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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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The Year of the ELD: Top trucking trends from 2017 as ELD mandate descended

Coverage of the mandate and its myriad of twists and turns throughout dominated the news cycle in 2017. It also dominated Overdrive’s usual in-depth coverage of the industry. However, a few other key trends emerged too, including regulatory repeals by the Trump Administration, booming rates and the rise of the electric truck. More here...

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Is it business as usual in the grocery world?

Mixed bag of reports coming from groceries around the country in the middle of this holiday week -- are empty shelves a result of the ELD mandate or the "perfect storm" of holiday freight pressures? ... A little analysis here, and: What are you seeing?

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A view on the rise in clean inspections, from a state where they’re fairly uncommon

In our annual CSA's Data Trail analysis, Indiana state ranks 10th this year in clean inspections, with less than a third of their total inspections having come out entirely violation-free over the course of calendar year 2016. But look at improvement in truckers' favor in that metric, and you'll see that Indiana is one of just a few states that improved in that particular metric by more than 50 percent over the preceding year.

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Things to leave behind in 2017

The phrases "driver shortage," "level playing field" and a variety of other trucking bugaboos. "Be happy we don't all 'get on the same level,' and quit saying that. ..."

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Merry Christmas, feel free to sing along

A merry Christmas from Wendy and the rest of the Parker family.

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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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The other side of the ELD pancake

"It's been a rough week for some, but just like Dr. Phil says, 'There's always another side to the pancake, no matter how thin it is.'"

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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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How to graze in greener pastures

There’s a lot more to running an owner-operator business than chasing the next sweet bonus or an extra penny per mile. With downtime and other matters, the total cost to change carriers can run into thousands of dollars. Don’t let a rash decision force you to repeat the process too soon.

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