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Todd Dills

OOIDA’s new NCRME survey; Benefits of apnea treatment for one operator

| September 08, 2014

Independent owner-operator Joe Bielucki's sleep apnea story -- results following his preemptive strike of sorts relative to the condition two years ago.

Redefining side fairings with Bob and Linda CaffeeImage Gallery

| September 06, 2014

In which a flight is missed in favor (well, sort of) of a tour through a unique expediter with integrated custom sleeper and dynamic aero adds by Bolt Custom Trucks.

Big Iron event another chance for a look at a classicImage Gallery

| September 04, 2014

The Big Iron Classic in Kasson, Minn., Sept. 5-6 another chance to get a look at driver Kenny Hubka's classic 1977 International 4200 Transtar conventional.

Everybody’s favorite truck-enforcement outfit hauls in drunk park ranger

| September 03, 2014

Herein, a California State Parks ranger is called in drunk on the job, and the CHP comes to the rescue... With California's high percentage of clean inspections, could the CHP be your friend?

The ‘Hillbilly Hilton’ cometh, winneth awards

| September 02, 2014

Pictorial tour through Melvin Davis Jr.'s finished 163-inch big bunk 2000 FL Classic -- a winner at the annual truck show at the Michigan Van Buren County fairgrounds. Plus: Some 'pretty good driving' caught on video.

Rates, lanes on Labor Day weekend and beyond: A new resource

| August 30, 2014

Where'd you load Friday? As owner-operator Chad Boblett of the Rate Per Mile Masters Facebook group and Rates and Lanes podcast notes, the answer probably had a lot to do with the rate you were able to negotiate for the long weekend.

Speed limiters not ‘worth the hassle’: More voices on potential mandate

| August 29, 2014

Michael Goodman, among others: "Forcing speed limiters will make roads less safe and be another unnecessary cost to the millions of truck owners in the United States."

Radio check from under the ice bucket; And a two-wheeler’s salute

| August 28, 2014

In which Channel 19 writer Todd Dills accepts a couple of ice-bucket challenges, and issues a couple more -- and a long-distance highway cyclist delivers a big salute to the pros he shares the road with.

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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