Todd Dills

Lookin’ good? Spot market demand updates in flat, van, reefer

This week's update shows spot market rates were up in anticipation of the holiday week this week. Most of the top lanes for all three major tracked segments (dry van, reefer, flatbed) were "lookin' good, lookin' good," noted DAT's Ken Harper attendant to this week's load-to-truck demand maps and intel.

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BigRoad Dash Link ELD self-certified, listed on FMCSA registry

In the market for smartphone-app-based computer-assisted logbooks, from which Canada-headquartered BigRoad's ELD emerged, the company has established a foothold with owner-operators above that of most other players.

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Readers’ name suggestions for trucking image campaign’s ‘mascot’

Among more than a few sarcastic name suggestions like Aaron Johnson's "'Super Trucker,' since everyone that comes out of trucking school thinks they are the best of the best," some readers proffered more serious ideas for the folks behind the Trucking Moves America Forward campaign.

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Owner-op Dean Carnahan: Poor health is often a ‘preventable accident’

Carnahan urges drivers to take control of diet and health generally in hopes more attention to it might spur a movement against the growing "quick food, get-in-get-out-type attitude" of so many truck stops when it comes to diet options.

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FleetPride expands parts capacity

The FleetPride distributor of heavy-duty truck and trailer parts announced it had expanded distribution centers in Atlanta, Dallas and North Haven, Conn.

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1977 KW’s first run in 29 years

Restoring a rig with some history -- Bryan DeKock and the 1977 Kenworth W9 that inspired the mural on the old Monteagle Truck Stop, debuting this week at the ATHS national convention in Des Moines.

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Spot market: Van rates get a penny back, reefer demand shifts slightly north, west

Reefer activity has slowed in Southern Florida, while demand for reefer trucks has picked up farther west, but in North-Central Florida, the Lakeland area is still No. 2 for reefer load posts on DAT load boards. Van load-to-truck nationally inches toward 4, where it really starts to favor carriers.

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‘Take this e-log and shove it’: Terrance Mathis parodies Johnny Paycheck

Terrance Mathis' "Take This E-log and Shove It" parody version of Johnny Paycheck's classic, one of the entries in this year's Trucker Talent Search, is no doubt timely as a topic of discussion here, but also Mathis' showmanship and sense of humor just jump off the computer screen.

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Majority of drivers are opposed to federal approval for hair-sample testing for drugs

While such testing has long been sought by a variety of mostly large carrier interests, a slight majority of Overdrive readers oppose the move to hair testing, objecting to the privacy intrusion they believe it represents.

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Shot in the arm for the ELD fight: Mr. Justice joins Mr. Reed, others with sights on D.C.

Trucker-songwriter Tony Justice taking active role in spurring unity around opposition to the ELD mandate -- meanwhile, Scott Reed, Justice and others have set their sights on the first couple weeks of October for potential demonstration in D.C.

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