VP undercover in a large carrier’s training program; Voices From 10-4 D.C.

In this edition of Overdrive Radio, the story of C.R. England VP Pam Wilson's undercover assignment, which began her company employment, as a new driver in the company's training program with an eye toward improving the new-driver experience; and: voices from 10-4 D.C.

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California independent contractor fallout: ‘Two-check’ employee/contractor pay system explored

This week's Overdrive Radio podcast: A talk through history of the two-check "employee owner-op" model of the past with OOIDA board member and small fleet owner Monte Wiederhold, in the wake of California's codification of strict new rules around the independent contractor classification.

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‘Truck parking only’: Working together toward a new get-in reality

The need for greater parking capacity, well-positioned, throughout the nation is no secret. The need along Texas lanes was the subject of the lively discussion devoted to parking at GATS. In today’s edition of Overdrive Radio, hear just what could well provide a model toward engaging with other states, too.

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After the accident: Coping, personal perspective, first-responder heroics and practical guidance

And a story of reunification of Harry Pierce's ridealong pet, Blue, and his wife in Wyoming, after Pierce's fatal head-on crash with a motorist making a reckless pass in Kansas. Listen: First responders detail accident recommendations and professional truckers discuss how to cope with tragedy.

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Engineering realities v. hyperactive marketing: The ‘driverless’ trucking future explored

The Overdrive Radio podcast transports you like so many teleporting time machines back to the Aug. 22 panel at GATS about the $64,000 question: What's the role of the driver look like at it changes over time with increasingly advanced layers of auto-assist technology?

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Trucker Talent Search: Hear the performances; And: More on hours amid comment period

In this Overdrive Radio podcast, run through talent-search music, with a warm-up by Long Haul Paul Marhoefer and plenty emcee'ing by trucker-songwriter Tony Justice, who's played a major role through the event's six years in making it an ongoing anchor among the community of musicians who also happen to haul freight on the open road...

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Listen/watch: Owner-operators, drivers weigh in on hours at FMCSA’s listening session

If you missed the Great American Trucking Show or the FMCSA's webcast last week, you can sit in on the first hour_plus of the hours of service listening session held at GATS Aug. 23 via this video and/or audio player. The session was devoted to some proposed hours changes aimed at increasing both safety with some measure of flexibility for drivers.

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18 years old and hauling in 1917; Leon Everettte, Long Haul Paul from GATS

In this week's Overdrive Radio podcast from GATS, classic country star and gospel singer Leon Everette, Long Haul Paul Marhoefer, and a talk about history, training and more with Jay Thompson, whose grandfather Walter had a chauffer’s license at age 18, in 1917.

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Mailbag: Worm turns a bit on regs favor with hours proposal, readers sound off

In this week's Overdrive Radio, readers weigh in largely favorably on FMCSA's this-week-proposed hours of service changes -- a big departure from reader reactions to new regs over recent history. Also: Better split-sleeper data blind spots that could have been avoided, mainstream news spin, more on the proposal ...

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How far would you go for another 1-2 mpg in fuel mileage? One owner-op’s patented engine systems mods

How does a six-year odyssey in modifications to your truck’s engine and related systems -- reducing the draw on the engine from the main fan, A/C system and more -- sound? In this week's Overdrive Radio, owner-op Kenny Capell describes his patented method for turning a lot of work over to electrical systems to save 1-1.5 running mpg.

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