Todd Dills

Scenes from GATS

Great times abound in Dallas at the Great American Trucking Show, not the least of which is this nifty Plinko board at the Roady's/OTR Pro Fuel Card booth -- the new card offering flat off-the-top per-gallon discounts to small fleets and owner-operators (with a $4 a month membership fee) at more than 700 stops currently, and expanding. Stop by the booth (#13661) to play for a mini Mag-light, hat and more. (I wasn't up to ...

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Outlook shared on EOBRs, hours, other issues

Will all trucks have EOBRs in three years?

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New health blog from the folks at Con-way Truckload

Attendant to news that Con-way TL-leased owner-operators will be able to access relatively low-cost health/dental and other insurance offerings via the carrier's new TrueChoices benefits program, the company also is highlighting drivers' and owner-operators' health needs via a new blog. Steering Your Health today features a great recipe for Mexican Crock Pot chicken, cooked in-cab, in addition to a welcome message from company president Herb Schmidt, in which he invites all drivers, Con-way TL operators ...

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Live load visibility with a simple, free smartphone app

Owner-operators, there's been no shortage of talk about the profusion of truck-tracking devices and the relative problems they could cause, given ongoing hours-of-service/EOBR issues and discussions. But the simple fact of the matter is that allowing shippers and consignees a real-time window into your location could be a quite simple way to engage potential direct-freight customers if you're using brokers, or a value-added service if you're already independent with your own shippers (if, of course, ...

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Driver loses vital organ at Kentucky hospital

Trucker Philip Seaton is locked in a battle with a Kentucky doctor whom it appears may be attempting to cover his tracks after amputating Seaton's penis after finding cancer during a routine circumcision-type procedure to relieve inflammation -- doing so without, apparently, telling Seaton he was doing it. That's all I'll say, aside from that folks all around the web are having too much fun with this one -- it ultimately seems more gruesome than all ...

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From a left-coast operator on the Virginia quake

Thought I'd share a brief item related to the 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered between Charlottesville and Richmond, Va., and felt up and down the East Coast (including in my mother's office as far South as Rock Hill, S.C.). A west-coaster posted on Truckers News' Facebook page a couple reminders of basic advice to haulers worried about potential on-highway delays: 1. "I would just avoid any bridges or tunnels today if practical, or maybe even get some ...

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Owner-operators remembering Chance Rogers at GATS

A fixture at truck shows for years with his owner-operator grandfather Jim Rogers, leased to Fikes, young Chance Rogers passed away July 11 after a long battle with bone cancer. Several owner-operators and drivers have banded together in the Truckers United for Charities group to honor Chance by raising money for a memorial fund in his name for the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation in Porland, Ore. “That was the hospital that took care of Chance,” ...

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Knead out back pain

Ease lower back pain with massage therapy. This may help patients take less medication and spend fewer days immobile.

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Long-haul literary: Former owner-operator’s memoir of the life

Marc Mayfield (pictured) didn’t set out to write a book when, after a lot of college – “some of it was wasted time,” he says -- and several less-than-successful, half-hearted career choices, he jumped into a job choice he’d long ago entertained as a possibility. “I really enjoyed driving big trucks,” he says, which is evident in the long-haul portrait – warts and all – that is his new literary memoir In the Driver’s Seat: Interstate ...

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Phone app for getting around GATS in Dallas next week

If you're saying "Man I sure could have used that last year," I can assure you you're not alone. The new Great American Trucking Show app for various smartphone platforms, put together by the show's owners (Randall-Reilly Business Media & Information, publishers of Overdrive) with Core Apps and sponsored the Cummins Engine Corp., puts an interactive, searchable map of the show floor at the Dallas convention center at your fingertips, as well as offering one-touch access to showgoer information ...

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