Todd Dills

Koch & Sons driver’s adventure at Minn. driving championships

Driver John Borman and I haven't met in person, but via the monthly photo contests I help host for Truckers News and, before that, our monthly featured photo from the magazine's Flickr.com photo-sharing group, I've become well-acquainted with Borman as not only a great photographer but a consummate professional. When he asked if I'd be interested in including his narrative of his recent participation in the Minnesota state driving championships, I didn't hesitate. Find it ...

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One dispatcher’s public salute to the American truck driver

In case you've missed news of this one, which has made the rounds of various email blasts and blogs, it's one of the best high-profile salutes to owner-operators and drivers I've come across in mainstream media of recent memory. Written by Minnesota-based fleet manager Dan Hanson and published last week in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, it seems to stem from a heartfelt appreciation for the difficulties experienced by his drivers in today's hurry-up climate, particularly as ...

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A window on FMCSA’s CSA driver-enforcement authority goals

I thought I'd share a document leaked earlier in the year -- specifically in May, and to the Transportation Weekly publication -- that purported to be a draft highway bill whose genesis was within the Obama administration. It contains a 12-page section headed by "Driver Safety Provisions," beginning on p. 366, that seems to further confirm Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration intentions to expand authority in the Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement regime to rate individual ...

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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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