Todd Dills

A corrective to ‘bubble-wrapped’ driving syndrome

A tip from Mustang's Trucking -- don't try to read a book while going down the road -- applicable whether your truck is "bubble-wrapped" with auto-braking and lane-departure-warning tech or not ...

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Some states aren’t enforcing the ELD mandate yet simply because they can’t

Some states won’t be writing citations or tickets for non compliance with the ELD mandate because, legally, they can’t.

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Fuel prices, post-ELD pressure sustain elevated rate picture on spot market

Rising fuel costs, topping $3/gal. nationally in recent weeks, have added pressure on freight rates, slowing their seasonal decline a bit. But the bigger story remains a capacity crunch that’s put truckers in the driver's seat on rates, partly a result of proliferating ELDs.

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ELD mandate meets reality

Increasingly, mandated ELDs are highlighting inadequacies of the hours of service rule. But "rules are rules," note watchers. Regarding the wiggle room that drivers enjoyed with paper logs, there is no quick tweaking of hours today in the cards that would restore that unofficial flexibility.

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New NAIT disability insurance plan

Most drivers, NAIT notes, operate their business without disability today, yet the probability of having a long-term disability is between  1 in 3 and 1 in 4 workers in America.

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Cooking in-cab: A few slow-cooker recipes to get you running

Herein a few "winter warmers" from the folks at the RoadPro family of brands, whose products include a slow cooker that will operate on 12-volt power in-cab -- running with an inverter, other slow cookers are possible. Any in-cab cookers here? Share your tips with those new to the art.

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Grassroots advocacy, redux — more on last week’s meetings in Congressional offices

Talking with Va.-based HHG-hauling owner-operator Dave McCauley about the meeting he initiated with Senator Ted Cruz, attended by truckers from different groups and locales -- he urges drivers to do similar: "Go talk to these people. They put their pants on the same way we do in the morning."

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Tax-reform Q&A: ATBS e-book, recent webinar on principle considerations for owner-ops

Answering some key questions on the tax-reform legislation with ATBS President Todd Amen, who conducted a webinar earlier this week for owner-operators. An associated e-book available from the business services firm offers further detail.

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California ‘clean trucks’ model creeping toward ports in Washington state

Efforts are in place at Pacific Northwest-area ports to ban pre-2007 trucks, potentially as soon as this April. Drivers serving the ports have announced opposition and protest efforts.

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Profit — what this trucking thing is all about: A new, simple freight-bid calculator app

In the latest Overdrive Radio podcast, small fleet owner Scott Jordan intros the ICG ProfitCalc app for Android/iOS, a freight bidding app that allows users to input their own annual cost projections as a benchmark for load-by-load rate calculations, per-mile and per-hour, to ensure a chosen profit margin.

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