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Brake Safety Week Is Here!

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Brake Safety Week is in full swing! CVSA conducts this annual event to educate, inspect, and enforce brake safety regulations. The largest percentage of out-of-service vehicle violations that occur during roadside inspections relate to brake safety. Last year’s International Roadcheck underscored this safety issue, as the data showed that

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NHTSA New Safety Campaign Takes Aim at 5 Harrowing Speeding Statistics

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) kicked off a new safety campaign this summer to bring awareness to the dangers of speeding. The campaign aims to educate drivers and change how they think about speeding. COVID-19 catalyzed speeding into a national crisis, as fewer cars on the roads made it easier to drive at

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How to Reduce Risky Driving Behaviors with Campaign Strategies

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released a study examining the effectiveness of public outreach programs designed to improve highway safety. They analyzed the data from 80 studies to identify the correlation between high visibility enforcement (HVE) campaigns and measurable improvements in driver behaviors. The research focused on the primary risky behaviors contributing

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2021 Traffic Fatalities Reached a 16-Year High

Projections from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimate that nearly 43,000 people died in US vehicular traffic collisions in 2021—a 10.5% increase from 2020. It’s the highest number of fatalities since 2005 and the largest year-to-year increase since the inception of the Fatality Analysis Reporting System. Several fatality categories saw similar increases, including:

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Major Truck Recalls Over the Last 2 Months

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued several commercial vehicle recalls over the past two months after receiving safety reports from manufacturers. The affected vehicles may experience steering failure due to missing parts or mechanical failures. Missing Parts Causing Steering Failure R.H. Sheppard, a Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems subsidiary, filed a safety recall report

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What Are the 4 Vehicle Categories that Require a CDL to Operate?

Many people erroneously assume that the only people who need commercial driver licenses (CDLs) are those who drive large buses or tractor-trailers. Businesses need to familiarize themselves with the nuances of CDL requirements to avoid costly fines. Frequently, the weight of the vehicle dictates whether the driver needs a CDL. However, several other vehicle categories

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5 COVID Trends Influencing Fleet Services in 2022

Some of COVID’s effects on trucking are obvious, such as quarantining, masking, and social distancing. However, emerging trends highlight the unanticipated changes affecting how fleets operate. The following are several ways COVID continues to alter fleet services: Vehicle shortages. Supply chain shortages are making it difficult for fleets to replace vehicles. Microchip shortages are at

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4 Strategies to Prevent Fleet Fuel Theft

As diesel prices remain high, the elevated risk of fuel theft persists. Fuel is one of the largest operating costs for fleets, and trucking companies can’t afford to lose money to stolen diesel. Fuel theft can take several forms. Thieves may target unattended commercial vehicles, or employees may make unauthorized fuel purchases for personal use.

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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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