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Todd Dills

Blow dealt to industry ‘bad actor’

| January 25, 2010

As someone who talks to proud and professional owner-operators and company drivers on a daily basis, I'm no stranger to a particularly common sentiment: the notion that the actions of a very few within the ...

25-year-old trucker makes it past ‘American Idol’ judges

| January 22, 2010

At American Idol auditions in Orlando, Fla., 25-year-old Matt Lawrence breezed past the judges with a soulful rendition of Ray LaMontagne's "Trouble." What most viewers might not have noticed was Lawrence's occupation -- he's a ...

New indexing tool helps OOs/carriers determine what freight rates ‘should’ be

| January 21, 2010

Tools like Transcore’s Rate Index Pro and Internet Truckstop’s Fuel Desk Plus have in recent years offered for users of the load board services and other subscriber owner-operators access to real-time load market data along ...

‘Truck’ front and center in MA Senate victory

| January 20, 2010

National media, at the behest of the candidate/soon-to-be-senator himself, are putting a GMC Canyon pickup at the center of his (some say) upset victory over the Democrat running against him for Senator Edward Kennedy's former ...

Have truck, can’t hunt

| January 19, 2010

Over-the-road drivers deal with all manner of annoyances, some rising to the level of outright injustice -- I think immediately of the numerous times I've watched a fellow auto-driver cut across three lanes of traffic at 70-plus mph within mere feet of a rig's front bumper, to name just one -- but writing in the Montana newspaper Billings Gazette, reporter Brett French recently uncovered one such injustice that might take the cake for most downright silly.

iPhone app as dealer lot

| January 15, 2010

The folks at CommercialTruckTrader.com have introduced the latest in iPhone apps from the heavy duty trucking industry, and with it comes the following slick, simple, well-soundtracked video, detailing the app's truck-searching and social functionality. And thinking ...

One Arrow driver’s story, through the eyes of the Schneider National hauler who picked him up

| January 13, 2010

Nacogdoches, Texas-based Schneider National driver Robin Reese recently told me a story that ranks among the absolute most positive I've heard to come out of the bankruptcy of Arrow Trucking, which before officially filing as bankrupt ...

UPS hauler weighs in on foggy driving

| January 12, 2010

In Gary Richards' Monday "Roadshow" column in the Silicon Valley Mercury News paper, Richards called on Aptos, Calif.-based UPS trucker Dan Casas to help answer the question of a writer about the safety of closely following a big rig in fog to get through a dangerous drive. Casas was gracious and knowledgable in his reply.

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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