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‘How’s my driving’? Call-in complaints, scams and another argument for dashcams

When a motorist's call-in complaint rises to another level entirely -- to an extortion scam: "This is why I strongly believe in cameras on your tractor and trailer to prevent fake lawsuits!" says a reader.

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Being streamlined is for the birds

In which Wendy breaks a smartphone and declares that henceforth she will "shake off all efforts to become 'streamlined,' and remain lumpy, non-aerodynamic, and scrap paper filled." Here's why.

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Oops: Appropriations bill may have done away with 34-hour restart entirely

Turns out the 34-hour restart-related item in the late-2015 Congressional appropriations bill may have done a little more than was intended, eliminating the restart entirely. Before you start (or continue, as it were) recapping hours, however ...

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A little piece of trucking history

Wendy unearths a 1935 Ohio chauffers' license pin while assisting an estate sale in Dayton.

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Dinner options and falling surcharges

"Ahhh, the good old days." --one operator's suggestion for a caption to this photo showing $4 diesel in 2011. Sarcasm? Could be -- amazing, though, how a falling fuel surcharge can expose an inadequate base rate, isn't it?

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Home delivery: If not by drone, then by driverless truck. Or both.

Google’s gotten plenty of publicity with its moves toward drone-delivered packages. Now a patent awarded to the company this week indicates it’s eyeing another delivery technology: autonomous trucks.

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13 things Cosmopolitan knows about trucking

The trucking industry has officially hit the red carpet of grocery store magazines. That's right, folks. There's a write-up on none other than the Cosmopolitan website. ...

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An hourly future for driver pay?

There's evidence that legal and other pressures could lead to more prevalence for a time-based pay model, particularly for company drivers. Should a state-to-state patchwork of enforceable labor laws be the way forward?

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What’s next? Earthquakes?

"Sometimes, preparing for sinkholes is hard."

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Rearview: Different times, similar problems

Overly picky roadside inspectors, untimely but necessary equipment repairs and a highway full of unseasoned truckers may sound like 2016 owner-operator annoyances. But as evidenced by these 1970s cartoons from Overdrive, they’re problems that have persisted for nearly a half-century.

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