Tag: gats 2019
Over the Road episode 8: The Road Ahead
Over the Road hauls to Dallas and the Great American Trucking Show to probe the question on many truckers' minds: Will automation render them obsolete?
May 28, 2020
Never underestimate a South Carolina watermelon hauler: Carroll Fulmer and Leon Everette
The latest in “Long Haul Paul” Marhoefer’s “Faces of the Road” series with country legend and current gospel singer Leon Everette: “I was surprised to learn that Everette attributed his past success in the music business in part to a trucker by the name of Carroll Fulmer. … Yeah, that Carroll Fulmer …”
September 25, 2019
‘Truck parking only’: Working together toward a new get-in reality
The need for greater parking capacity, well-positioned, throughout the nation is no secret. The need along Texas lanes was the subject of the lively discussion devoted to parking at GATS. In today’s edition of Overdrive Radio, hear just what could well provide a model toward engaging with other states, too.
September 20, 2019
‘People don’t understand — we have nowhere to go’: GATS panel presses for parking solutions
With a focus on Texas, a panel made up of truckers, parking advocates and a TxDOT official explored ways the state can expand parking options — especially in major cities and near freight hubs.
September 9, 2019
Engineering realities v. hyperactive marketing: The ‘driverless’ trucking future explored
The Overdrive Radio podcast transports you like so many teleporting time machines back to the Aug. 22 panel at GATS about the $64,000 question: What’s the role of the driver look like at it changes over time with increasingly advanced layers of auto-assist technology?
September 6, 2019
Partners in Business
Panel talks controlling costs and other best practices for owner-operators
This GATS session of Overdrive’s Partners in Business addressed the broad topic of best practices for owner-operators. Controlling costs is perhaps the most effective strategy for success in trucking, panelists noted — not only does every saved dollar go directly to the bottom line, but many costs fall in areas owner-ops have the most control over.
September 2, 2019
Listen/watch: Owner-operators, drivers weigh in on hours at FMCSA’s listening session
If you missed the Great American Trucking Show or the FMCSA’s webcast last week, you can sit in on the first hour_plus of the hours of service listening session held at GATS Aug. 23 via this video and/or audio player. The session was devoted to some proposed hours changes aimed at increasing both safety with some measure of flexibility for drivers.
August 28, 2019
Cash flow, freight strategies: Report from the GATS panel of independents, small fleets
PIB small fleet panel at GATS: Substantial profit can be hard-won in the trucking business, though with diligence around business analysis and cash flow, cost control, freight market wisdom and customer relationships, an independent owner-operator or small fleet owner can set themselves up for long-term success.
August 27, 2019
NAIT plans for one-stop-shop smartphone app
The National Association of Independent Truckers has been at work building out and refining for an expected September release a smartphone app through which truckers who are members can perform a variety of personal and business tasks.
August 26, 2019
Driver’s role in ‘driverless trucks’ explored in GATS panel
One vision of the future driver was exemplified by an approach to tech development discussed in this sessions at GATS — this vision sees the work of driving becoming an office job that is however something like telecommuting, of a fashion, to a mobile office rolling down the road.
August 23, 2019
Choice scenes from the parking community at GATS — night 1
Back at the old home place at GATS truck parking Wednesday night before show open: Watching music great Leon Everette and trucker-songwriter Bill Weaver wind their way a couple hours’ worth of music, eventually with the absolutely excellent backing of the Stone Creek Four, was an unexpected treat.
August 22, 2019
New 2-in-1 headphone/headset combo from Rand McNally
The new ClearDryve 180 is a lighter-weight addition to a line of products that convert from premium stereo headphones with active noise cancellation to a noise-cancelling mono headset when an ear cup is removed and the newly adjustable boom microphone is placed into position.
August 22, 2019
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