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The Dispatcher app: More book-now freight options via smartphone

Billing itself as a "concierge service" for independents, the Dispatcher app offers automation of the freight-booking process. Since its soft launch, a few thousand operators now use it regularly.

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Samsung latest to the table with futuristic truck tech

The system uses a wireless camera mounted on the truck’s front and transmits the video feed to four monitors built into the trailer doors.

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I’ll admit when I’m wrong

Wendy eats crow -- though commentary on the driver shortage still stands, there are no tapiers in the state of Oregon (unless someone knows of a recent zoo-break...). Maybe a Sasquatch or two...

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Changing tires the old-fashioned way: ‘A Trucker’s Tale,’ part 3

Part 3 excerpting Ed Miller's "A Trucker's Tale" memoir: "It is a wonder my brothers and I didn't get killed changing tires while we were young."

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Preserving my dad’s values for future generations

All the weirdness, hate and vitriol in the press only reinforces my belief that we are at least free enough to act stupid in public.

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Learning to become a truck driver — and to cuss like one: ‘A Trucker’s Tale,’ part 2

Part 2 excerpting Ed Miller's "A Trucker's Tale" memoir: "Tt seemed that every grown man used several cuss words in every sentence. I practiced to myself enough that I could cuss with the best of them before I was out of elementary school. ..."

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Shortage of truth about the shortage

Hey, guess what? There's a driver shortage. There's also a shortage of pot-bellied pigs in Vietnam. Also, both of these statements is a filthy lie. I can boldly proclaim this because I read a lot about pot-bellied pigs the other day, after I thought I saw a tapir standing in a bend of the Burnt River in Oregon. Don't bother to try and understand that statement, because I'm still not sure how I got from “tapirs in ...

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SuperRigs offered sneak preview of August’s Pride & Polish National Championship finale

In addition to the show's role of choosing the weekend's winners and the 12 trucks that will appear in next year's SuperRigs calendar, it also offered a sneak peak at the upcoming Overdrive's Pride & Polish National Championship.

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Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

‘A Trucker’s Tale,’ part 1: Excerpting a memoir-in-progress from Ed Miller

I'm out of office taking a little R&R this week in my onetime hometown of Chicago with some old friends and family. Good news is former trucker Ed Miller of Baltimore, Md., has written a memoir of his trucking days that he's been kind enough to allow us to excerpt here. Miller will be taking over this space today, Thursday and Saturday, so tune back in for further installments in the coming days. Miller's also been ...

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Why the exemptions keep coming

"You know why the FMCSA is granting all these exemptions? Because the 30 minute break rule is stupid."

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