Todd Dills

‘Be the change you want to see’

From the cab of Clifford "Dream Walker" Petersen on the state of the industry. Drivers have strength in numbers, and individual actions will go a long way toward improving conditions for owner-operators.

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Dick Smith’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ KW still in action

As seen in the short film from Overdrive's late-1970s N.J. diesel drag races, the winning rig of R.W. Smith Trucking company, and the company itself, continue to operate (and race) today through the third generation of the Smith trucking family.

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Data-mining firm: Safety rating rule not much of an improvement over current system

A new analysis by the CSA data-mining firm Vigillo concludes the SFD's roadside-data-only methodology to determine an unfit carrier is ineffective "in identifying a significant number of riskier carriers based on the data alone."

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Audio mailbag: Mandating speed limiters is ‘unsafe, period’, readers say

Requiring speed limiters for nearly all on-highway trucks would be a detriment to highway safety, readers say in this mailbag podcast near universally. And, as one reader noted, regulators "will never find out" unless "they get out on the road with us" to see for themselves.

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E-log transition, week 4: Wes Memphis gets a pay raise, pain and a little more speed in time for a well-needed vacation

Wes Memphis again contemplates packing it in, then: "I decided to just go see the doctor when I got home, and try to make the best of it. Because, like a lot of the old boys out here, this is really all I've got."

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UPDATED: Music to truck by: Overdrive’s curated playlist

Voting is open in the 2016 Trucker Talent Search via TruckerTalentSearch.com. Performances from the past two events head up our playlist of music from emerging talents among truckers, great driving music, live tracks, podcast interviews with established artists and more.

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Way-back machine: Never-before-seen footage at Overdrive’s late-’70s New Jersey diesel drag races

U.K.-based Andy Harris' late 1970s short film on U.S. trucking, via Overdrive's Englishtown, N.J., truck drag racing event, provides a clear window back in time, including a glimpse of Overdrive's founder. Watch the film here -- recognize anyone?

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Two steps forward, one step back: Spot market van, reefer rates retreat in last week after gains

After volume and rate gains across van, reefer and flat segments the prior week, this past week has seen van loads flat for volume. More posted trucks resulted in something of a slight rates give-back. But we're still up over the April average.

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Trucker Paul Marhoefer: Live from Muscle Shoals Music studio

Video, pictures and more from trucker/singer-songwriter Paul Marhoefer's "Old Black Epiphone" sessions this week at the Muscle Shoals Music studio of Donnie Gullett in Tuscumbia, Ala.

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POLL: Ever leased a truck?

Though the routes to equipment procurement for most readers has traditionally been cash, financing or lease-purchase, the rising cost of new equipment and questions about reliability lead many to believe more interest in full-service leasing could emerge. What's been your experience with leasing?

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