Blogs

One Arrow driver’s story, through the eyes of the Schneider National hauler who picked him up

Nacogdoches, Texas-based Schneider National driver Robin Reese recently told me a story that ranks among the absolute most positive I've heard to come out of the bankruptcy of Arrow Trucking, which before officially filing as bankrupt late last week abruptly ceased operations a few days before Christmas, leaving drivers the nation over in the lurch and wondering just how to proceed. Shortly after news of the shutdown began to fly out of Tulsa, where Arrow was ...

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UPS hauler weighs in on foggy driving

In Gary Richards' Monday "Roadshow" column in the Silicon Valley Mercury News paper, Richards called on Aptos, Calif.-based UPS trucker Dan Casas to help answer the question of a writer about the safety of closely following a big rig in fog to get through a dangerous drive. Casas was gracious and knowledgable in his reply.

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CSA 2010: The new sheriff in town

This month's cover story "Maximum Exposure" in Truckers News deals with CSA 2010 -- the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's new safety compliance program set to roll out this summer. While it's a total new way of doing business, CSA 2010 looks to work in favor of good drivers. I made this argument in my monthly "Editor's Journal" column in the same issue. While I expect to get letters from drivers who disagree with me, (and yes I ...

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South Pole ice roads redux

More pictures from South African Antarctic research expedition -- now that's extreme intermodal.

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Owner-operator ‘Singin’ Sam’ Little launches campaign for governor of Alaska

“Singin’ Sam” Little has dedicated one of the Kenworths in his Little Country small fleet to pull parade floats and other materials during his own 2010 campaign for the governorship of Alaska. The sometime country singer Little has also issued a new record, "Truck Driver for Governor," that features a tune updated from his original penned during the national independent driver shutdowns of 1979. The original "Truckers Shutdown" song debuted to a crowd of drivers at ...

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Clothes, fuel and computers lead factory report

Clothing was one of nine growing sectors that produced the fifth consecutive month of expansion for the nation’s manufacturing sector.

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Cranking up the new year — queue everbody’s favorite Sammy Hagar tune, will you?

With unfortunate toll hikes in New York, haulers got another late Christmas gift with the new year in the implementation of an Illinois state law that raised maximum interstate speed limits, formerly split between 55 and 65 mph for trucks and cars, respectively, to an even 65 for both.

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Introducing the ‘ice road truckers’ of the South Pole

South African Times-Live correspondent Tiara Walters is the first female writer-in-residence with that country's team of research scientists probing the barren landscape of the South Pole, and her Pole Dancing blog recently chronicled the team's trek across what many Americans will be familiar with from the History Channel's Ice Road Truckers series. " Challenger drivers from the defence force heavy-duty cargo across 26 km of ice just 1.8 meters thick in parts." The provenance of the ...

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Best coffee on the road?

The Knoxville News-Sentinel newspaper reports that Pilot Travel Centers is launching several new marketing campaigns in our new year, including not only a new Facebook fan page but an extension of the one suggested by the image included here. As News-Sentinel reporters put it, "The company’s fleet of 325 tanker trucks now display the message 'Best Coffee on the Interstate' on the back panel of their trailers, a nod to recent recognition from the readers ...

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Dollars and Sense

Over 90 percent of the U.S. population is not financially independent at retirement. Follow theses steps to put your self in the other 10 percent.

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