Todd Dills

The ‘Hillbilly Hilton’ cometh, winneth awards

| September 02, 2014

Pictorial tour through Melvin Davis Jr.'s finished 163-inch big bunk 2000 FL Classic -- a winner at the annual truck show at the Michigan Van Buren County fairgrounds. Plus: Some 'pretty good driving' caught on ...

The most memorable haul of your life

| September 02, 2014

While the question has been asked in various forms over the years here and elsewhere -- "your most memorable haul? -- this round's responses yielded no small amount of tales and tall and/or solid in ...

Rates, lanes on Labor Day weekend and beyond: A new resource

| August 30, 2014

Where'd you load Friday? As owner-operator Chad Boblett of the Rate Per Mile Masters Facebook group and Rates and Lanes podcast notes, the answer probably had a lot to do with the rate you were ...

Speed limiters not ‘worth the hassle’: More voices on potential mandate

| August 29, 2014

Michael Goodman, among others: "Forcing speed limiters will make roads less safe and be another unnecessary cost to the millions of truck owners in the United States."

Petition circulated on “right to carry” for driver self-defense

| August 28, 2014

A new "right to carry" petition is being circulated by SBTC's James Lamb. It's collecting signatures in an attempt to demonstrate that there's support for easing many interstate drivers' ability to legally travel with firearms. ...

Radio check from under the ice bucket; And a two-wheeler’s salute

| August 28, 2014

In which Channel 19 writer Todd Dills accepts a couple of ice-bucket challenges, and issues a couple more -- and a long-distance highway cyclist delivers a big salute to the pros he shares the road ...

Will FMCSA ‘un-ring’ the CSA alarm?

| August 27, 2014

Reader Thomas Little may best have paraphrased the thoughts of many: With CSA, "FMCSA fully intended" to "let the industry do their policing for them. Spoon-feed the detailed data into the marketplace to drive consumer ...

I-495 Christina River Bridge reopened to all traffic

| August 26, 2014

Delaware DOT quietly reopened the northbound lanes of the formerly tilting I-495 bridge over the Christina River on Saturday, August 23.

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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