Blogs

‘Service and Sacrifice’ 1988 Freightliner FLT86, updated for GATS Pride & Polish

Ed Harwell's update to the "Service and Sacrifice" 1988 Freightliner cabover on offer at Overdrive's Pride & Polish event at the Great American Trucking Show.

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Truckers Final Mile grief counseling assistance program launches

In an open board meeting held during the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Robert Palm, president of TruckersFinalMile.org, announced the roll-out of a grief counseling service effective October 1.

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Podcast: ELDs, truck automation and hours of service through FMCSA’s Martinez’s lens

In a wide-ranging interview, FMCSA's Ray Martinez spoke with Overdrive in an exclusive interview about trucking industry pain points, the ongoing transition to electronic logging devices, evaluating hours of service reforms, automated vehicle tech and more. Listen to highlights in this Overdrive Radio podcast.

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Memorial Run: A T680 honoring fallen firefighters rolls

Memorial Run comes with a singular mission: "to honor and memorialize all of our fallen firefighters in this country," says trucker and retired firefighter Randy Rogers. The 2019 KW is part of the Certified Express, Inc., fleet out of Neosho, Mo. 

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A training suggestion for robust pre-CDL and finishing programs

If companies really want to fix their driver retention issues, offer free and thorough training for pre-CDL training. Not just a grand total of 50 hours. Second, give recruits time to adapt in finishing programs: six months ought to be a minimum and should include winter driving. Eight months would be better.

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Preview podcast: Trucker Talent Search 2018

B.J. Williams, Mandi Jo Pinheiro and James Nelson

Here's a TTS preview podcast ahead of the final competition at GATS on Friday that runs through some of the sounds and stories of the three finalists: B.J. Williams, Mandi Jo Pinheiro and James Nelson.

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Tesla Semi and its clean inspection violate the eye test of more than one reader

And according to one, posting on Overdrive's Facebook page, inspectors may have jumped the gun when they posted the inspection of the battery-powered electric-drive rig was clean -- ""They did find a fuel leak after few hours of inspection." It's always something...

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Event this weekend in Wisconsin in honor of truckers’ biggest fan, Dakota Cadd

Cadd, wheelchair-bound and well-known to haulers local to areas in and around Cadd's Milton, Wis., hometown for his truck-spotting activity out in his front yard along state highway 26, will be celebrated at "18 Wheels for Bubba" this weekend.

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Bill Weaver finds a new gear with new video, record

Longtime trucker/singer-songwriter Bill Weaver recently released a video for his "Bull Haulin'" track in anticipation of his "Burnin' the Old School Down" record, out now and available via Weaver's own website and soon to come to other music retailers.

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Sunsetting a classic — any truth to the rumors? And when your dead starter is really a bad cable

A rep from KW corporate answered the question with just a single, definitive word .... And: A special-edition Overdrive Radio podcast and video with TA maintenance director Daniel Mustafa described test procedures for contemporary diesels' electrical systems and the issue of "voltage drop" to detect bad cables.

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