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Todd Dills

Low rates, high fuel ’round the world

| August 13, 2012

U.S. trucking is by no means alone today with high-fuel-price, low-rate challenges.

Where do the trucks sleep at night?

| August 13, 2012

"Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night?" is the first children's book by Brianna Caplan Sayres.

TruckBytes founding owner-operator: Software ‘still a great deal’

| August 11, 2012

Channel 19 checks back in with independent owner-operator W. Joel Baker, also a National Guard member and creator of the TruckBytes owner-operator software.

Equipment: Probing sticker shock

| August 10, 2012

Reports from operators show roughly a 30 percent rise in new-tractor pricing between 2006 and 2012 model years. Find out how operators are reacting to that rise -- and some advice -- in supplementary reporting on the No. 5 top challenge to owner-operator businesses.

VID: Humor in everything — even trucking software

| August 09, 2012

Online video advertising group Epipheo's vid for Accellos/Prophesy's trucking business management software.

Whence the great rates?

| August 09, 2012

Supplementing reporting on the No. 4 top owner-operator challenge -- freight rates -- here find an update on the state of pay and further anecdotes, information and perspective from trusted sources.

Playing the cards right in driver appreciation

| August 07, 2012

Personal relationships drive good businesses -- nowhere is that more true than in trucking.

The forces at work on detention pay

| August 06, 2012

Operators and industry reps weigh in on the problem of uncompensated detention time at shippers and receivers, and what is being and could be done about it. The problem was No. 3 in Overdrive's 2012 poll of top challenges for owner-operators.

Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. His 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.

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