"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."
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.
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.
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.
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. ... "
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...
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 […]
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.
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.
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."