Todd Dills

Gale Banks / Mike Ryan Racing super-turbo rig at Pike’s Peak

| July 08, 2013

"Attending the Pike's Peak hill climb needs to be on everyone's bucket list!" says reader Don Christner -- more here on Class 8 racer Mike Ryan's performance at the June 30 event.

Short and sweet: Pros, cons of length-of-haul trends

| July 08, 2013

Part 1 in a two-part length-of-haul analysis presents owner-operator advantages/disadvantages of the trucking trend to shorter haul length in reefer and dry van segment.

Data analysis use to predict …. driver happiness?

| July 06, 2013

FleetRisk Advisors' predictive analysis engine -- think of it as the Moneyball approach to carrier risk management -- can help carriers reduce turnover, the company says; we've got some ideas on that score, too. . ...

VIDEO: Look into one wicked custom-detailed Caterpillar engineImage Gallery

| July 04, 2013

Brian Davis' "Blowing money" Caterpillar engine detail is shown here in video shot at the Fitzgerald Truck Show and Overdrive's Pride & Polish event in Crossville, Tenn., June 2013.

Independence Day trucking traditions

| July 04, 2013

Keep on keeping on: That's what a lot of commenters on our Facebook page told us they were planning for the Fourth of July, among other proud traditions.

Driver dispatches to DOT: New priorities for a new secretary

| July 02, 2013

What should the new DOT Secretary focus make a priority as he takes office? We asked, and drivers responded.

Poll: What issues should the new DOT Secretary make his highest priority?

| July 01, 2013

We asked -- you responded. From the many comments suggesting appropriate efforts for the top transportation officer in the land, we put together this poll on needed action from incoming Secretary Anthony Foxx.

Stunning flatbed airbrush work — and a benefit of customizingImage Gallery

| July 01, 2013

Mike Manuel on his small flatbed fleet's custom showpiece, "Custombilt 359": "I'm in the hauling business, so my trucks will represent me." What a representative it is!

Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. His 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.

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