Todd Dills

GPS navigation

Google Maps’ satellite view and Google Earth’s ability to realistically render the topography of most any location has been a boon to drivers scouting shipper facilities and parking. But for turn-by-turn directions, Earl Milroy, leased to C.R. England and based in Tempe, Ariz., relies on his Rand-McNally TND GPS unit on the dash, as do so many other operators. To get that satellite view in his pocket, Milroy’s been contemplating an upgrade from his Blackberry device, ...

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Finding freight

All the major load boards have apps with varying degrees of functionality. The first on the market, iGetLoaded (iPhone), enables mobile access for GetLoaded.com load-board users, with GPS-enabled and other load searches, access to broker credit ratings, rate indexing, one-touch calling for load details, PC Miler routing/mileage and more. An Android version of the app is being planned. ITS Trucker (Android, iPhone) allows access to the Internet Truckstop load board to search for freight using GPS ...

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Scenes of Chrome & Class

That's David Holbrook's 1986 Peterbilt 359, winner of both Working Bobtail and People's Choice awards in the second annual Chrome & Class Truck Show, held at the Rush Truck Center location in Smyrna, Tenn., on I-24 just southeast of Nashville. It was a much expanded show this year, with near double the number of entered show trucks and a lively crowd on Friday and Saturday. The show, launched as a way to thank customers of ...

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Get jiggy with your riggy and win $1,000

The website Jiggyjobs.com has a quirky contest ongoing in their "Get jiggy in your riggy" promotion. Potential entrants, be warned: it requires you to dance on a YouTube vid for the world to see. Check out the full rules at the end of the announcement company video below, and then to enter, post your 10-30-second vid as a response to the vid on its main YouTube page, here. Got chutzpah? No shame? Hey, your chances of ...

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The limits of social media: More drivers needed in Washington meeting rooms

The final moments of the panel discussion between attendees and presenters during the Truck Driver Social Media Convention in Tunica, Miss., Oct. 15, brought the point of the whole enterprise into inspired relief. Frederick Schaffner of TheAmericanDriver.com, whom you may be familiar with for his part in leading efforts with others to change the Virginia two-hour truck parking time limits at rest areas to a less-draconian overnight parking prohibition, questioned a statement panelist and attorney Paul ...

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A fine day for some trucking music, don’t you think?

A couple great vids to share today, folks. The first comes from an owner-operator born in 1934 who's been driving a truck for 63 years. "I've heard there’s two guys out here who are as old as I am, but they haven't been out here as long as I have," owner-operator/singer-songwriter R.C. Barnes (pictured) told me Tuesday. Today leased to G&W Hauling & Rigging out of Cleveland with a 1998 Kenworth T2000, he's also got a ...

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Memphis expo and Nashville show this weekend

Outreach, education in Memphis I had the good fortune of meeting Niki Brown and her husband, independent owner-operator Steve Nelson, this past weekend at the Truck Driver Social Media Convention (if you missed my reporting from the event, find two stories here and here) in Tunica, Miss., due south of their Memphis home base. They're the pair behind Worldwide Transport & Permit Service and the Memphis Trucking Expo, the second annual edition of which is ...

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Rockin’ down the highway with new Bell seat covers

The Bell Automotive company is now offering seat covers that bring to mind my teenage trips to Myrtle Beach, S.C., state of my rearing, when I spent several years infatuated with the many (and I do mean many) t-shirt shops specializing in the heavy-hair-metal bands of the day. Some of those shirts survive buried in drawers in my house, and just looking at Bell's new line of seat covers makes me, alternately, cringe and revel ...

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Lawyer uses social media to promote trucker rights

Paul Taylor discussed protections from various retaliatory acts drivers may experience.

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Truckers urged to use social media

Truck Driver Social Media Convention speakers discuss using social media tools to combat regulations.

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