“Don’t Be That Driver.” | National Work Zone Awareness Week

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In 2014, 669 deaths occurred in roadway work zones. Today is the first day of National Work Zone Awareness Week (April 11-15). This week is held to bring national attention to motorist and worker safety in work zones. The initiative began in 1999, and this year’s theme is “Don’t Be That Driver.” According to the […]

What’s in Store for the Transportation Industry in 2016

What’s in store for the transportation industry in 2016? Experts seem to agree to disagree on how infrastructure, regulation and security will impact commercial fleets. Here are the top five predictions for 2016. Driver Shortage Will Continue: Fixing the driver shortage will take time, and there is no quick fix for 2016. Few new drivers, […]

I-35E HOV Lane Laws Cause Concern Among Truckers

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On January 4th, Minnesota’s I-35E HOV lanes opened to traffic. Unlike most cities, tractor-trailers can use the lanes as long as two people are visible in the cab. The required visibility of two individuals worried team truck drivers since the two alternate between driving and sleeping, meaning only one driver would typically be visible in the cab since […]

Alcohol, Speeding and Distractions Cause Most Trucking Fatalities

With 2015 vehicle fatalities up from 2014, commercial fleet owners need to determine and resolve potential safety issues within the organization. National studies have shown that most vehicle fatalities are caused by impaired driving, speeding and distracted driving. Distracted Driving Issues Commercial fleets that have installed safety monitoring equipment have discovered some common issues when […]

Wireless Roadside Inspections Promise Productivity Gains for Carriers

Carriers could achieve substantial productivity gains and fuel savings if all goes as hoped in a long-awaited field test of a wireless roadside inspection (WRI) system to be conducted in five southern states starting this December. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will engage 1,000 commercial trucks and buses in the test, which is […]

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 […]

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 […]