Overdrive Extra

Overlooked video gem reveals a bygone trucking era

“On the boulevard” shows owner-operators talking about their struggles to survive, being apart from their families, taking pride in running without authority and dodging scales.

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When filmmakers hit the road with 1970s owner-operators

After interviewing drivers at a late 1970s truck show, the film collective Optic Nerve spent six weeks crossing the country to record drivers for a 30-minute documentary.

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Highway bill: So much, yet too little

The new highway bill did nothing to create stable user-based funding to make our infrastructure program self-sustaining.

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The new cost of e-log compliance and FMCSA’s denial of small business exemption

Following a comment dust-up over the real costs of compliance of an ELD mandate, the agency relaxed certain portions of required device spec's in the mandate's ultimate version. But it also blocked attempts at exempting small trucking companies from compliance.

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VIDEO: Stuck under an overpass!

If you are jammed under an overpass, you face financial, legal and employment disaster – not to mention the unending humiliation when your truck pics hit social media.

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End the year with smart tax decisions

Potentially big changes loomed at year-end regarding depreciation limits for 2015 income taxes.

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VIDEO: When bark turns to barf – having a sick pet on the road

Diesel Dog isn’t keeping his food down. You’re nowhere near a vet. It’s the middle of the night. What’s a long-haul driver to do? This Worst Case Trucking Scenario offers a few tips on dealing with common pet maladies on the road when you can’t get advice from a vet. For more detail, see the story by Carolyn Mason here. Or for an entertaining video condensation of that story, watch this Overdrive 30-second Trucker Tip:        

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Where driving jobs have arisen since 1978

Whatever the extent of any "driver shortage," you wouldn’t think there is one by checking a National Public Radio report by Quoctrung Bui that traces the most common jobs in every state since 1978. The data not only highlights trends about trucking jobs, but also reveals aspects of the broader economy over almost four decades. In 1978, the U.S. Census Bureau category that includes truck drivers was the most common job category in nine states. An interactive U.S. ...

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Elusive e-logs: Agency misses another projected publication date for ELD mandate

After pushing Sept. 30 most of the year as the publication date for an ELD mandate, FMCSA’s latest projected date for the rule — Oct. 30 — has also come and gone, and there's no rule yet.

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Paycheck checkup: The real spread between driver and contractor pay

It looks like the California spread of $17,400 between company driver and owner-operator earnings is overstated, at least as applied on the national scale. Instead, the $50,000-$60,000 range is now commonplace for many employed and leased long-haul truckers.

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