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While you’re at it, wash your hands

Take it from a longtime former nurse: "You can prevent flu by not slobbering all over each other and washing your hands frequently. ... Really, wash your hands. Do it a lot. It helps, even the scientists say so.

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New vid from ‘Long haul Paul’ Marhoefer

Marhoefer's "Odious Death of the Cracker King" tells the story of a fictional character in the title, which the trucker-songwriter describes as something of a composite of two men he'd known long ago, the "sons of outlaw bull haulers" both, plus a little of that mythic dirge treatment Marhoefer's a master of.

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Don’t go toward the light, Carol Ann

"If it has taken 30 years of hemorrhaging drivers to snap into the realization the eternal well is drying up for real -- the very fleets who have participated in the practice of paying their executives well while drivers are once again forgotten are about to feel a whiplash of epic proportions they are fully unprepared for."

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Don’t leave money on the table

We are in a freight market owner-operator Gary Buchs believes to be "totally unpredictable" at this point, he says. "Weather, plus demand" generally, "is driving" such unpredictability, much of it on the plus side for rate pressure for owner-operators, "through the roof." 

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Skip that DVD rack and stream what you want

Though the many movie and TV-streaming apps now available offer a solution, only three in 10 Overdrive readers say they subscribe to a streaming movie/TV service. This video covers five apps for streaming commercial productions on phone, tablet or laptop.

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The decline of human civilization began with ‘safety concerns’

"Hey y'all, guess what? You can pump your own gasoline in Oregon now. Legally, even." ... How 'safety' was used to justify retention of the self-service ban over the years ...

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Lighting Bug system provides back-up for an inoperative headlight

Lighting Bug offers a way to avoid ever running with a headlight out by turning the "high-beam side on at the brightness of the low beam" when the low beam goes dark. It's a fairly inexpensive piece of electronics, too, that's simple to install. 

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Unmentioned but not unappreciated

Here's to those who didn't make the printed stories of 2017. The people too weird or fleeting to create an entire post around, the folks I probably would have never seen or experienced without travel and trucking, but the very people who make this whole thing interesting ...

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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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