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Todd Dills

‘Hags’ won’t rag fleet by name

| October 20, 2009

"Highway Hags" Stace and Hedon, company team drivers for a "super-large-mega-important transportation firm," blog on anything from mechanical how-to to more standard blog fare at Their employer decided "they would rather not take advantage ...

That great vinyl sound — in the cab

| October 19, 2009

Ever wished you could dust off those earthy old Hank Williams 45s your dad left you and take them for a spin pulling produce cross-country in the old Pete? And, of course, actually listen to ...

Trouble at ground zero for economic recovery

| October 15, 2009

This week, two new wrinkles quickly scaled over and cracked along the surface of what many have seen for some time now as the forefront of economic recovery and roadway safety -- bridge infrastructure and ...

Ochs Trucking driver channels his inner Ken Patera

| October 14, 2009

If you're younger than, say, 35, it's doubtful you remember the finishing move of professional wrestler Ken Patera, active in the 1970s, '80s, and into the '90s. Suffice it to say that Missouri-based Ochs Trucking ...

Driving while smoking: the cutting edge of in-cab distractions

| October 13, 2009

Not only did one truck driver in Ontario this weekend likely enter the history books as the first hauler ticketed for smoking in his cab in contravention of a provincial piece of legislation-turned-law called the ...

October Trucker of the Month live at Convoy for a Cure USA

| October 11, 2009

In all the effort spent to get to the reality of one particular independent owner-operator's business and life as a musician, I somehow missed one important detail: Overdrive October Trucker of the Month Howard Salmon, ...

‘Trucker’ released in theaters Oct. 9

| October 08, 2009

Friday, Oct. 9, is the release date for "Trucker," a so-called "small indie film" that thus will see a limited release, but perhaps it's in your area. The press for the movie, at least as ...

Texting re-redux — new consumer survey on DWT

| October 07, 2009

That's right: it's just a hash mark away from DWI, and according to DOT, reaction times are roughly equivalent to those of a driver at the 0.08 alcohol limit. A study by the online electronics ...

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

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