Todd Dills

Get your load on: The DIY tow

| April 05, 2014

One man, one load, two trucks in Charles Rhodes' DIY tow -- one of those "gettin' 'er done" moments on the highway.

Former trucker’s new novel chronicles young driver’s failure

| April 03, 2014

By writer Dave Newman -- who spent a couple years OTR some time ago -- "Two Small Birds" tells the story of Dan Charles, a would-be poet and Walt Whitman devotee on a crash course ...

POLL: Would an hours of service revamp change your view of e-logs?

| April 03, 2014

Is widespread opposition to the ELD mandate proposed recently by FMCSA really an hours of service issue? Would an hours revamp make ELDs more palatable? Tell us in this poll...

Report urges trailer, tire, natural-gas power standards for Phase II efficiency regs

| April 03, 2014

With the second round of heavy-duty fuel-efficiency standards recently announced by the Obama Administration, the National Research Council offered a series of recommendations in a newly released report.

POLL: Has your view of Obamacare changed?

| April 02, 2014

A day after the first open-enrollment period for the health-insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act closed, we want to know how the intervening six months have affected, if at all, your view of ...

FMCSA updates website

| April 02, 2014

The public face of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration at FMCSA.DOT.gov has been lifted -- or changed, as it were, with a somewhat comprehensive redesign.

Mixed feelings on defense spending

| April 02, 2014

Following Department of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s February DOD budget proposal, which looks for long-term reductions in overall defense spending but represents a short-term hike above spending levels automatically cut by last year’s budget-sequester deal, ...

Tolls in the news: Round-up

| April 01, 2014

News from around Pennsylvania, New York and South Carolina show the rhetoric on and interest in tolls from lawmakers is high, if not always well-grounded...

Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. His 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.

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