Bad weather hurts freight and rates

October 18, 2018


LLN (10/17/18) – Bad weather delivers a one-two punch to freight and rates. Also, a fatty liver can lead to serious health concerns. Diesel prices continue to climb. And Democrats could take control of the U.S. Senate.

0:00 – 10:11 – Newscast

10:11 – 24:41 – Fatty Liver

24:42 – 39:11 – Weather hurts freight, rates; diesel prices up

39:11 – 49:22 – Could Democrats take over the Senate

Segment 1


  • The ATA has petitioned the FMCSA to pre-empt California’s requirement for truckers to have paid meal and rest breaks. ATA has tried to get Congress to pre-empt the state law and lost several times. You can comment until Oct. 29. To make a comment, click here:
  • Registration is now open for OOIDA’s upcoming live business seminar, “Truck to Success.” The class takes place March 12-14 at the Courtyard by Marriott at Exit 21 in Blue Springs, Mo. For more information, go to the OOIDA Online Education website.
  • OOIDA has recognized Jim A. Mitrano of Portland, Ore. for 15 years of safe, accident-free driving. To learn more about the Safe Driving Award from, click here.
  • Starting Thursday, Jon Osburn and OOIDA’s tour truck, the Spirit of the American Trucker, will be at the TA in Maybrook, N.Y. That’s located at Exit 5 off Interstate 84. Stop by, say hi to Jon and Sassi, and join OOIDA for a $10 discount. See the full Spirit Schedule.
  • Voting is open for this year’s Transition Trucking: Driving For Excellence Award until Nov. 1. Each year, the award honors military veterans turned rookie truck drivers. You can view their videos and cast your vote on the Transition Trucking website.

Segment 2

Having a fatty liver is a major problem, and can lead to a number of serious health concerns. Mark Reddig finds out what you can do about it from Dr. John McElligott, the medical director of the St. Christopher Fund.

  • You can find out more about the St. Christopher Fund at
  • You can find information about Occupational Health Systems at their website,
  • And you can also learn more at the Dr. John’s Medical Solutions website at

Segment 3

Bad weather at home and overseas delivers a one-two punch to freight and rates. Terry Scruton finds out more from Mark Montague of DAT. Plus, diesel prices continue to climb even as the oil market continues to fall. Terry has our weekly update.

Segment 4

Much talk has occurred about the Democrats possibly taking control of the U.S. House. But what about the Senate? Mark Reddig finds out from Collin Long of OOIDA’s Washington, D.C., office.