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December 13, 2016 - Industry News

U.S. Proposes V2V Mandate to Reduce Crashes

Separately, the U.S. DOT's Federal Highway Administration will soon issue guidelines for vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications.

Tags: Federal Highway Administration, Connected Vehicle Technology, U.S. DOT, V2V, V2I, NHTSA, Crash Avoidance Technologies

December 12, 2016 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Driving Near Large Trucks

Here are four mistakes fleet drivers need to avoid when traveling near large commercial trucks, especially during winter storm conditions.

Tags: Driver Safety, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Driver Safety Tips, Winter Driving

December 12, 2016 - Industry News

Congress Completes Hours-of-Service Fix

Photo: Haldex

Special legislation that contains language to fix the legislative glitch that threatened use of a 34-hour restart as part of the hours-of-service rule for truck drivers passed the Senate late Friday night, Dec. 9.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

December 7, 2016 - Industry News

FMCSA Finally Issues Final Rule on Driver-Training Standards

Photo: FMCSA

A very long-awaited final rule on national minimum training standards for entry-level applicants seeking to obtain a commercial driver’s license or certain endorsements was announced on Dec. 7 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Driver Training, Commercial Vehicle Training Association

December 5, 2016 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Road Rage Prevention

Here's advice on how to limit your risk of becoming a victim of road rage.

Tags: Driver Safety, AAA, Driver Safety Tips, Road Rage, NFL

December 2, 2016 - Industry News

SmartDrive Enhances Driver-Safety Video Solution

An event view captured for saefty analysis and driver coaching. Image: SmartDrive

The latest release of SmartDrive’s video-based analytics platform and safety program includes new capabilities for capturing and delivering videos, improving the video-coaching process and driver-performance analytics as well as custom policy configurations.

Tags: SmartDrive Systems, Safety

December 1, 2016 - Industry News

Older Sprinter Vans Recalled for Brake Warning Light

Photo by IFCAR via Wikimedia Commons.

The recall covers more than 17,000 Dodge and Freightliner Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans in the 2003 to 2006 model years.

Tags: Dodge, Cargo Vans, Freightliner, Recalls, 2003-MY, 2006-MY, 2005-MY, 2004-MY, NHTSA

November 30, 2016 - Industry News

Arizona to Test Work Zone Notification, Quicker Safety Inspections

Safety at work zones and streamlined inspections at the Mexican border are involved in the Arizona programs.

The Arizona Department of Transportation will use federal funding next year to testing technology to improve commercial transportation safety and efficiency.

Tags: Inspections, Grants, Safety, Arizona DOT

November 28, 2016 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Floor Mat Installation

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides advice on how to ensure floor mats are installed properly and don't interfere with accelerator or brake pedal operation.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Safety Tips, Floor Mats

November 28, 2016 - Industry News

Training Courses Improve Trucking Fleet's Safety

Zavcor Trucking Ltd. has reduced its accident frequencey rate by 75% through online training courses. (Photo courtesy of CarriersEdge)

Cross border refrigerated and dry freight carrier, Zavcor, is reducing accident frequency, violation and management costs, and improving fuel efficiency with online training and compliance tools

Tags: Accident Management, Online Training, CarriersEdge, Zavcor Trucking

November 26, 2016 - Industry News

Nissan Recalls Titan XD Diesel Trucks for Fuel Gauge

Photo courtesy of Nissan.

The recall affects more than 12,000 2016-model year pickup trucks that are at a higher risk for running out of fuel.

Tags: Nissan, Recalls, NHTSA, Large Pickups, 2016-MY, Nissan Titan XD

November 21, 2016 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Preparing for Winter Driving

The season's first major snowstorm pummeled parts of the Midwest and Northeast over the weekend, signaling the need to review winter driving safety tips again.

Tags: Driver Safety, Winter Driving, Driver Safety Tips

November 20, 2016 - Industry News

Why Fleet Drivers Need to Buckle Up

Photo courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Each year, U.S. employers spend billions on traffic accidents involving workers who didn’t wear a seat belt. And some workers are more likely to ditch the belt than others.

