Todd Dills

Rapper 50 cent rear-ended by … a lesser-known Kool Keith track

Over on the Juice blog at Billboard's website, word is rapper 50 Cent (pictured) collided with a Mack truck on the Long Island Expressway after the driver's load shifted, causing him to lose control of the rig. (The driver was OK.) Many of you may remember 50's "In Da Club" record from 2003, whose rolling rhythms were near inescapable from the windows of all manner of vehicles for years following. But 2003 also happens to be the ...

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Bummer, eh? Beer load sinks…

U.S. patriots living in Canada will no doubt be bummed by the news today: Click through the thumbnail of the pic here by Mathew McCarthy of The Record newspaper of Kitchener, Ontario, in Canada, for a story about this collapsed trailer loaded with beer outside the Beer Store on King Street in the same town. The paper reported the store was "undergoing mold abatement" and was moving stock to the trailer for the time being. As one ...

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Should HHG miles-based pay be illegal?

Owner-operator Jeff Clark, in the conference the Trucking Solutions Group organized Wed., June 20, with FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro (Clark is a TSG member owner-operator), presented Ferro with the discrepancy between household-goods miles and actual door-to-door miles. "The household goods miles system that we’re paid on is often fewer miles than we could legally make a run in," Clark noted, then adding this: "Paying a driver for fewer miles than they did the run on isn’t just ...

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The ‘Time Bandit’ electric cargo-strap roller

Sometime flatbedder and former small fleet owner Johnny White finds inspiration in day-to-day problems -- that might not be the best way, however, to describe the occasion that spurred him on to his latest solution, the new TimeBandit electric cargo-strap winder (pictured). As he tells it, "I was up in St. Cloud, Minn., when it was minus 6 degrees," delivering a flatbed load of HVAC units to a Home Depot in the middle of a snow ...

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Fuel’s Gold

Owner-operators find big money and good schedules working the oil and gas services boom.

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Short haul v. long haul — Where do you stand?

Informal poll results from Overdrive's Facebook fans on the growing trend among owner-operators toward operation in short-haul applications.

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Midnight Cowboy Bill Mack back in the saddle

If you haven't heard, the trucking radio giant is back on overnight radio via Willie's Roadhouse on SiriusXM Channel 56, broadcasting Sunday through Friday in the midnight-3 a.m. Eastern time slot. A couple of years back, Overdrive Editorial Director Max Heine interviewed Mack leading into Overdrive's 50th anniversary coverage. Check out the two vids below, a small portion of that interview, with Mack telling the story in the first of a reptilian "gift" some haulers brought ...

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10 benefits of EOBRs

In the wake of the EOBR mandate's inclusion in the 2012 MAP-21 highway bill, this round-up comes by way of the people at Xata Turnpike, makers of the RouteTracker EOBR.

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Some good news: Jason’s Law in the highway bill

In all the hubbub over the mandate for electronic onboard recorders included in the highway-bill language, it's perhaps been easy to overlook some of better results for truckers and advocates, chief among them other language in the bill that, if it ultimately passes (as expected), brings to fruition nearly four years' worth of advocacy that began with the work of individual drivers honoring the memory of one of their own, Jason Rivenburg (pictured). Jason's Law is ...

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10 problems with EOBRs

These problems are among many noted by frequent Overdrive commenter E.F. McHenry as Congress considered an EOBR mandate ultimately included in the MAP-21 highway bill.

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