Blogs

The FMCSA is stealing my tricks

"That's right. I'll admit it. I've neglected to give full disclosure to George on a couple of things in the 25 years we've been together. Problem is, I always get caught, just like the FMCSA did, even though neither of us will admit what we did was slimy."

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Extra amateur day on the roads for total eclipse, particularly in these areas

Will you be in the "zone of totality," as the scientist-types are saying, this coming Monday for the solar eclilpse? More than one trucking company shutting down for the day anticipating an influx of that most unpredictable of highway users: the four-wheeled one.

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ELDs’ weak links, redux

How the DC Transport fleet solved the issued of dropped Bluetooth connections between the ECM plug-in device and operators' busy smartphones -- dedicated tablets for logs.

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A first-year success in the Badger State Truck Show

The first ever Badger State Truck Show is in the books, and scheduled to become an annual event. Organizers and those in attendance agreed: a good time was had by all. Like several of the smaller shows that have begun popping up, Badger State grew from a Facebook group, Badger State Large Cars, and a desire to showcase the true working trucks of Wisconsin. Shane Voss, one of the page's admins, wanted to take it a ...

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Fatigue detection — where some driver-facing camera techs are headed

Advancement in camera techs are headed down a path toward, in various ways, what might seem to be a safety holy grail: being able to deliver observations of drivers and context around events where fatigue is at issue -- and assist drivers themselves in taking action. Do you have experience with these techs' in-cab-warning predecessors?

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The mechanical prowess — and ELD trials and tribulations — of Randy Carlson

Owner-operator Carlson's approach to the business follows an early career as a mechanic, learning from his father, who also trucked, then in trade school and on the job at an International dealer -- a solid basis on which to build an owner-operator business. Is it less common than it used to be?

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A busy independent’s plan to transition his business (and dodge ELDs in the process)

A run with John Hodges in his 1998 Freightliner Classic, part of his small fleet. As independent, Hodges juggles roles as driver, owner, cattle farmer and pastor in his local church, taking it all in stride: "To whom much is given ..."

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The difference between passionate speech and the truth

Passion is great, but the truth is often found far from it: The sleep apnea rulemaking being shelved does not mean a truck driver is now "more likely" to be nodding off behind the wheel, as noted a former Federal Railroad Administration official on CBS news.

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ELD rumors dispelled: Small fleet exemption? Delay to 2019? Answers here…

Given the apparent misinformation making the rounds among drivers, let’s dispel some of the rumors and provide an update on the efforts -- which is all they are at present -- to delay the mandate.

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Put your duck-trucking hats back on, drivers

Minnesota-based trucker Joe Mansheim's ridealong duck, Frank, passed away earlier this year -- the hauler's got a new codriver, however, a young mallard named Eddy. "I think if everyone had a duck in their truck, the world would be a better place," Mansheim says.

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