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In March of last year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) joined together to issue a pre-ruling regarding individuals with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Many in the transportation industry regarded the maneuver as the first step for an eventual list of requirements for those dealing with OSA. As of […]

Every year truck drivers are hurt by loose freight that falls from trailers that hasn’t been secured. According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), shifting cargo is one of the events that cause the 500,000 accidents involving a commercial motor carrier every year. A driver can be seriously hurt when opening the doors of the […]

When it comes to commercial truck driving, safety is key. The purpose of the Hours of Service regulations are to keep everyone on the road safe and compliant. Chances are, you, or someone you know, has experienced fatigue while behind the wheel. Fatigue can lead to bad decisions and, potentially, serious, if not deadly, crashes. […]

There are many ways that commercial trucking companies can use technology to improve the safety of their fleets and lower their insurance costs. As technology continues to improve, opportunities can arise from the most unusual places. For example, some ELD apps can be used to decrease trucking insurance costs. Historical Data Used for Future Rates […]

Commercial motor vehicles are prone to run into overhead obstructions. Most professional drivers have had at least one incident where overhead obstructions were an issue. Here are 6 tips to help professional truck drivers avoid destructive situations related to height, overhead clearances and obstructions. Avoid trees and buildings Overhanging tree branches and building soffit areas […]

What does the future hold for humans if technology takes over the job of driving commercial freight trucks? Currently, autonomous driving technology requires a remote human driver. This remote work may be all that’s left for human drivers if robots take the wheel. As this technology unfolds, it’s going to be extraordinarily disruptive. Self-driving vehicles […]

There is no one size fits all approach to improving a fleet’s fuel efficiency. Fuel saving measures that work well for one fleet may produce middling results for another. The same holds true for software designed to help improve your fleet’s miles per gallon (MPG). There are numerous methods OEMs can utilize to improve fuel […]

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 […]