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Grassroots efforts continue around ELD mandate, hours of service flexibility

Wednesday, January 17, a group of truckers took a meeting with United States Senator Ted Cruz in order to press concerns over the Department of Transportation's electronic logging device mandate and the current hours of service rule. 

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How do you prevent cracks in your convex mirrors?

Cold-weather issues, take one. Enquiring minds among readers want to know: "I have had my convex mirrors crack in the wintertime more than once and was wondering if I am the only one and what people have found to stop it."

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‘Should have planned better’ only goes so far when road realities are at play

As so many owner-operators have noted in past, "planning better" will only get you so far when it comes to ELDs, a 14-hour rule with rigid ends and little opportunity to extend it or stop it for mid-period rest. Owner-operator Mark Kirbyson, in this latest edition of Overdrive Radio, concurs wholeheartedly.

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‘Here’s to causing a crisis’: Is there a shutdown going on?

Those were among the words of independent owner-operator Brita Nowak, who's closed her one-truck business in part in protest of the 14-hour rule's inflexibility, combined with the new record-keeping reality of the ELD mandate.

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Blockchain ‘immutable distributed public ledger’ technology: Makes sense, right?

A late-night-comedy send-up of Bitcoin investment (made possible by "blockchain" network architecture) exaggerates divergent reactions similar to those that follow the notion of automated trucking-business-info sharing in other envisioned blockchains -- from affirmative head nods to "are you insane?" incredulity ... . 

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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 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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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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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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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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