Overdrive Extra

Court presses OOIDA on ‘unconstitutionality’ of Calif. emissions regs during oral arguments

The court overseeing the OOIDA’s lawsuit against California and its stringent emissions regulations heard oral arguments last week in the case, and, per one report, OOIDA faced tough questions about its suit and the evidence used to support it.

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A 360-degree inside look at a rolling audio-visual showroom

You wouldn’t expect a truck based in a tiny Indiana town and tied to grain farming to have more video monitors and speakers than what’s found in most houses. But then you probably haven’t been inside Buzz Kill, the 2015 Peterbilt 386 shown by Davis Bros. of Owensville, Ind. The sleek Pete has a sound system with 28 speakers and seven amps, and video monitors in every door and the dashboard. The over-the-top audio-visual offering isn’t ...

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Owner-operators’ decade of ‘working less and making more’

Looking at miles, revenue, income, maintenance costs and more, owner-operators worked longer but made less in recent years.

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Conflicting accounts of bigger big rigs

When safety is at stake, there’s no need to take needless risks in the name of uncertain efficiency.

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30-second Trucker Tip video: Caught in a sinkhole!

What happens when water dissolves minerals, typically limestone, in the bedrock?

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How to see through bad advice on revenue per mile

Adding a stop to a run, even when the rate is good, can be a "dead loser," says Richard DeForest of ATBS, the nation’s largest owner-operator financial services provider.

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E-log enforcement: Will it be ‘one strike, you’re out’? That and more from FTR conference

“It’s a mandatory regulation,” said former FMCSA head Annette Sandberg, meaning enforcers likely will drop a carriers’ safety rating to Unsatisfactory, giving them 60 days to comply with the rule or be shut down, she says.

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When to take a vacation and other insights from trucking data

Smart owner-operators know they “have to hit it hard” from March through November, said ATBS Vice President Richard DeForest at the Overdrive Partners in Business seminar.

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Our thank-you card to drivers

In addition to truck driver appreciation programs at many fleets, there are initiatives from truck stop chains, trade groups and others.

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Suicide spinoff: Blaming the trucker, once again

Professional drivers know firsthand from the evolution of the regulatory machine that there is a tendency to hold you guilty until proven innocent.

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