Fitting for a band that is partly named for a trucking magazine (Overdrive
), this song is about a trucker making a haul. Written by drummer Robbie Bachman and bass player Fred Turner (who sang lead), the song tapped into the '70s fascination with trucking culture. A year later, C.W. McCall scored a US #1 with the similarly themed "Convoy
." Unlike McCall's song, "Roll On Down the Highway" is pure rock, employing a heavy sound for the song about the big rig.