Reminder: Brake inspection week is Sept. 16-22
Are you ready?
The annual weeklong enforcement effort focused on the brakes of commercial motor vehicles is right around the corner. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week is Sept. 16-22. At that time enforcement personnel will conduct roadside inspections to identify and remove CMVs with brake violations. During Brake Safety Week, inspectors will primarily conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, which includes an examination of driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness, according to the CVSA.
Is technology the answer to make our roads safer?
Will fatigue-monitoring systems change hours-based regulations?
Dan Osterberg, formerly safety head with Schneider National estimates fatigue plays a part in 30 to 40 percent of high–severity truck–involved accidents. If he’s correct, nearly 1,500 of the annual truck–involved fatalities (4,317 in 2016) can be blamed at least in part on fatigued driving.
In March, former National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator Mark Rosekind said fatigue is a factor in 20 percent of crashes. This was based in part on a series of transportation disasters, only some involving trucks, investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.
April is National Distracted Driver Awareness Month
Distracted driving continues to be a leading problem on roadways in the United States. In 2015, 3,477 people were killed and 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. The use of electronic devices while driving continues to be the leading cause of distracted driving. The U.S. Department of Transportation is leading the effort across the nation to stop texting and cell phone use while operating a vehicle. Text messaging requires your visual, manual, and cognitive attention, making it “the most alarming distraction.”
New Illinois Laws 2018: Transportation and Vehicle Regulation
Review the new laws that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2018
Illinois recently updated existing laws and created several new laws regarding transportation. Here are a few new Illinois laws that could affect trucking in the state.
Operation Safe Driver Week Results
Driver behavior cited as critical reason behind crashes
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) recently published the results of Operation Safe Driver Week, Oct. 15-21, 2017. Enforcement personnel issued 59,193 warnings and citations to commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and passenger vehicle drivers for unsafe driving behaviors on our roadways.
Benefits of Adding Safety Technology to Large Trucks
AAA Study Reveals Truck Safety Technology Can Prevent 63,000 Crashes Each Year.
We found that AAA Foundation’s recent release of their truck safety study showed significant benefits for implementing safety technology such as;
- Video-Based Onboard Safety Monitoring Systems
- Lane Departure Warning Systems
- Automatic Emergency Braking Systems
- Air Disc Brakes
Below is a recap of what the study found.
FMCSA announces its national ELD implementation tour
Education campaign to help drivers transition to ELDs
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Monday its electronic logging device (ELD) Implementation National Tour – a public education and outreach campaign geared towards helping commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers transition to ELDs. Carriers must implement ELDs by Dec. 18.
The ELD Implementation National Tour will feature “subject matter experts leading driver-focused presentations and panel discussions on ELD implementation,” the agency said in its announcement
Tour stops include coming industry trade events with an interactive booth, where FMCSA staff members will answer questions and provide compliance-related materials and review drivers’ and carriers’ responsibilities.
Lessons from truck drivers
Students gain perspective & safety tips for driving around trucks
In a recent article featured in the Pocono Record Writer, career truck drivers shared their experience with high school students to give them a new perspective on sharing the roads with big rigs.
While sitting behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer, one 10th-grade student after looking at the mirrors said, “you can’t see anything with the mirrors.” Drivers pressed upon students that knowing the capabilities of tractor-trailers and how the big rigs operate can save your life and that of others.
Students received firsthand experience sitting behind the wheel of these large trucks. Most of us encounter a tractor-trailer on the road every day so it is essential to understand the limitations of these large trucks. Many high school students, as new drivers, can be intimidated by tractor-trailers. Programs like this help to familiarize students with driving around tractor-trailers and encourage good road safety behavior.
4 Benefits of ELDs
Tips on how to make ELDs work for you
Initially, many owner-operators were turned off by the idea of having ELDs installed in their trucks. But now, due to the FMCSA ELD rule that requires all trucking companies have to get ELDs installed by December 2017, there are advantages to moving to e-logs sooner rather than later. Here are 5 reasons to make the jump now.