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Every year, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) releases its top 10 critical issues within the trucking industry. This year, the driver shortage problem soared six slots to overtake electronic logging devices (ELDs) as the number one concern. Another interesting note was the rise of concern surrounding autonomous vehicles. While it did not concern motor
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Winter Is Coming. Is Your Fleet Prepared?

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  • October 30, 2017 /
  • by Andrew /
  • fleet risk, fleet safety, trucking risk management, trucking safety, winter trucking /
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Winter is coming. Ice. Fog. Wind. The sun hangs low in the horizon, reflecting off every surface and piercing through every leafless tree. And the nights are long. For truckers in the northern United States and similar climates around the world, this is an exceptionally perilous time to drive. For fleet safety managers, the workday
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FMCSA’s ELD mandate is becoming a reality for many carriers. Despite several efforts to stymie the ruling, the mandate will go into effect December 18 of this year. However, whether fleets are ELD compliant, in the process of installing ELDs, or researching various products, there is still a lot of confusion regarding enforcement. The Government
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Proactive Measures to Prevent Trucking Accidents

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  • October 11, 2017 /
  • by Andrew /
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In a recent trucking technology and safety report, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety learned several startling statistics regarding trucking accidents. For example, 2015 saw a four percent increase in crashes from 2014—totaling over 400,000 crashes. Of those incidents, 4000 proved fatal and left 116,000 injured. These numbers are unsettling, but there are several steps
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Continued Shifts in the Transportation Industry

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  • October 4, 2017 /
  • by Andrew /
  • state of the trucking industry, trucking regulatory compliance, trucking risk /
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The transportation industry is currently undergoing massive changes. One of the biggest challenges facing the industry is the accelerated pace of e-commerce sales. E-commerce transactions are exerting a major effect on freight patterns across the country. As much as 10 percent of retail transactions occur online, which spells disaster for traditional brick and mortar stores.
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Wandering Minds Driving Increased Accident Rate in Trucking Industry

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  • September 26, 2017 /
  • by Andrew /
  • driver safety, fleet safety, trucking risk, trucking safety /
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When the mind wanders, also known as zoning out, individuals are less aware of their surroundings. This is obviously an undesirable state for truck drivers, but it is woefully common. Zoning out can happen while performing monotonous tasks or during engaging activities, so it can be difficult to avoid. It can also prove lethal when
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ELD Advice from a Roadside Inspector’s Perspective

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  • September 19, 2017 /
  • by Andrew /
  • eld compliance, fleet safety, fmcsa compliance /
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By December 18 of this year, truck drivers must implement an electronic logging device (ELD). Motor carriers need to prepare for how roadside inspections will change going forward. Samuel Mayfield, a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) compliance specialist, provides several tips for drivers to reduce risk and stay compliant. Drivers and compliance officers would
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Trucking Industry Braces for National and Regional Effects of Hurricane Harvey

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  • September 12, 2017 /
  • by Andrew /
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Freight research teams released their predictions regarding how Hurricane Harvey will affect the trucking industry, and the numbers are looking grim. Ten percent of the industry across the nation will experience strong reverberations from Hurricane Harvey in its first week. This number jumps to one hundred percent for Gulf Coast regional trucking companies west of
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Debunking ELD Rumors

As electronic logging device (ELD) misinformation makes its rounds, fleet owners are wondering what is true and what is false. These rumors gained traction when members of the U.S. House of Representatives helped sponsor a bill aimed at delaying the ELD compliance date. However, this piece of legislation has yet to get off the ground.
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Trucking Risk: Understanding Vehicle Height, Clearance, and Obstruction

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  • August 25, 2017 /
  • by Andrew /
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Commercial motor vehicles are prone to run into overhead obstructions. Most professional drivers have had at least one incident where overhead obstructions were an issue. Here are 6 tips to help professional truck drivers avoid destructive situations related to height, overhead clearances and obstructions. Avoid trees and buildings Overhanging tree branches and building soffit areas
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