Tag: Gordon Alkire
Runaway recounted down Sandstone Mountain, and: Revisiting a quite accurate spot rate prediction pre-ELDs
Podcast: Lee Epling urges caution pointing the finger at this or that cause, or piling on the driver, before all the facts are known in the Colo. crash case, sharing his own brake-failure story on Sandstone Mountain in W.Va./Va. on I-64; Also: Monte Wiederhold’s quite accurate 2017 rates prediction relative to ELDs.
May 13, 2019
In wake of Colo. crash, reserve judgment, says Gordon Alkire, recounting a ’70s Monteagle brake failure
Gordon Alkire, retired owner-operator of Riley, Kan., asks fellow drivers to reserve judgment in the wake of the devastating crash in Colorado last week. “Ask yourself if that could have been you?” he wrote, telling a harrowing tale of a 1970s run, next to no brakes, near the edge of control down Monteagle Mountain in Tennessee in this week’s podcast.
May 3, 2019
‘Secrets of trucking shall remain secret’: An elegy for the counter of knowledge
Gordon Alkire’s whimsical (but not all fun and games) take on so much that is gone into the past: the “In the sit-down diners was … the all-knowing, never-wrong counter of knowledge, usually manned by experts 24 hours a day.”
January 17, 2019
Grease distribution: Easy, neat and quick
The first in Overdrive’s new monthly “Highway hacks” series details owner-operator and 50-year trucking vet Gordon Alkire’s system of hoses and aluminum blocks engineered with guidance from a fellow trucker more than a half-decade ago to keep his back off the ground — and his history free of citations for excess grease.
January 8, 2019
One owner-operator’s meditation on old glory
Around half of owner-operators report celebration from the road/business as usual today, when much of America takes time off to celebrate the Fourth; a bit of history and independence day appreciated from the National Weather Service; and this and more from Gordon Alkire: “Our Red White and Blue is a symbol of unity.” …
July 4, 2018
Round-up: Plea for common sense at the counter of knowledge, bucking the blockchain hype machine, more
Opposing blockchain views, the march of technology and one longtime owner-operator's plea for a return to common sense by drivers and more.
June 14, 2018
Readers: ‘No’ to truck size/weight increase
Six in 10 driver respondents to a poll about increases to truck sizes and weights favor no change to limits, citing concerns about current repair of roads and bridges, competition and limited benefit otherwise.
April 22, 2014
Podcast: Safety, the best argument for more flexible sleeper splits
Also in this Voices special edition podcast, operator dispatches on the California Air Resources Board’s Truck and Bus Rule, which officially goes into effect for 1996-2006 model year engines Jan. 1.
December 31, 2013
Talk of the road: House bill to hold hours changes
For bill supporters, key to convincing lawmakers to sign on to the effort may well be showing the economic impact of the new rule.
November 5, 2013
Lumper fees: Sometimes a little push-back works
Readers respond to Wendy Parker’s “To lump or not to lump…” story about the lumper fees common at grocery distributors — if carriers aren’t being compensated for fees by shipper or receiver, then U.S. law has been violated.
August 6, 2013
Changing trucking for the better
Overdrive columnist Kevin Rutherford’s suggestion that owner-operators build personal tribes to share information and advocate for positive industry change drew praise, commentary.
January 22, 2013
Mobile trends: Has your smartphone replaced your GPS?
Survey results from uShip’s annual mobile technology survey showed a majority of operators either relying on their smartphones for navigation more than their GPS units or recognizing that potential.
November 12, 2012
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