Todd Dills

Hotshot trucking: Pros, cons of the small-truck niche

Hotshot hauling offers lower start-up costs and other advantages over running Class 8 over-the-road, but other trade-offs make it challenging in its own right.

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Round-up: Black Out in a white-out, and a little photo-caption fun

Charles Timbrook's Black Out custom Freightliner encounters some white stuff; and: Professional speeds for professional drivers in reader photo captions.

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Just in time for Thanksgiving, two notable 2015 calendars

Detail of the 2015 Kenworth Trucks and Midwest Peterbilt group calendars, which have arrived just in time for the holiday onset.

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Some readers show favor for the public visibility of CSA’s carrier scores

And what about drivers' information? some readers ask as broad swathes of trucking industry representatives call for hiding carrier CSA scores.

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Music video: ’18 Wheels and Jesus,’ by Tony Justice

Tony Justice's heartfelt "18 wheels and Jesus" track gets a professional music-video treatment with production work by Big Rig Videos' Christopher Fiffie. See it here.

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POLL: What’s your cost per mile?

Operating costs can vary widely, depending on truck and freight size and weight, regions of operation, routes and many other variables. What's been your cost per mile most recently?

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Giving thanks with fellow drivers: Brian and Bettina Cameron of Cartersville, Ga.

The word here on the team's Thanksgiving open house in Cartersville, Ga.: "We've done it the last five years and it is really a great time," says Bettina. "We've got to start remembering we are all a family on this highway.

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Looking back: 1984, Anthony’s Convoy

Remembering two-year-old Anthony Mascari, who passed away 30 years ago this week but not before a ride in the lead truck in a convoy on the I-270 loop around his home city of Columbus, Ohio.

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CVSA joins industry in call for CSA SMS scores to be removed from public view

In a letter to Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx dated Nov. 14, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance echoed industry calls for CSA's SMS scores to be removed from public view.

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New York State Thruway partially reopened 3 p.m. Friday afternoon

With some sections having been closed for more than three days, as of morning November 21 more than 100 miles of the New York State Thruway east and west of Buffalo, N.Y., remained closed.

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