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Todd Dills

Counting up the joys

| March 12, 2013

"Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it." --Fyodor Dostoevsky

Dear American people: ‘You are about to be tracked 24/7′

| March 09, 2013

Would you install an in-vehicle tracking device for an insurance discount? Most consumers wouldn't, which makes all the talk of a vehicle-miles-traveled highway tax all the more mystifying.

What’s your California strategy?

| March 07, 2013

More and more, owner-operators are choosing to hold on to high-performing older equipment and run routes that keep them far away from the Golden State rather than upgrade to meet CARB emissions requirements.

On-highway reads: Revisiting ‘In the Driver’s Seat’

| March 06, 2013

Writer and former owner-operator Marc Mayfield will be interviewed Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m. EST on the Truth About Trucking Live online radio program.

Loads on your phone: More board, broker apps

| March 04, 2013

Details of three more smartphone apps -- CHRW Trucks, BulkLoadsNow, and Fikes' Logistics' custom app -- for finding freight in your pocket.

Driver shortage: An economist and a recruiter ’round the bar

| March 02, 2013

Owner-operator Jeff Clark, blogging as part of Freightliner's new Team Run Smart initiative, breaks down the driver shortage issue in a crafty way: "An economist and a driver recruiter walk into a bar" and...

Audit your drug/alcohol testing consortium

| February 28, 2013

Video interview with regulatory consultant Richard Wilson highlights the need to double-check and pre-audit your drug and alcohol testing consortium for compliance with regulations -- if you don't, it could come back to haunt you.

Owning your data: Trend toward usage-based insurance pricing

| February 26, 2013

If 10n2 and other companies' predictions come to fruition, it might not be long before it's possible to utilize real-time operational data to negotiate rates with your insurance company.

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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