Heat: Your tires’ No. 1 enemy

| June 09, 2012

The folks at GITI Tire reminded us of this in their most recent newsletter, citing an article from the Saturday Evening Post that estimated 80 percent of tire failures were due to underinflation -- the ...

New Android app provides IFTA assist

| June 09, 2012

Owner-operators packing an Android-powered smartphone can use a new free tool to track fuel purchases and drive miles by state -- right on your smartphone. The SimpleIFTA app makes doing so relatively easy, taking paper ...

From toilets to roads — concrete from the potty

| June 08, 2012

It's "poticrete," actually, the name given an aggregate mix the city of Bellingham, Wash., used for a paved trail project -- a big portion of the aggregate is made of crushed toilets, sinks and other ...

Driver reunited with lost pup

| June 07, 2012

Have you heard the one about the truck driver whose Yorkie pup slips out of the truck while he's cooling his heels briefly at a Missouri rest area? Well, all's well that ends well, and ...

Owner-operator on a fuel-economy test run

| June 07, 2012

In May independent Albert Transport owner-operator Henry Albert participated in a test run of the 2014 Freightliner Cascadia Evolution (pictured) to track and compare its fuel-efficiency against an EPA 2010-compliant Cascadia. We reported about the ...

‘7 deadly lot lizards’ infographic raises image questions

| June 07, 2012

A satirical infographic detailing the so-called "7 Deadly Lot Lizards" from the folks at Trucker to Trucker.com has me pondering the dynamics that make just this sort of thing possible. I won't repost it here, but ...

IRT without Lisa Kelly: Downer for many fans

| June 06, 2012

With Ice Road Truckers' sixth season premiere on the History Channel last Sunday, fans were reportedly bummed by the absence of the biggest star the show's produced, trucker Lisa Kelly. (Find my 2010 interview with ...

Sound off on CSA changes via score/data preview

| June 06, 2012

As CVSA's RoadCheck inspection blitz continues this week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a call to action that makes clear the importance of safety scoring to motor carriers and independents. Through the ...

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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