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Though federal regulations require drivers to inspect their trucks before starting their shift, some issues go unnoticed. This is because there are no standards for how long an inspection should take. A thorough pre-trip inspection should take at least half an hour. Shorter inspections can lead to overlooked problems. Overlooked Issues During Inspection Checks When […]

A critical element for improving fleet driver retention is to ensure drivers and dispatchers maintain a positive relationship. The relationship between dispatcher and driver is an important aspect of successful trucking. It’s vitally important that drivers and dispatchers understand their respective roles. Dispatchers and drivers have an essential relationship; the role the dispatchers play in […]

For more than fifty years, engine manufacturers have relied on the Jacobs’ Engine Brake, commonly called a “Jake Brake.” All Jake Brakes come fully integrated into the engine and are an essential component in slowing and controlling your big rig. The Jake Brake has made it significantly easier and safer to drive on a steep […]

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck is a 3-day event that will take place June 6-8, 2017. This year is the 30th annual anniversary of the enforcement event. Commercial vehicles are likely to be inspected at roadside way stations. The point of the International Roadcheck event is to keep everyone safe and, according […]

In the last two decades, air brakes have become standard equipment for semi trucks and trailers. Air brakes have a very high safety record, which is why they are standard on motor carrier vehicles. Improvements in technology and the increased numbers of fail-safes on air brakes have made them nearly fail-safe. The only failing on […]

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) is soliciting responses from commercial motor carrier drivers regarding several top industry issues. ATRI is using an online collection survey form that asks drivers for their viewpoints and opinions on such important topics as: transportation infrastructure (i.e. how bad is congestion and how do you think the U.S. should […]

Do you want your fleet business to reduce its materials handling costs? There are many behaviors and approaches you can use to help drive down the costs associated with handling materials. For example, managing your space adequately and preventing unnecessary damages are ways you can minimize budgetary losses and improve your bottom line. Materials handling […]

Safety is not a driving habit that happens without careful planning and training. Fleet managers need to establish safety as a core company value and develop a plan to ensure the safest drivers possible. Safety starts long before the driver gets behind the wheel as well. Adhering to rigorous standards during the hiring process provides […]

One of the most pressing problems in the trucking industry today is fatigued driving. In research conducted by The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), 52 percent of 107 single-vehicle accidents involving heavy trucks were fatigue-related; in nearly 18 percent of cases, the driver admitted to falling asleep. According to a 2014 presentation by the FMCSA using […]

A common question that people ask is the difference between a freight broker and a freight agent. A freight broker is someone that is licensed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) as a property broker / freight broker to broker freight. Freight brokers are responsible for managing shipments from Point A to Point […]