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Despite production crimped by supply chain shortages, Class 8 truck makers remain focused on meeting current customer expectations plus a range of challenges coming up fast.

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The Connected Future of Accident Management

Technology is leading the pack, but repair costs, the evolution of 5G, and driver safety programs round out the top four factors impacting accident management in the future.

Drunk Driving Fatalities Drop 3.6%

In 2018, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports 10,511 people lost their lives in collisions involving drunk driving as compared with 10,908 in 2017, representing a 3.6% decrease.

43% of Commercial Trucks Now Using Cleaner Diesel Tech

Of the 11 million diesel-powered commercial (Class 3-8) vehicles on the road, new research from the Diesel Technology Forum shows that 43% are now using cleaner burning technology, including selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and particulate control.

Pickups Still a Weighty Crash Concern

Recent research shows better crash compatibility between cars and today's SUVs offers some protection for drivers, but pickups still represent an outsize danger when they collide with cars — and the weight imbalance is probably the reason.

Commercial Fleet Sales Bounce in July

Commercial fleet sales rebounded in July with a 29.8% increase to 66,909 from a year ago. Sales of trucks, vans, and SUVs paced the gain, while sales of cars again saw a heavy decline, according to Automotive Fleet data.

Top Commercial Truck Tire Sizes Identified

The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association has identified the top original-equipment manufacturer and aftermarket tire sizes in its latest fact book that covers the 2018 calendar year.

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