Expert Advice on How to Pass a Roadside Inspection

Many drivers and fleets view roadside inspections as a necessary evil. No one relishes them, but they are well aware that inspection help keep the roads safe. Unfortunately, inspections take time and can eat into a driver’s hours of service (HOS). Drivers aren’t alone in their desire for a rapid inspection, either. Inspectors and […]

How to Improve Fuel Economy with Telematics

In trucking, the single largest operating cost is diesel fuel. To put it in perspective, the average passenger vehicle consumes 500 gallons of fuel per year while a commercial vehicle consumes 20,500—that is 41 times the amount of fuel. This represents nearly 40% of the total operating cost of a commercial truck. While most […]

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This Is What Happens When Trucking Companies Ignore the FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issues out-of-service notices to drivers and trucking companies that commit egregious or numerous safety violations. However, not every company takes the message to heart and tries to flout the transportation agency’s orders. Ekam Truck Line, LLC, a Georgia-based trucking company, attempted just such a maneuver after the […]

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Several Surprising Struggles for Commercial Drivers & ELDs

The hours of service (HOS) regulations have been under intense scrutiny as of late. While they remain unchanged, enforcement reached peak levels with the arrival of the electronic logging device (ELD). HOS regulations pose a challenge for all players in the transportation industry, but drives have a bone of contention when it comes to […]

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Leveraging Fleet Telematics to Reduce Trucking Accidents and Boost Safety

Trucking accidents cost the transportation industry billions each year. While the cost of fatal crashes has remained about the same over the years, statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) show the overall cost of all large truck and bus accidents has increased each year.
Using Telematics to Reduce Trucking Accidents
Before recent technological […]

By |May 7th, 2018|Driver Safety, Fleet Safety, GPS Telematics|Comments Off on Leveraging Fleet Telematics to Reduce Trucking Accidents and Boost Safety|

12 Red Flag Inspection Violations You Need to Know

Every year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) holds a three-day long International Roadcheck. This year’s event will go from June 5-7 and will focus on hours-of-service compliance. This should not come as a surprise given all of the excitement surrounding the recent electronic logging device (ELD) mandate and its ability to enforce HOS […]

By |April 24th, 2018|Electronic Logging Devices, Transportation Regulatory Compliance|Comments Off on 12 Red Flag Inspection Violations You Need to Know|

ELD Enforcement Now In Full Effect – Are You Compliant?

The electronic logging device (ELD) mandate went into effect in December of 2017, but the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) granted an interim period to allow drivers to get used to using the technology. While officers could still issue warnings and citations, they would not place drivers out of service. Warnings also had […]

By |April 17th, 2018|Electronic Logging Devices, Transportation Regulatory Compliance|Comments Off on ELD Enforcement Now In Full Effect – Are You Compliant?|

How to Minimize the Likelihood of Hazardous Driving Through Job Oversight

Fleet managers can only do so much to prevent dangerous driving. While they can hold training, outline rules in a company handbook, and establish clear disciplinary procedures, this is not always enough. Fleet managers cannot be in the vehicle with all of their drivers at all times. When drivers violate too many rules or […]

By |April 10th, 2018|Driver Monitoring, Driver Safety, Driver Training|Comments Off on How to Minimize the Likelihood of Hazardous Driving Through Job Oversight|

What You Need to Know About Seat Belt Safety

Tackling seat belt usage among commercial drivers is a long-term goal for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Their plan of attack has included providing encouragement, issuing stern warnings, and enforcing mandates. While the numbers fall short of the 100% compliance goal, the data is encouraging. In 2007, a meager 65% of commercial drivers […]

By |April 3rd, 2018|Driver Safety, Driver Training, Fleet Safety|Comments Off on What You Need to Know About Seat Belt Safety|

What You Need to Know About Cargo Theft

Cargo theft is a multi-billion dollar problem for the trucking industry. However, as technology and safety equipment improve so to do would-be thieves. They continue to hone their skills to adapt to increased security. While cargo theft will likely never stop, it is much easier to prevent theft than it is to get stolen […]

By |March 27th, 2018|Driver Safety, Driver Training|Comments Off on What You Need to Know About Cargo Theft|