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Todd Dills

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.

Will FMCSA ‘un-ring’ the CSA alarm?

| August 27, 2014

Reader Thomas Little may best have paraphrased the thoughts of many: With CSA, "FMCSA fully intended" to "let the industry do their policing for them. Spoon-feed the detailed data into the marketplace to drive consumer choice of motor carrier ... and then stand back and pretend that wasn't how CSA was supposed to be used... They won't be able to unring that bell."

PHOTOS: TAT’s “Freedom Drivers Project” trailer

| August 26, 2014

A pictorial tour through Truckers Against Trafficking "mobile empathy display," the drop van that houses its traveling exhibit highlighted the sex-trafficking problem -- and what truckers are doing about it.

Tale of two drivers at Partners in Business:Podcast

| August 23, 2014

Todd Amen presented the latest in revenue/income averages and trends from ATBS' owner-operator clients, which continue to follow what's been happening over a decade now. Better income on fewer miles.

VIDEO: Telematics boost, demand driving interoperable standard

| August 22, 2014

Will the "Connected Vehicle" future have any benefit to independents? Exploring some of the possibilities here with Hirschbach Motor Lines' Jim Coffren's take from the fleet side.

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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