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Add-ons: Dynamic Dozen

These 12 add-ons can grow into big savings through reduced operating expenses and improved fuel economy.

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How to: Prevent Brake Failure

Federal regulations mandate brake wear specifications. For example, air disc brakes must have 1⁄16 of an inch of lining; air drum brakes must have 1⁄4 of an inch. Some types of failures can cause a spring brake to stick on. If the air chamber that retracts a (parking) spring brake fails, it’s a simple procedure to install a caging bolt to manually force the brake to disengage. Carry one along. PREVENTIVE MEASURES • During preventive maintenance on ...

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Pulse: Eye catching

Texting made the crash risk 23.2 times as high as non-distracted driving for truckers. One irritant for professional drivers is being treated like some air-headed teenager with a new driver’s license. After all, you’ve been trained to drive a vehicle whose operation is far more complex than anything riding on two axles. As an owner-operator, your years of experience piloting a commercial vehicle likely number in the double digits. Anyone on the road puts their life ...

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Trucker of the Month: Tough calls

Robert Wilbur's dependable nature makes him the go-to guy for all manner of challenging -- and lucrative -- hauls. Robert Wilbur became an owner-operator the same day he became a trucker. In 1980, Wilbur bought a 1970 Dodge dump truck and began hauling building materials for construction sites of MARTA, Atlanta’s rapid rail transit system, near his Acworth, Ga., home. “I got a chauffeur’s license and started trucking with pretty much no experience,” Wilbur says. Twenty-nine years ...

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Fleet Focus

Honors are bestowed upon truckers and fleets.

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LogBook

Freight stabilization is a reflection of the recession coming to an end, analysts said.

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Marketplace

This month's featured items include bumpers, cost-conscious truck parts, obstacle detection sensors, CB radios with Bluetooth and more.

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Hard Financial Choices

Following are analyses of common financial tough decisions that owner-operators face, with enough information to guide you toward a wise decision.

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Speakout: The Voice of the American Trucker

Truckers speak out on business plans, military personnel, having faith, truck parking and shipping rates.

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Truck Gallery: American Pride

Richard Nardone, an army veteran from Kalamazoo, Mich., hauls military vehicles and other flatbed freight with this 2000 Kenworth W900L, powered by a 550-hp Caterpillar and 13-speed Eaton Fuller. He has installed custom cherry wood panels, added a 27-in. flat-screen TV, and installed eight speakers. He also outfitted his dash with a mahogany steering wheel from Victor Wheels of Italy. Nardone, an Italian-American, calls the truck American Pride. He plans to have a U.S. flag ...

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