Blogs

‘Hags’ won’t rag fleet by name

"Highway Hags" Stace and Hedon, company team drivers for a "super-large-mega-important transportation firm," blog on anything from mechanical how-to to more standard blog fare at highwayhags.com. Their employer decided "they would rather not take advantage of all the free publicity to be gained from being mentioned prominently in drivers’ blogs," writes Hedon on highwayhags.com. "On the one hand, I really iseriously/i hate being told what to do. On the other, I really like this big ...

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That great vinyl sound — in the cab

Ever wished you could dust off those earthy old Hank Williams 45s your dad left you and take them for a spin pulling produce cross-country in the old Pete? And, of course, actually listen to them? For a while in the 1950s, then again in the early 1960s, the folks at the ookworld.com site tell us, spinning vinyl in your car at least would have been possible care of the Highway HiFi company's specially-designed machines ...

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Trouble at ground zero for economic recovery

This week, two new wrinkles quickly scaled over and cracked along the surface of what many have seen for some time now as the forefront of economic recovery and roadway safety -- bridge infrastructure and the potential to both expand and maintain it as our roads age.1. NEW YORK. That's right, the state that's given us so much -- from high tolls to continual threats of local alternate route restriction and engine brake laws -- ...

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Landstar optimistic in spite of lower earnings

Landstar System Inc., reported its share of lower revenue and income numbers in its third-quarter earnings statement, but the nation’s largest owner-operator carrier also sees a turnaround taking shape. The company earned $20 million from revenue of $501 million in the quarter that ended. Sept. 30. Comparable net income a year ago was $33 million from revenue of $733  million. The good news/bad news, from Henry Gerkens, president and CEO: “Notable 2009 third-quarter over 2008 third-quarter revenue ...

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Ochs Trucking driver channels his inner Ken Patera

If you're younger than, say, 35, it's doubtful you remember the finishing move of professional wrestler Ken Patera, active in the 1970s, '80s, and into the '90s. Suffice it to say that Missouri-based Ochs Trucking driver Jason Poirrier is at least old enough to deploy Patera's signature full nelson, minus the pro's classic swing, as the Southeast Missourian newspaper recently reported. On layover in Oregon, Poirrier "noticed police officers separating a child from a middle-aged ...

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Driving while smoking: the cutting edge of in-cab distractions

Not only did one truck driver in Ontario this weekend likely enter the history books as the first hauler ticketed for smoking in his cab in contravention of a provincial piece of legislation-turned-law called the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, he may well stand at the vanguard of the recent hyper-attention to in-cab distractions provided by the profusion of communications gadgetry.Driving while smoking might well qualify as the next driving while texting.As the Canadian newspaper of record ...

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October Trucker of the Month live at Convoy for a Cure USA

In all the effort spent to get to the reality of one particular independent owner-operator's business and life as a musician, I somehow missed one important detail: Overdrive October Trucker of the Month Howard Salmon, whom you'll remember from this post from last week, is performing live at the Convoy for a Cure for breast cancer event at Carl's Corner truckstop (I35E exit 374 in Carl's Corner, Texas) October 24. Click on the poster for ...

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Trucking experts expect very slow rebound

“The economy has bottomed out, but it is going to be slow going in the months ahead.” That was the consensus of speakers at this week’s annual management conference of the American Trucking Associations, in Las Vegas, says ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello in his weekly newsletter. One of those speakers, Sara Johnson of HIS Global Insight, predicts a contraction of  2.5 percent this year, followed by an increase of 2.0 percent in 2010 and then ...

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

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‘Trucker’ released in theaters Oct. 9

Friday, Oct. 9, is the release date for "Trucker," a so-called "small indie film" that thus will see a limited release, but perhaps it's in your area. The press for the movie, at least as run with in many outlets, traffics in some stereotyping -- "Michelle Monaghan is transformed from a hard-drinking, hard-living trucker" into a mother, said one online entertainment-show host, for instance, as if the two were impossible to contain within the same ...

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Texting re-redux — new consumer survey on DWT

That's right: it's just a hash mark away from DWI, and according to DOT, reaction times are roughly equivalent to those of a driver at the 0.08 alcohol limit. A study by the online electronics retailer and product-review site Retrevo puts the share of automobile drivers who frequently "text, use Facebook, or Twitter" while behind the wheel at a minuscule 7 percent (a more likely accurate 34 percent of drivers said they do it "sometimes"). ...

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