- ATA Releases Trucking Trends for 2015
Trucking soared to new heights in 2014, and American Trucking Associations has the scoop on all the numbers. Here are some highlights from the latest release of American Trucking Trends.
- Trucker to Trucker Tips: Trucker Tire Safety Reminders
Commission, approximately 95,000 people suffered injuries and 3,964 were killed from accidents involving large trucks in 2013. Although some accidents were linked to bad drivers on suspended licenses, mental impairment and other drivers, some of these accidents involved trucks that did not have safe tires.
- New Trucking Regulations Brewing in Congress - What It Means for You
The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill for fiscal year ending in 2016 could have a big impact on truckers. As we have previously pointed out at Trucker To Trucker, it is extremely important to always keep up-to-date with new federal trucking legislation whether you have a single truck or a large fleet.
- Tennessee Trucking: Watch Out for Those GPS Directions to Back Roads!
You are an over-the-road trucker and you rely on your GPS to get you where you need to go. They have been one of the most welcome additions to trucking since the CB radio, they have saved many miles and many hours of drive time, but sometimes the best way to go is not always the GPS way to go.
- New Liability Limits - Are You In the Know?
One of the risks that goes along with owning a trucking company is having to make liability payments if one of your drivers injures someone in an accident. This amount is decided on through the legal system and typically goes toward compensating victims for medical care. The minimum liability requirement right now is $750,000.
- Quick Review of Federal Drug and Alcohol Rules for Commercial Drivers
Commercial truck driving is one of the country's Top 10 most hazardous jobs. When you spend your work day (and night) battling traffic and inattentive drivers on America's highways, safety needs to be Job One if you want to return home safely. As every heavy duty truck driver knows, job safety begins with personal safety.
- Avoiding Common Truck Driver Injuries
Be aware of the hazards you face and ways counteract them and stay safe on the job. Staying in good physical health, stretching and taking regular rest breaks can help prevent repetitive stress injuries. Truck drivers who start to feel persistent soreness would be wise to seek medical attention before the problem gets worse.
- Charity Helps Ailing Truck Drivers
Studies have shown that more than 70% of the 3.2 million professional drivers in the U.S. have one or more serious health problems such as obesity, diabetes, sleep disorders and cardiovascular disease. Truck drivers also lack the same access to health care that most Americans enjoy.
- The Unbuckled Trucker Dilemma
Men driving trucks big rigs and pickups are the biggest offenders when it comes to breaking passenger restraint laws, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
- Spring Brings Deadly Driving Conditions
Perhaps the most horrific traffic accidents in recent history were attributed to poor visibility due to fog, smoke, or a mixture of the two.
- Could That Cuppa Joe Save Your Life?
While truckers have long known the benefits of chugging down a cuppa joe to prevent drowsiness at the wheel, researchers in Australia recently released a study that they say proves that imbibing in caffeinated beverages can significantly reduce a long-distance truck driver's accident risk.
- Distracted: The Multitasking Myth
When people attempt to perform two cognitively complex tasks such as driving and talking on a phone, the brain shifts its focus and people develop "inattention blindness" where important information falls out of view and is not processed by the brain, NSC says.
- Deadly Game of Chicken Targets Trucks
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) is warning truckers, especially those traveling in the Las Vegas area, to be on the lookout for criminals targeting trucks in a deliberate attempt to cause an accident for the purpose of collecting a hefty insurance payout.
- The Blame Game: CSA's Crash Accountability Failings Cost Carriers Business
Over a year ago, FMCSA shelved plans to make determinations on crash accountability in favor of further study.
- GPS: Leading truckers down the wrong road?
While navigation systems are becoming increasingly commonplace in the nation's commercial vehicles, the impact that these devices have on driver behavior, decision-making and safety is not fully understood, according to the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI).
- Preliminary Legal Steps for a Commercial Truck Driver Following an Accident
Commercial truck drivers should be trained to take a few initial steps to support their legal case following an accident. These steps are possible only if the driver is not injured, or not involved in helping other injured individuals at the scene of the accident.
- What to do when a Commercial Truck is Involved in an Accident
A commercial truck driver must be trained to maintain composure and follow the right procedure in the event of a crash. The fleet policy must include the steps a driver is required to take when the vehicle is involved in accident, and the driver must follow the policy in such a situation.
- Are There Too Many Distraction in Today's Big Rigs?
Many of the new and used big Semi-tractors now have devices available that can be distracting to the driver. There has been some talk of limiting what gadgets are allowed.
- Sharing the Roads Safely with Trucks
Tractor-trailers, semi-trucks, and other big rigs make many drivers nervous. Likewise, car drivers that don't understand how to share the highway with big rigs are dangerous to truckers.
- The American Trucker - Top 4 Trucker Myths Debunked
Often, the public accepts opinions about truckers that are myths supported by four common falsehoods. False beliefs are stated or hinted at by media reporters.
- 3 Safety Tips For Dump Trailer Drivers
Hauling a dump trailer can be a rather arduous process for even an experienced operator. The varying center of gravity that you run into while dumping can cause problems if it is not correctly accounted for in a safe fashion. The following tips are culled from industry resources and experienced dump trailer operators to keep you safe and on the road.
- FMCSA and Cell Phone Restrictions
In this post we look at the FMCSA's approach to cell phone restriction proposals: Texting is subject to a nationwide ban under federal regulations; however moves are afoot to extend the ban to all use of cell phones within the cab while driving. With cell phones playing an ever increasingly important role in modern trucking operations, the rules are guaranteed to have serious ramifications for how truckers use cell phones within their day-to-day businesses.
- Dairy Cooperative Fined Over Trucker Killed in Fall
Today, we put the spotlight on the Wisconsin dairy fined for a trucker's fatal fall: The US Department of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ruled that a Wisconsin "willfully ignored" federal safety rules in a trucker's death. George Oberding died in August, 2011 after a fall from the top of his truck's trailer onto a concrete floor while involved in uploading a milk tanker. Oberding, aged 50 years, suffered severe head trauma including several skull fractures.
- Intra State Hazmat Haulers Face Texting Ban
There is a federal ban for all interstate truckers from driving and texting, however federal rules apply only to interstate commerce. Or truckers driving solely within a state, federal rules do not apply, however states are promulgating their own rules (which we reported on earlier this month).
- Volvo's Selective Catalytic Reduction Technology Becomes EPA 2010 Standard
Volvo's Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCT) technology is now equipping a Volvo VN780 being used by America's Road Team in its ongoing campaign for truck safety and emission control. Volvo's SCT has rapidly established itself and has been selected as the EPA's preferred emission solution in 2010 and will continue into 2011. Click the link for more information on Volvo trucks for sale.
- Do's and Don'ts of Winter Driving
Winter driving conditions force all of use to change our way of driving – this applies to hardened veterans as well as newbie rookies suffering from white line fever. The recent spate of bad weather which has hit the North East is not the last we are going to be seeing, but the brutal tally of road deaths and injuries caused by the latest snow and ice storm should ram it home to everyone – driving in winter is dangerous and you need to gear up.
- Cell Phone Ban for Truckers Proposed by Washington D.C.
The US Department of Transportation is now proposing a complete cell phone ban in commercial vehicles, including semi trailers and buses. This follows the current ban on texting while driving and affects 4 million drivers.
- Insuring Your Trucking Business and Staying on the Road
One of the largest items eating away at your profit margins will be trucking insurance. We all love paperwork (joke), but how you insure yourself and the business is going to have a huge impact on your profitability the survival of your business in future.