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.
Truck Driver Self-evaluation
Trucker driving competency do’s and don’ts
For many veteran truck drivers and experienced owner-operators who have been around trucking all their lives, this may seem second nature to them. For others who are just starting out, truck driving is not as easy as it looks. Here are some do’s and don’ts for truck drivers.
Road Safety A Big Concern Among Truckers
More than 54,000 U.S. bridges listed as ‘structurally deficient’
The US can no longer afford to push infrastructure repair down the road. The condition of our roads and bridges are in desperate need of repair in order to maintain safety and adequate traffic flow that fuels our economy. While the number of vehicles on the roads have steadily increased over past decades, sufficient maintenance of those roads has not.
THE MOST DANGEROUS ROADS FOR TRUCKERS
What makes a road dangerous for truck drivers?
While truck accidents can (and do) happen anywhere, some stretches of road are more dangerous than others. Heavy traffic, poor design, bad weather, steep hills, low visibility, high (or varying) speeds, poor signage, distracted drivers and an uneven surface can all contribute to making an interstate or state route dangerous.
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.
Ending Alcohol and Drug Impairment
The National Transporation Safety Board (NTSB) recently published some findings and potential solutions to help end alcohol and other drug impairment in transportation. Here is what they found:
Did you know that more than 90 percent of transportation-related deaths each year occur on our roadways? In a 2016 AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety report, an estimated 14.0 percent of drivers drove with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) close to or over the legal limit in the previous year, and 4.6 percent drove within an hour of using marijuana. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), alcohol-impaired driving fatalities (in which at least one driver had a BAC of .08 g/dL or greater) increased by 3.2 percent, from 9,943 in 2014 to 10,265 in 2015.
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.
Road safety is a top concern among truck drivers.
Truck drivers led all occupations in workplace fatalities in 2015.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ annual Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers had the most workplace fatalities of all occupations in 2015. In total, heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers had 745 fatal work injuries during the year. Roadway fatalities were up 9 percent in 2015 over 2014 to 1,264 fatal work injuries, and 629 of these fatalities involved a semi, tractor-trailer or tanker truck, the report states. The number of workplace fatalities in 2015 was the highest since 2008.
How cameras are changing the trucking industry
Dashboard cameras have been around for some time and have proven to be very important in regards to safety. They are often used to document accidents and help law enforcement to identify the cause of an accident. More often than not it has been used to vindicate truck drivers involved in accidents showing the erratic and dangerous maneuvers of other drivers on the road. Now, the use of cameras has been expanded to provide drivers with more real-time tools such as SmartDrive cameras that allow for 360 degrees view around your truck while on the road, when parking or having to maneuver in tight spaces.