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‘Going Wrong’? — what Sarah Palin’s autobiography has to do with you

Not much, really, unless you happen to be reading it and enjoying its critique of media lassitude and political bias, with the exception of a mention of VHF radios and conversations with truckers held from Palin's Alaskan back porch. The mention of truckers comes via Craig Medred, who offered this critique of Palin's "Going Rouge" autobiography. The critique takes the form of a fact-checker's list of errors. He found a mention of conversations held on ...

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Truck dealers analyze a year’s anemic sales

It still appears to be a buyer’s market for Class 8 trucks, according to a report from the truck dealers’ trade group. It’s been “a year of heavy depreciation for the highway sleeper market,” says the ATD/NADA Official Commercial Truck Guide. Considering the depressed conditions, prices could have dropped even lower, says Chris Visser, editor of the guide. "Anecdotal evidence suggests that an extremely active export market helped keep the domestic supply of used trucks at ...

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Songwriter Larry Morris drives big trucks to Nashville

Campbell, Mo.-based trucker Larry Morris (pictured), who drives for small fleet Double G Trucking, is also a songwriter, and his crowning achievement in that arena is now available -- "Cotton Fields to Nashville" is the name of the tune, which you can hear here: http://www.cottonfields2nashville.com/>. I wrote about him in the December issue of Truckers News, which you probably haven't seen yet in the racks at the truckstops; it's available now in a digital edition ...

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NPR correspondent gets "worst roads" lesson from owner-operator

Yesterday on National Public Radio's banner afternoon news program, All Things Considered, correspondent Ina Jaffe detailed her ridealong with one Randy Park, who drives for Apex Logistics. They ran down a stretch I-10 in California that Overdrive readers last year named among the worst in the country, singling out the state for No. 4 in our annual survey for Worst Roads in the country.Our owner-operator readers weren't off target, as usual. The Road Information Program, ...

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Texas trucker narrowly escapes the ultimate disaster

I may have spoken too soon, Friday, when I made reference to one Brazilian truck accident as one of the most bizarre of truck crash results ever photographed. A Nov. 12 story in Wyoming's Powell Tribune newspaper included a picture equally terrifyingwe-inspiring. The piece told the story of Texas-based hauler Otis Hall, whose wrong turn led him on a harrowing journey up and over the Big Horn mountains on US-14A; his brakes failed on the ...

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How to make the roadway fly by

If you still have any doubt about how dangerous texting while driving is, a new study offers some comparisons. A post from the Poynter Institute, a journalism education group, notes that 26 percent of teens admit to poking out messages while they’re behind the wheel, according to a Pew study. I bet the reality is higher than that, but what’s really scary are results from a Car and Driver magazine experiment. Using a deserted air strip, an ...

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Bridges and trucks colliding, around the world

This scene at this link might take the prize for most bizarre of truck accidents, at least those photographed for posterity. Thankfully, looks like the driver was rescued. It's a scene on a Brazilian bridge sent my way from photographer Igor Alecsander (he didn't take the accident pictures), whose acquaintance I made while researching part of Truckers News December feature on "Trucking Around the Globe," now available key=" page="here. (For more-close-to-home news about those ...

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Do you have Zonkatude? New novel by trucker chronicles band’s 40-year career

Jim Funkhouser, aka J. Gale Morrison, has been a truck driver "for 22 years," he says. "I am thinking about making a career out of it!"All the same, via the website thezonks.com, he's begun to market his first novel, We Were the Zonks, about the career of a lately reunited band, first active in the 1960s. Described as the "'60s come back to life," the Zonks might be the only fictitious band to have a ...

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

Trucking stars on the rise through running — and talking

In October, Truckers News Editor Randy Grider wrote about the extraordinary saga of one Jasmine "Jazzy" Jordan, a 16-year-old Olympic-caliber runner who began a cross-country run Sept. 1 to bring awareness to the difficulty many truck drivers experience in obtaining proper health care. This month, she was a guest on boat hauler and internet-radio host Daniel Audet's Truckstar Radio call-in show, running most nights from 8 EST (for live-listen link click here). "As the story ...

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TN health hero featured in Runner's World

 Truckers News 2008 Health Hero of the Year Jeff Clark is receiving international recognition with a profile on him in the December issue of Runner's World magazine. Clark, an avid runner and marathoner, was first featured in our March 2008 issue as part of the Fit for the Road series. He was named the 2008 Health Hero of the Year for his dedication to helping other truckers get fit as well as his personal achievements. The Runner's World ...

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