Todd Dills

iPhone app as dealer lot

The folks at CommercialTruckTrader.com have introduced the latest in iPhone apps from the heavy duty trucking industry, and with it comes the following slick, simple, well-soundtracked video, detailing the app's truck-searching and social functionality. And thinking about on the past year or so, which saw at least three trucking-related iPhone apps detailed in these pages -- the most interesting being the informational/social Trucker app by the folks at AsktheTrucker.com -- I don't think it's too early ...

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One Arrow driver’s story, through the eyes of the Schneider National hauler who picked him up

Nacogdoches, Texas-based Schneider National driver Robin Reese recently told me a story that ranks among the absolute most positive I've heard to come out of the bankruptcy of Arrow Trucking, which before officially filing as bankrupt late last week abruptly ceased operations a few days before Christmas, leaving drivers the nation over in the lurch and wondering just how to proceed. Shortly after news of the shutdown began to fly out of Tulsa, where Arrow was ...

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UPS hauler weighs in on foggy driving

In Gary Richards' Monday "Roadshow" column in the Silicon Valley Mercury News paper, Richards called on Aptos, Calif.-based UPS trucker Dan Casas to help answer the question of a writer about the safety of closely following a big rig in fog to get through a dangerous drive. Casas was gracious and knowledgable in his reply.

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South Pole ice roads redux

More pictures from South African Antarctic research expedition -- now that's extreme intermodal.

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Owner-operator ‘Singin’ Sam’ Little launches campaign for governor of Alaska

“Singin’ Sam” Little has dedicated one of the Kenworths in his Little Country small fleet to pull parade floats and other materials during his own 2010 campaign for the governorship of Alaska. The sometime country singer Little has also issued a new record, "Truck Driver for Governor," that features a tune updated from his original penned during the national independent driver shutdowns of 1979. The original "Truckers Shutdown" song debuted to a crowd of drivers at ...

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Cranking up the new year — queue everbody’s favorite Sammy Hagar tune, will you?

With unfortunate toll hikes in New York, haulers got another late Christmas gift with the new year in the implementation of an Illinois state law that raised maximum interstate speed limits, formerly split between 55 and 65 mph for trucks and cars, respectively, to an even 65 for both.

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Introducing the ‘ice road truckers’ of the South Pole

South African Times-Live correspondent Tiara Walters is the first female writer-in-residence with that country's team of research scientists probing the barren landscape of the South Pole, and her Pole Dancing blog recently chronicled the team's trek across what many Americans will be familiar with from the History Channel's Ice Road Truckers series. " Challenger drivers from the defence force heavy-duty cargo across 26 km of ice just 1.8 meters thick in parts." The provenance of the ...

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Best coffee on the road?

The Knoxville News-Sentinel newspaper reports that Pilot Travel Centers is launching several new marketing campaigns in our new year, including not only a new Facebook fan page but an extension of the one suggested by the image included here. As News-Sentinel reporters put it, "The company’s fleet of 325 tanker trucks now display the message 'Best Coffee on the Interstate' on the back panel of their trailers, a nod to recent recognition from the readers ...

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New vid: an interview with Truckstar Radio host Daniel Audet

A video interview with Truckstar Radio host Daniel Audet

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Permitting Tony the truckstop tiger

After a year and more of challenges to the legality of Tony the truckstop tiger's residence at the Gross Tete, La., Tiger Truck Stop by animal rights activists, the AP reports the owners have obtained necessary permits from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to keep the tiger. South Carolina-based hauler Kris Ewing took the opportunity of a Christmas run to Laredo to stop in and take a few pictures of Tony and the truckstop ...

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