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Todd Dills

Expediter meets vintage Coke machine meets pro golfer Brandt SnedekerImage Gallery

| November 19, 2012

What happens? One odd load for husband-wife team owner-operators Bob and Linda Caffee.

Saturday round-up: Defining ‘dream girl'; Four-wheeler ed; Christmas already?

| November 17, 2012

Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi says she's a "truck driver in a model's body," Linde North America educates budding four-wheelers on sharing the road, and ... Snap-On hopes it's Christmas -- yes, already.

Redux: Have you seen your ‘CSA scorecard’?

| November 15, 2012

With third party vendors providing tools to carriers to compute their drivers CSA scores, only one continues to take that functionality directly to the "drivers" of CSA -- professional operators. Have you seen a tabulation of your CSA performance? We want to hear from you.

‘Grandpa and the Truck’ — book 2 out now

| November 13, 2012

Colleen Kelly Mellor's children's book series highlights true tales from her husbands 30-year career, much of it spent as a household-goods-hauling owner-operator.

Mobile trends: Has your smartphone replaced your GPS?

| November 12, 2012

Survey results from uShip's annual mobile technology survey showed a majority of operators either relying on their smartphones for navigation more than their GPS units or recognizing that potential.

‘Mobile mansion’ bus build for Band Perry on TV

| November 10, 2012

A Hemphill Brothers coach conversion, featuring a mobile recording studio, was featured on the Travel Channel Sunday, Nov. 11, at 9 p.m. ET. More on the outfitter here.

SuperRigs 2013 calendar: Familiar face in an unfamiliar place

| November 08, 2012

Sneak peak at familiar faces in the Shell SuperRigs 2013 calendar, now available with an oil change at participating locations. And: Vid from the 2012 30th anniversary show in Joplin, Mo., highlighting the city's rebuilding efforts.

Hawk to DOT: “Point me to the nearest roadkill?”

| November 06, 2012

What happens when a bird of prey tries to communicate with a DOT traffic camera? It makes for good humor on Twitter.

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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