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Driver Lifestyles

  • Loneliness and the Road
    By Jason McGlone
    Posted Jul 27th 2010 3:19AM
    Driving solo, for the uninitiated and/or unprepared, carries with it the distinct probability of loneliness at some point or another. On one hand, you're probably not long for the expediting business if you can't handle being alone for extended periods of time. On the other, however, if you're driving solo for a long period of time, even a small amount of loneliness is to be expected.

    So, the question is this: what's the best way to combat your road loneliness?
  • Best Eats on the Road: Where to Go, What to Eat?
    By Jason McGlone
    Posted Jul 19th 2010 4:19AM
    There's no shortage of available sources for expediters to find food. There are, of course, the really obvious places--truck stops and fast food immediately comes to mind--and you'll be able to find these types of restaurants with relative ease. What about the more obscure joints you might have to search out? in this piece, we'll be looking at the resources you can use to find decent eats on the road and we'll also take a look at a few of your favorite places.
  • Are America's Bridges Safe?
    By Jason McGlone
    Posted Jun 11th 2010 4:57PM
    The question itself seems to be somewhat loaded--are America's bridges safe? Merely asking a question like this automatically results in a sort of knee-jerk response, and that doesn't seem to be a particularly prudent way to approach any kind of article. So, in brief: I could have put some fear-mongering article together about how every bridge in the country is going to crumble into dust over the next few months, but we all know that's not going to happen.

    Back to the question: are America's bridges safe?
  • Layovers: The Waiting is the Hardest Part
    By Jason McGlone
    Posted May 24th 2010 3:08AM
    You've all been there before: in a strange (or maybe not-so-strange) city, having just completed a run, with no prospects for another in sight. Sure, there are things to be done, but what happens after you're caught up?
  • Meet Mr. Main Event
    By Jeff Jensen, Editor
    Posted May 14th 2010 1:43PM
    Expediter Doug Schell has had an interesting life, so far.
  • A Brief and Incomplete History of the Truck Stop
    By Jason McGlone
    Posted Apr 30th 2010 3:44AM
    Just about everything in the trucking industry has seen advancement beyond what we possibly could have imagined in its early days. The truck stop is no exception--from its early days as modest gas stops and restaurant combinations to their current could-be-a-superstore cultural centers.
  • A Driver's Best Friend
    By Jeff Jensen, Editor
    Posted Apr 24th 2010 4:09AM
    Imagine a world without coffee.

    A world without that rich, aromatic brew that provides comfort and stimulates the mind. Or, as one coffee lover puts it, "it takes the edge off of the morning.
  • The Ups and Downs of Having Pets on the Road
    By Jason McGlone
    Posted Apr 19th 2010 4:54AM
    The general issue of "Pets on the road" is a popular one at the EO forums. This, as a fact, makes sense; there are quite a few variables when it comes to what a carrier will allow, what they won't allow, whether they care or don't. This, of course, is only one aspect of the varied conversation about pets on the road.
    The general issue of "Pets on the road" is a popular one at the EO forums. This, as a fact, makes sense; there are quite a few variables when it comes to what a carrier will allow, what they won't allow, whether they care or don't. This, of course, is only one aspect of the varied conversation about pets on the road.
  • Why Am I So Emotional? A Look at Seasonal Affective Disorder
    By Jason McGlone
    Posted Mar 30th 2010 12:10PM
    The chances are probably pretty good that you've felt a little down over the last few months. How could you not? With the economy's uncertainty, the knowledge that carriers have been in trouble, the fact that the per-mile rates haven't recovered in the same way that freight figures have, it's totally understandable. That said, there's another perfectly reasonable explanation for that malaise you might be just now finding yourself climbing your way out of: Seasonal Affective Disorder.

  • Where the Bible Meets the Road, vol. 3
    By Pastor "Friar" Chuck Hickey
    Posted Mar 30th 2010 4:43AM
    Scarcity Produces Opportunities for Expediters

    In this edition of “Where the Bible Meets the Road” I want to consider the fall from grace of Adam and the hidden blessings God gives to mankind as a result of the curse on Adam, his posterity and the whole world. That’s right; there are hidden blessings in the curse God declared on Adam and the world.