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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently updated their guidelines to protect vehicles from cyber-attacks. These updates focus on proactive ways to improve cybersecurity. Cybersecurity is a major safety concern and can damage motor carriers’ businesses if ignored. Many trucking companies think of workplace safety as following federal safety regulations, performing proper vehicle maintenance, […]

Malcolm McLean started his trucking company during the Great Depression as a way to help his family survive. He was a resourceful man that quickly grew his one-man operation to a thriving business by 1940. He continued to grow his fleet to over 1700 trucks and sold his business for $12 million in the mid […]

New federal mandates call for more breaks for truck drivers. The goal is to improve safety by reducing drowsiness while on the road. However, increasing breaks helps one safety issue while hindering another. More breaks mean more stops, and this casts a glaring light on the lack of truck parking. Safe parking has long been […]

Large trucking companies have had to reduce their fleets in response to diminishing demand for ground transportation, according to the Wall Street Journal. It is hoped that the holidays will regain the lost momentum as retail stores and distribution centers call for trucking services. The reduced demand for ground transportation services has increased rates for […]

If you are not already experiencing winter driving conditions on your routes, cold weather hazards will soon be upon us. The early days of winter driving season are often the most treacherous of all because many drivers on the road are not prepared. Now is the time for fleets to prepare their drivers and equipment […]

It’s easy to underestimate the hazards involved when refueling a diesel truck or other piece of equipment. Personal injury or property damage can occur during fueling operations. Careless refueling can cause burns, fires or explosions. Diesel is a hazardous substance that has the potential for leaks and spills. It is important to exercise environmental precautions […]

Cargo theft is an extensive and growing problem that affects consumers and businesses alike. Cargo theft poses a real threat to our country’s economy and national security. The FBI estimates that the annual cost of cargo theft is between $15 – $30 billion in the United States. Cargo thieves are sophisticated, organized and often trained […]

Several major motor carrier fleets in the U.S. are seeking permission from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)  to use hair-testing techniques instead of urinalysis to comply with pre-employment drug testing regulations for truck drivers. The petitioners are Maverick Transportation, Knight Transportation, J.B. Hunt Transport Services and Dupre Logistics as well as two other […]

Imagine your truck’s high horsepower engine automatically senses you no longer need power to the drivetrain and reduces power to just the cab and sleeper? Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) for trucks do just that – they capture energy produced by the engine’s alternator and store it in an independent AGM battery bank. Then, when the […]

Sleep apnea is a major public health issue and an important issue for the commercial trucking industry. Many stakeholders maintain that driver testing should be mandated because severe sleep apnea poses a risk to the public in the form of traffic injuries and fatalities due to crashes. Almost one-third (28 percent) of commercial truck drivers […]