Todd Dills

Holding pattern: Van, reefer rates flat nationally but some markets heat up

Rates on the lane from Buffalo to Allentown, Pa.¸ were up 13 cents to an average of $2.59 per mile. The Midwest has also been improving, with outbound prices up in both Columbus and Chicago.

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Podcast: Tony Justice’s ‘Brothers of the highway’ — the trucking brotherhood reinforced

For a country singer, is it career suicide to re-record a George Strait cut? For Tony Justice and Aaron Tippin's "Brothers of the Highway" rendition, not hardly. Run through several other tracks on Justice new record and their stories in this podcast interview with the ETI Transportation driver and artist.

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KeepTruckin ELD now on FMCSA’s registry

Since the KeepTruckin logbook app initially launched three years ago, followed by a low-cost ELD in October 2015, the company's undertaken "a full-on effort in both hardware and software development focused on user experience" and with an eye toward compliance with the ELD mandate.

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POLL: How do you handle your IFTA reporting and info recording?

Owner-operators, how do you handle your IFTA reporting and data collection -- pen-and-paper or electronic records? Specialized software? Third-party filing services? Or does your leasing carrier handle it? Weigh in here.

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‘Why do you hang on to that old truck?’

One answer here from Jenson Lawrence illustrates just what's possible with his recently overhauled Cummins M-11 in a 1996 Freightliner FLD hauling within a 750-mile radius of his Wisconsin home base.

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POLL: Should Tesla’s ‘Autopilot’ system be pulled from its vehicles?

With NHTSA investigating crashes (one fatal and involving a truck) that occurred with automaker Tesla's beta 'Autopilot' function enabled, Tesla says it's on balance saving lives with the function, but Consumer Reports said otherwise: 'Too much autonomy too soon.' Weigh in yourself here.

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Staying ahead of the inspectors

Don't take any chances on your equipment passing inspection. This story, newly updated, rounds up coverage on a wealth of maintenance topics in Overdrive in recent years.

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Supporting the blue at Class 8 on the Lake with Scott Carlson

More than one common thread runs through trucking and law enforcement communities, says Scott Carlson: "It only takes a few people to make all of us look bad." Carlson showed his rig recently in support of the blue.

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One owner-operator’s evolution through continual education: A run with Gary Buchs

From the road with Landstar-leased owner-operator Gary Buchs: This podcast, recorded just prior to the July 4 holiday, ranged across Buchs' business evolution as an owner-operator throughout much of the last decade and a half.

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POLL: How are prolonged hours at the wheel affecting your health?

Work that requires prolonged periods of sitting down -- besides being one thing truckers and Overdrive editors have in common -- has been in the news lately as a significant health negative. How do you feel it's affected you? Tell us in this poll.

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