Todd Dills

Playing the cards right in driver appreciation

Personal relationships drive good businesses -- nowhere is that more true than in trucking.

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The forces at work on detention pay

Operators and industry reps weigh in on the problem of uncompensated detention time at shippers and receivers, and what is being and could be done about it. The problem was No. 3 in Overdrive's 2012 poll of top challenges for owner-operators.

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Uncompensated detention: Owner-operator challenge No. 3

Following our quiz of readers about what they saw as the No. 1 problem for owner-operators, here’s a closer look at challenge No. 3 of the top five, Uncompensated and excessive detention time, with partial solutions from owner-operators, fleet representatives and others.

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Big safety fail: Get a load of this billboard

This comes by way of the Facebook page for the Big Road app (shared from that of CDLLife.com), which I wrote about yesterday. Anti-texting billboards are probably the wrong place for invitations to text for more info... Happy Sunday, folks.  

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New BigRoad app offers hours, nav, messaging

BigRoad's driver/owner-operator smartphone app for Android offers log capability, messaging, navigation/maps and other functionality, such as the ability to send and receive documents from within the app.

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Hours, EOBRs: Adapt or fight?

Owner-operators' No. 2 named challenge, the unsettled nature of the hours of service regulations and a potential electronic logs mandate, has moved some to embrace change, others to fight for fairness.

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Hours and EOBRs: Operator challenge No. 2

Using a survey and our social media channels, we quizzed readers about what they saw as the No. 1 problem for owner-operators. Here’s a closer look at challenge No. 2 of the top five, Hours and EOBRs, with partial solutions from owner-operators, fleet representatives and others.

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NASTC’s ‘Daily Fuel Hedge’ and discount program

Two fuel-price fighting tools from the National Association of Small Trucking Companies -- their Quality Plus Network of fuel stops offering members cost-plus discounts and their Daily Fuel Hedge.

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O/O challenges: More solutions to high fuel

Outtakes from interviews conducted as part of research into Todd Dills' "Owner-operators' top challenges" feature in the August 2012 edition of Overdrive magazine.

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Courthouse News Service: ‘Truckers offended by lavender?’

Coast Truck Centers near Portland objected to a billboard above their store's highway-side sign advertising an upscale resort. Wouldn't you?

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