Todd Dills

Tire termites?

The termite-damage-like crevices in this tire are the result of extreme voltage, “electricity that ‘burrowed’ through this tire” when a boom truck hit a high wire and the electricity made its way through the frame on its way to the ground, wrote the editors of Real Answers, where the pic first appeared. If you think of rubber as the ultimate insulator, think again, they added. “Even insulators will conduct electricity if the voltage is high ...

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Road rage on the letters page

A recent back-and-forth in the Everett, Wash., Herald newspaper's letters section highlighted the need for more than a little civility to be added to the public conversation between four-wheelers and their 18-wheeled counterparts.

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Disney predicts the future of highways — circa the late 1950s

So how many predictions for the future of the nation's highway system did the Disneyland TV Show get right when it aired the following fanciful segment in 1958? Well, I can tell you what it got wrong: multicolored highways, for one, do not "enable the motorist to reach his destination by following the correct color strip," as guessed at in the lead, and to my knowledge I don't think prefabricated bridges of the scale envisioned ...

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Owner-operator channels spirit of the season, pays it forward

Bob Ruckman of Charleston, S.C., will donate his truck and time to further an Ellicott City, Md., woman's goal of providing holiday assistance to needy families. As reported in the Howard County Times here, Andrea Ciniero has been conducting her donation drive since 1998, but this year encountered hurdles in funding for the drive that put the entire enterprise in jeopardy. "In the past," reported Mary T. Robbins, "she relied on United Parcel Service for a ...

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Elvis has left the trailer…

The Courthouse News Service reported earlier this week that an apparent dispute between two moving companies has led to the disappearance of a California woman's collection of valuable Elvis memorabilia from the trailer her valuables were loaded into for a move to Austin, Texas. After Beaumont Trucking, the company contracted to do the move, stored the locked trailer on the lot of Bowman Trucking, the story goes, Beamont discovered en route that the lock had ...

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The future of the inner-city courier business…

Need a workout to help accomplish that pesky New Year's Resolution peeking over the horizon? Yesterday, NPR's Morning Edition ran this story about the growth of interest in cargo bikes like the Bullitt S7 (pictured), which allow the human-powered haulers to transport up to 600 lbs. of cargo in a small package. All depending upon, of course, your ability to muscle it. They're geared, though, to make it easy, and their frames are designed ...

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Wedding air horns are sounding…

From the website of the British Evening Star daily come the pictures here, of Robert White (in the first one) and his bride Kathleen and her father, Bernard Martin -- and, of course, the on-highway tractors that served in lieu of a limo in the service. As Kathleen told the newspaper, "It was Rob's idea -- he absolutely loves lorries. His world revolves around them. We even had the song 'Convoy' to leave the church ...

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Correcting the record on DWT

That's "driving while texting," of course, the latest and greatest among local and national media fouls when it comes to trucking. Fortunately, yesterday South Dakota Trucking Association President Myron L. Rau took the time to correct the misstatements made by Dustin Murphy in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader newspaper about the apparently increasing number of truck-attributable crashes in recent years, which Murphy attributed in part to texting.Nevermind the cause, of course, if the end result ...

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Reckoning a ‘tsunami of freight’ as a very bad thing

I don't intend to do so, fyi, just passing on a bit of eye-opening reporting that recently appeared at the website of the Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper. Even as freight volumes around the country are at extremely low levels, putting the hurt to trucking companies small and large, reporter James Pilcher (or, more likely, his editor) chooses the unfortunate 'Tsunami of Freight' headline for a story about highway funding and road conditions in Southern Ohio/Northern Kentucky. ...

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Feds field health questions

FMCSA’s Medical CDL program will feed medical certification data directly to the CDL Information System database.

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