Blogs

Wicked big fun with Jay ‘Big Belly’ Chase

On trucker Chase's social media alter-ego: "The wicked fun going on over in Big Belly land ranges from completely inappropriate and hilarious to slightly inappropriate and thought-provoking. Hell, he's even done a cooking video..."

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A word to Congress, Trump administration on ELDs from Vance Vergon

Anybody else miss a 30-minute break this week? Here's hoping everyone's getting a longer break this weekend. Take a load off with a note to Congress from Vance Vergon and a run back through recent ELD news.

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Let the festivities begin!

Truckin' to MATS: "It's hard to believe we're just a little over two weeks away from opening the show season. We are looking forward to MATS this year, and not just because all the big displays will be back." ...

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Correcting the personal-conveyance record

Answering Russ Hoffman's question: "Are you sure that Personal Conveyance requires that you not have a load or trailer? I believe the regulation is Unladen (unloaded) with an empty trailer being acceptable." By the letter of the law, he's right.

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Things I’ve learned about open-deck hauling

And dry van!: "I also learned that Golden, Colo., has the heaviest and cheapest paying loads out there, because they're all beer and liquor and the beer companies should be ashamed of some of the prices they're offering to haul it."

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High driver turnover correlated with higher OOS, crash volumes and CSA scores

Data firm Vigillo found a close correlation between high turnover and generally more negative carrier numbers in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's compliance rating program. Also: FAST Act CSA requirements update -- suggested CSA changes expected late Spring/early Summer.

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The truth is hard

"Telling the truth is still important, even if it's not particularly popular right now. The current climate of things is one lie to combat another, and it's definitely not working out for the best." ...

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The weak arguments for skimping on behind-the-wheel training

It’s sadly ironic that the agency charged with improving trucking safety would rely on lame excuses to shrug its shoulders at a simple, common-sense way to shore up safety.

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The pemmican prophecy

In which Wendy tries out a recipe for the super-food of the native Americans: "I took a big, healthy, life sustaining bite of pemmican, and immediately discovered that I'm not ready for the apocalypse." ...

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Out now: ‘The Bison & the Butterfly’ — rollicking sequel to former owner-operator Fred Afflerbach’s ‘Roll On’ novel

A road novel of the classic sort, the new book builds on the foundations laid by its predecessor -- Afflerbach's empathic, often hilarious, moving depiction of two generations of men coming back together through lived experience after separation and loss is a master turn in the literary arts.

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