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Cliff Abbott

Cliff Abbott
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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.
Lee Strebel

Driver Q&A: On the road with Lee Strebel

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Owner-operator Lee Strebel answered a few questions about his career on the road in a recent interview with The Trucker.Q: Where do you call...
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New vs. used: There’s much to consider when looking to purchase a truck

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Whether you’re taking the first steps toward owning your own trucking business or you’re a seasoned owner-operator, at some point you’ll have to consider...
Interstate 95 Girard Point Bridge

Truckers oppose PennDOT’s bridge tolling plan

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The state with the highest fuel taxes in the nation needs more money — a LOT more money — to fix crumbling bridges and...
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Seeking Normalcy: Carriers planning for 2021 with questions about trucks, rates, drivers

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If the year 2020 taught us anything about business, it’s that predictions are often worth the real estate value of the cyberspace they occupy....
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Meet Pete: New transportation secretary has ambitious plans for infrastructure, emission standards

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President Joe Biden wasted no time in making major Cabinet appointments, announcing Pete Buttigieg as his choice for the U.S. Department of Transportation secretary...
Microchip

Sales and orders point to a strong year for manufacturers

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The U.S. Class 8 sales market started 2021 with a strong January that saw sales of 17,164 units, according to data received from ACT...
Drug Testing

FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse is an important part of your driving record

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Although it’s just beginning its second year of existence, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse has become a major...
ELD Screen web

Designed to increase safety, ELDs provide data, plus some unintended consequences for trucking industry

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The year 2020 will long be remembered for the COVID-19 pandemic and the chaos it brought to the economy, business and our lives in...
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Quality is important to consider when choosing additives

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Truckers are often bombarded with advertising for fuel, oils and other products. More advertising sells oil and fuel additives that, some say, can add...
Karen Noel

From banking to trucking: Determination drives Karen Noel to success behind the wheel

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Some people get the bug early, growing up around trucks and the trucking industry, knowing they want to drive those huge machines someday. Others...
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Both freight rates and volumes ended the year strong but could falter if the...

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Freight numbers rose in December as rates continued their upward climb. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index rose 7.4% in December...
Tax documents

A tax advisor can help you navigate confusing laws

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As if 2020 didn’t bring enough problems, your tax bill for the year could be impacted. Consulting a professional tax preparer between now and...
man getting medical exam

Drivers must know and follow medical requirements to maintain CDL

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As it has in many areas, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has tightened the rules for obtaining a medical certification. The requirement...
driver in the driver's seat

How 2020 changed the job outlook from the driver’s seat

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Anyone who’s followed the trucking industry knows that carriers who complain about a driver shortage are often regarded with the same disdain as the...
Ivan Hernandez with new Kenworth

Military veteran Ivan Hernandez named top military rookie, drives away in new Kenworth

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Leadership. Discipline. Decisiveness. These are three qualities necessary for a successful military career. Those skills translate well to post-military careers, too. Like trucking.Ivan Hernandez...
International truck grille

New Class 8 truck sales start weak in 2020 but finish strong

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As expected, U.S. sales of new Class 8 trucks finished the year with a strong December, making 2020 a better sales year than initially...
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There are a variety of apps available to help simplify trucking tasks

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Back in 1988, a company called Qualcomm began marketing a communications device to motor carriers that revolutionized the trucking industry. With the device, dispatchers...
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Freight levels and pricing continue to climb, but hazards exist

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November freight levels remained strong as 2020 entered its final month. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) reported that its For-Hire Trucking Index increased 3.7%...
stack of tax paperwork

Tax-time tips for maximum deductions

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Everyone loves a tax deduction, and billions of dollars are spent each year making sure those deductions are maximized. When you own your own...
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Pete & Wee Pete: Trucker’s son follows in father’s tracks with tiny replica of...

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Family is important to most professional drivers, and children often grow into roles in the family trucking business. Brandon Davis is pretty sure his...