Tractor-trailers are generally low-stability vehicles with a high center of gravity; their structure makes them particularly susceptible to rollover crashes. Unfortunately, when these factors are coupled with a combination of unsafe driving behaviors (usually steering input and speed), as well[...]
In 2016, more than 32 million people failed to buckle up while in their vehicles—that’s nearly 10 percent of drivers and passengers. Decades ago, we learned about the life-saving importance of the seat belt, and since that time, states across the nation have required people to buckle up when[...]
Throughout the course of the year, professional truck drivers share the roadways with all types of vehicles; one of these types is motorcycles.
The 2015 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's "Safety Facts" website reveals the following statistics about motorcycles:
- Motorcycles make[...]
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Imagine it is a sunny and clear day, and one of your company trucks is traveling on a four-lane, divided roadway. The driver is behind the wheel of a sleeper unit pulling a 53-foot dry van trailer with tandem axles slid to the upmost forward position. This is to provide easier cornering and[...]
Run under crashes usually result in serious injury or even death; but they are among the easiest crash types to prevent. As the name suggests, a run under crash occurs when a vehicle drives under or into your unit. One of the more dangerous maneuvers that can lead to a run-under crash is backing[...]
The mandate for installing and using electronic logging devices (ELDs) in commercial vehicles became a reality on December 16, 2015. Unless your company is currently using automated on-board recording devices (AOBRD), it is important to begin or finalize the process soon. This is meant to be a[...]
Back in 1934, George Gershwin sang about “summertime, and the livin’ is easy.” That is what summer is meant to be. Warm weather, enjoying the outdoors, and hitting the open road for a well-deserved summer vacation are what we live for, but there is nothing easy about the roads today, especially[...]
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is drumming up awareness for its Brake Safety Day on Thursday, September 7, 2017. During this enforcement and compliance campaign, law enforcement agencies across Mexico, the United States, and Canada will conduct inspections on buses and large trucks to[...]
Driver distraction is a major concern for motor carriers because it is a common factor associated with serious losses. Vehicle crashes are the obvious exposure, but whenever a driver gets pulled over for a distraction-related violation, that constitutes a business interruption. This in turn can[...]