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Cliff Abbott

Cliff Abbott
Cliff Abbott is an experienced commercial vehicle driver and owner-operator who still holds a CDL in his home state of Alabama. In nearly 40 years in trucking, he’s been an instructor and trainer and has managed safety and recruiting operations for several carriers. Having never lost his love of the road, Cliff has written a book and hundreds of songs and has been writing for The Trucker for more than a decade.
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When safety is a personal value instead of just a priority, compromise doesn’t happen

There’s a difference between values and priorities. On the surface, they seem similar, but let’s take a closer look.For example, imagine you’re hungry. Maybe...
Good sales for Western Star

Fleet owners have gone ‘from fear, to hope, to optimism’ as Class 8 sales...

U.S. sales of new Class 8 trucks declined slightly in October, according to figures received from ACT Research. During the month, 19,034 trucks were...

As election certification continues, trucking industry awaits impact from likely administration change

More than two weeks after the Nov. 3 election, President Donald Trump has yet to concede the race. Former Vice President Joe Biden, the...
truckers strike halted

Stop the Tires 2020 calls off Thanksgiving weekend work stoppage

The movement that gathered nearly 75,000 followers in its one-week existence came to a halt as the person who started it all backed away...
stop the tires 2020 truckers strike

Stop The Tires 2020 founder hopes to gain understanding, support of trucking industry issues...

It wasn’t supposed to happen. A truck driver from rural Washington state, concerned about the results of this year’s presidential election and the policies...
trucker putting fuel in the tank

Make the most of fuel surcharges by squeezing the most from each gallon

Fuel discounts are good. So are fuel surcharges. If you’re an owner-operator, you’ll be able to quickly answer this simple question: What is your...
Michael Wray with his board game and truck

Where the pigskin meets the road: Driver builds on football fandom with board game

RAYMONDVILLE, Mo. — For some, driving professionally is the dream. For others, driving is a great way to earn a living while chasing a...
truckers strike 2020

Fast-growing grassroots truckers’ group calls for Veterans Day strike

While the results of the Nov. 3 presidential election are being contested and litigated, another protest has gained momentum. The private Facebook group “Stop...
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Industrial truckload shipments see decline, while retail markets show definite benefit for smaller carriers

Trucking capacity continued to be tight in September, with plenty of freight to haul and too few trucks to haul it. The result was...
Voting on November 3

National election results could point to more gridlock for trucking industry

The day after the Nov. 3 election, most Americans woke to confusion. A president had not yet been declared. Likewise, enough races in the...
Jeremy Hoffman

Hard work and a love of trucks combine to make a successful career for...

COLFAX, Wis. — Jeremy Hoffman enjoys trucks, but never loses his business perspective.“I feel that a truck is a tool you use to achieve...
blueprint of a truck

Spec’ing your Truck: Buyers love innovation but remain mindful of reliability, safety

Technology and trucking have long been closely associated. Technological advances have changed everything, from the size and shape of trucks to the drivetrain components...
Melton truck

Carrier Profile: Those who deliver — Melton Truck Lines

When asked for the secret to success at Melton Truck Lines, Vice President and COO Russ Elliott provided the distilled version. “Where we play...

Roundabouts can save lives but can also cause confusion if not navigated correctly

The concept seems simple: Traffic goes counterclockwise around the roundabout, with approaching traffic yielding the right-of-way to vehicles already in the circle. Make a...

Tying up loose ends: Knowledge is the key to making a successful career move

Trucking companies are required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to investigate the background of anyone who applies for a driving job....
money on white

Don’t let road expenses eat away at your take-home pay

Driving professionally can be a rewarding experience, but just how rewarding often depends on choices the driver makes while on the road. For many...
Tracy Gaudette Women In Trucking

‘A fresh start’: Trucking proves to be the right road for WIT’s Tracy Gaudette

Like many professional drivers, Tracy Gaudette came to trucking via a circuitous route.“I’ve never wanted to stay in one place too long,” she told...
Freightliner trucks for sale

Recovery continues for new Class 8 truck sales; impact on commercial vehicle market from...

The North American market for new Class 8 trucks continued to climb in September in response to record freight rates and solid shipment numbers....
Lanod Westmoreland

Veteran, former boxer focused on staying fit, takes first place in push-up contest in...

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — How does a 36-year-old former Golden Gloves boxer stay in shape when on the road?“I try to work out when I...
used trucks on lot

There are important decisions to make before hitting the used truck lot

Used truck prices have come down from last year and freight rates have been steadily rising for the past four months. For some drivers,...