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Fewer trucks + more freight = good news

It looks like freight is coming back. Or has been back for weeks. Some off-the-record conversations I’ve had with industry leaders in the last few weeks confirm that, as does other evidence. Internet Truckstop’s latest Market Demand Index report this week exceeded 7, meaning that carriers have more leverage with price than do shippers or brokers. It was the first time the index was in that zone since July 2008. “Load availability and truck demand are going ...

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Beating the Dutch — women truckers fire at Guinness World Record

I'd bet you didn't know it, but the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of female truck drivers was set by an all-woman truck convoy held in 2004 in the Netherlands. At least so say the folks trying to beat it at the Mid-America Trucking Show next week. As reported on several blogs and industry sites in the past week, the Women in Trucking organization's "Salute to Women Behind the Wheel" event is well ...

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Walk for your health

MATS health walk is first of its kind, according to its sponsor.

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‘A door just opened': Jason’s Law gains steam

What might well go down in history as the biggest trucking story of 2009, at least as goes drivers' efforts to push for industry change for the better, is that of Jason's Law, named after N.Y.-based driver Jason Rivenburg after he was robbed and gunned down while parked at an abandoned grocery in South Carolina. I've written about it here several times in various contexts; sorry if this background is a big repetition. The bill ...

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Husband is a gem!

Dear Carolyn, My husband is the best husband in the world. He’s loyal, smart, hard working and makes me laugh. He saved up for years to buy his own truck and runs a good solid business. He also cooks, cleans and does his own ironing. I read some of the letters you get from readers and I have to count my blessings. So, you might wonder, why are you writing to me? Well, his birthday is ...

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Inspiration

I believe there are two extreme types of runners. There are those runners who go to bed at night looking forward to their morning run. Then there are those of us whose first step of a run is the most difficult. That second one’s me. Sometimes I get down on myself because I am not a very good runner. It’s really hard for a truck driver to train properly. Then I think of people who ...

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The 5,000-mile pet-rescue haul

Musician Susanne Spirit's shows three times weekly at the TravelCenters of America-East location in Ontario, Calif., are a combination of country performance and public outreach to and from the nation's truckers, with one of their prime components offering pet-adoption services to drivers, finding loving, rolling homes for those cast away. Spirit and co. recently found a high-profile pet of its own in Jackson, a Weimaraner/Pit Bull mix adopted from the Rancho Cucamongo, Calif., animal shelter that partners with Spirit's ...

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Anonymous trucker heroism after officer’s high-speed injury

When Eastern Adams County, Pa., officer Richard H. Phillips, 40, caught the back end of a tractor-trailer at the intersection of U.S. 30 and state road 94 south of Harrisburg in rural eastern Pennsylvania, he was in pursuit of a small car flying eastbound on 30 for unreported reasons, and when his vehicle burst into flames he suffered what is being described as a "critical" injury. But the account published at the law-enforcement news site Officer.com suggests ...

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

Allis-Chalmers on-highway engines? — Ted Streit’s restoration adventures…

Mercer leased owner-operator Ted Streit also happens to be the owner of a shop doing custom and restoration work in Suring, Wis., called Fast Transport. More than a year ago, he called me up after seeing some coverage of fellow Wisconsin resident (Sparta) and owner-operator Paul Sagehorn's restoration of two original TV KWs, one from the Movin' On series and the other a last-season B.J. and the Bear rig I followed from discovery to the finish (you ...

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Deadly roads, best Interstate, stupid drivers

Knoxville News Sentinel columnist Sam Venable took time to concur with our readers, who recently voted I-40 in Tennessee as the nation’s best highway segment in our annual Highway Report Card. However, if he didn’t know how diversely opinionated truckers are, he does now. He polled three of them at a truck stop about their favorite stretch of highway. None picked I-40 – in Tennessee or anywhere else. Meanwhile, the April issue of Reader’s Digest has its ...

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