Todd Dills

Put your duck-trucking hats back on, drivers

Minnesota-based trucker Joe Mansheim's ridealong duck, Frank, passed away earlier this year -- the hauler's got a new codriver, however, a young mallard named Eddy. "I think if everyone had a duck in their truck, the world would be a better place," Mansheim says.

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Tony Justice, band ‘a little sore’ but OK after tour bus wreck in Oklahoma

Around 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, driver-songwriter Tony Justice's rented tour bus hit the back of a tractor-trailer on eastbound I-40 in Oklahoma, near the Arkansas state line. Justice tells Overdrive that no one was hurt in the incident.

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ELDs’ capacity squeeze assumption no. 1: Fewer miles

Examining the assumptions behind the varying predictions of the post-ELD mandate demand situation. If some predictions come to pass, there’s reason to believe rates may rise enough to be a notable reward from an unwelcome imposition.

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Podcast: Step deck owner’s journey into mobile information tech, more

How to build an effective organizational system for your smartphone apps -- and just what apps are showing plenty utility for step-deck hauler Joey Slaughter. In this Overdrive Radio edition, also, the operator's thoughts on ELDs (he's still on paper), broker relationships and more.

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Interesting approach to accessorials for Uber Freight app users

It's not exactly common when dealing with a broker that accessorials like truck-ordered-not-used, detention and the like are up-front accessible and available to anyone -- or guaranteed should situations arise that cause them to come into play. How does $200 + $2/mile deadhead on a canceled load sound?

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After hot end of July on the spot market, lucky lanes in van, reefer

The central question remains whether we'll see the typical August slump in freight and rates for vans and reefers, or if the economy has enough oomph to make August as relatively exceptional as July was.

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ELDs on the market today

With many more ELDs having self-certified, here's the most recent update to Overdrive's electronic-log comparison chart, offering quick looks at more than 50 electronic logging devices on the market ahead of FMCSA's ELD mandate compliance date.

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The cost of pre-2000 ELD regulatory indecision: One winner, and potential losers, among owner-ops

In the Trump era, when governing by Tweet is something of a norm, "regulating by FAQ" might stand to gain in prominence -- with scarcely five months remaining prior to the December ELD deadline, recent significant change to the pre-2000 exemption well-illustrates the issues for this owner-operator.

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‘Rigs without cigs’ cessation campaign from the Truckers’ Fund

The St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund has launched its Rigs Without Cigs campaign, now pre-registering drivers and others who wish to quit smoking for good.

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Freight niche transition — HHG to expedited with owner-operator Greg Huggins

Podcast: A talk with Greg Huggins, currently leased with a 2015 Cascadia straight truck to Landstar Express America, about his transition three years ago from two decades and more of household-moves hauling. And: A prediction on scale house inspectors after the ELD mandate.

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