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“Mega Trucks”– A Growing Trend

In a July 31, overdriveonline.com article, writer Jason Cannon reveals that despite significant legislative hurdles around much of the globe, a new report from Frost & Sullivan suggests “mega trucks”- generally defined as a vehicle measuring a minimum of about 100 feet long and weighing upwards of 160,000 pounds – could nearly double in population Read More…

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New Weather App for Truck Drivers

A new, trucking-focused phone and tablet app from the Weather Company aims to give drivers more information to help them better deal with weather and the delays and disruptions it can cause. According to a June 23 truckinginfo.com article, the app has its roots in aviation. The Weather Company is an IBM firm that has Read More…

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How Many Miles Did You Drive Last Year?

A trucker in a June 25, 2017 Reddit feed writes [edited]: I’m a newby, but my buddy tells me he drove 225K last year – that’s 4500 average miles a week (50 weeks). Is this possible? How many miles did you drive? Following are a few of the [edited] responses: Top of Form I like Read More…

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Facebook Founder Hangs Out with Truckers

One of the richest men in America and the founder and CEO of Facebook hung out with truck drivers at the Iowa 80 truck stop Friday, June 23. According to Trucker’s News [6/24/17] Mark Zuckerberg, who is estimated to be worth $63.7 billion, made the stop as part of a nationwide tour that is part Read More…

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Dear Trucker . . . Thanks for Saving Me (and others!)

A trucker in a June 10, 2017 Reddit feed posted a thank-you letter (edited) to another trucker who he believes saved the lives of several people on Interstate 5 in Oregon during one recent rainy and very, very foggy night where visibility was near zero. The trucker lowered his speed to 30 mph, but no Read More…

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DOT’s Chao Wants Help to Cut Infrastructure Red Tape

Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao has announced via a blog post that she was marking the end of the White House-proclaimed “Infrastructure Week” on June 9 by asking the public to comment “on ways to identify and reduce unnecessary regulatory obstacles that too often stand in the way of completing important infrastructure projects across the Read More…

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Supreme Court Rejects ELD Appeal

In a victory for the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Supreme Court has said it will not hear a lawsuit challenging a DOT rule requiring truck operators to use electronic logging devices to track hours of service. According to Overdrive.com (6/12/17), the Supreme Court’s June 12 decision leaves in place a lower court ruling Read More…

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Truckers Featured on New York Times Front Page

In an unprecedented front-page article published in the New York Times on Monday, May 22, reporter Trip Gabriel shared the stories of truckers he met over two days at the Petro truck stop in Effingham, IL. Whether starting from Ohio or Pennsylvania on their way to Georgia or Nevada, several truckers from around the United Read More…

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Alone on the Open Road: Truckers feel like ‘Throwaway People’-The New York Times

Alone on the OpenRoad: Truckers Feel Like‘Throwaway People’ President Trump ignited a national discussion of blue-collar jobs.Truck driving, once a road to the middle class, is now low-paying,grinding, unhealthy work. We talked with drivers about why they do it. By TRIP GABRIEL Photographs by GEORGE ETHEREDGEMAY 22, 2017 EFFINGHAM, Ill. — The vast Petro truck Read More…

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We Got A Convoy! (Ain’t She a Beautiful Sight?)

This Sunday will mark the 28th annual Mother’s Day Make-A-Wish Trucking Convoy in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Last year’s event attracted 590 trucks, setting a new Guinness World Record and raising more than $300,000. Drivers need to raise at least $100 in pledges to enter their trucks. The day benefits Make-A-Wish serving Philadelphia, Northern Delaware and Susquehanna Valley Read More…