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Big Rig Dynamics 203, or here’s some things for y’all to ponder that’ll help you better understand why your rig handles as it does. If you drive the same truck all the time, you become very familiar with how it handles. And nothing changes that more than an axle or two of new tires. Why? Because new tires and their deep tread are much more prone to tread deformation under side loads, especially higher side loads (greater cornering g’s.) For many of you, you’ll never corner fast enough to...
Unexpected events are what separate the men from the boys. This isn’t based on a real event, it IS the real thing. So I’ll tell a little tale: I was in Lexington, Ne waiting for my trailer at IBP. It was an ugly week, bunch of loads going places I wasn’t. So Kirby, my dispatcher, offered me a long delivery Amarillo that loaded that day. I jumped on it thinking I’d run through Elk City, Ok, where I’d spend some time with a friend and my brother. Wasn’t real thrilled about time off away from...
The most recent debate I was pulled into involved truck drivers transporting passengers. No big deal, right? It's Summer time, and the spouce, children, or another family member wants to tag along with you while you are working. There is nothing wrong with this, right? Wrong. The FMCSA requires that all passengers be authorized by the Motor Carrier. See below: §392.60 Unauthorized persons not to be transported. (a) Unless specifically authorized in writing to do so by the motor...
I have been seeing these black tassels hanging off the mirrors of trucks, mostly trucks out of the Fresno/Bakersfield area of California. Produce trucks for the most part, dry vans as well. The trucks are driven by folks with a Middle East background. It was bugging me to the point I had to find out what it is and why it is there. Turns out, they are there because they are believed to protect the drivers from the evil-eye and ward of bad luck while on the road. I found this a bit...
Most articles on winter driving are overwhelmed with the same platitudes that really don’t teach you anything. You know, “Leave more space,” and “Park if you can,” etc, etc, ad nauseum. And so this posted with hope of helping drivers who want to learn, giving them a few tools to better themselves. Learning how to drive in the winter isn’t about those platitudes. Yes, leaving more space and being more gentle with your inputs are good ideas, but if you want to learn winter driving you need to...
When I initially purchased my truck and leased on to a carrier, I opted for a simple accounting solution. I would advise anyone who owns a truck and leased to a carrier to use the software that I linked to. I get no referral, just a very happy customer for a few years now. Fast forward to having my own authority, which I have had for almost a year now. Until now, I have continued to use the software mentioned above. It has worked fairly well, but lacked a few things I needed, such as...
Hey folks, Since so many of you have asked me to rearrange the furniture, I have decided to take some time out of my busy schedule to do a little rearranging for you. Freight Locators 3.0 will be removing the Wordpress system that many of you haven't even seen most likely, and moving the articles into the Xenfor article format, which is going to be our new homepage. This will allow commenting directly to the articles just as you would a forum thread, and will allow new articles to...
But that’s not really lying as much as it’s misinformation. The big lie that is taught is the whole “Rock in the Stream” idea. In multiple discussions, it’s come up over and over again as being part of the Smith System of defensive driving. So let’s take a peek: I know a lot of drivers mock the Smith System, but the reality is that if you’re a good defensive driver, you already use these ideas. I wasn’t exposed to it until I’d been driving almost 10 years, but I realized right off that...
I mean CDC as in Crappy Driver Commonalities. You didn’t think I was going to write anything about that other CDC did you? I think we’ve heard quite enough from those folks lately. No, this article is going to be about patterns I’ve witnessed among supposed professional drivers that I end up not thinking very highly of. Crappy drivers, and the things they have in common. “Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.” ― Mark Twain This just means that it’s very easy to look at...
A while back, I started looking into a fuel additive I heard about called "Max Mileage". Unlike other fuel additives, this is a "fuel borne catalyst" and not something that is really new to the fuel additive market. Pittsburgh Power got a hold of it and simply increased it's popularity among the trucking industry after branding and bottling it under their name. If you or someone you know has ever run a fuel borne catalyst from a company called "betterdiesel", Max Mileage is the same...
Buried in another thread on the forum, is the potential for a pretty informative discussion, one that may affect the purchasing decision of many current and future truck owners. The question? Which is the better Detroit engine today for a typical 80K or less trucking operation? The DD13 or the DD15? Both engines are more than capable of operating at 80K Gross. DD15 Horsepower: 450-505 Torque: 1250-1750 DD13 Horsepower: 350-505 Torque: 1250-1850 200 pounds less than the DD15 Keep in...

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