Blogs

The aggro lead — USA Today’s latest

"Debate is heating up over an issue likely to strike terror in the heart of any driver," wrote Larry Copeland in the lead of a USA Today story last week. He wasn't talking about terror among truckers, though, only those who had ever "spied an 18-wheeler looming in the rearview mirror as into the slow lane."While the truck-driver community has its speeders, for certain, I imagine you'd take exception to the assumption made here: ...

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'On those wrecks just like a vulture'

The top three photos on the right are from my 2006 ride along Alaska's Dalton Highway with the smiling trucker, George Spears. It was published in Truckers News. If you watched the History Channel's third season of "Ice Road Truckers," which premiered last Sunday, you might recall Spears, one of the featured drivers. This season's shows are based on the drivers of the highway, also known as the Haul Road. Running from just north of Fairbanks to ...

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Channel 19 – June 2009

Trimming video bears' claws A March Wall Street Journal story probed the proliferation of traffic violation cameras and the growing r...

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One for the little guy

From the blog of Bruce Smith, editor of Overdrive sister magazine Custom Rigs, Wednesday came this piece about the Bow, New Hamphire, Berube's Truck Accessories 6th Annual BBQ and Truck Show-Off, upcoming June 28, 2009. "They tell their customers to leave their wallets in their pockets," Smith writes, "and the trailers parked at home. Just bring your tractor, the family, and a good appetite."The Berube’s shop shuts down for the day, and the focus is ...

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Sleep apnea, trucking and Swift driver Kenneth Armstrong — at MSNBC.com

Swift driver mentor Kenneth Armstrong is the lead source in JoNel Aleccia's story this week on MSNBC.com about fleet efforts to address sleep apnea among their drivers to face down what many see as coming government regulation of drivers with the condition. The story, not a bad look at the subject in spite of its woefully exaggerated title ("Heavy, drowsy truckers pose risk on the road"), is here. For more on proposed and potential regulation, ...

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Cross-border trucking — a ‘comical tragedy’?

So says San Antonio Express-News columnist David Hendricks, finding hilarity in the fact that current transportation secretary Ray LaHood and U.S. President Barack Obama (as they attempt to restart some version of U.S.-Mexican cross-border trucking) both voted against the cross-border demonstration project while in Congress; tragedy in the fact of the hurt U.S. exporters are feeling at Mexico's retaliatory tariffs, imposed in March when the administration signed the bill that effectively ended the program.A close-to-equivalent ...

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Gauges – June 2009

Diesel Prices National average: $2.22 Diesel prices at mid-May hovered at lows last recorded four years ago. Fuel is expected...

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Dollars & Sense – June 2009

To really focus on the bottom line, as I discussed last month, you need to monitor costs closely. One of the best ways of doing so is to figur...

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Thomas the truckstop dentist

A special to CNN by author Bob Greene celebrated the ingenuity of one Dr. Thomas Roemer, a dentist formerly in private practice in Davenport, Iowa. Roemer, Greene wrote, has managed to survive the downturn and the attendant downward pressure of dental demand through what Greene dubs "individual inventiveness and ingenuity." Roemer’s dental innovation was to set up practice in the mammoth Iowa 80 truckstop (home of the Walcott Truckers Jamboree, scheduled this year for July ...

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June is bustin’ out

It seems that for economic news, June is bustin’ out all over, to cite the song from the old play, “Carousel.” Well, not all over, but there were some strong items announced June 1. I hope you’re seeing evidence in your freight. The overall economy grew for the first time following seven months of decline, according to executives surveyed in the latest manufacturing report from the Institute for Supply Management. Also, “May is the first month of ...

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