The Promise of Autonomous Trucks

Nevada’s Department of Motor Vehicles has cleared  Daimler Trucks North America to operate the first licensed autonomous commercial truck on a U.S. public highway. Heralding a new era of reduced accidents and lowered fuel consumption, Daimler’s introduction of the Freightliner “Inspiration Truck” raises a host of questions that drivers, fleet managers, and insurers will some […]

Transportation Hiring Practices: Driver Shortages and Female Operators

In August, the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent—the lowest since April 2008—when employers added 173,000 jobs. However, that percentage could be even lower. Today, there are many, albeit it too many, driver positions open within the trucking industry. In fact, the Driver Shortage category  rose to the 2nd place ranking in the American […]

Fuel Efficiency Best Practices for Transportation Professionals

There are many ways to achieve improved fuel efficiency, as an individual driver, and as an organization. Here are some of our top tips to help you get started: Clean air filters helps vehicles consume less fuel Proper engine maintenance is another great way to reduce fuel consumption Maintain proper tire pressure to increase vehicle […]

Heavily Debated Trucking Industry Hours-of-Service Regulations Under Review

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is currently reviewing the hours-of-service rules that were established in 1995 by the defunct Interstate Commerce Commission. FHWA has made it clear that they are assessing the regulations based on motor carrier efficiency and productivity as well as safety of motor carriers. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety agrees that […]

Truck Driver Training a Critical Strategy for Driver Retention

Ensuring that fleet drivers have completed baseline driver training program is an important strategy for reducing driver incidences as well as retaining drivers long-term. A well-designed employer training program ensures that companies are clearly communicating their expectations as a baseline for future performance evaluations. There are many resources available to companies who are developing their […]

Take the Time to Recognize the Unsung Heroes of the Road

Millions of trucks and their drivers travel across the country to deliver essential goods and services. Everyone depends on trucks to deliver food, medicine, office supplies, technology, and a zillion other products that we use every day. Most Americans don’t consider the important role truck drivers play in their lives until a catastrophe or severe […]

New Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Rules Will Reduce Pollution and Save Money

Administrators of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced their proposal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and extend fuel economy in the commercial trucking industry. The regulations would apply to 2021 to 2027 model trucks and tractors and 2018 to 2027 MY trailers; separate rules for engines […]

Research Pinpoints Semi Truck Rollover Locations in the U.S.

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has released a comprehensive report that identifies the locations throughout the United States that have the highest number of truck rollovers. The information was gleaned from more than 50,000 crash records from a 9 year period (from 2001-2009.) The information was gleaned and then entered into a database based […]

Trucking Industry Improvements Need to Consider Industry Divisions and Variances

The trucking industry is the central nervous system of America’s economy; without a highly functioning national freight system U.S. commerce would come to a standstill. Over 85% of domestic cargo is shipped by the commercial truck drivers; even other means of transportation (i.e. air, railroad and seaport) all depend on trucks to provide access to […]