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National Carriers Announces Four Million Mile Safe Driving Award National Carriers, Inc. has recently awarded Buddy Haston a Four Million Mile Safe Driving award. Haston has driven safely without accident or incident during the past 24 years while at National Carriers. He received an embossed plague, embroidered hat and a […]
Surprised Winner: Goldie Seymour 2014 Driver of the Year President of National Carriers, Jim Franck shared his thoughts, “Goldie exemplifies the “Elite” Fleet.  Always a positive can do attitude. She goes out of her to be professional in everything she does. She is also the first female Driver of the Year […]
Drivers Claim to Like Company – and we love it! Letter received by Al Love, Director of Driver Services: I wanted to send a letter to the people of National Carriers and thank everyone for all the hard work and things they do every day to make my job possible. […]

Overdrive Online

Overdrive "George & Wendy Show" blogger Wendy Parker had this to say about her husband George Parker's video work here: "It’s sad that we have to be so paranoid to run cameras at all, and the two we have aren’t even enough. We really need side-mounted cameras to truly cover our ass, both proverbially and literally. George did a video with just a very few of the files he has saved, and while the video is compelling, it could be argued that he should have been either here or there in every frame without being able to see what’s happening to the direct right and left flank of the truck. You can’t see the idiot in the Prius on the left-hand side, and neither can he, but he’s been watching his mirrors long enough to know the little bastard is back there, hanging in the hammer lane, refusing to let him over so he can get out of the way of someone who doesn’t understand the concept of 'merging.' Fiction can be scary, but real life terrifies me more sometimes. Be safe out there."
Author: Todd Dills
Posted: April 1, 2015, 7:28 pm
How’s that for a snowdrift? It’s caught from another video from the GoPro Camera of young Caleb Christner, son of Don Christner, the Reed Hurst Trucking driver whose dispatches from the road some Overdrive readers will not doubt be familiar with. Here’s what the elder Christner had to say about this 2014-season GoPro vid of a trip over Loveland Pass, shot care of his son Caleb's GoPro expertise: "I was asked to go about 100 miles west and a little south of Denver to Climax, Colo. Reed Hurst driver Durk Lackas makes this run almost every day, so he would be my babysitter this day. I knew this would be a fun drive west into the Rocky Mountains, so I got a permission slip for my 13-year-old son Caleb to ride along" -- and film!
Author: Todd Dills
Posted: April 1, 2015, 7:18 pm
Shot through owner-operator George Parker's windshield, this time-lapse vid codenses two hours of footage down into "into just under 6 minutes." Find more of the hauler's photographic work via his "Truckers Lens" Facebook page.
Author: Todd Dills
Posted: April 1, 2015, 7:07 pm
Arkansas-based driver Libby Clayton, a finalist in our Most Beautiful contest earlier in the year, sent a video our way documenting one of the more egregious instances of aggressive driving by one of our four-wheeled friends that she’s seen recently. Captured on her dashcam, the incident occurred during one of Clayton’s typical night hauls on “I-35W southbound in Fort Worth,” she says, the night of Wednesday, December 4. “I could see in my mirror this car was one of the ones that just couldn’t stand to wait while” a truck passed Clayton in the left lane. The car “came up on us fast and rode the other truck’s bumper.” He was “in too big of a hurry,” says Clayton, as you can see in the video. If it’d gone another way, the accident, “could’ve involved all three of us,” says Clayton, “plus those behind us.” In the end, though, this one turned out OK. “All went on down the road.”
Author: Todd Dills
Posted: April 1, 2015, 5:47 pm
The new fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards would go into effect for 2018 model year vehicles, building upon the Phase 1 fuel economy and emissions standards that went into effect last year.
Author: James Jaillet
Posted: April 1, 2015, 5:07 pm

OIG Highway Admin

Each year, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) oversees the management by State Departments of Transportation of over $40 billion in Federal financial assistance for the construction, maintenance, and operations of the Nation’s 3.9 million-mile highway network. Federal law requires FHWA to enter project agreements with State Departments of Transportation for Federal-aid highway projects. Execution of these agreements authorizes work to begin and obligates Federal funds to the projects.

Author: Eric.Weems
Posted: March 24, 2015, 3:08 pm

The Office of Inspector General is initiating an audit of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) oversight of State Transportation Improvement Programs (STIP). FHWA annually provides more than $37 billion of Federal funding to States to construct and improve highways and bridges. To ensure States appropriately budget and plan for the use of Federal funds on transportation projects, Congress requires them to submit, and FHWA to approve, STIPs.

