Todd Dills

‘Truckers for Humanity’ hosting live-streamed concert, benefit event Saturday

On the Truckers for Humanity Facebook page the evening of October 21, six trucker/singer-songwriters will perform live to benefit TruckersFinalMile.org.

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Business base: Mechanical experience before buying the truck

While knowledge of the working systems of the truck is required of an CDL driver, there’s no replacement for maintenance experience when it comes to hands-on know-how to save on repairs by doing them yourself, or knowing when not to.

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Round-up: The parking issue’s grassroots problems; And the California convoy that capped the ELD protest week

Too often, the roots grow against new-parking development -- Love's Travel Stops pulls out of Otsego, Minn., truck stop plans after local opposition. And: Video and more from the sizable anti-ELD demonstrations two weeks back out west.

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New ELD with no monthly fee

The Switchboard company has released its free mobile application, which with a onetime $250 investment in an ECM connecting device allows truck drivers to comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's electronic logging device mandate. 

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The saga of Tony the Truck Stop Tiger is over as tiger passes at age 17

After a long battle between Tiger Truck Stop owner Michael Sandlin in Louisiana and animal rights activists, tiger Tony, who spent his life at the stop, was euthanized Monday at age 17 and in ill health after repeated attempts at improving the big cat's health.

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McCormick Trucking owner-operator’s dream hauler: This classic 1990 Kenworth W900

Dave McCormick fell in love with this KW when it was purchased new more than 20 years ago by original owner-operator, from his Roanoke, Va.-area home base. He was finally able to purchase it in January of 2014 and hauls cattle with it today.

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‘It’s time somebody starts looking out for the little guy’ — more voices from the ELD protests

On Overdrive Radio: As ripples continue to emanate from a renewed sense of camaraderie among many of the ELD-mandate-protest participants in D.C. and around the country, a run through a variety of conversations during protest days 1 and 2 a week and more back, and more from the mailbag.

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Fleets’ private eyes, platform No. 4: SmartDrive’s SmartIQ data analytics platform

From Overdrive's exploration of driver fatigue monitoring systems: Lytx' multi-camera system detects fatigue only insofar as signs of it are observed by event reviewers or can be extrapolated from on-highway interactions.

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Fleets’ private eyes, platform No. 3: Lytx’s ActiveVision add-on to the DriveCam service

From Overdrive's exploration of driver fatigue monitoring systems: Lytx is perhaps the biggest dual-camera-system purveyor, with its DriveCam system equipped in 400,000 trucks. Its new ActiveVision system adds machine-vision technology to the road-facing camera to detect lane departure, following distance and more.

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After ATA-organized event, Trump is getting an #ELDorMe tweetstorm

The ELD or Me Facebook group is tweetstorming at the President following another appearance at an event organized in part by the ATA, with nary a mention of ELDs, hours of service and other top operator concerns. Also: A reminder from an operator to take special care with cigarette butts.

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