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Todd Dills

A little hanky tanky

| October 30, 2008

“Hang 12” is the motto behind the new Hanky Tanky clothes hanger, a 12-garment hanger aimed in part at long-haul truckers looking to maximize cab storage space -- and keep the jeans wrinkle-free. As for ...

E-mail is the new CB?

| October 29, 2008

Tired of Inbox SPAM telling you the Swiffer kills your cat, or forwards from friends you thought you knew pledging belief in the Skunk Ape? Ohio trucker Suzanne Roquemore recently joined the Facebook group ">Check ...

Trucks of Hollywood

| October 27, 2008

With the late-September announcement of an impending second season of NBC's Knight Rider television actiondventure show, after the 1980s show of the same name, a flurry of hunting activity has been ongoing at Overdrive HQ. ...

Casualty of the day

| October 27, 2008

The health-care advocates folks at, a project of the California Nurses Association and the National Nurses Organizing Committee, last week highlighted the story of Dallas-based owner-operator Lyle Schiele (pictured), who lost his health insurance ...

PBS redux

| October 24, 2008

All week long, the folks at the News Hour With Jim Lehrer have been airing their "America in Gridlock" series on infrastructure issues in America, offering a good look at what your elected officials see ...

Frontline cameo

| October 23, 2008

Specialized auto hauler Reliable Carriers makes a cameo appearance this week in PBS Frontline's two-hour ">Heat" documentary -- airing this week, on most stations this past Tuesday, and you can watch it online here (the ...

Turns out we don’t have a monopoly on heroism

| October 22, 2008

Peter Hanne, a New Zealand teenager, is being commended in that country's press for his dramatic rescue of truck driver Paul Clarke, whose tractor-trailer combo had been pushed by mighty winds in the Waioeka Gorge, ...

Got wheelbase

| October 21, 2008

New Jersey-based truck tricker Richie Acosta of East Coast Large Cars tooks 1st place in working bobtail at the truck beauty contest at Mid-America a couple years ago. The winning rig was his Project 350, ...

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 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 or via phone at 205-907-2481.

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