Todd Dills

Overdrive top 10 songs streaming online this week

Longtime trucking radio host "Big Al" Weekley have put together a two-hour program that will stream from the Dispatch Me Home Radio website 24-7 throughout the week. It's all starting, well, now, and featuring a run through trucking history via our Top 10 Trucking Songs of all-time poll.  If you missed the polling results last week, find them with commentary here. Click on the image above to get to the Dispatch Me Home Radio site and ...

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Scale It: The platform-scale axle-weights app, designed by a driver

John Christner Trucking driver Jerry Wilks is the programmer/developer of an application that, if you're packing an iPhone and find occasion to use platform scales, could be of great use. Launched early in 2010, the Scale It app for the iPhone is a quick cheat that allows you to input the different weight readings you get as you roll onto the scale, then does the math for you to determine axle weights. "It's not hard math," ...

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‘A creep or crazy': Roseanne Barr on today’s truckers

News today is that celebrity media, as usual, is having fun at the expense of the nation's haulers. You've got two choices, as I see it: go on and have fun with them or get madder than a hornet. There's a poll over at the Hollywood Life site that asks readers to vote on whether a certain 90210 star's ball-cap look (pictured at a red-carpet affair in Hollywood) is trashy or classy. Want to have fun ...

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Results: The top 10 trucking songs of all time

We asked, you told, then voted. Here are the results, with links to download an mp3 via Amazon, where available.

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‘Truck nuts’ in litigious fire in South Carolina

So-called "truck nuts" or "truck nutz," fake bull testicles that are available for purchase in all colors of the rainbow (including with a chrome finish), are a common sight hanging on the ball hitches of pickup trucks the nation over, not to mention in humorous pictures of pickup owners sitting on their back bumpers directly above a pair. A case originating in Bonneau, S.C. (population approximately 400), near Monck's Corner, with 65-year-old Virginia Tice's truck nuts ...

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Long-haul swimmer adds running, biking to his competitive repertoire

Siphiwe Baleka (pictured), whom you will remember as the Prime-leased owner-operator who competed and walked away with a couple titles in the U.S. Masters National Swimming championships I wrote about in May, has made headlines yet again -- this time not just for his swimming prowess. He placed 56th of 577 competitors at the Warsaw Optimist Sprint Triathlon qualifier for the U.S.A. Triathlon organization running and biking in addition to swimming. Take a look at the ...

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How to save fuel: ‘Fix the roads!’ researchers say

We all know the tire makers have done their due in improving truck-tire rolling resistance in recent years to help operators save fuel with tire choices. Two Auburn University researchers say it’s time for the paving industry and the governments that allocate funds for roads to step up to the plate. They located a holy grail of sorts in fuel savings via the analytical report they presented at the midyear meeting of the National Asphalt ...

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Pacific, Hayes truck enthusiasts gathering this weekend in B.C.

It's the first-annual Cache Creek Truck Show, a production of the British Columbia-based Hayes and Pacific truck clubs. Truck club member and organizer Wes Bergman, a former off-highway hauler now spending much of his time keeping the Canadian-made makes and their models alive, says they've got a good number of trucks set to show and are hoping for several more from folks just "showing up." "Hayes haven’t been manufactured since 1975," he says. "The last Pacifics ...

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Breaker-breaker: Thursday Channel 19 news round-up

Tonight on American Trucker on the Speed Channel: You The third episode of the second season of the American Trucker documentary show on the Speed Channel is called, simply, "Independent." It will explore, well, guess who? The episode runs at 10p.m. eastern time, with replays throughout the week. See the full schedule. Or if you've as yet missed it, click on the cover image here to read Truckers News editor Randy Grider's story about the ...

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T370 Kenworth hits medium-duty landmark in Quebec plant

A Kenworth T370 was recently recognized as the historic 100,000th medium duty truck produced at the Paccar's Ste-Therese, Quebec, manufacturing plant. The plant, which opened as a brand-new facility in 1999, has clearly been hard at work during that time in the medium duty space. “The employees at the Paccar Ste-Therese are especially dedicated to building excellent medium duty trucks," said Marilyn Santangelo, Kenworth assistant general manager for operations. "We’re especially honored that a Kenworth T370 ...

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