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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 […]

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 […]

Fleet safety is a major concern for motor carriers of all sizes. Whether your business operates one vehicle or 10,000, safety issues affect insurance costs, workplace morale, productivity, and your bottom line. Because of this, it is not surprising that the internet is inundated with articles dedicated to quick tips for improving safety. Unfortunately, reducing […]

Warmer weather means safer driving conditions. Truck drivers will no longer have to concern themselves with wintery driving conditions and making sure their tires are up to the challenge of traversing snow and ice. However, this does not mean tire maintenance is no longer a priority. Salt and winter grime buildup take their toll on […]

The leading cause of workplace fatalities in the U.S. are due to transportation-related accidents. In a report released December 16, 2016 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the total number of workplace fatalities reported in 2015 was 4,836. Of those, 2,054 – or 42 percent – were related to transportation incidences. Falls, trips or […]

Camera-based safety systems are a relatively new addition to the market of fleet safety performance tools. Such tools, also known as video recorder (VR) systems, are designed to improve the safety of truck drivers. Very few fleets are currently using this technology. Industry estimates suggest that only 6 percent of fleets are using video cameras […]

It is no secret that driving while impaired is dangerous and can have lethal consequences. In the past, impaired driving meant operating a vehicle while distracted or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, due to the ever-increasing number of fatigue-related accidents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) updated their definition of impaired […]