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Automate this

"Don't automate me, bro." --Wendy at the end of a run in a new Ford equipped with automated this and that: "the car automatically closed the hatch on me about 12 times before I quit fooling with it at all and started crawling over the backseat..."

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E-log transition, finale: ‘I will survive’ –Wes Memphis

A final report from Wes Memphis: "...like we survived the CDL, the TWIC Card, the emissions-compliant motors, the hazmat fingerprinting, the demise of the old-school truck stop, the erosion of civility, the death of Claude Akins ...."

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Lawyers are more dangerous on any day ending in ‘Y’

In which Wendy responds to a Texas lawyer who, with the help of the Dallas Morning News, "asserts that most everyone who took the past three days off is now back on the road, driving illegally to make up for lost time." ...

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APU weight-exemption guide, state by state

Wide variability in state law governing weight exemptions for owner-operators utilizing APUs is what drove the creation of this chart, showing just what states allow for the 400- or 550-lb. federally encouraged weight exemptions.

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Rearview: The heyday of mom and pop truck stops

Before the proliferation of large truck stop chains came to grace interstate highways, one-off mom-and-pop establishments found on two-lane highways were the norm. In the 1960s, the peak of such operations, Overdrive offered an advertising outlet for those small businesses to make their locations, products, services and amenities known to the nation’s independent truckers.

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KLMO investigates: News reporters murdering kittens, future database aims to help

Once upon a time in a land far away ... "people actually trusted their news sources, and used the information to make informed decisions about their lives."

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Owner-operator using ELDs finds operational benefit

After some time on ELDs, Gary Buchs doesn't exactly sing the praises of the devices, but he does maintain that utilizing ELDs for hours of service recording has freed him in some ways to better dispatch himself and focus on profitable loads and operation generally.

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Healthy gut, happier life

What gut health and mental well-being have to do with each other -- on full display in truckers' friend Carolyn O'Byrne's forthcoming "Gut Instinct" book.

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Tipping The Scales: Time To Trade In And Trade Up With Cummins ISX15 SmartAdvantage.

Video series documents SuperRigs contenders

A new CarbonTV series, Roadworthy, is documenting the preparations four custom-truck teams put into trucks destined for Rotella's annual SuperRigs event -- some familiar names among them, and new faces.

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SFD rule’s crash-risk disconnect: Data show most analyzed ‘Unfit’ carriers don’t crash

ASECTT’s Freedom of Information Act-obtained numbers show that 76 percent of carriers with five or fewer trucks, and who would have been flagged Unfit to operate under the proposed SFD's parameters, recorded no crashes in the 12 months following the analyzed 'Unfit' determination. The numbers — and the questions they present about the proposed rule’s methodology — add to mounting pressure the agency’s faced since publishing the proposed rule in January.

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