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October 20, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Reminders for the Time Change

Photo by Xnatedawgx/Wikimedia Commons.

Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, Nov. 5. Here's some night driving advice from the National Safety Council and the National Sleep Foundation.

Tags: Drowsy Driving, Driver Safety Tips, Safety, Night Driving

October 20, 2017 - Industry News

Ford F-150 Named IIHS Top Safety Pick

Photo of 2018 Ford F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Thanks to optional automatic braking, the pickup truck now qualifies for the prestigious award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Tags: Ford F-150, IIHS, Crash Tests, IIHS Top Safety Pick, Headlights, Ford, Automatic Braking, Large Pickups, 2018-MY

October 20, 2017 - Industry News

Ryder Adds DriveCam to 4,400 Trucks

Image courtesy of Ryder and Lytx

Ryder System, Inc. announced its partnership with Lytx and the implementation of DriveCam into 4,400 Ryder vehicles supporting its Supply Chain Solutions (SCS) and Dedicated Transportation Solutions (DTS) business divisions.

Tags: DriveCam, Accident Management, Lytx, Ryder

October 18, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Recalls 1.3M Trucks for Door Latches

Photo of Ford F-150 courtesy of Ford.

The recall affects more than 1.3 million 2015-2017 trucks in North America, including 1.1 million in the U.S.

Tags: Ford F-150, Recalls, Ford, 2015-MY, Large Pickups, 2016-MY, 2017-MY, Ford Super Duty, Safety

October 16, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Avoiding Crashes in Parking Lots

AAA offers advice on how to stay safe and avoid collisions in parking lots.

Tags: AAA, Parking, Vehicle Damage, Driver Safety Tips, Safety

October 16, 2017 - Industry News

Smithfield Foods Reduces Accidents with SmartDrive

Photo courtesy of Smithfield and SmartDrive

SmartDrive Systems announced that Smithfield Foods, Inc. has deployed the SmartDrive video-based safety program across its entire fleet of nearly 600 Armour and Eckrich branded refrigerated box trucks following a competitive review and pilot program.

Tags: Accident Management, SmartDrive Systems, Food and Beverage Fleets, Smithfield Foods

October 16, 2017 - Industry News

NTEA Produces New Training Course

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NTEA has produced Truck Equipment 101, a training program covering all aspects of work trucks and the industry — from chassis and powertrains to bodies and cab styles.

Tags: Upfitting, NTEA, Training, Continuing Education, Truck-Mounted Equipment

October 13, 2017 - Industry News

Coca-Cola Adds Lytx DriveCam Video Safety System

Photo: Lytx

Coca-Cola Consolidated implemented the program at three company locations, involving 200 drivers and 115 vehicle assets.

Tags: Coca-Cola, Video Event Recorders, Lytx, In-Vehicle Video

October 11, 2017 - Industry News

DHL to Deploy Electric, Autonomous Delivery Trucks in Germany

Photo courtesy of ZF.

ZF and DHL plan to deploy a fleet of electric, autonomous vehicles as early as next year in real-world delivery operations.

Tags: DHL, ZF, Last Mile Delivery, Autonomous Vehicles, Global, Delivery Fleets, Germany

October 10, 2017 - Industry News

FMSCA to Exempt Short-Term Truck Rentals from ELD Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is expected to announce on Oct. 11 that it will grant an exemption from being required to use an electronic logging device to “all drivers of property-carrying commercial motor vehicles rented for eight days or less, regardless of reason.”

Tags: TRALA, ELD, ELD Mandate

October 10, 2017 - Industry News

U.S. Road Deaths Rise 5.6% in 2016

Photo by Djmaschek/Wikimedia Commons.

Speeding, alcohol impairment and failure to buckle up contribute to the disturbing trend, according to newly released data from NHTSA.

