Todd Dills

Spot market update: Seasonal reefer slump continues, van and flat show more strength

In this weekly spot market demand update, trends show the typical mid-July freight slump isn’t as bad for some truckers as it was in previous years. Flat rates are rising, van volumes holding, but reefer is showing typical seasonality.

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Podcast: Most Beautiful champ Brita Nowak on independent business, expansion limits, and more

Eric Harley of Red Eye Radio talks through Most Beautiful winner and one-truck independent owner-operator Brita Nowak about, among other things, her run from one to five trucks -- and back.

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‘Rest stop planning’ function introduced

Navigation-tech company Sygic has teamed up with electronic-logging-device and asset tracking software provider Forward Thinking Systems on a Rest Stop Planning feature intended to streamline compliance for fleets while improving driver safety.

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‘Gone Green’: The Kuhnle Bros. project ’05 Kenworth of driver Brian Rudisell

Driver Brian Rudisell's second place finish at the last Pride & Polish won't keep him away from the Dallas show coming up, he says. He's doing the entire Pride & Polish circuit this year with his showpiece working KW, built in collaboration with his employing Newbury, Ohio-based tank fleet.

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Video: Owner-operator Gary Buchs’ ‘plan for success’

"People complain about the rates," says owner-operator Gary Buchs, but "not everybody's losing money." Buchs suggests too much emphasis is placed on an aspect of the business that owner-operators have only partial degrees of control over. "It's better," he says, "to have your costs in line -- I have total control over that."

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Independent J.D. Terry’s 1995 custom Cat-powered KW

Owner-operator J.D. Terry calls his 1995 Kenworth W900L the "Driveway Dream" in reference to the spot where nearly all of his custom work on it has been done. This video run through its mods was shot at the 2016 Tennessee edition of Overdrive's Pride & Polish.

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Ryder’s ChoiceLease flexible leasing options

While full-service leasing has been a mainstay among small private fleets, it's growing as an option explored by owners of for-hire fleets large and small, Ryder says. ChoiceLease allows truckers to structure lease deals in three different ways.

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Australian singer-songwriter Jayne Denham: ‘Addicted to the Diesel’

Country artist Jayne Denham -- with several trucking-country No. 1s in her native Australia -- will make her U.S. live debut at the Great American Trucking Show next month with Red Eye Radio.

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Mailbag: ‘Major trucking issue’ — detention at shippers/receivers and its income, safety impact

How big is the problem of detention at shippers and receivers for American truckers? For readers of Overdrive, it's a "major issue," in the words of more than one you'll hear in this "mailbag" edition of the Overdrive Radio podcast.

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Paul Marhoefer’s ‘Old Black Epiphone’ available in preorder

The CD is currently under a pre-order in effort to assist in raising the funds necessary to bring the project to full fruition -- 10 percent of every pre-order, Marhoefer says, will go to the Truckers Final Mile charity org.

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