Todd Dills

Dry van, reefer improved last week in many markets

It’s typical for spot volumes to drop in the week before Easter, since that week tends to wrap up early on Good Friday. Good news is that the drop-off was slight compared to previous years.

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Look ma, no hands!

Unwelcome distraction on the road with owner-operator Scott Reed of Buckland, Ohio -- knee-drive and text up ahead, look out!

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POLL: Do you miss the ‘mom-and-pop’ independent truck stop?

What's your view of the growing reach of the large national truck stop chains -- an owner-operator offered this question up for Overdrive readers while pondering the days of full-service, family-style dining and other characteristics of the mom-and-pop truck stops of the days of yore.

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Right place at the right time: Value of dashcam, take 257 …

Scott LeVan was in the right place at the right time on Wednesday when, he says, parked at a rest area on I-77 in Ohio, his dashcam happened to capture views of criminals involved in a carjacking at the area.

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Looking into the crystal ball on ELDs/rates, and Owner-operator Reed goes to Washington

Two updates -- audio of Todd Amen of ATBS' conference call on operator income from yesterday, and one from owner-operator Scott Reed, fresh off a meeting with legislative aide to Senator Deb Fisher in Washington gone bad, only to turn out positive when Reed dropped in on other Senators from Iowa, North Dakota, Montana.

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Spring freight season under way? Some evidence in this week’s spot market update

Perhaps the biggest evidence comes in the national picture for flatbed freight, which continues to show very high load-to-truck ratios in most states after another strong month in March.

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The custom upgrade inside Jay Holsomback’s 1996 KW W900L

A look inside Georgia-based owner-operator Jay Holsomback's 1996 Kenworth W900L after a full upgrade custom designed by Holsomback and Aniceto Ocampo. Holsomback brought home second in Working Interior, OEM Sleeper, at MATS.

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Book of photo essays spotlights essential nature of trucking, down under and beyond

Australian photographer/author Alice Mabin's exceptional story is one of near-tragedy turned to new appreciation of the essential nature of trucking in all modern economies -- her new book, "The Driver," trumpets that message.

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Cutting through the ‘autonomous’ hype with Bendix’s Fred Andersky

Listen in on Andersky's "Drivers and the Automated Future" tech talk at the Bendix booth at the Mid-American Trucking Show two weeks back -- likewise a talk on PM procedures for slack adjusters.

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Spot market: Good things come to those who wait

In this week's spot market update, owner-operator James Woods urges more owner-operators to use tactical patience/time to their negotiating advantage -- and demand maps, more for dry van, reefer loads in the last week.

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