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. […]

Brake Safety Day 2017: How to Pass Inspection

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Brake Safety Day lands on September 7th this year. The previously week-long campaign was condensed by the CVSA in 2017. The Sept. 7th blitz will be a follow-up to the unannounced brake inspection spree that occurred on May 3rd. During the surprise blitz, 9,524 inspections were conducted throughout the U.S. and Canada. The inspection led […]

5 Safety Documents Every Trucking Company Needs

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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 five samples of safety documents that every motor carrier should have accessible […]

5 Tips to Keep Your Truck Cool in the Summer

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It’s a 90 degree day in the middle of summer. You approach the rig you left parked in direct sunlight, and now you’re paying the consequences. Hot air, hot steering wheel, hot everything. While we can’t change the weather, we can offer a few recommendations to make your driving experience a bit more comfortable. Here […]

Trucking Safety Tip of the Month: Driver Fatigue

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Driver fatigue is experienced on the roadway every day. Based on data contained in the NHTSA’s 2013 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), there were 59 fatal crashes involving a large truck where the truck driver was coded as being “asleep or fatigued.” While these crashes only accounted for 1.7 percent of all large truck fatal […]

Top Questions: Deadheading vs. Backhauling

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In an effort to help those within the trucking industry better understand trucking insurance, Truck Writers publishes its Top Questions posts. These posts are inspired by real questions submitted through our Ask the Expert portal. This post will cover the difference between deadheading and backhauling. Deadheading vs. Backhauling Typically in trucking, the driver is hauling a load […]

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 […]