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 […]

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 […]

New Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Rules Will Reduce Pollution and Save Money

Administrators of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced their proposal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and extend fuel economy in the commercial trucking industry. The regulations would apply to 2021 to 2027 model trucks and tractors and 2018 to 2027 MY trailers; separate rules for engines […]

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 […]

Health Care Access Important for Truck Drivers in America

Long-haul trucking is one of the highest-risk occupations in the United States (US Dept. of Labor.) Truck drivers often experience a great deal of on-the-job stress which places them at-risk for social, psychological and psychiatric issues such as depression, substance abuse, risky sexual behaviors and even suicide. Occupational stress is even higher for truck drivers […]

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 […]