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Taking control of load-matching

What has emerged through the years is the ability for owner-operators to quickly and accurately pinpoint the markets where they’re in high demand, even before arriving.

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Spot market rates remain hot despite September declines

Per-mile rates on the spot market fell in September in both dry van and flatbed segments, but reefer saw a small uptick. Rates in all three segments remain well above the same month last year.

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Riding the spot market boom

Higher than typical volumes on the spot market coupled with tight trucking capacity are improving the rate landscape. Independents: Identify high-demand freight situations and negotiate for top dollar.

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Rule to increase carrier liability insurance minimum coming as FMCSA sends rule to White House

A rule proposal to increase the minimum amount of liability insurance carriers must have has been sent to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget — the final stop before the rule is published.

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+25 percent: What double the liability insurance coverage will likely cost

One insurance rep cites a likely 25 percent increase in premiums for independent owner-operators boosting $1 million liability coverage to $2M. More on FMCSA's expected insurance-hike proposal here.

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Diesel price continues plummet, at multi-year low

The country's average diesel price is at its lowest point since June 2012, thanks to 11 straight weeks of price drops.

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Owner-operators, what’s your current fuel mileage?

What kind of mileage are you getting currently? This poll probes the variation in fuel economy around the industry among Overdrive readers.

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Cargo theft risk still high, FreightWatch says; Theft data for June-August

Between June and August, 182 cargo thefts were recorded in the U.S., according to cargo-theft prevention firm FreightWatch International. Moreover, FreightWatch’s report says the risk level for cargo theft in the U.S. remains high.

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Photos posted to Facebook net $1 million crash settlement

Ever posted a photo you took from the driver's seat to Facebook? The plaintiff's bar thanks you.

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Former Pilot Flying J president targeted by prosecutors in fuel rebate scam, report says

Federal authorities are investigating former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood over his potential involvement in the fuel rebate withholding case that has rocked the company the last year and a half, according to a local news report.

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