Overdrive Extra

Deciphering Trump and the trade winds

Many U.S. truckers have feared the impending hordes of reckless Mexican drivers and the loss of U.S. driving jobs. So far, such concern appears overblown and misplaced. You could say the same for Trump’s rhetoric about isolating us from trading partners who have helped fuel America’s economic engines, including the trucking industry.

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Trucker’s popular video blog includes four-legged co-star

Trucker Joshua Giesbrecht produces daily videos and posts them to YouTube. They're mostly humorous monologs with himself and Diesel, his ride-along dog. Giesbrecht often mixes in real-time and fast-paced time-lapse highway shots backed by rock music.

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Rearview: 17 years of FMCSA oversight

Long before FMCSA’s creation in 2001, Overdrive had been a watchdog of trucking regulation. In the 17 years of FMCSA’s existence, Overdrive has covered the agency’s tracks, from major regulations governing hours to warnings about e-cigarettes.

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Video blog: What’s at the end of the rainbow?

A recent Jade and John Show trucking video blog on youtube starts with a rainbow that points, with amazing precision, to a well-known New Mexico destination.

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Video: A great creation for the Great Race

A cocktail of a W900, an International 4900, a Ford pickup and a fabricated hood

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Brokers and owner-operators: A view from the other side

Lies. Late payments. Ridiculously low payments. No payments. Owner-operators' brokerage horror stories are legion, but how does the process look from the broker's perspective? Max Heine visits Birmingham-based TLS to take a look.

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Rearview: Organized independence

In 1962, a year after Overdrive began publication, editor Mike Parkhurst formed the Independent Truckers Association as a means to rally the magazine’s readership around common causes. ITA state chapters worked to assert truckers’ views into policy discussions across all levels of government.

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Turning the national anthem into a scapegoat

Overdrive’s readers also feel strongly – as strongly as Colin Kaepernick feels about unjustified police shootings and other black oppression – that they’re abused by governmental officials. Instead of bullets and bludgeons, these officials wield an expanding arsenal of regulations that often add expense and misery to truckers’ everyday lives.

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Video: Overdrive’s Most Beautiful Brita Nowak talks tough times, more at GATS

Nowak charmed everyone with her frankness about her breast cancer journey and her passion for all things trucking.

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Rates, especially in the west, to spike due to major maritime carrier bankruptcy

Last week on the spot market, the load-to-truck ratio for outbound loads in the Los Angeles area shot up to about 7 load postings on DAT’s load board per one truck posting. The average is about two loads to one truck. The recent imbalance in loads to trucks puts upward pressure on rates.

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