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 […]

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 […]

New FMCSA Beyond Compliance Initiative – Now Open to Public Comment

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a request for public comment on its exploratory initiative to find ways to reward carriers who deploy safety technologies or implement safety programs that exceed regulatory requirements. In an April 23 Federal Register posting, FMCSA asked stakeholders to answer specific questions and offer any supporting data the […]

Trucking Workers’ Compensation: Controlling Your Ex Mod

Workers’ compensation costs play a role in any trucking business. These costs can prove substantial, and often seem uncontrollable. But this is actually not the case. Workers’ compensation costs are assessed based in large part upon a company’s experience modification factor. This is the multiplier applied to the standard policy rate for your business size, […]

Controlling Costs and Risk with Improved Fleet Safety Practices

Most commercial operators are aware of the fact that distractions while driving lead to an increased accident rate. Additionally, the consequences of an accident are understood by most transportation professionals. But many commercial operators forget the challenges and potentially high costs associated with distracted driving, including fines, penalties, and contribution to accident rate. With the […]

Investing in Technology is a Smart Move

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Minnesota Trucking Association’s annual Safety Conference and was struck by how Con-Way Freight has effectively leveraged technology to vastly improve their safety record and fuel consumption. The three things that stood out the most to me were their use of EOBR’s, collision avoidance systems and truck […]