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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

September 7, 2017 - Industry News

Wildfires Bring States of Emergency in the West

A member of the Oregon National Guard firefighting team assigned to the Horse Prairie Fire, near Camas Valley, Ore.  Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason Van Mourik / 173rd Fighter Wing/ Public Affairs

Certain federal motor carrier regulations have been suspended in some Western states due to large wildfires, as governors have declared officials states of emergency in Oregon, Washington, California, Montana, and the Dakotas.

Tags: Washington, Montana, Fire, Oregon, Natural Disaster, Emergencies

September 7, 2017 - Industry News

Self-Driving Trucks Need to Gain Traction on Capitol Hill

Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor used to demonstrate Daimler’s Highway Pilot Connect autonomous technology on German roads. Photo: David Cullen

Despite the argument that some sort of self-driving truck will become an everyday reality before any self-driving car does, legislation that would ease the application of autonomous driving technology to commercial trucks has so far failed to gain traction on Capitol Hill.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-Drive

September 4, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Driving Through Intersections

Photo by Michael Barera/Wikimedia Commons.

The state of Michigan offers advice on how to drive defensively near intersections and avoid collisions.

Tags: Michigan, Driver Safety Tips, Safety

August 31, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Recalls F-Series Crew Cab Trucks for Seat Belts

Photo courtesy of Ford.

The recall covers more than 117,000 2015-2017 Ford F-150 Crew Cab and 2017 F-250 and F-350 Super Duty Crew Cab trucks in the U.S.

Tags: Ford F-150, Seat Belts, Recalls, Ford F-350, Ford F-250, Ford, 2015-MY, Large Pickups, 2016-MY, 2017-MY, Safety, Crew Cab

August 29, 2017 - Press Release

Geotab Marketplace Adds McLeod's LoadMaster Delivery Management App

Geotab today announced that McLeod Software's LoadMaster Enterprise Symphony Mobile Communications solution is now available on the Geotab Marketplace. Integratable with Geotab Drive, the combination gives fleet owners a powerful new tool for managing on-time deliveries and driver availability, while also helping them achieve regulatory compliance.

Tags: Drivers, Hours of Service, Geotab, Mobile Apps

August 28, 2017 - Industry News

Drive Safely Work Week Set for October

Photo by Famartin/Wikimedia Commons.

The annual safety campaign, sponsored by NETS, will focus this year on preventing distracted driving and promoting eco-friendly driving.

Tags: Eco-Driving, Distracted Driving, NETS, Safety

August 28, 2017 - Press Release

Geotab Offers Guardian's Driver Safety App

Image courtesy of Geotab

Guardian is the latest Add-In application in the Marketplace, which launched in 2015 as a complement to the MyGeotab platform.

Tags: Geotab, Guardian, Drivers, Safety, Mobile Apps

August 27, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Five Ways Seat Belts Help Prevent Injuries

Photo courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Fleet drivers need to buckle up every trip. Here are five ways seat belts protect occupants from injuries, according to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

Tags: Seat Belts, Driver Safety Tips, Safety

August 25, 2017 - Press Release

Stertil-Koni Sponsor of National Lift Week

Heavy-duty vehicle lift leader Stertil-Koni today announced it will once again sponsor the industry’s National Lift Week, which will be celebrated in locations across North America Oct. 2-7, 2017, and showcase best practices in vehicle lift safety, service, and performance.

Tags: Stertil-Koni, National Lift Week

August 23, 2017 - Industry News

HDT and Fleetmatics Partner on ELD Webinar

Countdown to ELD: Getting Your Burning Questions Answered is an opportunity for companies and industry experts to discuss common compliance concerns and confusion about the upcoming ELD mandate.

Tags: Fleetmatics, Webinar, Safety & Compliance, ELDs, ELD Mandate

August 22, 2017 - Industry News

15 DHL Drivers Compete in Safe Driving Competition

Photo of participants in DHL's Safe-Driving Rodeo competition courtesy of DHL.

DHL's top 15 couriers competed for the company's safest driver award in Dallas earlier this month in the second Safe-Driving Rodeo competition, the company announced.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Behavior, DHL, Safe Driving Competition, Smith System

August 21, 2017 - Industry News

NFL Season May Bring Increased Drowsy Driving Risk

Photo via Seeing Machines.

A spike in drowsy driving incidents among waste drivers seemed to correspond with the return of the the NFL season, according to video-based technology safety company Lytx.

Tags: DriveCam, Drowsy Driving, Driver Fatigue, Lytx, Refuse Fleets, NFL

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