News

Speakout: The Voice of the American Trucker

Truckers deserve thanks After working as a paralegal and manager stuck in an office for 20 years, I joined my owner-operator husband Vince Connell, as a passenger on his runs hauling Broadway show equipment for Clark Transfer. Here’s some of what I learned while riding with him. Chivalry is alive and well in truck stops. They are clean and safe, the showers are full-fledged bathrooms, and many of the employees are noticeably nice. Truck drivers make maneuvering ...

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Marketplace

Peterbilt announces two models Peterbilt’s new Model 348 is designed for Class 7-8 applications that require rugged durability and a wide range of options. The company has also introduced the medium-duty Model 337, which is suited for pickup-and-delivery, beverage and food service vocations. It will replace the Model 335. The Model 348, replacing the Model 340, has a GVW beginning at 35,000 lbs. and optional capacity ratings to suit most specialty vocations, including those for construction, petroleum  refuse ...

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LogBook

DOT plans to ban trucker texting Truck and interstate bus drivers would be prohibited from using text messaging while driving under a rulemaking planned by the U.S. Department of Transportation. In addition, DOT plans to place restrictions on the use of cell phones while driving. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s Oct. 1 announcement came after a two-day summit on distracted driving. DOT recognizes distracted driving as a problem among all drivers, but the department currently has authority ...

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Tracking taxes

Keeping up with fuel purchases can help you avoid last-minute IFTA hassles and save money.

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Pulse: Old world, fresh ideas

There's only so much trucking can do to reduce the number of vehicles on the road.

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Trucker of the Month: On the go

When Greatwide Owner-Operator of the Year Artie Fry isn't picking up an extra load, he's getting a buddy's truck read for Pride & Polish or fishing for channel catfish.

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Channel 19

Lending a helping rig   In Overdrive’s home base of Tuscaloosa, Ala., in September, truckers pitched in to help police foil a suicide attempt. As a man stood on the ledge of the I-20/59 bridge over McFarland Boulevard, police enlisted haulers with van trailers to build a platform under the bridge. A gallery of Tuscaloosa News photos (tuscaloosanews.com, search “Interstate standoff”) show, among other images, police unrolling an inflatable catch device atop two vans. The man ended ...

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Dollars and Sense: Call a Business Meeting

When was the last time you have a business meeting with yourself?

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How To: Brake on long downgrades

The problem   Descending a long downgrade can trigger a runaway even when your brake system is in good working order. Here’s why.   The treadle valve, under the pedal, sends only a small air signal. It activates a relay valve on each axle, which applies the brakes at a pressure that varies with the signal pressure.   Relay valves don’t send any pressure at all into the system until they reach a certain level, their crack pressure. And, especially if ...

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Two in one

Electric and diesel muscle combine in hybrid systems that store energy, cut fuel usage and reduce operating costs. If you want to see the face of tomorrow's powertrain, look at what's on the road today.

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