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  • Dreaming-Big-1
    Petro Joplin never stops adding amenities and services for drivers

    From the very start, the Joplin 44 was a dream. More specifically, it was Bill Moon’s dream. The founder of Iowa 80 Truckstop was working for Standard Oil in the early 1960s, scouting and building truckstops on...

    • Posted July 24, 2015
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  • TA-Greenland-1
    TA Greenland is a small site with a big heart

    Tucked away in a small New Hampshire town, the TA Greenland may seem unassuming at first, just because it is a smaller site. But it serves as a hub for truckers traveling through the Northeast and so...

    • Posted July 24, 2015
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  • so-they-say
    The truckers’ guide to understanding and acceptance on the job

    If you’ve been in trucking even for a short amount of time, you know that things often do not run smoothly. It could be a traffic delay, an incorrect pickup address, an inexperienced dispatcher, an overbearing safety...

    • Posted July 24, 2015
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  • Four-Legged-Freight
    It takes both skill and compassion to transport rescue dogs, horses and zoo animals

    Welcome Waggin’ For one Tennessee company, saving rescue animals is more than a pet project When a terminally ill mother of two wanted to give her family some comfort during the final months of her life, she...

    • Posted July 13, 2015
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  • A-Gentle-Revolution
    Truck tires have developed into sophisticated tools of fuel economy

    There are many factors that affect the fuel mileage attained by any given vehicle, including drivers, the shape and condition of the truck, maintenance, routes, climate, load and, of course, tires. There was a time when drivers...

    • Posted July 6, 2015
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  • black-lillies
    Black Lillies lead singer Cruz Contreras finds inspiration behind the wheel of a truck

    As frontman of the Americana band the Black Lillies, Cruz Contreras has laid a musical foundation by tracing the history of America’s highways and byways. He draws inspiration from myths and legends he’s encountered down the open...

    • Posted July 6, 2015
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  • West-Coast-is-Clear
    How the Air Resources Board in California works

    Emissions regulations for trucks are tougher in California, but often signal what’s to come nationwide. Elizabeth White, the state’s Air Resources Board’s (ARB) manager of On-Road Compliance Assistance Section, Heavy Duty Diesel Implementation Branch, offers insight into...

    • Posted July 1, 2015
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  • Homer-KeepYourCool
    Don’t live with A/C that doesn’t keep the cab cool

    When summer temperatures start climbing, a long drive in an enclosed space would be unbearable if not for the modern convenience of air conditioning. The sun may blaze down heat, but with just a flick of the...

    • Posted July 1, 2015
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  • Long-Route-to-Success
    A driver builds up his own trucking business

    Ricky Cole • Cartersville, Georgia • Driving for 27 years I started working in my dad’s salvage yard as a kid. The day I got my driver’s license, I went to Atlanta to deliver parts and pick...

    • Posted July 1, 2015
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  • Change-As-Needed
    An axle that disconnects when you don’t need it

    The latest trend in engine design is “downspeeding.” It has nothing to do with speed limiting, but rather, relates to trucks doing the same work at significantly lower rpm. For every 100 rpm reduction in engine speed...

    • Posted July 1, 2015
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