Blogs

Junior Elmore’s 1975 Diamond Reo cabover No. 12, or: The corn-fed kid in Nebraska

Trucker-photographer Don Christner's latest installment in his diamonds-in-the-rough series on former small fleet owner Junior Elmore's boneyard/gold mine: featuring the 1975 cabover, powered by a V8 318 Detroit Diesel.

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Expedited conversations before the storm with operator Nancy Hudson, small fleet owner Eric Escobar

Both operator Hudson and owner-op/fleet owner Escobar operate out of Michigan, near the auto-industry hubs where a good deal of expedited freight originates, but bring markedly different perspectives to the subject of expedited trucking.

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An outsider’s perspective helps Isaac Ho navigate the trials of new authority

For owner-operator Ho, the first half of 2018 has been a fast-paced classroom on wheels, from jumping insurance and customer hurdles many new independents face to learning how to define "cheap freight," with little actual help, and using technological aptitude to advantage ....

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Parking issue panel set for GATS later this month

Saturday at GATS in a couple weeks, start the day with a panel discussion planned around the parking issue at the intersection of research, planning and trucking operations. What's your question for panelists, including two owner-ops, an advocate, a metro-gov planner, and a former Federal Railroad Administrator ....

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Toward reinvigorating camaraderie among haulers: Introducing road chaplain, owner-op and Overdrive Extra blogger Clifford Petersen

For regular Overdrive readers, Petersen may need no introduction, as he’s written several blog posts in recent times in which he draws on his experience over a few decades now in and out of trucking. His last time away, though, gave him a new purpose in his approach to the industry and, as he notes, a desire to leave it better than he found it initially.

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The chicken-little tactics behind the ‘driver shortage’

The latest from owner-op Clifford Petersen: "Big trucking has been running around like chickens with their heads cut off for years now. In 1993, when I first came into the trucking industry, they were crying about a 'driver shortage,' and 25 years later they are still using 'chicken little' tactics..."

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Road and bridge money’s on the table, but don’t hold your breath

Given the minimal federal commitment to infrastructure, Trump’s loss of interest in championing the cause, and the lack of initiative in Congress to fix the Highway Trust Fund, it looks like what states don’t take care of won’t get done.

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Why $6,000 from Chicago to Long Island is no longer enough

The latest in "Long Haul Paul" Marhoefer's Faces of the Road series tells haiku writer and flatbedder Huck Northcutt's tale of owner-operator feast and famine -- the former under way on more Midwest-regional lanes that cast new light on, well, dealing with NYC ...

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Podcast: Expediter of the Year Tim Paxton on cargo van expediting and his business’ future

Also in this edition of Overdrive Radio, an update on the situation of former One20 Trucking-leased owner-ops Lee and Lisa Schmitt -- they still haven't been paid finally what's due, they say.

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Rolling your 14: How to do an 8/2 or 2/8 sleeper-berth split

This hypothetical series of logs from "T. Dills Trucking" might help illustrate how the 8 and 2 (or 2 and 8) split works for those who are iffy in their understanding of it, as we are certain are when it's been a while since we've thought closely about it. ...

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