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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 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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How to graze in greener pastures

There’s a lot more to running an owner-operator business than chasing the next sweet bonus or an extra penny per mile. With downtime and other matters, the total cost to change carriers can run into thousands of dollars. Don’t let a rash decision force you to repeat the process too soon.

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The scrum over truckers’ meal per diem: A moot point under tax reform? (examples included)

Whether there's a change to the per diem or not may mostly be a moot point, since the bill doubles the standard deduction allotted to all income tax filers, including truckers. The new deduction protocol for income tax filings may ultimately hinge on a numbers game, and owner-operators and company drivers will need to determine the best way to maximize their deductions.  

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Video: What to expect as ELD mandate takes effect

The rough road to the electronic logging device mandate is close to an end, though it may get more bumpy from here. 

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Behind the scenes at the Tesla Semi reveal

In this edition of Overdrive Radio, a rebroadcast of Equipment Editor Jason Cannon's talk with K.C. Phillips on the “Road Dog Live” Sirius XM program, discussing the Tesla Semi electric truck's big recent reveal in California.

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Counting costs and savings for the 2019 Tesla Semi (and bonus video)

Diesel power will be around probably for decades. But don’t be shocked if you live to see e-trucks as a common sight – not just for saving the environment but for saving costs.

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A potential role for cameras and wearables in regulating drowsy driving

Until very recently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has largely ignored fatigue monitoring technology, and therefore any potential it has for a significant revision of the hours of service. Instead, regulators for decades have tinkered with the hours of service as if it were a magic template to solve the fatigue problem for every individual in every trucking application. Anyone familiar with trucking’s diverse operations and their  infinite disrupters knows this to be a pipe ...

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Flatbed operators prospering as economy rebounds

Through September, flatbedder clients of ATBS had net income of $51,602. Even though miles driven did not change much during the first three quarters, net income per mile rose dramatically each quarter, indicating rapidly rising rates: 67.3 cents per mile, 74.7 cpm and 81.7 cpm.

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ELDs not alone in driving up rates

These factors indeed point to a capacity crunch – Noel Perry predicts it happening between March and July – that clearly exceeds the market’s typical ups and downs.

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