Blogs

One independent’s comeback from the brink: A run with Ted Bowers

A rare opportunity to make part of a run with Kingston, Tenn.-based Ted Bowers, owner of the small trucking company that bears his name, yields a story of adversity overcome that holds lessons in the importance of close freight, accounting, driver and other partnerships.

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Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders advocates rail system to ‘take trucks off the roads’

It’s unclear whether he meant all trucks or just some trucks, but speaking this weekend, presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders, running as a Democrat, told a crowd of supporters the U.S. could do “incredible things” like building a rail system to “take trucks off the roads” if he’s elected president.

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Dad does the driving

"If you happened to see a big, burly trucker-looking guy driving a teeny tiny blue Toyota down I-75 toward Cincinnati today, be advised he isn't really 1HotNurse. He's a dad who loves his girl enough to drive her around in her tiny car."

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Audio preview: Howard Salmon’s ‘The War Within’ to be unveiled at Mid-America

Independent owner-operator Howard Salmon is back this year ahead of the Mid-America Trucking Show with another recorded song -- a moving account of a soldier's struggle with relationships, memory and more on the return home after combat.

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Things four-wheelers believe

"I've written several articles about things four-wheelers don't know about trucking and truckers, but there are some things I think they don't know about themselves that bear to be mentioned." ...

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Kudos to one driver for two lives saved

The case of trucker Gary Hurd of Paul Transportation, whose company only became aware of his heroic actions on the road at the scene of two accidents well after the fact. Here's to all among you who go unrecognized for similar actions day-in, day-out.

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Eight owner-operator takeaways from a trucking economist’s talk

Here are some points made by trucking economist John Larkin, plus Overdrive's take on how they could have some bearing on owner-operators, especially independents.

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Notes on missing home

"I know I'm a lightweight, but after 20 days on the road, I'm more than ready to go home. Everything seems like a chore, and I might become the tiniest bit whiny."

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The parking shortage and North Carolina’s ‘data-driven’ enforcement

How counting disabled vehicles as "parked" vehicles contributed to the expansion of N.C.'s truck parking enforcement effort last year. High time more states attracted tax revenue by encouraging parking facility development rather than going after $25 fines and court costs.

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When the blind lead the blind

"Ladies and gentlemen, we have our new administrator! ... The potato chip has more experience than anyone else in the agency, because it's actually been on a truck before."

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