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TD119: Winter Truck Driving Tips From An Alaskan Trucker

If you could get winter truck driving tips from anyone, who would it be? How about someone who drives a 155,000-pound, 12-axle tractor trailer on mountainous, snow-packed, two-lane roads nearly every day? Well, I found such a person. Even better, I commenced to bribe, cajole, and generally badger him into coming onto the Trucker Dump…

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TD68: Guest Post: This Is The Life. We All Have To Be Somewhere. This Is My Life. By Jean McHarry

Hey! Todd here. Yes. I know you were expecting me, but I won’t be the one entertaining you today. Let me explain. You and I both know I’m a blabbermouth, but sometimes I just don’t know what to say about a particular subject. I had one of those cases back in July of 2010 with…

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TD55: The EOBR Myth

Quick: What’s the leading cause of trucking accidents? If you were to ask that question to the non-trucking public, they would probably tell you that trucker fatigue was the culprit. They’d be wrong. It’s not their fault. The media, our lawmakers, and many interest groups are cramming that idea into their ears with one of those…

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TD53.5: Solar Driving As A Trucker

Go to Lunar Driving as a Trucker, read it, and reverse everything. smirk

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TD53: Lunar Driving As A Trucker

Here’s a heads-up to any prospective drivers out there. If you think Over-The-Road (OTR) trucking is a 9-to-5 job, you’re gonna be more disappointed than a stoner with a bag of oregano. We have a name for you folks: Solar drivers. [box]Listen to the audio version above and subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Or…

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TD52: Non-Truckers: Don’t Take It For Granted

As I’ve stated before in “Why I do this,”  one of the main reasons I have an online presence is to inform non-truckers what it’s like to live as an Over-The-Road trucker. Sure, bad days can come off sounding a bit whiny sometimes, but the idea is not to gain sympathy. The plan is to…

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TD31: Is Forced Dispatch Forced?

I’m sitting in the driver’s lounge of a truck shop right now. Last night, in 25 degree weather, our alternator belt broke. It not only powers the batteries, but since everything in our modern truck is electrical, it also powers nearly everything else, including the heater. So what does this have to do with forced dispatched? Hang…

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TD20: Oddball Trucking Weather

[box]Listen to the audio version above and subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Or enter http://abouttruckdriving.com/truckerdump.xml into your favorite podcast app. Download the intro/outro songs for free! courtesy of Walking On Einstein [/box] Unlike many Weather Channel addicts, I don’t keep an eye on the weather until the winter months roll around. And that’s why it can sometimes…

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TD18: Eddie Rabbitt Was Right

[box]Listen to the audio version above and subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Or enter http://abouttruckdriving.com/truckerdump.xml into your favorite podcast app. Download the intro/outro songs for free! courtesy of Walking On Einstein [/box] Eddie and I arent’ exactly tight, but we do have one thing in common. “I love a rainy night.” So does he. Last night I…

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TD11: The Insanity Of Truck Idling Laws

I know I said my next post would be about dispatchers, but I’ve got something fresh on my mind; mainly because it’s happening right now. So please humor me. I’m guessing from the title that you can tell which of side of the argument I take when it comes to truck idling laws. First off,…

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