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Truck Platooning: Benefits and Risks

In the trucking industry, platooning is when two or more trucks follow each other at a close distance, using connectivity technology and automated driving support systems. Many truck manufacturers are investing in platooning technology for the economic and safety benefits it provides. However, like any new technology, safety officials have concerns about the risk of » Read More

Zero Accident Vision Initiative

According to the traffic and product safety director of Volvo Trucks, every year, worldwide, a staggering 1.2 million people are fatally injured in auto-related accidents. Around 90 percent of these accidents are caused by human error and negligence. Volvo has long been known as a company that prides itself in safety. Following in that tradition, » Read More

Carriers Ordered to Adopt New Truck Safety Technology

The Alliance for Driver Safety & Security, also known as the Trucking Alliance, is urging all carriers to take proactive steps toward reducing truck accidents. For a carrier to qualify for membership in the Alliance, they must adopt certain advanced technologies believed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety to be the most effective at » Read More

Truckers and IoT Systems

Internet of Things (IoT) technology is the vast network of devices connected to the internet. Many trucks are fitted with IoT technology to measure their fuel efficiency and economy. Lately, weather events—like the large number of destructive hurricanes this year—have made headlines. Truckers are now looking at how their IoT systems can help them avoid » Read More

‘Tis the Season for a Rise in Truck Accidents

Black Friday marks the official beginning of the holiday shopping season. From the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve, shoppers are out in full force, hoping to find the perfect gift for their child, spouse, parent, or colleague. These days, more shoppers tend to purchase their holiday gifts online, which means that there are significantly » Read More

Sleep Apnea Bill Aims to Reduce Drowsy Driving

Earlier this month, Senator Cory Booker, D-N.J., introduced new legislation that would require the U.S. Department of Transportation to make sleep apnea testing and treatment mandatory for all rail operators and commercial truck drivers. Legislation requiring sleep apnea testing was proposed by the Obama administration in March 2016, but the current administration has announced its » Read More

Electronic Monitors Met with Mixed Reviews

To improve safety in the trucking industry and to reduce the number of devastating accidents caused by driver fatigue, truckers will be required to install electronic monitors that track their time on the road. Federal and state officials have given truckers a deadline of December to install the device. While some trucking companies believe that » Read More

Lack of Adequate Rest Stops Puts Truck Drivers at Risk

Driving a commercial truck for a living can be stressful, lonely, and exhausting, particularly when there are not enough safe places for the driver to pull over and rest. Rest stops should have ample parking and provide a well-lit place to rest that is a short distance from the truck route. A study recently conducted » Read More

No-Zone Areas All Motorists Should Avoid

Large trucks represent only three percent of all registered vehicles, yet one out of every eight traffic fatalities involve a large truck. Truck accidents are caused by a wide range of factors including, weather, driver error, and the condition of the truck. They can also occur if another vehicle is in one of the truck’s » Read More

Is Caffeine an Effective Solution for Truck Driver Fatigue?

Truck drivers face enormous pressure to meet tight delivery deadlines, often travelling long distances without taking a break to catch up on much needed sleep. Many truckers drive through the night, which can disrupt the body’s circadian rhythms, increasing the level of driver fatigue. According to a report by the U.S. National Highway Transport Safety » Read More