Todd Dills

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.

Close scrutiny: Where are you most likely to be inspected?

| September 10, 2014

That distinction goes to Maryland, followed by Pennsylvania -- while both are heavy on inspections, their rate of issuing violations falls below the national average. Find a look at Maryland's program here.

Truckload capacity white paper from DAT: Worth the read

| September 09, 2014

The new paper, "Truckload Capacity in 2014: What’s Causing the Capacity Crunch and What Can Shippers Do About It," though aimed at shippers, is an interesting read through a multifaceted set of circumstances that's led ...

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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