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Kryptonite and snakes

"Let's talk about fear. Have you ever been so scared that things around you grayed out a little, and you heard a rush of water going the speed of light through your head? ... Some days, the road is scary."

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Driver shortage? That don’t make no sense

In my pursuit of daily trucking news, I read probably 15 – 20 trucking specific articles. Among these, I would say roughly half cite or have cited the ever elusive and unicorn-like “driver shortage.” These articles usually tick me off, and about 99% of them quote Beelza Bubba and his buddies over at trucking association, who strive to keep wages as low as possible so the giant fleets can keep on raking in the ...

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Better rates: Employee drivers need fair-labor protection, reader argues

A prescription for improved rates long-term -- a reader argues for federal wage protection for company drivers.

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A lesson learned from a fishing dry spell

I have a confession to make, and it's not an easy one. Earlier this year, we spent almost three weeks running Florida and I didn't catch one single fish the whole time. Granted, I was fishing before and after work, and I only lost about 90 hours of sleep casting every rubber worm known to mankind, but it was Florida, for heaven's sake, and I didn't even get a good bite. I carry my pole behind the ...

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Being Brita: Overdrive’s Most Beautiful winner soars as an independent trucker

If anyone can model a competent, strong woman flourishing in a traditionally male-dominated business, it’s Brita Nowak, Overdrives 2016 Most Beautiful contest winner. More on Brita and her one-truck independent business here...

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First-time show is big success in a teeny town

From Wendy: "Somewhere around 30 trucks registered for the shine and show working truck competition, a huge number for a first-time show in a place like little Brookville, Ohio. One of the coolest things was the judging panel: No one over the age of 14 was allowed to cast votes. The kids picked winners based on sheer awesomeness."

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E-log transition epilogue: Wes Memphis answers your questions

After Wes Memphis' final piece is his multipart narrative of the first couple of months following his fleet's transition to e-logs, a few questions came in specific to his operation. In this epilogue to his dispatches, Memphis takes a moment to answer a couple of them.

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Notes on being professionals

In which George and Wendy get a DOT number, wait out their near-finished truck makeover and anticipate new freight with Diesel Life.

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ISX15 SmartAdvantage™ Powertrain A Smart Choice for CTI

Rates hall of shame 2015: Bottom 10 U.S. states for outbound freight

Lookback on 2015 rates: As pricing fell off, these 15 states in van, flat and reefer segments ended the year with the worst rates for outbound loads, averaged over the year. Also: Examine interactive heat maps for regions showing better rates.

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Factoring in the factoring

"Factoring has always been made out to be a dirty word to me. As I mentioned before, we've had no direct experience with it, so I kind of listened to the whispers and grunts about how awful it is. The truth is ..."

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