Tags: Seat Belts, NHTSA, NETS, Driver Behavior, Road Deaths

November 17, 2016 - Industry News

ATRI Report on Autonomous Vehicles Examines Industry Concerns

Photo: Daimler Trucks

Hours of service, CSA scores and the driver shortage are all areas identified as being impacted by autonomous vehicle technology in a new report from the American Transportation Research Institute.

Tags: CSA, Hours of Service, Driver Shortage, ATRI, Autonomous Vehicles

November 17, 2016 - Industry News

Rockport Trucks Recalled for Stalling

Photo courtesy of Forest River.

The recall, expected to begin Dec. 20, affects 22 Rockport cargo box trucks and work trucks in the 2016 model year.

Tags: Recalls, NHTSA, 2016-MY, Box Trucks, Forest River, Rockport

November 16, 2016 - Industry News

Hirschbach Adds Lytx DriveCam Safety Program to Fleet

Photo courtesy of Lytx.

Refrigerated carrier Hirschbach has incorporated the Lytx DriveCam in-cab video system into its truck fleet to increase safety and reduce accidents.

Tags: Lytx, In-Vehicle Video, Hirschbach Motor Lines

November 15, 2016 - Industry News

NTSB Updates 'Most Wanted List' of Safety Improvements

Image: NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board’s latest “Most Wanted List” of safety improvements contains no big surprises compared to the one issued last year.

Tags: Highway Safety, NTSB

November 14, 2016 - Industry News

Brake Service Violations Increase to 13.2%, CVSA Says

The results from the 2016 Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week have revealed a slight increase in out-of-service violations compared to last year’s inspection period.

Tags: Brakes, Brake Safety Week, ABS, CVSA, Out of Service Violations

November 13, 2016 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Driving With a Pet in the Vehicle

Restraining pets inside the vehicle not only prevents driver distraction but also protects the animal and other passengers in the event of a crash. Here are some tips from AAA.

Tags: Distracted Driving, AAA, Driver Safety Tips

November 10, 2016 - Industry News

Isuzu Truck Recall Tied to Unintended Acceleration

Photo courtesy of Isuzu.

The recall covers more than 25,000 2014- to 2016-model year Isuzu NPR and NPR HD trucks and 2016-MY Chevrolet Low Cab Forward 3500 HD, 4500HD, and 4500XD trucks.

Tags: Recalls, 2014-MY, 2015-MY, Isuzu N-Series, Cabovers, NHTSA, 2016-MY, Chevrolet, Isuzu, Medium-Duty Trucks

November 8, 2016 - Industry News

Over-Height Detection System Installed in NYC

Photo: NY.gov

The installation of a $4.8 million over-height vehicle detection system has been completed on two New York City parkways to prevent large trucks from hitting low-clearance bridges.

Tags: New York City, Bridges, Oversize Loads

November 8, 2016 - Industry News

NHTSA Slates Public Meeting on Autonomous Vehicle Policy

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will hold a public meeting on Nov. 10 to gain input on the federal policy on automated vehicles.

Tags: Fleet Policies, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles

November 7, 2016 - Industry News

DriveCam Video Helps Address Driver Complacency

The Andrus team, which serves 11 Western states and Texas, entered into a trial with the Lytx DriveCam video telematics program with it's 340-truck fleet.

When Andrus Transportation Services sought a way to safeguard its freight, its drivers, and the roads they travel while still maximizing their trucking assets, its leadership knew that video could be the powerful tool they needed.

Tags: DriveCam, Lytx, In-Vehicle Video

November 6, 2016 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Assembling a Winter Emergency Kit

It's time again to remind fleet drivers to make sure they have a fully stocked winter emergency kit in their vehicle. Here's some advice on what to include.

Tags: Winter Driving, AAA, Colorado, Driver Safety Tips, American Red Cross, First-Aid Kits

November 3, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Developing Evasive Steering, Wrong-Way Alert

Photo of wrong-way alert courtesy of Ford.

Ford is developing several next-generation driver-assisting technologies, including evasive steering that can steer the vehicle away from a collision if the driver doesn't respond and an alert that recognizes when a driver is heading the wrong direction on a road.

Tags: Active Safety Systems, Ford, Steering

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