It’s been a long time since I first checked in with trucker Stephen Michaels, who will need no introduction if you’re familiar with BigRigSteve’s BigRigTravels.com website and Youtube channel, where he offers up a family-friendly live feed from his truck on its way around these United States, among other features.
In 2009, though, I did write this linked piece, about the hauler’s then-fast-growing “Road Crew,” the individuals of all shapes, sizes, locales and professions around the world that were following him.
If there’s anything he’s been busy doing since then, other than OTR trucking of course, it’s community building, and he’s been helped along the way by his feed’s consistency and no shortage of fairly high-profile media appearances, mentions and shares of his feed by outlets ranging from MSNBC, the Travel Channel and Weather Channel to PC Magazine and the History Channel. Perhaps most importantly, as you’ll hear him discuss in the conversation in this latest edition of Overdrive Radio, his informal ambassadorship from the trucking world to the motoring public has yielded plenty individual dividends in motorist education and a turn in the perception of trucking in many a mind out there, without doubt.
Bonus from the podcast: Discussion with Pennsylvania retired insurance man Dave Isett about how he came to be a follower of BigRigSteve, and Michaels himself shares a variety of anecdotes about his site’s impact on individual motorists’ attention to their own safe-driving habits around big trucks and much more.
Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.
The new “health-based requirements” will need to be met before a driver is allowed to register his or her truck through the Department of Motor Vehicles, CARB says. For older vehicles, CARB says they must be either replaced with a 2011 or newer vehicle or repowered with a 2010 or newer engine.