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How do you prevent cracks in your convex mirrors?

Cold-weather issues, take one. Enquiring minds among readers want to know: "I have had my convex mirrors crack in the wintertime more than once and was wondering if I am the only one and what people have found to stop it."

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Conditions ripe for driver pay hikes as tight market, tax cuts could force carriers’ hand

The corporate tax cut in the tax reform package delivers "real money," in the words of one FTR analyst, "so it’s a real opportunity" for driver pay growth. "I’d expect drivers will say ... 'OK, corporate America, this is what you asked for. Now it’s time to give back.'"

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FMCSA issuing brief ELD waiver to short-term rental trucks, exempts motion picture haulers

The U.S. DOT has announced it won’t start requiring the use of electronic logging devices for short-term rental trucks, defined as 30 days or less, until March 18. Also, 6,500 drivers who haul equipment for TV and movie productions will be exempt from the ELD mandate for at least five years.

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‘Should have planned better’ only goes so far when road realities are at play

As so many owner-operators have noted in past, "planning better" will only get you so far when it comes to ELDs, a 14-hour rule with rigid ends and little opportunity to extend it or stop it for mid-period rest. Owner-operator Mark Kirbyson, in this latest edition of Overdrive Radio, concurs wholeheartedly.

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‘Don’t work more for less’ is reader Tom Hall’s message on hours, ELDs

"A specialty equipment hauler once asked me just why some steel haulers will 'haul 20,000 pounds overloaded for $1 a hundred when I make as much or more money hauling 40,000-pound legal loads at $2 a hundred?'" --Tom Hall on the scrum over income, pay, ELDs, hours and more. Hall views forcing pay for all time worked as a solution to many issues.

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‘Here’s to causing a crisis’: Is there a shutdown going on?

Those were among the words of independent owner-operator Brita Nowak, who's closed her one-truck business in part in protest of the 14-hour rule's inflexibility, combined with the new record-keeping reality of the ELD mandate.

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KeepTruckin ELD in Pilot Flying J stores

The KeepTruckin e-log app and ELD system, well-known among drivers, is now being stocked for purchase in Pilot Flying J stores.

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Spot market records broken again for first week of the year

With on-highway anecdotes of $5-plus/mile rates not hard to come by, the weekly spot market demand report gets a little closer to revealing ELDs' rates impact in van, reefer. The first week of the new year "has broken all the records we set when we ended the old year," says DAT's Matt Sullivan.

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Tow truck drivers, small seasonal fleet file for ELD exemptions

The Towing and Recovery Association of America requested a five-year exemption from the mandate for tow truck drivers. STC Inc., a 75-truck seasonal propane-hauling fleet, also requested an exemption from ELDs.

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The coming of blockchain

Carriers, manufacturers and other trucking players are flocking to an emerging ‘distributed ledger’ approach to online business. Here’s how it could affect owner-operators.

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