Can you tell the difference?

| January 16, 2009

If it weren’t for Chicago’s United Center behind Terry Berry’s 1990s-era Passport auto-hauling Peterbilt, it’d be pretty difficult to determine which pic showed a 60-footer and which a mere five-footer. What started out as “a ...

Rhapsody for rerouted rigs

| January 15, 2009

The shortest truck bypass on record may be the 0.9 mile route connecting U.S. 441 South around Micanopy, Fla. Denizen and archivist Diane Cohen, who waged a 6-year grassroots campaign to preserve the antebellum brick ...

Beverage preferences

| January 14, 2009

The same year that a renegade truck owner-operator hauled a load of Coors beer to Georgia for the benefit of moviegoers in iSmokey amp; the Bandit, the AFL-CIO, joined by the Teamsters union, launched its ...

A tiger in Louisiana — and we’re not talking LSU football

| January 13, 2009

Louisiana scored a threepeat first in the Worst Roads category in Overdrive's Highway Report Card survey this year, mostly for the reported awful condition of many sections of I-10 within the state's borders, where recent ...

Bama-magic, or lack thereof

| January 12, 2009

Alabama state troopers teamed up with over-the-road truckers in the state in December to enforce highway laws. According to perennial results in Overdrive's Highway Report Card survey, the latest out this month on p. 24 ...

Keystone confusion

| January 09, 2009

In last year's Highway Report Card survey, the watchword on the highways in the Keystone State was drama, as the perennial Worst Roads winner in Overdrive's annual survey waged a much-protested campaign to toll the ...

Don’t mess with Texas

| January 08, 2009

Texas has been on a five-year winning streak in the Best Roads category in Overdrive's Highway Report Card survey, out this month (in the digital magazine, flip to p. 24). That doesn't mean, however, that ...

One jarring ride through Detroit

| January 07, 2009

It's January, which means it's ">Worst Roads" time for us at Overdrive, and ">Worst Roads" week here at the Channel 19 blog. Our yearly Highway Report Card survey, approaching its second full decade of existence, ...

Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to or via phone at 205-907-2481.

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