Todd Dills

CARB’s ‘loan denial provision’ less appealing by the minute

| July 15, 2014

Details on proposed changes to amendments to CARB's Truck and Bus Rule adopted earlier in the year -- owner-operators have through Thursday, July 17, to comment on the changes.

Beware: E-ZPass phishing scam comes to light

| July 15, 2014

An email circulating that purports to be an attempt to collected unpaid tolls via E-ZPass is a scam, authorities report.

Investment banker’s front-line info source: You

| July 14, 2014

A banker who looks to drivers for front-line economic information predicts some good times ahead -- what does business look like where you sit?

Have you ever been tested/treated for sleep apnea?

| July 14, 2014

This poll looks at incidence of apnea testing and treatment -- have you been tested or treated recently or in the past, whether as a result of a DOT physical or a regular doctor visit? ...

Poetry in photo captions? Yes, dump trailers too

| July 12, 2014

We asked -- "What's with these two shiny trailer rears?" -- you told. The best among photo captions for a reader-submitted photo of some finely-polished dump trailers.

Computer-assisted logs: To print or not to print

| July 11, 2014

If you're using a mobile-device logging app or a laptop-based program for hours of service, don't leave those printers at home just yet.

Got fatigue? Your crankshaft damper may be the problem

| July 10, 2014

Revisiting the importance of damper replacement at long mileage intervals -- and a worst-case scenario without: crankshaft failure.

Four-wheelers, too: Highway safety should be a widely shared aim

Rick Blatter | July 09, 2014

"Why would lawmakers discourage (for all intents and purposes) tired drivers from taking a nap/ safety break?" reader Rick Blatter asks in this opinion in response to an opinion piece in a New Jersey newspaper.

Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at OverdriveOnline.com. His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ 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 or via phone at 205-907-2481.

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