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Todd Dills

Get your load on

| January 31, 2013

Some sweet pics of readers' recent loads, and a snatch of a conversation overheard on the radio -- sometimes things on Channel 19 reach a fitting end.

More photos: Mel Davis’ custom FreightlinerImage Gallery

| January 29, 2013

A visit with Michigan-based independent owner-operator Melvin Davis in Nashville yields more great pictures of his custom big-bunk reefer hauler.

Nominate an influential woman in trucking

| January 28, 2013

The deadline for Women in Trucking's 2013 Influential Woman of the Year nominations is end of day Thursday, Jan. 31.

Giving snail mail some digital legs

| January 26, 2013

Two services marketed directly to owner-operators -- Equinox Mailbox and Cyber Drop Box -- offer the ability for drivers to receive postal mail digitally while on the road.

Treadle valve corrosion a growing problem?

| January 24, 2013

Adjustment isn't the only brake problem going -- observer and longtime former driver Allan Powell suggests treadle valve corrosion is a growing issue.

Fuel-tax dustup in MI (Can you spell I – F – T – A?)

| January 22, 2013

Is it time to say goodbye to Michigan's retail diesel tax? If that means the governor getting his way, you might want to pray it stays.

Running around Cali: Martin Jez’ 1988 Pete cabover

| January 19, 2013

California-based owner-operator Jez realized he'd need to upgrade his emissions system in the near term -- he delayed the need by, well, buying old.

Thursday roundup: CB vitality, more highway heroes

| January 17, 2013

There is still no substitute for what the CB does well, illustrated by a recent coordinated rolling roadblock that resulted in an abducted child's rescue.

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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