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December 11, 2017 - Industry News

Video Safety Tip: Understanding Traction Control

The National Safety Council explains the benefits of traction control and reveals the two driving situations when the feature should be turned off.

Tags: Winter Driving, National Safety Council, Driver Safety Tips, Safety

December 5, 2017 - Industry News

Ram ProMaster Recalled for Impact Sensors

Photo of Ram ProMaster courtesy of FCA.

The recall, set to begin Jan. 3, covers more than 3,500 vans in the 2018 model year.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Recalls, Air Bags, Ram ProMaster, NHTSA, 2018-MY, FCA, Safety

December 4, 2017 - Industry News

Video Safety Tip: Responding to a Traffic Break

The California Department of Motor Vehicles offers advice on how to respond to a traffic break.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Law Enforcement, Safety

November 27, 2017 - Industry News

Automotive Lift Institute Re-elects Schanze Chairman

Schanze

Stet Schanze of Gray Manufacturing Company from St. Joseph, Mo., was elected to a third term as chairman of the board of the trade association dedicated to vehicle lift safety.

Tags: Vehicle Lifts, Automotive Lift Institute, Board of Directors

November 27, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Guarding Against Wrong-Way Drivers

Each year, about 360 people in the U.S. die in wrong-way crashes. Here's advice on how to limit the risk.

November 22, 2017 - Industry News

Highway Deaths Responsible for Rise in Transportation Fatalities

Source: NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board has released data showing that 2,030 more people died in transportation accidents in 2016 than in 2015, with highway deaths accounting for 95% of all transportation fatalities.

Tags: NTSB, Highway Fatalities, Holiday Travel, Road Deaths

November 21, 2017 - Industry News

OOIDA Seeks to Exempt ‘Small-Business Truckers’ from ELD Rule

Photo: FMCSA

With the new electronic logging device mandate set to take effect in less than four weeks, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to issue a temporary but lengthy exemption to the new safety rule for “small-business truckers.”

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, ELD Mandate

November 20, 2017 - Industry News

Penske Offers Electronic Log App for Rented Trucks

Photo: Penske Truck Leasing

Penske Truck Leasing has introduced free to its commercial customers the new Penske Driver app to provide truck drivers with “easy Hours of Service functionality” to meet the electronic logging device mandate as well as other productivity tools.

Tags: Truck Rental, Penske Truck Leasing, HOS, ELD Mandate

November 20, 2017 - Industry News

Video Safety Tip: Urban Driving

Here's advice, provided by State Farm and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, on how to drive safely in central business districts in major cities.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Safety, State Farm

November 17, 2017 - Industry News

Highest Thanksgiving Day Travel Predicted in 12 Years

AAA projects that 45.5 million Americans (89% of travelers) are planning a road trip this Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Photo via Wikimedia/Minesweeper

AAA Travel projects that 50.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, an increase of 1.6 million travelers compared with last year. Car rental rates will hit a five-year holiday high at $70 per day.

Tags: AAA, Fuel Prices, Rental Rates, Holiday Travel, Thanksgiving

November 16, 2017 - Industry News

Chevrolet Silverado 3500, GMC Sierra 3500 Recalled

Photo of Chevrolet Silverado 3500 courtesy of Chevrolet.

The recall, which addresses a fuel-level sensor problem, covers nearly 35,300 2011-2015 trucks equipped with dual fuel tanks.

Tags: Chevrolet, 2011-MY, Chevrolet Silverado, 2012-MY, Recalls, 2013-MY, GMC Sierra, General Motors, GMC, 2014-MY, 2015-MY, Dual Fuel System, NHTSA, Large Pickups

November 15, 2017 - Industry News

ELD Violations Won't Count Against CSA Scores During Transition Period

Derek Barrs, Florida’s chief of commercial vehicle enforcement, asked for a show of hands among the state enforcement people in the room if they were ready for the ELD mandate. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Federal officials have taken another step to make the transition to mandatory electronic devices less painful. If drivers are cited at roadside for not complying with the ELD rule come the Dec. 18 deadline, the citation will be a “no points cite” that will not affect the Safety Measurement System that feeds into CSA scores – until April 1.

