Todd Dills

ELDs’ weak links, redux

How the DC Transport fleet solved the issued of dropped Bluetooth connections between the ECM plug-in device and operators' busy smartphones -- dedicated tablets for logs.

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Fatigue detection — where some driver-facing camera techs are headed

Advancement in camera techs are headed down a path toward, in various ways, what might seem to be a safety holy grail: being able to deliver observations of drivers and context around events where fatigue is at issue -- and assist drivers themselves in taking action. Do you have experience with these techs' in-cab-warning predecessors?

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What happened to the summer freight doldrums? August starts strong for vans, flats, reefers

DAT's Ken Harper: "Here's one for the record books: August started stronger for vans than any of the last 18 months. August! Really? What happened to the summer doldrums?"... Flatbed, reefer holding fairly strong as well, given the season.

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The mechanical prowess — and ELD trials and tribulations — of Randy Carlson

Owner-operator Carlson's approach to the business follows an early career as a mechanic, learning from his father, who also trucked, then in trade school and on the job at an International dealer -- a solid basis on which to build an owner-operator business. Is it less common than it used to be?

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What a difference a day makes: Where rates could spike

Where to look for the most likely ELD effect on rates? High-volume lanes between 500 and 750 miles, which analysts call the “dangerous lanes.” It’s those where load/unload hiccups or in-transit delays easily can extend a one-day haul into a second day.

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ELDs’ capacity squeeze assumption no. 2: Flight from the industry

Will owner-operators and other drivers leave the industry in large enough numbers to produce a significant capacity shortage in the spot market, driving up rates? Some believe so -- long as stated intentions become reality -- while skepticism is prominent as well.

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POLL: What’s your level of concern over hacking/security risks and ELDs?

This poll probes the extent of worry over the outside potential for a truck's computer-system infiltration through an ECM plug-in device, like an ELD. Reports and device makers suggest risk is minimal without physical infiltration, though malicious programmers abound ...

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Put your duck-trucking hats back on, drivers

Minnesota-based trucker Joe Mansheim's ridealong duck, Frank, passed away earlier this year -- the hauler's got a new codriver, however, a young mallard named Eddy. "I think if everyone had a duck in their truck, the world would be a better place," Mansheim says.

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Tony Justice, band ‘a little sore’ but OK after tour bus wreck in Oklahoma

Around 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, driver-songwriter Tony Justice's rented tour bus hit the back of a tractor-trailer on eastbound I-40 in Oklahoma, near the Arkansas state line. Justice tells Overdrive that no one was hurt in the incident.

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ELDs’ capacity squeeze assumption no. 1: Fewer miles

Examining the assumptions behind the varying predictions of the post-ELD mandate demand situation. If some predictions come to pass, there’s reason to believe rates may rise enough to be a notable reward from an unwelcome imposition.

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