News

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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Truck Gallery

One low wagon     Owner of Arreche Hay Co. of Cedarville, Calif., Jon Arreche hauls cows and hay in this low-riding 1995 Peterbilt 378. Equipped with a 575-hp Detroit Diesel and a 13-speed transmission, the truck has a new air ride kit, flip-up front bumper and a two-door sleeper with an extra-wide Unibilt rear window. Arreche wins a hat, travel bag and license plate from United Pacific.   Number 6   Chuck and Cheryl Reiter, of Cascade, Iowa, haul petroleum, gasoline ...

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Oregon adds chain rule

In inclement weather, single-drive axle trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds gross weight or vehicles towing trailers will now be required to use chains in Oregon, the state’s Department of Transportation announced. Under this regulation, chains are not required on tandem drive axle vehicles. Details on snow zone notices, chain requirements and diagrams are posted on Oregon’s travel information website, http://www.tripcheck.com/.  Snow zone notices and road condition updates are also available by calling 511 or 1-800-977-ODOT (6368) within ...

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Bill will hike diesel prices, Senate hears

ATA executive told a Senate committee the cap-and-trade proposal will increase price and volatility of diesel without significantly cutting carbon emissions.

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Illinois state Route 50 closed at Cicero Avenue

Illinois state Route 50 (Cicero Avenue) will be closed roughly one-quarter mile north of I-55 at 39th Street in Chicago at 6 a.m., Monday, Nov. 2, until noon, Sunday, Nov. 8. The Canadian National Railroad will repair the railroad crossing at this location during the closure.  The posted detour for southbound Illinois Route 50 traffic will direct traffic to turn left (west) on 39th Street from Illinois Route 50, continue west on 39th Street to Central Avenue, ...

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