Blogs

APU weight-exemption guide, state by state

Wide variability in state law governing weight exemptions for owner-operators utilizing APUs is what drove the creation of this chart, showing just what states allow for the 400- or 550-lb. federally encouraged weight exemptions.

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Rearview: The heyday of mom and pop truck stops

Before the proliferation of large truck stop chains came to grace interstate highways, one-off mom-and-pop establishments found on two-lane highways were the norm. In the 1960s, the peak of such operations, Overdrive offered an advertising outlet for those small businesses to make their locations, products, services and amenities known to the nation’s independent truckers.

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KLMO investigates: News reporters murdering kittens, future database aims to help

Once upon a time in a land far away ... "people actually trusted their news sources, and used the information to make informed decisions about their lives."

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Owner-operator using ELDs finds operational benefit

After some time on ELDs, Gary Buchs doesn't exactly sing the praises of the devices, but he does maintain that utilizing ELDs for hours of service recording has freed him in some ways to better dispatch himself and focus on profitable loads and operation generally.

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Healthy gut, happier life

What gut health and mental well-being have to do with each other -- on full display in truckers' friend Carolyn O'Byrne's forthcoming "Gut Instinct" book.

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Video series documents SuperRigs contenders

A new CarbonTV series, Roadworthy, is documenting the preparations four custom-truck teams put into trucks destined for Rotella's annual SuperRigs event -- some familiar names among them, and new faces.

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SFD rule’s crash-risk disconnect: Data show most analyzed ‘Unfit’ carriers don’t crash

ASECTT’s Freedom of Information Act-obtained numbers show that 76 percent of carriers with five or fewer trucks, and who would have been flagged Unfit to operate under the proposed SFD's parameters, recorded no crashes in the 12 months following the analyzed 'Unfit' determination. The numbers — and the questions they present about the proposed rule’s methodology — add to mounting pressure the agency’s faced since publishing the proposed rule in January.

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This week I learned …

Things you can't un-see for a thousand, Alex ... What is your once-pretty, sandblasted truck.

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ISX15 SmartAdvantage™ Powertrain A Smart Choice for CTI

SFD’s ties to the ‘discredited’ CSA SMS: Just one ‘fatal flaw’ in safety-rating rulemaking, coalition argues

Got CSA fatigue? This one's sure to tire you out, but take heed: the coalition of mostly small carrier-interest groups that's been active this past year on a variety of regulatory fronts sees numerous problems in the FMCSA's SFD proposal.

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Insurance is the devil

" It's a necessary evil, and it's forced upon us by law, so we put up with the incredibly weird questions and long wait times to talk to people who take our money into the black hole of insurance premiums and rarely give any of it back." ...

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