Todd Dills

Where the drivers are — Job application density by state, 2008-2015

These interactive driver population heat maps show the total CDL-holding driver applicants per capita, by resident state of the applicant, incoming to BestDriverJobs.com and network sites. Change in the maps between 2008-15 illustrate economic ups and downs affecting trucking over those years.

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Video: Behind the ‘Stars, Stripes and White Lines’ music video shoot

Run through some of the scenes last week Sunday, September 25, out at the Joplin, Mo., Petro, where one special convoy was staged for what is a special song from trucker/singer-songwriter Tony Justice. And meet many of the 14 drivers, many military veterans, who participated.

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Recruiting challenges as the small fleet grows: Three cases

What August, Ga.-based Cadle Trucking, Missouri's Fleenor Bros. hazmat hauler and the Percy Transportation company out of Mt. Prospect, Ill., have done in their respective operations to attract drivers to their operations amid growing pains.

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Keeping the small fleet ‘family’ happy: Pay, equipment, home time

Small-fleet owners use good pay, equipment and home time to attract loyal drivers. They say those are the bedrocks of retention, the top employment issue named in a recent Overdrive survey.

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Most dynamic interior award: Steve Hurley’s classic 1987 Peterbilt 359

Unique license plate floorboards

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2016 GATS Best of Show winner, Limited-Mileage Combo: Crème de la crème

Freddy Velasco’s 2003 Peterbilt 379 was given an overhaul before the 2015 Great American Trucking Show, perhaps highlighted by Velasco’s unique paint scheme of purple and “crème brule.” The rig’s “California Dreamin'” moniker was suggested to Velasco by, what else, the model year. It won’t be picking up produce out in the Golden State anytime soon, he says.

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POLL: Is there a video camera in or on your truck?

Do you or your fleet utilize any single camera or a combination of cameras for event-capture or driver-monitoring purposes? Weigh in here.

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More on the Kelty Farms 1976 International TranStar COE

Current owner Kyle Kelty tells the rest of the story around his restoration of his grandfather Jack Kelty's 1976 International TranStar cabover, a big part of the Kelty family for decades now.

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Spot market update: If you’re following the demand, ‘Go west, young man’

"The whole West Coast is showing good freight and rising rates," notes DAT's Ken Harper, particularly in van/reefer segments. "L.A.-Long Beach was driven by the Hanjin debacle," the abrupt bankruptcy of the Hanjin ocean shipping company, but Northern California and the Northwest are showing improvement as well.

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POLL: Who’s most likely to get your vote in November for President?

Did the first presidential debate sway you one way or another? In this poll, Overdrive asks readers to weigh in on where their presidential votes are likely to go, whether toward the major parties' or third-party candidates.

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