Blogs

Podcast: Step deck owner’s journey into mobile information tech, more

How to build an effective organizational system for your smartphone apps -- and just what apps are showing plenty utility for step-deck hauler Joey Slaughter. In this Overdrive Radio edition, also, the operator's thoughts on ELDs (he's still on paper), broker relationships and more.

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Rediscovering discoveries just discovered — talking heads, leasing practices, puddles

Breaking news! “We join the scene live, with Monica McDoodlesnap, as she uncovers shocking, never seen before, completely 100 percent brand-new discoveries in the trucking industry. Monica, can you describe the general atmosphere among the natives?”...

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Interesting approach to accessorials for Uber Freight app users

It's not exactly common when dealing with a broker that accessorials like truck-ordered-not-used, detention and the like are up-front accessible and available to anyone -- or guaranteed should situations arise that cause them to come into play. How does $200 + $2/mile deadhead on a canceled load sound?

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Ambient sonic booms for sleep

"Compromise. It's important" trying to get some sleep at home: "I became wholly dependent upon ambient sleep noise apps on the road. My name is Wendy, and I'm addicted to 'rain on the back porch.'"

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The cost of pre-2000 ELD regulatory indecision: One winner, and potential losers, among owner-ops

In the Trump era, when governing by Tweet is something of a norm, "regulating by FAQ" might stand to gain in prominence -- with scarcely five months remaining prior to the December ELD deadline, recent significant change to the pre-2000 exemption well-illustrates the issues for this owner-operator.

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A shot in the arm for fixing CSA

The added weight of an objective party is welcome, especially knowing it gives Congress a clear vision of CSA problems. FMCSA has made relatively superficial changes – slowly – to CSA. It’s a shame it’s taken so many voices to repeat the call that change needs to be faster and more substantive.

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Unrequited love from the owner of Asian King

Anyone who lives on the road or has a loved one on the road knows how important telephone relationships are. When George was brand new to over the road, we didn't have Facebook, and SnapChat and Facetime and 99 other ways to see one another instantly, through the magic of the interwebs. We spent our time together on the phone, hours and hours on the phone, talking about everything happening around us, describing the feeling ...

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My left hand’s free

We survived the body part harvest of 2017. I'm having T-shirts made that say: “I'm not drunk, I'm just recovering from hand surgery.” Here's a note about scheduling, and remembering that two adults who are extremely active and independent probably don't need to have simultaneous surgeries, especially if they're counting on one another to help recover. The note says, “What the hell were you thinking?” What I was thinking is we both needed maintenance that was going ...

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ELD delay faces big hurdles, even with added co-sponsors

Despite a bill being introduced this month to delay the ELD mandate, Congress appears reluctant to tackle the issue. ATA is also adamant there's little support for the measure among lawmakers.

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Videographer Texomatic is ready to rock Dallas

Being a 20-plus-year veteran of trucking, Tex has a unique approach to his filmmaking that captures the industry in a way I've not seen anyone else do. Texomatic productions, whether video or stills, have a distinct feel, and clearly the industry likes it.

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