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Credit card statements include free cold shower

You might have heard that banks have to play by new rules with their credit card terms and disclosures, starting today. If you’ve never faced the music when it comes to credit card abuse, your chance is about to come. One of the more digestible – and eye-popping – bits of information that now must be disclosed is how long it will take you to pay off your balance if you make only the minimum monthly ...

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Remembering a genuine American — Yellow Freight driver Karl Krueger

It is with sadness that I that I relay news reports that confirm the death of a true American -- Karl Krueger of Sioux Falls, S.D. (pictured), a union driver for Yellow Freight who made his mark on the trucking world and general public with a campaign for the presidency of the United States. A five-rig crash near the end of a construction zone on I-29 in Western Iowa, near Missouri Valley, eventuated in Krueger’s death; ...

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Another drop in the ‘No Truck Parking’ bucket

Fayetteville, N.C., Observer reporter Myron Pitts put out a clarion call in a recently published editorial for the North Carolina DOT to do the prudent thing to increase safety outside the Motiva Enterprises fuel terminal in the area and add at the least a turning lane for trucks backing up waiting for entry on Shaw Mill Road. The article, "Truckers say no-parking zone means trouble," revealed via fuel haulers' testimonies a pattern that could have long ago been fixed. Tanker haulers, ...

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Baltimore columnist: ‘Can’t avoid jackknifing? Don’t be a truck driver’

Michael Dresser, writing in the Baltimore Sun after the deluge of snow that blanketed the East Coast over the Super Bowl weekend, singled out several jackknifed rigs and their drivers in the Baltimore area as "Public Enemy No. 1." One such jackknifing incident, he writes, turned I-95 into a parking lot for the entirety of that Saturday afternoon. In a more recent follow-up column, Dresser reveals that the response from truckers around the nation was voluminous, ...

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I'm Just Say'n

Advice is given on "boys' night out,' coming home to a messy house and reigniting the old 'chemistry.'

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Trucking industry self-policing, Montana-style

How's this for taking matters into your own hands? After a few truck accidents on Montana highways 93 and 35 around Flathead Lake in the western section of the state, one of which spilled several thousand gallons of gasoline into soil precariously near the body of water, the public called for a ban of all truck traffic on the north-south routes, but public officials have instituted a different kind of policing measure with what they call ...

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Olympic downhill skiing, brought to you by dump trailer

Ice road trucking it isn't, but I couldn't help but notice in opening television coverage of the Winter Olympics, ongoing around Vancouver, B.C., an exceptional shot of a tractor pulling a dump trailer loaded with nothing but pure white snow. That's right, while the U.S. has had no short supply of the white stuff this year, getting the slopes around Vancouver in working order required a wealth of diesel muscle. This story, in Vancouver's The Province newspaper, detailed ...

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Continental HSR rides well on uneven terrain in Super Bowl ad

If you saw Budweiser's "Human Bridge" ad during the New Orleans Saints decisive defeat of the Indianapolis Colts to claim victory in last Sunday's Super Bowl contest, you may have missed one key piece of the spot, a split second shot of a Bud truck's tires rolling over the human bridge (pictured). Says Continental Tire's Jackie Pobiega. "We were pleased to see that our HSR tire rides well on human bridges." You can watch the full commercial here.

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Are All-Makes Parts Right For You?

Owner-operator’s record hits Roots Music charts

I'll bet Overdrive October 2009 Trucker of the Month Howard Salmon, an independent you may likewise remember from a couple posts (here and here) late last year about his part in the Convoy for a Cure festivities in Texas, is having a good old time watching news of all the snow folks all over the country are suffering through. He is, after all, out in Hawaii with his wife where he lives before coming back to the continental U.S. to ...

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‘Ice Road Trucker’ comes home to thaw

When I rode with Alaskan Haul Road driver George Spears in the summer of 2006, he was planning to retire in the next year or so. However, he kept postponing the day. Then he was asked to stay for production of the third season of the History Channel's "Ice Road Truckers" during the 2008-2009 winter. It was the first time the show was done on the Dalton Highway, known as the Haul Road, between Fairbanks and ...

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