6 Persistent Safety Trends That Increase Trucking Risks

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6 Persistent Safety Trends That Increase Trucking Risks

The pandemic had an initial stalling effect on truck fatalities from 2019 to 2020. Fewer people were driving, and many remained indoors due to shelter-in-place requirements. However, as the pandemic drudged on, e-commerce activity increased exponentially. Truck drivers had to keep up with customer expectations and deliver emergency relief supplies while adhering to their hours

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3 CDLs That Require Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT)

The FMCSA completed the last step of its initiative to implement new training standards for entry-level truck drivers seeking a CDL. FMCSA designed the Training Provider Registry to improve roadway safety, an online database of registered instructors that meet federal training requirements. The database also includes a compilation of all entry-level truck drivers who have

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How to Calculate Trucking Telematics ROI

Trucking companies can use telematics to improve several areas of fleet management. Telematics can help reduce fuel costs, lower insurance rates, improve safety, and manage maintenance proactively. Trucking companies need to document their returns to understand what they’re getting out of their investment. The following are several steps to understanding the true value of telematics

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What Truckers Need to Know About New Distracted Driving Laws

Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of collisions in the trucking industry. Most people think of distracted driving as talking on the phone, texting, eating, and drinking. While these qualify as distractions, other seemingly benign behaviors can divert a truck driver’s attention from the road. Using a GPS, chatting with passengers, adjusting

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How to Protect Your Fleet from New COVID Trends

The pandemic changed how trucking companies conduct business. Some of these changes are obvious, such as wearing masks, social distancing, and enhanced cleaning protocols. However, COVID has influenced the trucking industry in several unanticipated ways. Here are the COVID-driven trends affecting fleet operations: Vehicle Shortages and Increased Repair Costs All industries are feeling the sting

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What Fleets Need to Know About CVSA’s 2022 International Roadcheck

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) conducts a 72-hour commercial motor vehicle (CMV) inspection every year. The goal is to inspect vehicles, enforce regulatory compliance, and educate commercial drivers about driver and vehicle safety. The International Roadcheck is the largest program of its kind. Enforcement officials inspected over 40,000 CMVs during the 2021 roadcheck. CVSA

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How to Manage Inattentional Blindness in Your Fleet

Trucking and safety experts agree that distracted driving is one of the most risky behaviors for professional truck drivers. Distracted driving causes avoidable accidents, injuries, and deaths. Even people outside of the vehicles aren’t safe, as one out of every five deaths caused by distracted driving isn’t someone behind the wheel. They are pedestrians, cyclists,

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What New and Evolving Challenges Are Fleets Facing in the Wake of COVID?

The pandemic forced fleets to reconsider their existing safety practices as they encountered new and evolving challenges. For instance, drivers may opt to ride solo rather than as a duo. Even if drivers travel alone, they still have to perform enhanced sanitization for shared fleet vehicles. Here are several evolving issues affecting fleets: Safety training.

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5 Winter Weather Safety Strategies for Truck Drivers

With the holidays in full swing, fleets have several safety concerns to manage while their drivers are on the roads. Increased holiday traffic, extended service lives for commercial vehicles, and wintry weather conditions increase truck drivers’ risk until spring. Truck drivers need to take extra precautions to optimize safety during the winter months. Here are

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