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A blog for and about owner-operators and drivers (and for fleet folks who want to understand them better.)

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Tire Blowouts Don't Have to Be Deadly

Authorities suspect a steer-tire blowout was the root cause of a spectacular and deadly...

A fatal accident in New Mexico is a sobering reminder that proper reaction and proven driving techniques are key to ensuring that a truck remains under the driver's control in the event of a tire blowout — even a steer tire failure.

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Of Course Trucking Should Pay for Parking

Publicly funded rest areas amount to a government subsidy of a for-profit industry. Trucking...

Nobody likes having to pay for something that once came free, but we now face a crisis-level shortage of truck parking spaces in this country. It shouldn't come as a surprise that the days of free parking are over, says Equipment Editor Jim Park in his blog.

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Electric Semi: More Sizzle than Steak?

Tesla founder Elon Musk tweeted this image of his upcoming all-electric tractor during a TED...

The first image of Tesla's Electric Semi seem to show exactly the wrong type of electric truck. Is this for the benefit of investors or the trucking industry? Equipment Editor Jim Park explores the question in his On the Road blog.

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Terror by Truck: It's Happened Again

Unattended trucks could become instruments of destruction. Photo by Jim Park

Someone in Stockholm, Sweden, crashed a delivery truck into a crowded department store, killing at least three. It's been described as an act of terror, but it may also have been a crime of opportunity. In his On the Road blog, Equipment Editor Jim Park asks: Are we ready to prevent or defend against such an attack?

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Do You Have a Will?

It's far easier to get your will in order than it will be for your family to figure out your...

Without a clear statement of your intentions in the form of a will, the state might make these decisions for you, or decide how to divvy up your assets – possibly including your truck if you're an owner-operator. Jim Park blogs about why drivers (and others) need to give this some thought.

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When Cummins Went to Indy

Bruce Watson, driver and caretaker of the Cummins #28 Special. Photo by Jim Park

Cummins Engine Co. founder Clessie Cummins knew a thing or two about making engines. As it turns out he had a twisted genius for marketing too.

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Steve Carlson is the Xantrex OEM and fleet manager. Steve has over 20 years of...

Xantrex OEM and Fleet Manager

Steve Carlson from Xantrex

Xantrex OEM and Fleet Manager