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Mailbag: Split sleeper-berth option high on haulers’ hours wish list

The large majority of reader respondents you’ll hear in this mailbag edition of the Overdrive Radio podcast took the notion of a pause button for the 14-hour rule farther. It’s split rest, or split sleeper berth period flexibility, that most want,

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Let the 14-hour conversations … begin?

'Continue' rather than 'begin' is probably the best word to describe what's been at the forefront of hours-change debate for years now. Voices here following OOIDA's lodging of a petition to the FMCSA to add an up-to-three-hour off-duty pause to extend the clock.

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‘100 percent OK’ to bring up detention before you get off the phone

'Don't leave money on the table,' redux -- that sentiment could increasingly include examinations of revenue and income per hour in your business' accounting and analysis to help determine effective detention rates in broker/shipper negotiations.

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BigRigTravels.com turns 10: A talk with Stephen Michaels, long-haul proprietor

In this latest edition of Overdrive Radio, Stephen Michaels talks about his informal ambassadorship from the trucking world to the motoring public via his BigRigTravels.com live-feed webcam, which has yielded plenty individual dividends in motorist education and a turn in the perception of trucking.

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Mintu Pandher’s small fleet success in fuel hauling, truck-stop ownership

Small fleet owner Mintu Pandher, who came to the U.S. with his parents in 1999, followed the growth in oil drilling into independence as an owner-operator. His Akal Energy small fleet grew fairly quickly over several years with contracts with some fuel providers, running out of Laramie, Wyo.

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Independence basics: Binda Atwal’s attractions to trucking

It's the income possibilities owner-operator Binda Atwal names as his principal attraction to trucking, for his young family – Atwal and his wife are the proud parents of two children, a four- and one-year-old.

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Round-up: Best safety device — you; Answering an ELD-exemption question

No safety tech can be an effective substitute for the ship captain: "No matter how fancy , no matter how new, the best safety device in your truck is you." --Reader Paul Maine ALSO: Isolated farm-equipment haul prompts ELD mandate question.

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A corrective to ‘bubble-wrapped’ driving syndrome

A tip from Mustang's Trucking -- don't try to read a book while going down the road -- applicable whether your truck is "bubble-wrapped" with auto-braking and lane-departure-warning tech or not ...

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Cooking in-cab: A few slow-cooker recipes to get you running

Herein a few "winter warmers" from the folks at the RoadPro family of brands, whose products include a slow cooker that will operate on 12-volt power in-cab -- running with an inverter, other slow cookers are possible. Any in-cab cookers here? Share your tips with those new to the art.

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Grassroots advocacy, redux — more on last week’s meetings in Congressional offices

Talking with Va.-based HHG-hauling owner-operator Dave McCauley about the meeting he initiated with Senator Ted Cruz, attended by truckers from different groups and locales -- he urges drivers to do similar: "Go talk to these people. They put their pants on the same way we do in the morning."

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