11 Tips for a Safer Trucking Operation

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The number of people killed in crashes involving medium- and heavy-duty trucks in 2016 increased by 57 over the previous year, according to data released by the National Transportation Safety Board. For the last year, our Trucking Safety Tip of the Month series aimed to help educate those within and outside of the trucking industry about […]

Minnesota State Freight Investment Plan 2017

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On November 9, 2017, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) began taking public comments on the state’s Freight Investment Plan. The investment plan identifies $99 million in freight capital improvement projects, using funds from the FAST Act. FAST Act In short, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act was signed into law on December 4, […]

Trucking Safety Tip of the Month: Cargo Theft

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In 2016, there were 1,614 incidents of cargo theft, heavy commercial vehicle theft, and supply chain fraud in the United States. This month’s Trucking Safety Tip of the Month post aims to educate the trucking community on the pervasiveness of cargo theft and how to prevent it. 5 Steps Toward Preventing Cargo Theft According to […]

Top Policies for Running a Safe Trucking Operation

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We have said it before, and we will say it again: A safe trucking business is a profitable trucking business. For any trucking operation, it is important to provide employees with materials that enhance your business’ safety culture. Not only will this keep costs down, but it will help keep employees safe. Here are a […]

How to Prepare for Operation Safe Driver Week 2017

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The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) started Operation Safe Driver Week in an effort to help reduce the number of crashes, fatalities and injuries attributed to unsafe driving behaviors. This year, Operation Safe Driver Week is happening October 15-21. 2016 Operation Safe Driver Week Results In 2016, CMV safety enforcement officials issued warnings or citations to […]

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week: 2016 Trucking Industry Contributions

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Today marks the middle of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (NTDAW) 2017. While it’s quite hard to fathom everything truck drivers do for our country, this post is going to try to illustrate the trucking industry’s impact on our economy. 2016 Trucking Statistics The American Trucking Association released its ATA American Trucking Trends 2017 in mid-August. […]

Trucking Safety Tip of the Month: Inadequate Evasive Action

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According to the Large Truck Crash Causation Study, 14 percent of large-truck crashes occurred when CMV drivers failed to execute an evasive action. At Truck Writers, we realize 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 […]

2017 International Roadcheck: The Results

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The results are in for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 2017 International Roadcheck. The 30th annual roadcheck took place June 6-8, 2017. 2017 International Roadcheck Results During the 72-hour period, approximately 62,000 driver and vehicle safety inspections on large trucks and buses were conducted. Of those inspected, 19.4 percent of vehicles were placed out […]

Accidents Happen: How to Prepare Your Drivers

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Your drivers are well-trained professionals, but what about everyone else on the road? This post focuses on why it’s important to provide your drivers with the necessary tools in the event of a crash. DOT Reportable Accidents: What to Tell Your Drivers A DOT reportable accident is one where a fatality occurred, a vehicle was towed […]

Trucking Safety Tip of the Month: Unfamiliar Roadways

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According to the Large Truck Crash Causation Study, 22 percent of large-truck crashes occurred when CMV drivers were on unfamiliar roadways. 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. […]