Todd Dills

Roads not taken: Training, recruiting, safety

| January 09, 2015

Interviews and information here from active fleet personnel, some of them former drivers, on compensation and other benefits of training, safety and recruiting roles.

Hours regs starting to ‘look like the tax code’

| January 09, 2015

"Pretty soon our HOS rules are going to look like the tax code." --Tom Strese, commenting on news of another niche exemption request from the 30-minute break.

Rates: Demand on the rise short-term?

| January 08, 2015

And a check-in with owner-operator Jan McCarter on her new Human Trafficking Awareness Project, looking ahead to MATS in March.

Roads not taken, part 2: Drivers moving to carrier operations and other roles

| January 08, 2015

Terminal management, planning, dispatching – there are a variety of roles to fill at any motor carrier. Former drivers are common in all of them.

Arctic blast hits much of the country

| January 08, 2015

How are you staying warm? Readers answer the question -- and more on where temps are expected to go through the week.

Bill introduced in Missouri would boost state top speed limit

| January 07, 2015

Bill H.B. 295 was introduced by Rep. Mike Kelley in the Missouri state house to boost the maximum speed limit possible within the state's borders from 70 to 75 miles per hour.

Broker compensation analysis: What to expect long- and short-term

| January 06, 2015

"Variation" is the watchword in any analysis of broker compensation.

Roads not taken, part 1: Owner-operator turned broker, freight agent

| January 06, 2015

While there’s no guarantee a nondriving job will boost your earnings, plenty of truckers have found good money, opportunity for advancement and better quality of life after coming off the road. This series looks at ...

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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