Blogs

Old dogs don’t need new tricks

The pull of the canine, in more ways than one: "People are a lot more inclined to be interested in a cute little dog than a big, burly trucker. Sorry, truckers."

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Run an e-log as a team? Keep a regular weekly schedule? …

Here's the criteria FMCSA used to allow McKee Foods' private fleet's drivers to use 5/5-, 4/6- or 3/7-hour sleeper splits to satisfy the required 10 hours of sleeper berth time.

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30-second Trucker Tip video: Steer tire blowout!

Some drivers say that an exploding tire sounds like a shotgun blast. Whether or not it sounds that dramatic, a blowout is one of the most dreaded big-rig emergencies, especially when it’s a steer tire. For an entertaining look at how to handle this steering challenge, check the latest 30-second video version of Overdrive’s Worst Case Trucking Scenario series, below. For extra tips and detail, see Carolyn Mason’s story on page 108 of our August issue.

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I have boots that are older than 18 years

"If the industry wants to raise training standards to that of the military, then having 18-year-old interstate drivers would be fine. But until there is real change... 18-year-olds driving interstate is a bad idea."

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Exemptions adding fuel to hours debate

Bob Hearns, among others, weighs in: "keep asking for those legitimate exemptions, and maybe the rule makers, who do not know the industry … might wake up and do not only the right thing, but the necessary thing."

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Parking in a perfect world

"Sometimes, being able to come home to sleep every other night isn't as neat as it sounds. Sometimes, you spend the 15 hours listening to whiny people cry about how awful your truck is..."

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My conversations with truckers dealing with ‘suicide by truck’ cases

There’s no way to fully prepare yourself for this kind of tragedy, but being at your very best, all the time, gives you an edge.

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Round-up: Sundown at the truck wash; Pay the tolls already!

Rhode Island governor Gina Raimondo digging in her heels on her trucks-only bridge toll plan. And spectacular shots from the Reader Rigs gallery by truckers Tim Ramsey, Dan Parker.

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ISX15 SmartAdvantage™ Powertrain A Smart Choice for CTI

Notes on being part of the solution

"If you want to improve the industry, be a part of the solution by helping out, and maybe giving someone something they didn't necessarily learn in driving school, or from a trainer. It will only make your job easier in the long run."

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Owner-operator Robert Gray wins Democratic primary vote for Mississippi governor

Gray's CB handle, "Silent Knight," is evidence he's not much of a people person, he says. If he truly hopes to win, that will have to change. The Terry, Miss., native has his work cut out for him.

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