Todd Dills

‘Most Beautiful’ dustup

| September 17, 2014

In the wake of Overdrive's second annual 'Most Beautiful' program recognizing female drivers, readers offer criticism of -- and some kudos for -- the effort.

What will a mandatory minimum insurance hike cost an owner-operator?

| September 16, 2014

Liability insurance, particularly for new owner-operator businesses, can rank number one for in fixed costs for an independent without a truck payment -- $10K a year or more for a new business. If you've boosted ...

Independents: How much liability insurance do you carry?

| September 16, 2014

With FMCSA preparing a rule to increase the minimum level of required liability insurance for carriers, this rule probes current levels of coverage among owner-operators with their own authority.

Steve Allington: The ‘passionate’ kind of owner-operator

| September 15, 2014

Allington's passion extends through his owner-operator career to his work with the metal band Apnea.

Salutes: One young man’s tribute to his trucking family

| September 13, 2014

Aspiring photographer Jodan Loan offers up a great picture of the Three Sisters peaks in Alberta, complete with night truck-lights motion blur, as a sort of tribute to several members of his trucking family.

Close scrutiny: Pennsylvania rises up the inspection-intensity ranks

| September 12, 2014

Pennsylvania's enforcement program might be the most mobile in the nation -- the No. 2 state for inspection intensity in 2013, the state conducts the large majority of its inspections away from any scale.

Report: Air horns for four-wheeler safety?

| September 11, 2014

More and more, drivers are taking the issue of four-wheeler distraction (chiefly by cellphones) into their own hands....

POLL: Do you use your truck’s horn to call out distracted drivers?

| September 10, 2014

This poll follows reports of a growing tendency among drivers calling out unsafe behavior among motorists and other truckers on-highway, particularly cell phone use behind the wheel.

Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at OverdriveOnline.com. His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to tdills@randallreilly.com or via phone at 205-907-2481.

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