Blogs

Truck cleaning 101

What "do you need your truck cleaned" really means -- and how Wendy found out. “Wow. If only people knew how wrong they are about truckers being dirty. They even have truck maids, and there are a whole bunch of them in Memphis!”

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ScoopMonkey’s new ‘CSA Score Explainer’ tool

The broker/carrier business-to-business online rating and review service is taking up carriers' and brokers' concerns with the CSA SMS, offering "technology’s response to the ineffectiveness and incompleteness of CSA scores."

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Driver voices raised against highway bill amendment to resolve state/federal legal conflicts

Protection of independent/small-fleet business freedom or "wage theft" from company drivers? A growing conflict over a highway-bill amendment as House-Senate conference gets under way.

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Too many cats, not enough walls

"Truckers are dirty" -- the erroneous contention state and local governments trot out to "restrict parking for all truckers. It's like saying all cats pee on walls, so we can't build any more walls."

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Building the customer base: Introducing Utah-based Brandt King of King Farms Trucking

King grew from a one-truck Utah-based operation to 34 trucks by building lanes loaded both ways with shipper-direct reefer freight.

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Ode to the highway bill

Rhyming couplets for the road: "Here I sit, all pieced and sideways / Came to fix the broken highways / Ended up a pork-filled deed / To satisfy the gubmint greed ..."

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Thoughts on Veterans Day 2015

"Every day is Veterans Day" for many former members of the U.S. Armed Forces and "it's not always a celebration." Wendy here highlights testimony from one, and a tribute from a reader.

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Podcast: Lindsay Lawler’s ‘Highway Angel’ live in Nashville

In this edition of the Overdrive Radio podcast, hear Lawler's performance of the "Highway Angel" song at her Nashville tour finale.

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VIDEO: When bark turns to barf – having a sick pet on the road

Diesel Dog isn’t keeping his food down. You’re nowhere near a vet. It’s the middle of the night. What’s a long-haul driver to do? This Worst Case Trucking Scenario offers a few tips on dealing with common pet maladies on the road when you can’t get advice from a vet. For more detail, see the story by Carolyn Mason here. Or for an entertaining video condensation of that story, watch this Overdrive 30-second Trucker Tip:        

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The ‘poison pill’ that remains in the recently passed highway bill, by the numbers

Unless fixed or removed in the House-Senate highway bill conference committee, the House's carrier "hiring standard" would unduly disadvantage well more than 1.5 million drivers for 440,000 carriers in the competition to secure business.

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