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Todd Dills

Celebrating right in S.C., take two

| October 07, 2014

The third annual gathering of the South Carolina Association of Large Car Operators is in the history books -- this year it attracted 53 drivers ranging in age from 22 to 82.

Keith and Vickie Sampson’s 156-inch ARI sleeperPodcast

| October 04, 2014

Trucker Talent Search winner Keith Sampson, leased to Landstar with his co-owner-operator wife, Vickie, have one heck of nice tractor-trailer: with the trailer recently painted to match.

Hotshot hauling with owner-operator Jeff Ward

| October 02, 2014

Meet Villa Rica, Ga.-based Jeff Ward and his Brady's Hotshot Hauling business, with a 2012 Ford F350 outfitted with a Cadet flatbed body, gooseneck hitch and 30-ft. P.J. trailer.

+25 percent: What double the liability insurance coverage will likely cost

| September 30, 2014

One insurance rep cites a likely 25 percent increase in premiums for independent owner-operators boosting $1 million liability coverage to $2M. More on FMCSA's expected insurance-hike proposal here.

Big G Express’ ‘Drive it off’ Taylor Swift parody

| September 29, 2014

Tenn.-based Big G Express' entry in the driver-appreciation-week festivities: a music-video parody of Taylor Swift's rather goofball "Shake it Off" entry into the dance-music canon, featuring Big G driver Keda White in the starring role -- with arguably better dance skills than Ms. Swift.

Photos posted to Facebook net $1 million crash settlement

| September 27, 2014

Ever posted a photo you took from the driver's seat to Facebook? The plaintiff's bar thanks you.

Driver pay ‘wage race’ under way?

| September 25, 2014

Bloomberg says a "wage race" is on among carriers, but survey results show not all company drivers and leased owner-operators are seeing the benefits of the improving pay landscape.

Big data blowback: Trucking goes to Congress over CSA

| September 23, 2014

Behind the CSA bill -- H.R. 5532 would require FMCSA to revamp the CSA program, pulling scores and non-crash-associated data from public view in the meantime. Prognosis for the bill in the short term: Not good with a Democrat Party-controlled Senate, one watcher notes.

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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