Todd Dills

Trucking fruit in Obama’s energy, manufacturing messages

If you missed last night's State of the Union address, the President followed in predecessors' footsteps by detailing a veritable laundry list of election-year policy initiatives with no small measure of specific requests for the deadlocked Congress -- many of which, it's sure, will not see the light of day this year. All the same, Obama's vision for boosting American economic prospects holds potential good news for drivers in the area of future infrastructure rebuilding, and ...

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Divine intervention at its best: A truck accident in Guam

What happens when a loaded straight dump loses its brakes on a downhill run and collides head-on with a tanker truck loaded with jet fuel? Not what you might expect. Reporter Brett Kelman, writing in the Pacific Daily News, reports that Guam Governor Eddie Calvo (pictured) was proclaiming the relatively ho-hum aftermath, with mostly minor injuries, as an act of God. On the way to the big collision, the dump missed the governor by a mere ...

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New blog from Women in Trucking

The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) recently launched an online forum at womenintruckingblog.com, to add a more interactive blog to their long-extant online presence at womenintrucking.org. “Drivers are some of the most technologically advanced people I know and many of them interact via social media each day,” said Ellen Voie, WIT’s President/CEO.  “By offering this forum we can give our members the opportunity to connect with others who share their involvement in trucking and to learn ...

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Meet the maker of the Cubby Buddy truck toolbox

I've written about the toolbox before, which you may remember. Since then, says Debbie Zehrer, wife and business partner of owner-operator Jeff Zehrer (both pictured), the Cubby Buddy toolbox system has added models, with a total 10 to choose from. If you've been looking for a good system for your truck, you can give them a look at CubbyBuddy.com. I had the great opportunity yesterday to talk with Jeff and Debbie. Leased to small fleet Hensley ...

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Make accident victims pay for traffic tie-ups?

  A letter writer to the Chattanoogan newspaper last week proposed to fine drivers of large trucks involved in accidents per hour of required cleanup or per mile of backed up traffic. Specifically:   $5,000 per hour of cleanup or per mile of backed up traffic, whichever is greater, to be paid by the trucking companies, and $1,000 per hour of cleanup or per mile of backup, whichever is greater, to be levied against the truck driver. You can ...

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Are you happy with your insurance company?

Consumer insurance portal Insure.com recently tracked customer satisfaction by polling users of the site as to their happiness -- or lack thereof -- with their auto, home, life and health insurers, evaluating these keys areas; customer service, claims experience and value for the price paid. They also asked whether customers planned to renew their policies and whether they would recommend their companies. ...

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ATHS Music City Chapter kicks off the new year

Thanks to Rhonda Reagan (pictured) for the invite to the American Truck Historical Society Music City Chapter's year-beginning meeting and auction this past Saturday, Jan. 14. Held at an elementary school in Lebanon, Tenn., the event drew a crowd near 100 strong, made up of members and their families as well as representatives from other regional ATHS chapters like the Smoky Mountains chapter in Knoxville, among others. All told, says Reagan, the organization nearly doubled ...

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Tony the Truck Stop Tiger: Legal limbo

There have been so many back-and-forth motions in the battle over the fate of the Siberian/Bengal tiger, Tony (pictured), at the Tiger Truck Stop in Gross Tete, La., it would be next to impossible for me to summarize them. At once, it's been quite a while since I posted an update, so here goes: The most current action, as far as I can tell, has been that Tiger Truck Stop owner Michael Sandlin has sued the ...

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Rich Wilson’s ‘state of the industry'; and MCSAC apnea update

You're likely to remember Rich Wilson (pictured), former owner-operator and current regulatory manager with the Trans Products/Trans Services company, for his part in the Truck Driver Social Media Convention last fall, where he urged the drivers and owner-operators in attendance really be a part of the regulatory process -- on the front end, in the planning stages, before the regs were written and codified and, well, gained staying power. Wilson himself was at the Motor Carrier ...

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Enter winter trucking photo competition, win cash

While Truckers News' monthly photo contests have gone on hiatus, the folks at job placement organization Truckers America have picked up the torch and are offering a cash incentive for haulers who can enter with the best winter trucking photo you have. With a snowy system passing through the Midwest and bearing down on the East Coast today, I imagine some of you might now have great opportunities to use your cameras to show "how ...

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