Board Consumer Research Center, which manages the survey. But, hey, that’s just a survey of how people feel. A report this morning shows that manufacturing, which has a more direct impact on trucking, continues to improve. One of the most active manufacturing sectors was transportation equipment, ...

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Dollars and Sense

To buy a tractor without an idea of its application is putting the cart before the horse (or, we might say, the trailer before the tractor).

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Chatting with Amby

Amby Burfoot’s Runner’s Guide to the Meaning of Life puts running into perspective.

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Healthy Movement Gathering Steam

The Healthy Trucker Movement is gaining steam.

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Disarming Jerks

Carolyn gives advice on disarming jerks, loneliness and using the "L" word.

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DOT’s happy. You?

A dose of trucking humor, oddities and coverage in the media.

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Getting bolder with her shoulder

Three years ago, when Ellen Voie (pictured) launched the Women in Trucking organization, she boasted that she'd be so happy when membership levels reached 1,000 that she'd get the org's logo tattooed on her body. On Aug. 26, the first day of the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, she followed through on her boast live before listeners of the Sirius XM Freewheelin' radio show broadcast from GATS. The WIT logo was inked on the ...

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Reporting cargo theft — balancing act in more ways than one…

Tune in Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern for the Truth About Trucking online radio program with host Allen Smith. My fellow Truckers News/Overdrive Senior Editor Max Kvidera and I will be guests on the subject of cargo theft, the topic of note in the latest, September edition of Truckers News, out now in digital format and hitting the truckstop racks as we speak. Cargo theft has risen sharply in recent years, some now referring to it ...

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Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

Rolling out to Dallas ‘Too Hot to Trot’ 5K

Well, folks, I finished -- no surprise to regular readers, I'd guess, since you've seen a little proof I can do some long-distance running. Get over a couple miles, though, for me, and it hurts. Add to that the constant walking around the show floor at the Great American Trucking Show (picture from the bobtail lot) here in Dallas I've been doing for past couple days and a 5K run isn't perhaps the most relaxing way I could have spent the ...

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Put your CD player in ‘Overdrive’ — hauler Joe Lee Smith reissues record

Sitting outside Overdrive sister mag CCJ's Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference in Dallas yesterday and typing away on a story, one of the presenters, with whom I've talked in years past, walked by and nodded my way with a quip I've heard near countless times over the years from folks who know who I work for. "Put it in 'Overdrive,'" he said. I laughed, for what I was at that exact moment looking at on my laptop screen made the ...

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