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Have truck, can’t hunt

Over-the-road drivers deal with all manner of annoyances, some rising to the level of outright injustice -- I think immediately of the numerous times I've watched a fellow auto-driver cut across three lanes of traffic at 70-plus mph within mere feet of a rig's front bumper, to name just one -- but writing in the Montana newspaper Billings Gazette, reporter Brett French recently uncovered one such injustice that might take the cake for most downright ...

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Early warning signs at Arrow Trucking

One of the lessons to come out of the Arrow Trucking collapse is to recognize warning signs and take appropriate action.

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This is my year to (fill in the blank)

I don't remember where, but I read recently the idea to forego New Year's Resolutions in favor of making the decree that "This is my year to (fill in the blank)." As someone who's never been great with the whole resolution thing, I'm willing to give this a shot (though admittedly my husband and I have made some "official" resolutions). But for me, the pull of "This is my year" is that it seems to offer ...

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iPhone app as dealer lot

The folks at CommercialTruckTrader.com have introduced the latest in iPhone apps from the heavy duty trucking industry, and with it comes the following slick, simple, well-soundtracked video, detailing the app's truck-searching and social functionality. And thinking about on the past year or so, which saw at least three trucking-related iPhone apps detailed in these pages -- the most interesting being the informational/social Trucker app by the folks at AsktheTrucker.com -- I don't think it's too early ...

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Weight loss is not out of reach if you do it the right way

With shows like NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” and VH1’s “Celebrity Fit Club” showcasing fat folks losing massive amounts of weight at lightning speed, it’s tempting to think shedding pounds should be a quick and easy process.

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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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