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Todd Dills

Former trucker’s new novel chronicles young driver’s failure

| April 03, 2014

By writer Dave Newman -- who spent a couple years OTR some time ago -- "Two Small Birds" tells the story of Dan Charles, a would-be poet and Walt Whitman devotee on a crash course with OTR trucking.

My new ride!

| April 01, 2014

In which Todd takes a part-time driving job in a Hummer stretch limo, and asks a question: "Have I made a huge mistake?" Be sure to include the hashtag #truckingaprilfoolsday with your answer. (RELATED: Great Lakes flee Midwest to warmer climes after Polar Vortex...)

Transparent ‘new deal’ for independents using brokers?

| March 31, 2014

How might more rate transparency in broker/owner-operator negotiations help drivers all throughout the industry? DOTAuthority.com/AIPBA's James Lamb believes quite a lot...

VIDEO: Tony Justice performs ‘Simple Man,’ ‘Trick My Truck’

| March 28, 2014

Always great to run into Tony Justice -- the singer-songwriter and East-Tennessee-based Everhart Transportation driver performed Friday, March 28, for attendees of the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Roadside inspections, ELDs, treadle-valve corrosion discussed at MATS seminar

| March 27, 2014

Topics debated at the FMCSA's "roadside inspection" session at the Mid-America Trucking Show...

VIDEO: ChampTruck No. 1, race series making progressImage Gallery

| March 27, 2014

At MATS, Mike Ryan is showing a 2006 Freightliner Columbia he and team put together over six weeks preceding to show potential new "Champs," drivers in the series, how they can affordably get into a race truck.

Take advantage of CARB’s comment period by April 21

| March 25, 2014

"This is by no means a 'done deal,'" notes Joe Rajkovacz of the CCTA. "Truckers need to participate in the public-comment process – even show up at the Board meeting if they can."

New vid: Mike Ryan jumps stunt Freightliner

| March 24, 2014

The elaborately-shot video commandeered a Long Beach port terminal to make a gymkhana-style course and stage the resulting video, with plenty spectacular stunts and precision handling.

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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