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PROBE goes on the warpath

This just in: Everything is banned, and what isn't banned is immediately and henceforth considered offensive and/or dangerous to the entire human condition.

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Would you be referred for apnea testing under recent preliminary screening criteria?

Would you fall under the Medical Review Board's recent preliminary screening recommendations for criteria to refer drivers for sleep apnea testing during DOT physicals? Take this survey to find out.

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One legend to another

Final touches on the truck under way: "I feel like we may tear a hole in the space-time continuum of truck awesomeness if Evan Steger and Greg Stahl ever get together in the same room."

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Owner-operator J.D. Terry and the ‘Driveway Dream’ 1995 KW — The Rolling CB Interview

Video: Run through Big Rig Videos' Chris Fiffie's Rolling CB Interview with independent owner-operator J.D. "Birdman" Terry and his 1995 KW, likewise Overdrive's own talk with Terry about the rig two months back.

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It’s the thought that counts

Take a curmudgeonly view or "adapt and enjoy the thought that for at least one week of the year, you get lemon cream Esther Price candies. ... Happy Trucker Week, from a family who really does appreciate what you do. Be safe out there."

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Mailbag: One operator’s ‘hairy’ trip speed-limited at 65, more views on limiter mandate proposal

In response to recent polling, the largest share of reader respondents object to any speed limiter mandate. A larger share of responses considered together, though, favor speed settings well above the speeds the DOT analyzed within the proposed rule's text. More voices on the proposed mandate in this podcast.

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ICE is important

In Case Of Emergency, or ICE, contacts can easily be added to your cell phone, and have been advocated for by paramedics and emergency response personnel.

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Spot market UP-date, weekend edition: Good news for a change

The weekly demand charts from DAT came in a smidge later than usual this week, so I thought I'd host them here on the blog this time around. Data is for the week prior to Labor Day, and the good news is that volume and load-to-truck ratios rose on the spot market and rates followed, especially for vans and reefers. Van rates added 6 cents, and reefers got 3 cents themselves. Flatbeds gained just a penny per mile. ...

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Powerfully connected with tiny cords

The magic and the wonder of a solar battery pack for a phone: "It doesn't get hot, it doesn't make my phone hot, and it charges with the energy of the freaking sun. ... Is my phone still tethered to something all the time? Yes. Yes it is. But that something can move with me, and no matter how many times I drop it, it won't die."

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Rearview: Covering custom

Workhorses increasingly became show horses in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with style-minded owner-operators turning to aftermarket lights, chrome, graphics, paint and more to convert their rigs into things of beauty. Overdrive began covering the trend and started the first major truck beauty show, Overdrive’s Pride & Polish, in 1991.

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