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FMCSA Increases Annual Random Controlled Substances Testing Percentage

In January 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reduced the minimum annual percentage rate for random controlled substance testing from 50 percent of the average number of driver positions to 25 percent. Effective January 1, 2020, the agency will double the minimum rate for random controlled substance testing, reestablishing it to 50 percent. » Read More

What Should I Consider Before Becoming a Truck Driver?

Whether you are changing careers or looking for a new adventure, it is common to have several questions racing through your mind, especially if you were looking to be in the demanding field of truck driving. As with any change in life, it is comforting to know that there are others who have gone through » Read More

Truck Maintenance in Cold Weather

Maintaining big-rig trucks is crucial as the winter approaches. According to the American Trucking Association’s Technology & Maintenance Council, roadside failures of trucks increased by about 22 percent from the last quarter of 2018 to the first quarter of 2019. This indicates that winter weather can play a big role in the safety of the » Read More

FMCSA Delays Truck Driver Training

To prevent as many devastating truck accidents as possible, it is imperative that truck drivers are properly trained on how to safely operate such a massive vehicle. The Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) rule will ensure that entry-level drivers who are applying for a commercial driver’s license receive the training they need. However, the Federal » Read More

Self-Driving Truck Completes Cross-Country Trip

According to a spokesperson from Land O’Lakes, the end of the year is peak butter-time, likely due to the amount of cooking and baking that people do during the holidays. Shortly before Thanksgiving, Land O’Lakes had a large shipment of butter that needed to be delivered from California to Pennsylvania. This gave Plus.ai, a Silicon » Read More

When is a Truck Accident Most Likely to Occur?

When a passenger vehicle is involved in a truck accident, the injuries and property damage is often extensive. Due to the massive size and weight of a large commercial truck, it is usually the occupants of the passenger vehicles who suffer the most injuries and fatalities. If motorists have a better understanding of when these » Read More

Winter Weather Safety Tips for Truck Drivers

Driving a large commercial truck for a living is not always an easy job. Long hours behind the wheel, tight deadlines, and time away from family are just a few challenges of being a truck driver. When the temperatures begin to drop and the weather forecast calls for ice, snow, or freezing rain, the job » Read More

Life-Saving Safety Tips to Prevent Truck Accidents

If it were not for the trucking industry, various goods and materials would not be delivered to customers across the country. However, because truck drivers are often working under very tight deadlines, they tend to work long hours, sometimes with lack of appropriate sleep. This can have dangerous consequences, particularly when you consider the fact » Read More

NHTSA Considering Replacing Mirrors with Cameras on Trucks

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking feedback from the public about replacing mirrors with camera-based rear visibility systems, or camera monitor systems (CMS). Current federal safety standards require that all vehicles be equipped with rearview mirrors so that truck drivers can see objects that are on either side of the truck and » Read More

Trucking Fatalities Reach a 30-Year Peak

According to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of fatal truck accidents continues to rise, despite advances in safety technology. In fact, trucker deaths are at the highest level in over 30 years. The American Trucking Association (ATA) responded to this data by saying that the statistics do not » Read More