Todd Dills

Geographic specialization, with Brady’s Hotshot Hauling owner-operator Jeff WardImage Gallery

| December 02, 2014

Atlanta-area owner-operator Jeff Ward started his hotshot business with a diesel F450 cab and chassis outfitted with a flatbed body and gooseneck-type hitch.

Hotshot trucking: Pros, cons of the small-truck niche

| December 01, 2014

Hotshot hauling offers lower start-up costs and other advantages over running Class 8 over-the-road, but other trade-offs make it challenging in its own right.

Round-up: Black Out in a white-out, and a little photo-caption fun

| November 29, 2014

Charles Timbrook's Black Out custom Freightliner encounters some white stuff; and: Professional speeds for professional drivers in reader photo captions.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, two notable 2015 calendarsImage Gallery

| November 27, 2014

Detail of the 2015 Kenworth Trucks and Midwest Peterbilt group calendars, which have arrived just in time for the holiday onset.

Some readers show favor for the public visibility of CSA’s carrier scores

| November 25, 2014

And what about drivers' information? some readers ask as broad swathes of trucking industry representatives call for hiding carrier CSA scores.

Music video: ’18 Wheels and Jesus,’ by Tony JusticePodcast

| November 25, 2014

Tony Justice's heartfelt "18 wheels and Jesus" track gets a professional music-video treatment with production work by Big Rig Videos' Christopher Fiffie. See it here.

POLL: What’s your cost per mile?

| November 24, 2014

Operating costs can vary widely, depending on truck and freight size and weight, regions of operation, routes and many other variables. What's been your cost per mile most recently?

Giving thanks with fellow drivers: Brian and Bettina Cameron of Cartersville, Ga.

| November 24, 2014

The word here on the team's Thanksgiving open house in Cartersville, Ga.: "We've done it the last five years and it is really a great time," says Bettina. "We've got to start remembering we are ...

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 OverdriveOnline.com. 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 tdills@randallreilly.com or via phone at 205-907-2481.

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