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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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‘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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‘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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New vid from ‘Long haul Paul’ Marhoefer

Marhoefer's "Odious Death of the Cracker King" tells the story of a fictional character in the title, which the trucker-songwriter describes as something of a composite of two men he'd known long ago, the "sons of outlaw bull haulers" both, plus a little of that mythic dirge treatment Marhoefer's a master of.

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Lighting Bug system provides back-up for an inoperative headlight

Lighting Bug offers a way to avoid ever running with a headlight out by turning the "high-beam side on at the brightness of the low beam" when the low beam goes dark. It's a fairly inexpensive piece of electronics, too, that's simple to install. 

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Business outlook trending pessimistic in the new year for owner-operators

And ... a few late Christmas wishes from a variety of owner-operators on Overdrive's Facebook page, with their rigs dressed up for the holiday last week. . .

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Gather ’round the fire …

Four years ago around this time of the year, Overdrive asked readers to name the "best Christmas song of all time." From a big list, readers then voted on a final top list -- these songs represent the results, from bottom to top. Merry Christmas.

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‘E-logs will cure everything, right?’

What they won't cure, from hours violations incurred while passing full truck stop after full truck stop to overheated communication with inspectors to the sense of pride most longtime truckers take in their professional record. Also: ELD-specific enforcement update, OOIDA portal for any tickets received.

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Brave new trucking world: Talking ELD angst, adjustment with Gary Buchs; plus Wes Memphis’ latest

Owner-operator Gary Buchs: Trucking "didn't die" on December 18. "It just changed, and with every change there’s opportunity." This Overdrive Radio edition runs through what the Landstar-leased owner-operator feels could be effective owner-operator strategy in the weeks and months ahead.

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How to avoid need for bail money: Richard Miller’s comment of the week (about, well, what else?)

Who says truckers don't have a sense of humor on the subject of the ELD mandate? ... And: Crowd-sourcing state enforcement plans -- we've heard from some states who won't be writing ELD noncompliance tickets until April 1, just marking violations. If you've heard, what's your state's plan?

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