Todd Dills

Cycle analysis: Geographical freight, rate trends

In all segments, the top states for rates on outbound loads show contiguous areas spread across the Midwest and South. For inbound states, the Northeast dominates, but complications abound.

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Changing tires the old-fashioned way: ‘A Trucker’s Tale,’ part 3

Part 3 excerpting Ed Miller's "A Trucker's Tale" memoir: "It is a wonder my brothers and I didn't get killed changing tires while we were young."

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Cycle analysis: End-of-quarter freight volume, rate boost

In late March, June, September and December, freight picks up and yields generally higher rates across varying segments.

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Learning to become a truck driver — and to cuss like one: ‘A Trucker’s Tale,’ part 2

Part 2 excerpting Ed Miller's "A Trucker's Tale" memoir: "Tt seemed that every grown man used several cuss words in every sentence. I practiced to myself enough that I could cuss with the best of them before I was out of elementary school. ..."

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Cycle analysis: How posted rates play out

The relationship between offered and negotiated, paid rates can be complex when analyzed by day of the week and trailer type.

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‘A Trucker’s Tale,’ part 1: Excerpting a memoir-in-progress from Ed Miller

I'm out of office taking a little R&R this week in my onetime hometown of Chicago with some old friends and family. Good news is former trucker Ed Miller of Baltimore, Md., has written a memoir of his trucking days that he's been kind enough to allow us to excerpt here. Miller will be taking over this space today, Thursday and Saturday, so tune back in for further installments in the coming days. Miller's also been ...

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Moving new song from 2014 Trucker Talent Search winner Keith Sampson

And more "music to truck by" -- our playlist updated. Also: Here's a happy father's day to all the dads in the audience, from one among you.

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Cycle analysis: Assessing rate patterns by negotiation day, time of day, quarter and geographical area

Overdrive’s review of data mined by the Truckstop.com load board reveals trends in negotiation timing and lanes. Some could surprise you – and even reward you.

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Couple recent releases from ‘Truckin’ Sessions’ singer-songwriter Dale Watson

Known among truckers for his "Truckin' Sessions" series of records -- the first released in 1998 and the second in 2009 -- country singer-songwriter Dale Watson has been active the last year or two with another "Truckin' Sessions" volume (2014) and the new "Call Me Insane" album as well. (Listeners can stream the third trucking-tunes volume below). The Wall Street Journal recently sat down with the artist for a talk about his music, which you ...

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At least 30 hours behind the wheel: Pre-CDL driver-training rulemaking committee issues ‘consensus’ recommendation

Two dissenting votes on the committee -- from NASTC and ATA -- open the door for FMCSA to not pursue an training rulemaking, but signs suggest that they will.

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