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"For truckers who already have the deck stacked against them when trying to maintain health, poor work performance as a result of stress can have deadly results. This reality goes largely unaddressed by many carrier support structures, and drivers begin to feel more like a number, or a cog in a giant machine that is eating away their lives."
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Cargo-van owner-operators Darren and Trish Ayres, in this edition of Overdrive Radio, haul in the CDL-required hazmat military-freight niche, and worked with Oak Ridge, Tenn.-based Fastlane Products to build a unique sleeper set-up in their Mercedes Sprinter van. Also: More onerous inspection practices that could use discouragement.
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Blue Inks new "Air Scale" is of a piece with the company's mission to help combat by elimination the variety of "interruptions that drivers face on a daily basis" that suck time and money from their businesses. 
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Herewith one motorist who knows what it means to share the road. Two professional drivers' training and composure "may be the reason I am alive," wrote a reader of the Portland (Me.) Press-Herald, lauding the swift thinking and reaction of the pros.
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After a massive pothole snaps a steer-axle leaf spring, owner-operator Gary Buchs details "the kind of day that can remind an owner-operator that safe and skillful driving is just one of many tasks successful owners must develop. ... "
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In this edition of Overdrive Radio find audio from part of Max Heine's talk with John Strong about his memories of the 1970s and beyond, and more from my own sit-down with Load One's John Elliott, about headache boxes checked by the cargo van hauling niche in expediting -- not without its significant challenges...
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After an impromptu visit to Overdrive’s California headquarters in 1976, John Strong left with a surprise and a souvenir. The recently retired owner-operator recalls he was on a West Coast delivery with a trainee when he decided to take Mike Parkhurst at his word. The magazine’s founder and publisher, Parkhurst had openly invited readers to […]
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Forbes' annual list of the world's billionaires, unveiled Tuesday, includes a few who earned their fortunes in trucking — including a few who started businesses as a single-truck operators,  as well as those who founded or inherited large truck stop chains. 
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Early detention-poll results show most readers feel that the load/unload locations they visit had either seen no change (44 percent) or actually gotten a little (18 percent) or a lot (20 percent) worse on detention since late December 2017 when the electronic logging device mandate first came into play.
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Year 2018 was shaping up to be the best on record for a Midwest-based lease operator. He had just paid off his 2015 Pete. A breakdown, a cargo claim, an illness and little support from his carrier later, and "all I had left was my word."
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