Author: Eric.Weems
Posted: March 23, 2015, 10:21 pm

On March 11, 2015, Ronald Mockelman was charged in U.S. District Court, Lincoln, Nebraska with making a threat to a federal employee. An information was filed alleging that on January 10, 2015, Mockelman, a commercial truck driver, made several threatening telephone calls to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Nebraska Division offices.

Author: Eric.Weems
Posted: March 20, 2015, 9:45 pm

FMCSA News

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has denied a freight broker … .S. code does not give FMCSA the authority “to essentially nullify … it is “disappointed” in the FMCSA ruling and finds the decision …
Posted: April 1, 2015, 4:12 pm
… crash accountability. (A recent FMCSA analysis concluded that incorporating … by fill-in help. An FMCSA fill-in administrator herself, former … Jefferson would return to FMCSA to serve as deputy … current FMCSA staff.” What does it all mean? FMCSA certainly …
Posted: April 1, 2015, 4:12 pm
… former general counsel at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The articles do not note …
Posted: April 1, 2015, 9:27 am

Yahoo® Truck News

[Business Wire] - Werner Enterprises , a premier transportation and logistics provider, is proud to announce that both the company and one of its associates were recently honored with
Posted: April 1, 2015, 9:03 pm
[PR Newswire] - Certain statements in this press release may be considered forward-looking statements, such as management's views with respect to future events and financial performance. Forward-looking statements identify prospective information.
Posted: April 1, 2015, 8:44 pm
[PR Newswire] - NEW DELHI, April 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Menlo Logistics (Menlo), the US$1.7 billion global logistics subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (CNW), has continued to expand its automotive logistics operations in India, moving to a new after-sales spare parts facility in Dharuhera, near New Delhi in Haryana state. Close to the highway network, the warehouse provides good access to a car transporter hub and also Delhi International Airport, which is 66 km away. "Our customers are expanding their operations across India, driven by consumer demand as car and truck sales increase. We are planning to have the facility certified to Lean Bronze standard by the third quarter of 2015," said Amit Dhingra, Director Operations, India, Menlo Logistics.
Posted: April 1, 2015, 2:00 pm

National Weather

No watches are valid as of Wed Apr 1 21:27:02 UTC 2015.
Posted: April 1, 2015, 9:26 pm
MD 0178 CONCERNING SEVERE POTENTIAL...WATCH UNLIKELY FOR WRN KS...ERN TX/OK PANHANDLES...WRN OK
MD 0178 Image

MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 0178
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0357 PM CDT WED APR 01 2015

AREAS AFFECTED...WRN KS...ERN TX/OK PANHANDLES...WRN OK

CONCERNING...SEVERE POTENTIAL...WATCH UNLIKELY 

VALID 012057Z - 012230Z

PROBABILITY OF WATCH ISSUANCE...20 PERCENT

SUMMARY...A FEW INSTANCES OF STRONG WIND GUSTS AND HAIL WILL BE
POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON WITH ANY DEVELOPING TSTMS MOVING ACROSS WRN
KS AND THE OK/TX PANHANDLES INTO WRN OK. ISOLATED COVERAGE AND A
MARGINAL THERMODYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT SHOULD PRECLUDE A WW.

DISCUSSION...HIGH-BASED CONVECTION HAS DEVELOPED WITHIN A PLUME OF
ENHANCED MIDLEVEL MOISTURE NOTED ON WATER VAPOR AND VISIBLE
SATELLITE IMAGERY...ALONG A LEE SFC TROUGH...AND W OF A DIFFUSE
DRYLINE FROM FAR WRN KS INTO THE ERN TX PANHANDLE. THIS CONVECTION
WILL CROSS THE DRYLINE WITHIN THE NEXT HOUR INTO A MORE UNSTABLE AIR
MASS /E.G. MLCAPE OF 500-1000 J/KG/ AMIDST MID-UPPER 40S F
DEWPOINTS. DEEP-LAYER SHEAR IS AT MARGINALLY SUFFICIENT FOR ROTATING
STORMS GIVEN A ROBUST UPDRAFT...WITH AN ACCOMPANYING THREAT FOR
STRONG WIND GUSTS AND HAIL POSSIBLE. HOWEVER...WEAK LARGE-SCALE
FORCING FOR ASCENT COUPLED WITH MEAGER BOUNDARY-LAYER MOISTURE WILL
LIKELY KEEP THIS THREAT ISOLATED/MARGINAL...PRECLUDING ISSUANCE OF A
WW.

