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Obamacare exchanges open, drivers sound off

Forty percent of Overdrive readers remain uncertain of how they will purchase insurance in 2014, as Obamacare implementation approaches.

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Rate undercutting getting worse?

Independents are feeling the pinch in certain quarters -- some contend rate undercutting by other carriers without the business sense to make a healthy profit are a sizable part of the problem.

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Analysis shows problematic background on 3% of used trucks

A RigDig study of all truck history reports run by customers during the five months ending Sept. 3 showed 2.9 percent of the trucks had been flagged as junk, salvage or having a serious issue, such as fire or flood damage.

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Diesel sees biggest drop since April, falls 2.5 cents

The average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel dropped 2.5 cents in the week ended Sept. 23, marking the biggest week-to-week decrease since the week ended April 29.

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Detroit unveils telematics system, makes DT12 available for DD13-equipped trucks

Detroit has introduced its Detroit Connect telematics tablet, which is designed to help drivers navigate, comply with hours of service regulations, perform pre- and post-trip inspections and send and receive two-way messages.

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Annual driver survey shows rise in smartphone use, reveals roadside favorites

The results of Atlas Van Lines annual King of the Road survey presented in infographic form show drivers are concerned about eating right and the growing use of social media and smartphones.

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Rammed by a red-light runner — Could the trucker have prevented it?

A four-wheel driver slammed into the right rear corner of John Doe’s trailer as it was crossing the roadway. Was this a preventable accident?

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7 ways to spend too much on tires

Practices that optimize tread wear, preserve sidewall strength and lengthen tire life in other ways can save hundreds – if not thousands – of dollars a year. Here are the most common tire threats.

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Driver ‘appreciation,’ respect needed at the loading dock

If carriers want to show drivers appreciation, they need to work with their own customers to mitigate the disrespect drivers are shown by shippers and receivers, writes Kevin Jones.

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A fine read in owner-operator’s ‘Hotshot Chronicles’ book on expediting

Gary Shade's book of the expediting life and business could be an important resource for those starting out in the segment.

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