Blogs

Grassroots efforts continue around ELD mandate, hours of service flexibility

Wednesday, January 17, a group of truckers took a meeting with United States Senator Ted Cruz in order to press concerns over the Department of Transportation's electronic logging device mandate and the current hours of service rule. 

Read More

Things I’ve learned in 50 years

"I've done some really dumb things, and I'm not ashamed to admit I really believed Pilot Flying J hauled their coffee around in tankers when I first came out on the road with George." ... Join us in wishing Wendy a happy early 50th!

Read More

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."

Read More

‘Highway Justice’ pair tangles with dark side in trafficking tale

A serialized graphic short story, “Highway Justice,” tells the tale of the fictional Jake Brakefield, a trucker with a checkered background who gets caught up in a dangerous FBI operation to bust a human trafficking ring. The 10-part story will appear on Overdrive on Mondays and Thursdays for five weeks.

Read More

Thank-you bites and lizard tails

What does your momma have to say about eating chicken lips and lizard tails? "I can't tell you the times I've wished I could successfully use some version of the excuse -- 'My mother doesn't allow me to eat lizard tails' -- in my adult life..."

Read More

‘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.

Read More

Que hora es your mom?

In which Wendy decides to learn Spanish. Again. And it all "may or may not involve disappearing into the forests of Libre Union and becoming ranchers in the Yucatan."

Read More

‘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.

Read More

Will they go round in circles?

"A 'song that ain't got no melody' makes a pretty good analogy for my personal thoughts on the current plans for autonomous and self-driving commercial vehicles."

Read More

Blockchain ‘immutable distributed public ledger’ technology: Makes sense, right?

A late-night-comedy send-up of Bitcoin investment (made possible by "blockchain" network architecture) exaggerates divergent reactions similar to those that follow the notion of automated trucking-business-info sharing in other envisioned blockchains -- from affirmative head nods to "are you insane?" incredulity ... . 

Read More