Todd Dills

Carolina Monkey Gouger in comedic ‘Freedom the Movie’ on CMT

Owner-operator Jimmy Ardis made an appearance in Morgan Spurlock's "Freedom the Movie" feature-length seriocomic look at Freedom in America for CMT this summer. Cable subscribers, catch it here, more

Read More

Two South Carolina truckers regroup after historic flooding

With more than 250 roads still closed and many bridge washouts, it's rough going locally in South Carolina -- more information and a check-in here with S.C. owner-operators Dave Palmer and Jimmy Ardis.

Read More

FMCSA hits back on CSA effectiveness, defends accuracy of carrier rankings system

Amid increasing calls for the FMCSA to remove CSA rankings/scores from public view, a new analysis from FMCSA reiterates what the agency has said all along about the CSA Safety Measurement System: It's effective.

Read More

Fatigue monitoring: New device made available in U.S. market

The Rear View Safety company claims its MR688 camera, already in use internationally in trucking operations, can detect changes in drivers' faces to issue audible fatigue warnings.

Read More

Driver avoids rear-end accident — without spilling a drop of coffee

At once, the driver was focused on the car that cut him off. If he'd been watching up ahead, the hard-braking event that triggered the camera and the subsequent jump up onto a curb might have also been avoided.

Read More

National van freight — end-of-quarter rush boosts volume, demand

Rate trend of the week: End-of-quarter van volume boost leads national demand surge -- declining fuel surcharges, however, balance overall rate picture.

Read More

Truckers to Fed: Keep interest rates at historically low levels

With the Federal Reserve board of governors contemplating a rise in short-term interest rates, a majority of truckers surveyed in this hot buttons poll favored no change.

Read More

POLL: Rest areas v. truck stops — where is parking more difficult for you?

Considering your total parking needs, at what kinds of facilities do you experience the greatest problems -- public facilities like rest areas or private truck stops? All of the above? Sound off here.

Read More

No mercy: Arizona ground zero for truck enforcement

With a high rate of both inspections and violations, and a top ten ranking for hours enforcement, this state is ground zero for tough inspections – particularly along the border.

Read More

Photos: Painting the Evel Knievel haul rig

A few more details here about the restoration of the 1974 Mack FS786LST cabover and chassis, Post Coach custom office and trailer I've written so much about since news around its restoration began to come out in July. When I was at the Great American Trucking Show in late August, I had a brief conversation with current owner Lathan McKay about his decisions surrounding just how to paint the truck, given Knievel himself commonly repainted it ...

Read More