Wendy Parker

Thin the herd without churning the masses

"Driver shortage" explored, again: "There are finally a few brilliant folks out in “mainstream news” land who have begun peeling away skin on the “obvious onion” in trucking and started mentioning the fact that being paid has a lot to do with wanting to stick with a job."

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Things you don’t like to think about, but need to

"No one wants to think about the implications of losing a loved one, especially when that loved one may be far away from home when they pass." But think about it they do -- the good news is there's an organization working to put itself out of business by encouraging a paradigm shift in how carriers and drivers think about the risk.

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Head-first into the ‘exodus’ he goes …

"Bill Weaver has decided, on pretty much the eve of the ELD mandate going into effect, to make the transition from company driver to owner-operator for the first time in his more than 20-year trucking career."

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I’ll have my sinks with handles, please

"I still stand by the distinct possibility of either being electrocuted by a water-logged hand dryer or having a full-on anger-induced stroke the next time an automatic air freshener sprays antiseptic lilac mist directly onto my corneas."

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More duct tape on a broken ax handle

"Anyone with a lick of sense knows it's unsafe to duct-tape a broken ax handle. Those who don't have that kind of sense work for the FMCSA."

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Things truckers deal with that would be weird if everyone did them

"Here's a startling thought: what if everyone had a 14-hour clock? You're sitting in the emergency room with a sliced-up finger and the surgeon sewing it back together falls out like a fainting goat half-way through the procedure."...

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What’s ‘rally’ going on here?

"I'm happy to see people in the industry come together – for whatever reason. You don't have to agree with what they're saying to appreciate their efforts."

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Cargo support – what truckers do best

Wendy checks in with Cargo Harrison on his foot-trek from South America to Prudhoe Bay. If you see him between Vegas and Reno on U.S. 95 this week, he could use some help with water -- stop if you've got the time!

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Notes on things that shouldn’t be self-certified

Wendy on FMCSA's ELD registry: "'Self-certification' is a fancy term for 'because I said so', and pretty much every human being who has or is a parent has heard or used that phrase."

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I’ll take ‘Education and Training’ for the safety, Alex

"Any coherent business owner will tell you education and training are your most important safety features, in any setting, commercial or otherwise. ... How is this being left out of the safety discussion?"

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