Tags: Drunk Driving, Seat Belts, Pedestrian Safety, Speeding, Motorcycles, NHTSA, Road Deaths

October 9, 2017 - Industry News

Sprinter Vans Recalled for Fire Risk

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

The recall covers 109 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans in the 2016 model year.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Fire, Recalls, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Daimler, NHTSA, Safety, 2016-MY

October 9, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Vehicle Fire Prevention and Response

A tow truck operator prepares to tow away a fire-damaged car from a California freeway. Automotive Fleet photo.

State Farm offers advice on how to spot warning signs of vehicle fire risk, and the National Safety Council provides tips on what to do if a fire starts while you're driving.

Tags: Fire, Driver Safety Tips, Safety

October 2, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Warning Motorists After a Breakdown

The Kentucky State Police and AAA offer advice on what measures a driver should take to warn other motorists after a vehicle breakdown.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Safety

September 27, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Recalls F-650, F-750 Trucks for Steering

Image courtesy of NHTSA.

The safety recall covers 77 work trucks in the 2015 model year.

Tags: Recalls, Ford, Ford F-650, Ford F-750, 2015-MY, Safety, Steering

September 27, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Pickups for Seat Belts, Roofs

Photo of Ford F-150 courtesy of Ford.

The manufacturer issues two separate recalls, the largest of which covers 504 2017 Ford F-150 and Super Duty trucks in the U.S.

Tags: Ford F-150, Seat Belts, Recalls, Ford, Large Pickups, 2017-MY, Ford Super Duty, Safety

September 26, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Awards Over $70M in Grants For Commercial Vehicle Safety

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has awarded more than $70 million in grants and educational institutions to enhance commercial motor vehicle safety.

Tags: FMCSA, Grant Funding, Federal Grants

September 25, 2017 - Product News

Lytx Offers Enhanced Video Safety System

Photo courtesy of Lytx.

Lytx will begin offering an enhanced video monitoring system for commercial and government fleets that provides additional capability over its DriveCam product, the company has announced.

Tags: Video Event Recorders, Lytx, In-Vehicle Video

September 24, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Driving in Rain or Fog

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation offers some practical advice for driving in the rain or fog.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Weather, Safety, Massachusetts DOT

September 22, 2017 - Industry News

AAA Report Underscores Benefits of High-Tech Truck Safety Advances

Photo: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is recommending that all large trucks— both new and existing ones— be equipped with what it considers to be “cost-effective technologies that improve safety for everyone on the road.”

Tags: AAA

September 18, 2017 - Press Release

SmartDrive Recognizes Safe Driver Improvement

SmartDrive Systems recentlhy recognized the most improved truck drivers across its database of thousands of drivers from hundreds of companies.

Tags: Driver Safety, SmartDrive Systems, National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

September 18, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Avoiding a Rear-End Crash

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation offers advice on how to maintain a safe distance from other vehicles and decrease the chances of being involved in a rear-end crash.

Tags: Wisconsin, Driver Safety Tips, Safety

September 13, 2017 - Industry News

Senate Panel Hears Pros and Cons of Autonomous Trucks

ATA chief Chris Spear testifying on autonomous truck technology to Senate panel on Sept. 13. Photo: ATA, via Twitter

While the House has already passed a bill that could help bring self-driving cars to market faster, a Senate panel is taking a more deliberative approach by considering whether such legislation should also help foster the development of autonomous truck technologies.

Tags: U.S. Senate, Autonomous Vehicles

September 11, 2017 - Industry News

Senate to Hold Hearing on Automated Trucks

Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) at a U.S. Senate Commerce Committee hearing. Photo: Office of Sen. John Thune

On Sept. 13, Sen. John Thune of South Dakota will convene a hearing to examine the potential benefits and impacts of automated commercial vehicles.

Tags: Senate, Senate Commerce Committee, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-Drive, Semi-Autonomous

September 11, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Seat Belt Check List

As an IIHS survey underscores, some people don't bother to buckle up -- particularly when they're riding in the back seat. A simple reminder from the driver can make all occupants safer.

Tags: Seat Belts, Driver Safety Tips, Safety

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