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 […]

Trucking Safety Tip of the Month: Inadequate Surveillance

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The results of the Large Truck Crash Causation Study indicate that roughly 14 percent of large-truck crashes occur due to commercial motor vehicle drivers’ inadequate surveillance. 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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Prepare for Operation Safe Driver Week 2016

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The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver Week will be during the week of October 16-22, 2016. The week is dedicated to spotlighting unsafe driving behaviors by both commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and passenger vehicle drivers. 2015 Operation Safe Driver Week Results In 2015, law enforcement officers pulled over 21,012 CMV drivers and […]

CVSA Focusing on Tire Safety in 2016

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Since its inception in 1988, roadside inspections conducted during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck have numbered more than 1.4 million. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s 29th annual roadcheck will take place June 7-9, 2016. During this 72-hour period, approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial and federal inspectors in jurisdictions across North America […]

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 […]

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 […]