Todd Dills

New O/O biz software

| September 22, 2014

TruckLogics is the newest entrant into the mobile-capable owner-operator business software market, with dispatching, invoicing, maintenance and other expense tracking, IFTA reporting and other functionality.

‘Tired truckers’ scare continues

| September 22, 2014

Here we go again: Following CNBC "Collision Course" series on truck accidents, 20/20 follows with "Road to Ruin" -- more from the public crash/fatigue discussion here.

Crowdfunding the DUDAD for a wake-up call at the docks

| September 20, 2014

Truck driver Chris Barbeau's invention that would provide a fairly simple solution to the wake-up call at shipper/receivers' docks is shooting for a $30,000 funding goal via a Kickstarter.com campaign.

Truckers for Hope’s round two at St. Jude; Close brush with 60 below

| September 18, 2014

Chris Dowdy's headed back for some trucking outreach and engagement at St. Jude; and an emotional story from Keith "Palerider" Lawson's Youtube channel on the importance of winter preparedness.

‘Most Beautiful’ dustup

| September 17, 2014

In the wake of Overdrive's second annual 'Most Beautiful' program recognizing female drivers, readers offer criticism of -- and some kudos for -- the effort.

What will a mandatory minimum insurance hike cost an owner-operator?

| September 16, 2014

Liability insurance, particularly for new owner-operator businesses, can rank number one for in fixed costs for an independent without a truck payment -- $10K a year or more for a new business. If you've boosted ...

Independents: How much liability insurance do you carry?

| September 16, 2014

With FMCSA preparing a rule to increase the minimum level of required liability insurance for carriers, this rule probes current levels of coverage among owner-operators with their own authority.

Steve Allington: The ‘passionate’ kind of owner-operator

| September 15, 2014

Allington's passion extends through his owner-operator career to his work with the metal band Apnea.

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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