Driver Safety

October 2015, - Feature

How CSA Compliance Can Benefit Fleets and Drivers

Photos: Con-way

By David Cullen

Thanks to a combination of government regulations and market pressures, operating trucks safely has never been more mutually beneficial to fleets and drivers.

Tags: Driver Safety, Fleet Safety, CSA, Driver Dilemma

May 2015, - Feature

Cameras in the Cab

Fleets can see real improvement with in-cab video systems. Photo courtesy of Lytx

By Jim Beach

Truck fleets are increasingly deploying in-cab video systems as part of their technological arsenal to increase safety and security.

Tags: Driver Safety, Technology, In-Vehicle Video

May 2015, - Feature

Training for the Long Haul

Maverick last year completed a $4 million expansion of its training center. Photo: Maverick Transportation

By David Cullen

Start with the basics when training drivers – but it may pay to look back to bring them ahead. Part 5 in HDT's Driver Dilemma series on the driver shortage.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Training, Driver Shortage

April 2015, - Department

Revisiting the North American Fatigue Management Program

People get tired but when they’re driving a truck loaded with thousands of pounds of freight, the risks associated with fatigue increase exponentially.

By Stephane Babcock

There’s no getting around it — people get tired. But when they’re driving a truck loaded with thousands of pounds of freight, the risks associated with fatigue increase exponentially.

Tags: Driver Safety, Fatigue

December 2014, - WebXclusive

Safe Winter Driving Tips

Photo by Ryder System.

By Mel Kirk, Ryder System

General preventive driving habits can make a big difference in winter driving safety. Here are some tips to make driving in hazardous conditions safer.

Tags: Driver Safety, Winter Driving, Accident Prevention, Ryder System, Snow Chain

December 2014, - WebXclusive

Con-way Truckload's Strategies for Success

Albert Johnson, Con-way Truckload's vice preisent of human resources, works from the company's Joplin, Mo., headquarters: Photo by Drew Kimble, 12 Eighty-One Photography.

By Stephane Babcock

When you have 2,600 trucks and nearly 3,000 professional drivers on the road you need to make sure that not only are your clients’ products making it to their destination on time, but that they are also making it there safely.

Tags: Driver Safety, Vehicle Maintenance, Driver Training, Recruiting, Con-way Truckload

December 2014, - Editorial

Commentary: How the Public Feels About Driver Fatigue

Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By Deborah Lockridge

The debate over driver fatigue and hours of service regulations may be decided by the public. But how questions are asked and facts are presented can sway opinion in opposite directions.

Tags: Driver Safety, Regulations, Hours of Service, Fatigue, 34-Hour Restart

October 2014, - Department

Safety & Compliance: Preparing For a Crash

Even if it doesn't appear to be a serious accident, the driver should get photos at the scene.

By Deborah Lockridge

Drivers and others at your company need to know what to do in the aftermath of a serious accident.

Tags: Accidents, Driver Safety, Safety & Compliance

August 2014, - Editorial

Commentary: Safety and Compliance — Everyone’s Problem

By Deborah Lockridge

From drivers to dispatchers to upper management, safety and compliance is everyone's responsibility, says Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge in her August Editorial.

Tags: Driver Safety, Fleet Safety, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, CSA, Fleet Safety Conference

May 2014, - Cover Story

Safety Technologies: The New Frontier

By Jim Beach

From collision avoidance to cameras, from rollover prevention to analytics, technology is rapidly changing the safety landscape.

Tags: Telematics, Driver Safety, Con-way Freight, Information Technology, Driver Training, Lane Departure Warning, Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix, Meritor, Future Trucks

April 2014, - Department

Making Safety a Priority

Verst Group Logistics has a strong commitment to safety and has invested in safety technology for its fleet.

By Kate Harlow

In 2012, Verst Group Logistics had zero Department of Transportation recordable accidents. In 2013, to prove the previous year wasn’t just a fluke, Verst only had one DOT-recordable accident. How did this Kentucky-based logistics provider, with a fleet of 90 power units and 250 trailers, attain such a low number of accidents?

Tags: Driver Safety, SmartDrive Systems, Verst Group Logistics

February 2014, - Department

How Fitness for Duty Exams Can Prevent Worker’s Comp Claims

Con-way Truckload is one of a growing list of carriers that are requiring pre-employment agility testing for drivers.

By Jody Mathy, Senior Claims Consultant, HNI

There’s a simple way to avoid many worker’s compensation claims: Don’t put the wrong worker to work. The “wrong worker,” simply put, is anyone who is physically unable to perform essential job functions.

Tags: Driver Safety, Americans with Disabilities Act, Driver Fitness, Drivers, Driver Health

January 2014, - Department

When Worker’s Comp & the ADA Overlap

Under ADA, even short-term conditions can be considered disabling if they are severe enough.

By Edwin Zalewski, J.J. Keller & Associates

Drivers and other employees who get injured at work may be temporarily unable to perform their jobs. If an injury prevents an employee from working, you might wonder what steps you need to take to get the employee back on the job, or how much time must pass before you can hire a replacement.

Tags: Driver Safety, Americans with Disabilities Act, Workers' Compensation, EEOC

November 2013, - WebXclusive

5 Things Drivers Never Should Do at the Scene of an Accident

Photo by Keith via Flickr

By Don Jerrell, Associate VP, HNI

The time to plan how you’re going to respond at the scene of an accident is before you are involved in an accident. How a truck driver responds on the scene has a major impact on the outcome of any claims that may follow.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Training, Accidents, Drivers, Safety & Compliance, HNI

September 2008, - Editorial

Rails Back On The (PR) Attack

By Doug Condra, President

Using simple tools can soften driver opposition to buckling up.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Safety, Seat Belts

April 2008, - Editorial

Safety In The Driving Seat

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Tracking driving behavior helps predict a driver's potential for accidents.

Tags: Accidents, Qualcomm, Driver Safety, Accident Management, Software, anti-rollover systems

March 2008, - Feature

Truck Fleet Innovator Awards: Honoring Trucking's Elite Leaders

By Deborah Lockridge

Six Outstanding trucking executives are recognized with Heavy Duty trucking's annual truck Fleet Innovators awards.

Tags: Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, trucking industry, Fleet Innovators, Driver Safety, Swift Transportation, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

October 2007, - Editorial

A Real Cure for Driver Fatigue

By Deborah Whistler, Editor

Helping drivers sleep improves bottom line.

Tags: Driver Safety, Sleep Apnea, sleep disorders

May 2007, - Feature

FMCSA Turns Teacher With New Webinar Series

By Oliver Patton

Everybody knows that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration writes and enforces all the safety rules. It's the top cop when it comes to such regs. But the agency has added a new job title to its repertoire: teacher.

Tags: FMCSA, Technology, Driver Safety

January 2007, - Editorial

Bashing Truck Safety

By Deborah Whistler, Editor

Is the New York Times this prejudicial, or is it just naïve?

Tags: Driver Safety

September 2006, - Cover Story

Simulated Training

By Deborah Lockridge, Senior Editor

Taking a cue from the airlines and the military, trucking is looking at high-tech driver simulators to improve safety training.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Training

February 2006, - Editorial

Praise For America's Road Team

By Deborah Whistler, Editor

Grooming drivers to be part of America's Road Team can only improve your driver team and your company's image.

Tags: Driver Safety, Volvo Trucks, America's Road Team

February 2006, - Editorial

Safety Belt Non-Use: Let's Stop The Silliness

By Doug Condra, President

Truck drivers aren't getting the message, and it's costing lives – theirs.

Tags: DOT, Driver Safety, Truck Drivers, Seat Belts



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