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Rates soar in May as flatbed, reefer set records

| June 02, 2014

Rates in all three segments boomed in May, continuing to build on recent per-mile upticks, according to data released June 2 by Internet Truckstop.

Hard braking causes small load to come loose — Could trucker have prevented it?

| May 30, 2014

A trucker in front of John Doe panic-stopped to avoid a deer, so Doe also hit the brakes hard, causing a tied-down drum to break free and damage his trailer’s interior. Could he have prevented the accident?

The scrum over mandatory detention pay

| May 30, 2014

Following the Obama administration's nod to the notion of mandatory detention pay in its draft highway bill, debate has intensified over whether the federal government ought to be involved in detention at all.

9 items struggling owner-operators usually don’t have

Bruce Mallinson | May 30, 2014

After working with owner-operators for the last 37 years, I’ve concluded there are nine items that struggling owner-ops usually are missing. Here they are.

Tough enough: Volvo’s VNX easily transitions from on-road to off with I-Shift transmission

| May 29, 2014

Equipment Editor Jack Roberts recently took Volvo's versatile VNX for a test spin pulling with flatbed loaded with 77,500 pounds of concrete blocks around 6 and 7 percent grades on Interstate 26 in Tennessee. Here's what he found.

Clearinghouse rule comments: OOIDA wants protection in reporting, carrier groups want expansion

| May 28, 2014

OOIDA says the rule needs safeguards against carrier reporting measures, while groups like ATA are pushing for an expansion of the ability of carriers to report drug or alcohol violations to FMCSA's database.

PIB tip: Use a separate credit card for business expenses

| May 28, 2014

Try to find a credit card without an annual fee and with a low interest rate. If possible, pay the balance in full every month

Diesel price down a nickel after string of price drops

| May 27, 2014

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fell nine-tenths of a cent in the week ended May 26 to $3.925, according to the Department of Energy. This is the fourth week in a row the price of diesel has declined nationally.

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