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Will 'higher insurance requirements for trucking companies' result in higher consumer costs and lower trucker wages?

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Trucker, do you shower at Pilot Flying J facilities? Noticed any improvements? Write a review!

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PIB tip: Log your spending

Record every check or debit card purchase as soon as the money is spent. ...

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Has your trucker income stagnated? Has your consumer spending cooled?

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Have you as a trucker imposed -- and received -- a 'port congestion fee'? Please share!

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Will Celadon's truckers receive any of the company's 21% profit ncrease in their paychecks?

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Truckers, do you use an app like TaxBot to keep up with your spending, both personal and business?

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Cargo theft update: Load value jumps as thieves target high-value freight

The average loss value per cargo theft incident in the third quarter of 2014 jumped 100 percent from 2013’s third quarter $321,521, while the number of thefts fell, according to the quarterly cargo theft trends report from FreightWatch International.

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Full-length Skirts Add Fuel Savings for Nussbaum

... Wind tunnel testing showed a 4% aerodynamic improvement over a regular skirt. “We don’t quite get that, but it’s still worthwhile. There are now 101 trailers in service, and they seem to be working well.”

The latest version on the last 30 trailers also extends forward by 42 inches to cover the landing gear and beyond. The longer skirts add some weight and cost, but make up for it with better fuel economy. Braker figures the long skirts alone pick up 0.5 mpg.

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Which tool, if any, do you as a trucker use to help you save time and labor when inspecting your tires?

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Is this another reason why truckers should consider lifestyle changes to try to get off prescription pain medications?

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Trucking firms, short of drivers, stretch to find more

Across the country, trucking companies, and manufacturers and retailers with their own fleets, are resorting to an array of incentives, including higher wages, to attract drivers.

Walmart Stores Inc., the nation’s biggest retailer and operator of one of its biggest truck fleets, is using radio ads to appeal to qualified truck drivers with an offer of a $76,000 salary plus benefits to join the company. That’s far above the national average trucker pay of around $50,000.

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Truck driver dies after being hit by train in Murray County

An investigation is ongoing into a deadly accident involving a train and a semi-truck shortly after midnight Friday.

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The preliminary investigation shows that the crossing gate was down and signals were operational when the train entered the crossing and was struck by the train, police said.

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Idaho police seize 150 pounds of pot from trucker

... The 48-year-old man from Dunnellon, Florida, was arrested for investigation of felony drug trafficking. Baker says the street value of the marijuana is estimated at more than $500,000. It’s believed to have come from Washington state.

State police seized the pot, the truck and $2,000 in cash.

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Truck driver saw Chicago-bound Amtrak train before Indiana collision, police say

A Chicago-bound Amtrak train collided with a semi-truck Tuesday morning in northwestern Indiana, injuring several people, after a truck driver who believed he had enough time to clear the tracks pulled into the train’s path, police said.

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Alletto said 55-year-old Jeffrey B. Hatfield of Bedford, Indiana, miscalculated when he pulled onto CSX tracks into the path of the Indianapolis-to-Chicago Hoosier State line.

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German trucker who carried out more than 700 shootings jailed for a decade

A frustrated German truck driver who carried out more than 700 shootings at passing motorists over a four-year period has been sentenced to more than a decade in prison.

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Warranty pro-ration: Buyer best beware

The rules of warranty and policy have been changing and will continue to change. Yet, “Buyer beware” remains solid advice when looking at warranty coverage. You need to understand what you are looking for and what you may be purchasing with a vehicle if you are considering extended coverage. I would strongly suggest that you clearly understand what you are considering. The average cost for a warranty period purchased—which I call “insurance pre-pay”-- is $.02 per mile. The key to getting your money’s worth is to read the small print and dissect the coverage.

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[Overdrive] What’s your mpg goal? The 9+ mpg club wants to help you get there

If our recent polling is correct, not a huge number of you have crossed over into 9+ average mpg territory. ...

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FMCSA Plans to Test Impact of Split Sleep Breaks on Fatigue

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration plans to conduct a 90-day on-highway pilot program that will evaluate if split sleeper berth breaks will affect truck driver fatigue, a top agency official said Oct. 27.

Martin Walker, chief of FMCSA’s research division, told an agency advisory committee that the pilot could begin as early as January 2016 after the agency completes administrative requirements, gains White House clearance and recruits 200 drivers to participate in the pilot.

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7 Tried and True Time Management & Productivity Tips for Owner-Operators

If you’re an owner-operator, it’s easy to see why you’d sometimes feel a bit overwhelmed. You probably have new equipment purchases to make or save for, important schedules to keep, and bills to pay. You’re moving across multiple functions on any given day. It’s no wonder that keeping things straight is challenging.

So how can you increase your productivity and make your life a little easier? Here are 7 tried and true time management and productivity tips for owner-operators:

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Is one truck accident involving the device sufficient grounds for NTSB and FMCSA to ban hands-free phone use for all truckers?

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Free ROI-calculator apps for LPG fueling

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) today released a suite of online and mobile calculator apps-- available free of charge— to enable vehicle owners to determine the return on investment and fuel savings they may realize by converting from gasoline or diesel to LPG fuel.

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Freightliner’s 5 Factors that Determine a Truck’s Real Cost

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NTSB to FMCSA: Ban Hands-Free Phone Use

... The Board found in its investigation that the driver, who made that crossing regularly, was in the habit of relying on the sound of a train’s horn to determine if it was coming.

The train engineer blew his horn three times as he approached the crossing but the driver said he did not hear it. Vegetation and the curve of the road made it hard for the driver to see if a train was approaching, but the board found that if he had stopped at the tracks he could have seen it coming.

One key contributing factor was that the driver was distracted by a call that came in on his hands-free phone just as he was approaching the tracks, the board said.

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Owner-Operator Taxes 101: Common Deductions

Owner-Operator Taxes 101: Common Deductions Did you know that the trucking profession offers tax deductions for common business expenses? In this edition

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