Todd Dills

Trucker Tools in the gray lady; Channel 19 getting quieter?

| August 19, 2013

The decline of the CB via the profusion of trucking smartphone apps and the phones themselves gets treatment in the NY Times, and readers weight in on why Channel 19 gotten quieter lately...

‘Killer Truckers’ TV special on re-air

| August 17, 2013

On bright spot in the special about the FBI's Highway Serial Killings Initiative is that it delved farther into on-highway crime -- that against truckers, and trucking advocates' efforts to tamp down human trafficking.

Bringing out the stripes in an ’86 359

| August 16, 2013

Small fleet owner Ronnie Adams combined a few historic paint/strike schemes of the 1970s and 1980s to create the color combination of his '86 Peterbilt 359.

BigRoad logging app on iPhone

| August 16, 2013

The company's owner-operator/fleet version, available at $15 per month, likewise added IFTA functionality with state mile reporting.

Roundup: Return fire in owner-operator war, driverless trucks, truck-stop cuisine…

| August 15, 2013

Independent rebuttal to prognosticators of insurmountable challenges of the owner-operator model; Driverless trucks: income opportunity?; Insurance: "we've got to stop this bill dead."

CSA: DataQ opportunity with lights, generic speeding violations

| August 15, 2013

The most common lighting-related violation -- top 20 states for "Inoperative required lamp" prevalence ranked here -- may be basis for a DataQ challenge if the light is not required by regulation.

Seasoned expediters: Tom and Tina Evans

| August 15, 2013

Straight expediting truck have been Tom and Tina Evans' bread and butter since starting their business in the year 2000 -- today, they enjoy plenty of freedom to live life like they want to.

VIDEO: Tony Justice at Nashville’s Station Inn

| August 15, 2013

Justice, recording a new album, sat in with legendary songwriters at Nashville's Station Inn; he'll be playing at GATS Friday, Aug. 23, at 2 p.m. in the TA booth.

Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. His 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 tdills@randallreilly.com.

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