Todd Dills

New iPhone app from trucking insurer

Since the introduction of the iPhone Trucker app earlier this year, more trucking-related endeavors have entered the area where mobile communications technology and business intersect. The latest iPhone app is Trucker1, what developer 1st Guard Corporation is calling "the first mobile application developed specifically for owner-operators," now available via the iTunes App Store. And, significantly, it's free. 1st Guard is a leading provider of physical damage and non-trucking-use liability insurance to owner-operators and small fleets, ...

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‘Changing channels…’ revisiting the citizens’ band

My "Exit Only" column in ema href="http://truckersnews.com/"Truckers News/a /emOctober edition profiled ham radio operator/truck driver Abed Melek Selase, Delaware-based long-haul driver for Metropolitan Trucking, who's been on something of a mission to rescue the CB from what many are calling its growing obsolescence, at best, in the age of cell phones and internet. At worst, detractors fault not the technology itself but the people using it, calling CB channel 19 an overcrowded, expletives-laden cesspool not ...

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Draggin’ wagons — the music video

Blast from the recent past, today.You might remember my post about trucker and frequent YouTube video-er Stephen Adams, aka TruckerSteve: In it, I remarked on TruckerSteve's sometime associate in YouTubing DriverGeoff, a hauler whose Twitter posts were marathons in repetition and general good humor -- blasts about his location, generally -- that took the form of "I'm draggin' my wagon through "...Well, while DriverGeoff's still sharing a great deal on YouTube, as of today looks ...

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Remembering bygone days

Mike French, 25-year veteran of Dart Transit, recalled vivid memories and colleagues of days long gone in the October issue of Advantage Digest, the fleet’s newsletter for their owner-operator contractors.Contractors, as a good-natured work force, are some of the constants in a changing world, he writes. "Contractors even connected to my family. I don’t have the exact details, but another contractor called ‘Snake’ hauled a Teddy Bear all over the U.S. for my son and ...

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‘Hags’ won’t rag fleet by name

"Highway Hags" Stace and Hedon, company team drivers for a "super-large-mega-important transportation firm," blog on anything from mechanical how-to to more standard blog fare at highwayhags.com. Their employer decided "they would rather not take advantage of all the free publicity to be gained from being mentioned prominently in drivers’ blogs," writes Hedon on highwayhags.com. "On the one hand, I really iseriously/i hate being told what to do. On the other, I really like this big ...

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That great vinyl sound — in the cab

Ever wished you could dust off those earthy old Hank Williams 45s your dad left you and take them for a spin pulling produce cross-country in the old Pete? And, of course, actually listen to them? For a while in the 1950s, then again in the early 1960s, the folks at the ookworld.com site tell us, spinning vinyl in your car at least would have been possible care of the Highway HiFi company's specially-designed machines ...

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Trouble at ground zero for economic recovery

This week, two new wrinkles quickly scaled over and cracked along the surface of what many have seen for some time now as the forefront of economic recovery and roadway safety -- bridge infrastructure and the potential to both expand and maintain it as our roads age.1. NEW YORK. That's right, the state that's given us so much -- from high tolls to continual threats of local alternate route restriction and engine brake laws -- ...

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Ochs Trucking driver channels his inner Ken Patera

If you're younger than, say, 35, it's doubtful you remember the finishing move of professional wrestler Ken Patera, active in the 1970s, '80s, and into the '90s. Suffice it to say that Missouri-based Ochs Trucking driver Jason Poirrier is at least old enough to deploy Patera's signature full nelson, minus the pro's classic swing, as the Southeast Missourian newspaper recently reported. On layover in Oregon, Poirrier "noticed police officers separating a child from a middle-aged ...

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Driving while smoking: the cutting edge of in-cab distractions

Not only did one truck driver in Ontario this weekend likely enter the history books as the first hauler ticketed for smoking in his cab in contravention of a provincial piece of legislation-turned-law called the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, he may well stand at the vanguard of the recent hyper-attention to in-cab distractions provided by the profusion of communications gadgetry.Driving while smoking might well qualify as the next driving while texting.As the Canadian newspaper of record ...

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October Trucker of the Month live at Convoy for a Cure USA

In all the effort spent to get to the reality of one particular independent owner-operator's business and life as a musician, I somehow missed one important detail: Overdrive October Trucker of the Month Howard Salmon, whom you'll remember from this post from last week, is performing live at the Convoy for a Cure for breast cancer event at Carl's Corner truckstop (I35E exit 374 in Carl's Corner, Texas) October 24. Click on the poster for ...

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