Todd Dills

Load by phone: How operators are using online tools

Owner-operators' use of online load services varies from occasional use to test the waters in an unfamiliar area to use as a primary freight resource.

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Small gestures go a long way

Truckers pitched in to feed sandbag-filling volunteers in Fargo, N.D.'s efforts to reach 1 million sandbags by this week's end in preparation for flood season.

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On dying breeds — and free pickup bedliners!

When talking about past "outlaw" segments of trucking culture, owner-operators are hardly the primary participants. (Also: a contest from Plastikote to win a free pickup bedliner -- you're welcome.)

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Load by phone: Legacy boards add access tools

Owner-operator access to Internet-based load boards continues to streamline with many operators now using smartphones to access one or another of industry-leading online freight resources.

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Long live the owner-operator!

Is the owner-operator a dying breed? Voices responding to the question posed on the Overdrive Extra blog suggest a shift in profitability toward short-haul niches.

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How the national drug/alcohol clearinghouse could save you

Food for thought: In defense of the national clearinghouse for positive test results for drug and alcohol.

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File under: U.S. trucking rules!

Think you've got it bad from time to time? Consider this story of trucking in the Syrian uprising.

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Bypass systems reduce inspection likelihood

Bypass systems work well for carriers with a good safety-performance history to help them avoid the extra scrutiny rolling over the scales gets a truck and its driver.

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Nelson, Ga., not the first town to mandate gun ownership

Nelson's Atlanta-area neighbor Kennesaw also mandated residents own guns back in 1982.

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POLL: Where do you stand in the CSA Crash Indicator BASIC?

If you have your own authority for operate a small fleet, vote in this poll to help Overdrive determine how the distribution of percentile rankings in the non-public Crash Indicator BASIC is working for small carriers.

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