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Belly Up to the Texas King (if you dare)!

Texas is known for its many triumphs and defeats. There’s the Space Center in Houston, and the Alamo in San Antonio. There’s the SXSW Festival in Austin and Dealey Plaza in Dallas. Perhaps the only place that has seen both triumphs and defeats is The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo. A steakhouse restaurant and Read More…

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Pencil in TBS Factoring!

Kids are heading back to school supplied with notebooks, crayons and pencils to sharpen their knowledge. What about you? Are you ready to sharpen your dull bottom line? Why not get to the point of success with factoring from TBS? We offer tailor-made, same-day payments when you deliver your loads. For decades, TBS has drawn Read More…

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Back-to-School Tips

With kids heading back to school truckers need to pay attention to the inherent challenges of driving large vehicles in urban and suburban environments. Following are some back-to-school tips truckers can employ in light of schools resuming classes: Slow Down in School Zones Truck routes pass by elementary, middle, and high schools in many communities Read More…

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Under Pressure?

A trucker in a September 2, 2017 Reddit feed asks [edited]: I saw our mechanic using a cage to add air to tires. I looked more into it and what do you know, an exploding big rig tire in your face removes your face, among other things. Is it reasonably safe to do this myself, Read More…

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Hurricane Harvey Disrupts Freight Flow Nationwide

Hurricane Harvey and the damage it is inflicting in southeast Texas will crimp trucking industry capacity, alter the country’s freight flow and likely push rates upward in the coming weeks and months, said pricing and supply chain experts Mark Montague and Eileen Hart of load-board and data firm DAT Solutions (overdriveonline.com – 8/29/17) Houston is one Read More…

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FMCSA Suspends Rules in 26 States to Help Fuel, Supplies Flow After Harvey and Irma

Subhead: Hurricane Harvey To aid in the effort to bring supplies and fuel to the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the State of Texas have temporarily suspended several trucking regulations (truckinginfo.com- 9/1/17) FMCSA announced on Sept. 1 that due to an expected shortage of fuel products, including gasoline, Read More…

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Capital Goods Orders Spike

An indicator of business spending surged in July despite a big drop in total factory orders, according to final numbers released Tuesday, September 5 by the Commerce Department (truckinginfo.com – 9/5/17). Orders for non-defense capital goods minus aircraft increased 1% from the month before, better than the originally reported 0.4% increase, and June’s 0.1% hike. Read More…

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House to Consider Delaying ELD Mandate

The U.S. House is slated to consider this week an amendment to halt enforcement of the U.S. DOT’s electronic logging device mandate at least through September 2018 (overdriveonline.com – 9/6/17). The amendment, filed by a bipartisan group of five representatives, would be attached to a larger 2018 appropriations package. It would prevent the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration from Read More…

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Fuel Prices Skyrocket Nationwide in Wake of Harvey

In the first full week after Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast, diesel fuel prices skyrocketed in most regions of the U.S., especially in some major metro areas around the country (overdriveonline.com —9/5/17). Diesel prices increased by an average of 15.3 cents across the nation during the week to an average of Read More…