5 Steps for Trucking Companies Toward a Better Safety Culture

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Many companies complain about high insurance costs, particularly workers compensation. However, investments of time and money into safety and loss control programs can pay off in the long run. Some trucking companies choose to rely on their occupational accident coverage, instead of investing in work comp insurance. However, the decision of whether or not to […]

Top Questions: When and How to Use DataQs

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Have you received a wrongful out-of-service violation? How about an incorrectly assigned crash? If so, DataQs is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) online system where you can request a review of FMCSA-issued data. Getting Started with DataQs First, it is important to know that DataQs is an online portal. The portal recognizes four levels of […]

Minnesota Truck Parking Assessment System

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The Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota published its final report on truck parking availability systems in January 2017. Truck Parking Background Truck parking can become a major safety concern when the driver lacks timely information on where there is available parking. Without this information, the driver is forced to decide between either […]

Trucking Safety Tip of the Month: Speeding

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Welcome to the second post in our 2017 blog series, Trucking Safety Tip of the Month. Last month, we touched on size regulations within the trucking industry. This month, we will discuss speed and the role it plays in traffic accidents. Speeding and Stopping Distance Did you know that a semi-truck takes about 535 feet to come […]

Trucking Safety Tip of the Month: Size Regulations

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Truck Writers recognizes that roughly 80 percent of crashes involving a truck are caused by passenger vehicles. However, as our country works toward zero deaths, we need to work on also eliminating the other 20 percent. That’s why our 2017 blog series will be Trucking Safety Tip of the Month. Once a month we will provide a new […]

Final Rule: Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

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The FMCSA and DOT published the Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse rule on December 5, 2016. The final rule was mandated by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). It seeks to improve safety by identifying CMV drivers who have committed drug and alcohol violations that render them ineligible […]

How to Protect Your Truck from a Winter Freeze

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High winds, icy roads and below zero temperatures—driving a truck during a Midwestern winter isn’t easy. There is enough to worry about on the road, so why start your day scraping frost from your windshield? While we can’t stop Mother Nature, we can offer some tips for preparing your rig for an overnight freeze. Prevention: Cover your windshield wipers […]

3 Ways to Maximize Your MPG this Winter

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When it comes to winter, you’re just not driving as many miles between fill-ups compared to the summer. Refiners of both gasoline and diesel fuel must change the composition in order to ensure your fuel doesn’t turn to gel. This results in a change in the fuels, which means less mpg for you and your vehicle. Here […]