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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Longtime TA Nashville employees recount historic 2010 flood, support and recovery

Listen: Getting close to the 10th anniversary of the historic flooding of Nashville in 2010, employees at the downtown TA who were there when it happened recount the rising waters, their relationships with longtime driver customers, and the recovery process in this podcast. Also: Why are some TA Petro stops moving away from traditional diners? HOS has something to do with it ...

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More flexible sleeper splits: Didn’t take long for this newbie team to see potential value

Introducing Hartsville, Tenn.-based Tommy and Linda Bryant of Hartsville, Tenn., mid-careers but brand-new to trucking and operating a team. Would they use a 5/5 split if it were an option? You bet.

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A Truckstop in the halls of Congress, a hotshot carrier’s tech-informed business

Failure to fund road repairs, notes Truckstop.com’s Chief Relationship Officer Brent Hutto in this week's edition of the Overdrive Radio podcast, can hasten the incidence and increase the likelihood of the perhaps No. 1 reason owner-ops go out business -- that’s a major mechanical failure, of course.

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40 years of trucking — and surviving — with owner-operator Ingrid Brown (Plus: Three tunes from Trucker Talent finalists)

Owner-operator Ingrid Brown started trucking as a teenager in 1979, and she's been on the road since. In this edition of Overdrive Radio, hear her reflections on her 40-year career, many of those spent as a single-truck owner-operator, as well as her recent involvement in FMCSA's Our Roads, Our Safety campaign and her ongoing bout with various forms of skin cancer.

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‘The sun will hunt you down’ in the truck: Joe Jolly on skin cancer risk

58-year-old Joe Jolly, following removal of a small spot of an aggressive type of skin cancer from his upper lip, offers a word of caution for younger drivers. Anything you can do to protect yourself from damaging ultraviolet radiation while trucking over the road today will pay dividends in later years.

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‘Tennessee Alabama Fireworks’: The new record from Nashville-based singer-songwriter Boo Ray

Latest on Overdrive Radio: Ride along with Ray on a tour through his latest, named after a familiar site on I-24 anyone who's run west from Chattanooga will recognize. The record starts with a trio of road songs in which there's no shortage of mirth, pathos and more.

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The first Penn. Make-a-Wish convoy, remembered, and: OOIDA highway-bill priorities

In this week's edition of the Overdrive Radio podcast, we get a clear window onto the first Make-A-Wish convoy to set off from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with former trucker George Ruelens. He was hauling for Ned Bard & Son at the time in this conventional Peterbilt: As he spells out in the podcast, Ruelens and the 41 other truckers who participated that day had no idea what they were doing would go on to become a veritable ...

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Runaway recounted down Sandstone Mountain, and: Revisiting a quite accurate spot rate prediction pre-ELDs

Podcast: Lee Epling urges caution pointing the finger at this or that cause, or piling on the driver, before all the facts are known in the Colo. crash case, sharing his own brake-failure story on Sandstone Mountain in W.Va./Va. on I-64; Also: Monte Wiederhold's quite accurate 2017 rates prediction relative to ELDs.

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