Blogs

Owner-operator Dan Heister on the right loads, tolerating ‘trucking’s BS’ and the importance of savings accounts

While others are sitting, Heister’s rolling. And his strategy pays him well: He’s brought home more than $100,000 in annual net income several times since the recession, and he topped $90,000 last year.

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‘Why do you hang on to that old truck?’

One answer here from Jenson Lawrence illustrates just what's possible with his recently overhauled Cummins M-11 in a 1996 Freightliner FLD hauling within a 750-mile radius of his Wisconsin home base.

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Don’t call me Shirley, Otto

Self-driving trucks? "My personal feeling is you 'Otto' run far and fast if you ever see one of these trucks on the road."

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Supporting the blue at Class 8 on the Lake with Scott Carlson

More than one common thread runs through trucking and law enforcement communities, says Scott Carlson: "It only takes a few people to make all of us look bad." Carlson showed his rig recently in support of the blue.

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Trucking inspires stunning landscape photography

Royce, 45, has spent all three of her driving years teamed with her husband, Greg Royce, who was her trainer while leased to Prime, Inc. She grabbed a camera two years ago, while she was still in her permit stage and studying to complete her CDL. Here's a look at some of her work.

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One owner-operator’s evolution through continual education: A run with Gary Buchs

From the road with Landstar-leased owner-operator Gary Buchs: This podcast, recorded just prior to the July 4 holiday, ranged across Buchs' business evolution as an owner-operator throughout much of the last decade and a half.

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Scoot McGutbagger and the 62 mph truck

A talk with that famous driver also referred to as “that guy in a governed truck who won't stay out of the passing lanes,” though he prefers the title “Super-Duper Trucker” to anything else.

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Rearview: Overdrive takes on the Teamsters

From the early 1960s to the early ’80s, rarely did an issue of Overdrive leave the printer without one or more articles accusing the powerful International Brotherhood of Teamsters of widespread corruption, misuse of truckers’ dues and violent bullying tactics aimed at its detractors.

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Making the ‘Road Hunter’ app

Created by Mikhail Dzarasov, Road Hunter's a route-planner at heart, with map views that piggyback on Google's map-, street- and satellite-view capabilities to deliver 100,000-foot and on-the-ground intelligence.

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Trying to fix the detention problem

I just sit here and wait till they get it all sorted out,” Johnson said when he finally figured out the bungled paperwork situation at his drop, learning it would cost him another two or three hours. “Guess who gets screwed in the meantime.”

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