..ROGERS/HART.. 04/01/2015

...PLEASE SEE WWW.SPC.NOAA.GOV FOR GRAPHIC PRODUCT...

ATTN...WFO...OUN...DDC...GLD...AMA...

LAT...LON   38910000 36609923 34959965 34830004 34950053 36430061
            38690134 39000097 38910000 

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Posted: April 1, 2015, 8:58 pm
MD 0177 CONCERNING SEVERE POTENTIAL...WATCH POSSIBLE FOR NRN KS...CNTRL/ERN NEB...FAR SERN SD...NWRN IA...SWRN MN
MD 0177 Image

MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 0177
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0350 PM CDT WED APR 01 2015

AREAS AFFECTED...NRN KS...CNTRL/ERN NEB...FAR SERN SD...NWRN
IA...SWRN MN

CONCERNING...SEVERE POTENTIAL...WATCH POSSIBLE 

VALID 012050Z - 012245Z

PROBABILITY OF WATCH ISSUANCE...40 PERCENT

SUMMARY...THE POTENTIAL FOR WIDESPREAD TSTM INITIATION IS BEING
MONITORED ALONG A COLD FRONT... WHICH MAY OCCUR WITHIN THE NEXT 1-2
HRS. DESPITE A MARGINAL THERMODYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT...THE POTENTIAL
WILL EXIST FOR STRONG-SVR WIND GUSTS AND INSTANCES OF LARGE HAIL.
TRENDS ARE BEING MONITORED FOR A POSSIBLE WW.

DISCUSSION...WEAK CU DEVELOPMENT HAS RECENTLY BEEN NOTED BENEATH
SCATTERED MID-HIGH LEVEL CLOUDS ACROSS NERN NEB INTO SERN SD...ALONG
A SEWD PROGRESSING COLD FRONT WHICH EXTENDS SWWD TO A SFC LOW OVER
NWRN KS. A FEW LIGHTNING STRIKES HAVE ALSO BEEN NOTED IN ASSOCIATION
WITH CONVECTION DEVELOPING NEAR A WEAK SFC LOW OVER NWRN KS. TRENDS
IN SFC OBS SHOW WEAK LOW-LEVEL MOIST ADVECTION BEING OFFSET BY DEEP
BOUNDARY-LAYER MIXING...WITH DEW POINTS ONLY IN THE UPPER 30S TO MID
40S F AHEAD OF THE COLD FRONT. ALSO OF NOTE...MODEL GUIDANCE HAS HAD
DIFFICULTY ACCURATELY DEPICTING THE MAGNITUDE OF BOUNDARY-LAYER
MOISTURE...WITH THE NAM AND GFS TOO MOIST...AND THE RAP TOO DRY. 

LATEST THINKING IS THAT WIDESPREAD CONVECTIVE INITIATION COULD OCCUR
BY 23Z AS WEAK ASCENT/MIDLEVEL HEIGHT FALLS ALONG THE SRN PERIPHERY
OF A NRN ROCKIES/PLAINS SHORTWAVE OVERSPREADS THE AREA. DESPITE
MEAGER BOUNDARY-LAYER MOISTURE...VERY STEEP MIDLEVEL LAPSE RATES
/OVER 8 C/KM/ ARE STILL YIELDING MLCAPE VALUES OF 500-800 J/KG.
GIVEN THE HIGH-BASED NATURE OF CONVECTION...COMBINED WITH 20-30 KT
OF AMBIENT LOW-LEVEL FLOW...STRONG TO SVR WIND GUSTS SHOULD BE THE
PRIMARY THREAT. HAIL MAY ALSO ACCOMPANY MORE ROBUST DISCRETE
DEVELOPMENT INITIALLY...BUT THE DEGREE OF LOW-LEVEL FRONTAL FORCING
SHOULD EVENTUALLY RESULT IN CONSOLIDATION INTO A MORE LINEAR MODE. 

TRENDS WILL CONTINUE TO BE MONITORED FOR SIGNS OF INCREASING TSTM
DEVELOPMENT...WHICH COULD PROMPT ISSUANCE OF A WW...POSSIBLY BY 23Z.

..ROGERS/HART.. 04/01/2015

...PLEASE SEE WWW.SPC.NOAA.GOV FOR GRAPHIC PRODUCT...

ATTN...WFO...MPX...DMX...FSD...OAX...TOP...GID...LBF...DDC...
GLD...

LAT...LON   43979413 41689524 40039774 38920031 38730102 38890136
            39660060 41739857 43599668 44549630 44849559 44659496
            43979413 

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Posted: April 1, 2015, 8:51 pm