Todd Dills

Van, reefer demand and rate picture mixed the first week of the year

DAT's Ken Harper says owner-operators might be right to be expressing optimism about their business prospects for 2017: "With the economy picking up, and economic forecasts showing growth, it should (could?) be a very good year for spot freight."

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Heists involving identity theft and other types of fraud are growing part of cargo theft mix

Since the so-called “fictitious pickup” cargo theft mode drew enough attention in supply-chain-security circles to warrant specific attention, it's only continue to grow as a share of all load thefts nationwide. Combat it with information security.

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Scott LeVan’s radio warning to drivers ahead of deadly EB I-80 crash went unanswered

Driver LeVan used his CB to broadcast several warnings to EB drivers to spread out, impending a traffic back-up ahead, before a later crash that killed two truckers in Pennsylvania. Yet another reason to keep the radio on.

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Road Hunter app updates weather map views

Since the Road Hunter trip-planning app's introduction to Overdrive's audience last August, its developer has expanded weather-map functionality to include rain, ice and snow in addition to severe weather and wind, among other updates.

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ELDs on the market today

The most recent update to Overdrive's electronic-log comparison chart, offering quick looks at 30 electronic log providers on or entering the market ahead of FMCSA's late-2017 ELD mandate compliance date, notwithstanding some ongoing challenge efforts.

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No, a truck did not kill a bunch of anti-Trump protestors trying to block a highway in Seattle

A dead giveaway that this little item of fake news is what it is: Though it was purported to have happened in Seattle, the location was I-15. Last time I checked ...

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Women’s self-defense course on a cruise ship

The Real Women in Trucking nonprofit announced it will host a two-hour self-defense course for women in attendance during its first annual Queen of the Road on the High Seas cruise. Taekwondo instructor/driver advocate Allen Smith will lead.

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Go Vols? Clemson’s not the only team hopeful of rematch chances

With the college football national championship tonight featuring a rematch from last year's championship game, team pride has found its way into the day-to-day of highway hauling -- van haulers, keep the trailer clean as you can, and if not, keep your eyes on your mirrors stuck in traffic.

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Has your truck, trailer or load ever been the victim of a theft?

This poll explores the extent to which cargo theft and truck or trailer theft has affected owner-operators -- any combination of truck, trailer or load theft happened to you throughout your career? Weigh in here.

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Owner-operators trend optimistic about business in 2017

We can take the optimism expressed in these results with a crunchy-good grain of road salt or sand, but for the first time in the few years, a majority of owner-operators think this coming year will be better than the last. Recent indicators agree...

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