Todd Dills

Getting the best rates: Two approaches

| October 03, 2014

Owner-operators Rico Muhammad and Chad Boblett share Tortoise-and-Hare approaches to using data toward commanding better rates.

Hotshot hauling with owner-operator Jeff Ward

| October 02, 2014

Meet Villa Rica, Ga.-based Jeff Ward and his Brady's Hotshot Hauling business, with a 2012 Ford F350 outfitted with a Cadet flatbed body, gooseneck hitch and 30-ft. P.J. trailer.

Riding the spot market boom

| October 01, 2014

Higher than typical volumes on the spot market coupled with tight trucking capacity are improving the rate landscape. Independents: Identify high-demand freight situations and negotiate for top dollar.

Big Rig Videos, one year in — and Guilty by Association highlight reel

| October 01, 2014

Big Rig Videos' Chris Fiffie's highlight vid from the Guilty by Association Truck Show -- and a message from behind the viewfinder from Fiffie himself on BRV's first anniversary.

+25 percent: What double the liability insurance coverage will likely cost

| September 30, 2014

One insurance rep cites a likely 25 percent increase in premiums for independent owner-operators boosting $1 million liability coverage to $2M. More on FMCSA's expected insurance-hike proposal here.

Owner-operators, what’s your current fuel mileage?

| September 29, 2014

What kind of mileage are you getting currently? This poll probes the variation in fuel economy around the industry among Overdrive readers.

Big G Express’ ‘Drive it off’ Taylor Swift parody

| September 29, 2014

Tenn.-based Big G Express' entry in the driver-appreciation-week festivities: a music-video parody of Taylor Swift's rather goofball "Shake it Off" entry into the dance-music canon, featuring Big G driver Keda White in the starring role ...

Photos posted to Facebook net $1 million crash settlement

| September 27, 2014

Ever posted a photo you took from the driver's seat to Facebook? The plaintiff's bar thanks you.

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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