Todd Dills

POLL: Is it time to raise the fuel tax to fund highways?

| December 05, 2014

An Oregon Democrat and a Wisconsin Republican recently joined forces in the House of Representatives to push a 15-cent fuel-tax hike introduced last year.

‘Hotshot on steroids': Straight Forward Transportation of Ohio

| December 04, 2014

Sue and Kevin Nelson's 2012 single-drive-axle Freightliner Columbia is Straight Forward Transportation’s “hotshot on steroids,” says Sue Nelson, acquired to augment a business founded the non-dually drive axle of a Ford F250 pickup, still in ...

‘Ghost Fleet’ becomes reality in new comicImage Gallery

| December 04, 2014

The new "Ghost Fleet" comics series builds on the notion of such a fleet of "elite combat-trained truckers" hauling no-touch, no-look cargo. One of them "takes a forbidden peek at his payload" and "uncovers a ...

Car/mobile equipment hauling: Owner-operator Greg Cutler’s Show-n-Sell Towing & Recovery

| December 03, 2014

Today hauling classic cars, farm equipment and other rolling stock, Greg Cutler of Fon Du Lac, Wis., got into hotshot hauling after years as a tow operator.

‘I-4 Ultimate’ project in Florida getting under way in new yearImage Gallery

| December 02, 2014

Also: Independent former hotshot/car hauler Joey Slaughter's step deck transition with an all-aluminum 53-foot Chaparral step.

Geographic specialization, with Brady’s Hotshot Hauling owner-operator Jeff WardImage Gallery

| December 02, 2014

Atlanta-area owner-operator Jeff Ward started his hotshot business with a diesel F450 cab and chassis outfitted with a flatbed body and gooseneck-type hitch.

Hotshot trucking: Pros, cons of the small-truck niche

| December 01, 2014

Hotshot hauling offers lower start-up costs and other advantages over running Class 8 over-the-road, but other trade-offs make it challenging in its own right.

Round-up: Black Out in a white-out, and a little photo-caption fun

| November 29, 2014

Charles Timbrook's Black Out custom Freightliner encounters some white stuff; and: Professional speeds for professional drivers in reader photo captions.

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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