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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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]