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Todd Dills

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.

Big safety fail: Get a load of this billboard

| August 05, 2012

This comes by way of the Facebook page for the Big Road app (shared from that of CDLLife.com), which I wrote about yesterday. Anti-texting billboards are probably the wrong place for invitations to text for more ...

New BigRoad app offers hours, nav, messaging

| August 04, 2012

BigRoad's driver/owner-operator smartphone app for Android offers log capability, messaging, navigation/maps and other functionality, such as the ability to send and receive documents from within the app.

Hours, EOBRs: Adapt or fight?

| August 03, 2012

Owner-operators' No. 2 named challenge, the unsettled nature of the hours of service regulations and a potential electronic logs mandate, has moved some to embrace change, others to fight for fairness.

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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