Tags: SMS, Enforcement, ELDs, FMCSA, CSA, ELD Mandate, Citations

November 14, 2017 - Industry News

Zonar Lists Top 10 Most Dangerous Roads for Truckers

Fleet management technology provider Zonar has created a graphic of the top 10 most dangerous roads in the U.S. for truck drivers, based on information from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Tags: Highway Safety, Zonar, U.S. DOT, Accidents, Holiday Driving, Driver Safety, Safety & Compliance

November 13, 2017 - Industry News

Seat Belt Use by Commercial Drivers Hits All-Time High

Seat belt use by truck and  bus drivers has risen to 86%, compared to 65% in 2007, according to FCMSA survey. Photo: IMMI

According to a survey conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 86% truck and bus drivers now regularly use their safety belts while driving.

Tags: Driver Safety, Seat Belts, U.S. DOT, FCMSA

November 13, 2017 - Industry News

Video Safety Tip: Winter Emergency Kits

With temperatures dropping and snowfall forecast for many areas, now is a great time for fleet drivers to make sure their winter emergency kit is fully replenished and onboard.

Tags: Winter Driving, Driver Safety Tips, Emergency Kits, Safety, First-Aid Kits

November 10, 2017 - Industry News

DOT Changing Drug Testing to Address Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Image: U.S. Dept. of Transportation

The Department of Transportation plans to add four prescription opioids – hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone and oxycodone – to the existing DOT drug-testing panel for screening truck drivers and other "safety-sensitive" transportation workers. This final rule is to take effect on Jan. 1.

Tags: Drug Testing, Drugged Driving, U.S. DOT, Opioids, Drivers, Safety & Compliance

November 9, 2017 - Press Release

Driving Dynamics Offers Mobile-Based Driving Lessons

Driving Dynamics has begun offering a new learning management system called DrivActiv that's optimized for mobile devices, according to the company.

Tags: Drivers, Training, Driving Dynamics

November 8, 2017 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Metris Recalled for Wheel Bearings

Photo of Mercedes-Benz Metris courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

The recall, issued to address a wheel detachment risk, covers 109 vans in the 2017 model year.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Recalls, Daimler, NHTSA, 2017-MY, Mercedes-Benz Metris, Vans

November 6, 2017 - Industry News

Video Safety Tip: Driving in Snow

It's that time of year again. A number of areas have already seen the first snowfall of the season. AAA offers advice for driving in wintry conditions.

Tags: Winter Driving, AAA, Driver Safety Tips, Safety

November 3, 2017 - Press Release

Utility Contractor Works 2.5M Hours Without a Lost Time Accident

The service provider achieved a safety-performance milestone when it recently exceeded 2.5 million man hours without a lost time incident

Tags: Utility Fleets, Safety

November 2, 2017 - Press Release

Terminix Implements Azuga Safety Tech in Fleet

Photo courtesy of Azuga.

Terminix Service Inc. has installed Azuga safety technology in over 300 fleet vehicles to improve fleet safety management and encourage safe driving behaviors.

Tags: Pest Control Fleets, Azuga, Safety, Telematics

November 2, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA to Tap Louisiana's Gautreaux as Deputy Administrator

Cathy Gautreaux Photo: Louisiana Motor Transport Association

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is expected to soon name Louisiana Motor Transport Association Executive Director Cathy Gautreaux as the agency’s next deputy administrator, according to an industry source.

Tags: FMCSA, Louisiana Motor Transport Association, People

November 2, 2017 - Industry News

CEI Group Brings Back Wysseier as President, CEO

Wysseier

John Wysseier has returned to The CEI Group as president and chief executive officer more than a decade after he departed the collision management company, the company has announced.

Tags: C-Suite, Element Fleet Management, Safety, New Hire, CEI Group

October 29, 2017 - Industry News

Video Safety Tip: Precautions for Halloween

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Here's safety advice, provided by AAA Exchange, to help keep motorists and trick-or-treaters safe on Tuesday night.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Safety, AAA

October 27, 2017 - Product News

Zonar Coach Offers Real-Time In-Cab Coaching

Photo courtesy of Zonar.

Zonar has introduced Coach, a video-based coaching solution designed to improve commercial vehicle safety, efficiency and compliance, the company announced.

Tags: Zonar, Video Event Recorders, Driver Coaching, Drivers, Safety

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