August 2012, - Feature

Upcoming Changes for CDL Holders Already Causing Some Problems

By Don Jerrell, Contributor

Regulations for commercial motor vehicle drivers are changing in regard to medical cards. The rules remain the same as to which drivers need a federal medical certificate (Fed Med card) while operating a commercial vehicle, but drivers will now have to provide an up-to-date copy of this card to the DMV when they obtain it

Tags: Drivers

July 2012, - Feature

Safety and Driver Engagement

By Rim Yurkus, Contributor

The recession made surviving companies smarter about several things. BR (Before Recession) companies would measure job satisfaction - the premise being: If you make drivers happy, they won't quit

Tags: Drivers

July 2012, - Feature

Employee Health: A Little Psychology

By Commentary Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

When United Natural Foods Inc. started offering voluntary "know your numbers" health screenings in 2010, 72% of the non-driving employees participated, but only 31% of drivers. This year, 97% of non-drivers and 98% of its approximately 1,000 drivers participated

Tags: Drivers

May 2012, - Feature

TCA Safety & Security Division Honors Weight Loss Showdown Winners

From left: Jeff Bone, Cline Wood Agency; Tom Liutkus, TravelCenters of America; Carl Bailey, Hirschbach Motor Lines; Linda Moran and Kathy Ayers, Lindora Clinic; Terry Leahy, Hirschbach Motor Lines.

Losing weight is rarely fun or easy, but winners of the Truckload Carriers Association's inaugural Trucking's Weight Loss Showdown proved that it can be done

Tags: Drivers

April 2012, - Feature

Failure to Communicate

By Commentary Jim Park, Equipment Editor

How can you expect to maintain a good relationship if you never talk with your partner? This is where a marriage has something in common with your relationship with your drivers and owner-operators

Tags: Drivers

April 2012, - Feature

Employee or Contractor?

Over the years courts have identified on a case-by-case basis various facts or factors that are relevant in determining whether an employer-employee relationship exists

Tags: Drivers

February 2012, - Feature

Firm and Fair: Recruiting and Retention at ADM

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

"It pays to operate in accordance with the law." That's one way ADM Trucking Inc., Decatur, Ill., is able to recruit and retain drivers, according to Sam Richardson, assistance vice president of operations

Tags: Drivers

February 2012, - Feature

An All-Too-Common Conflict

By Commentary Rolf Lockwood, Contributing Editor

Successful trucking depends on successful relationships - in every corner of our game. Nowhere is this more true than in the hyper-difficult connection between drivers and dispatchers

Tags: Drivers

January 2012, - Feature

UPS Driver Ron 'Big Dog' Sowder Reaches 50 Years Accident Free

UPS Driver Ron Sowder recently celebrated 50 Years of accident-free driving for UPS.

By Genevieve Conti, Assistant Editor

Ron "Big Dog" Sowder has a good reason for his nickname: He's driven 50 years and 4 million miles without a single accident

Tags: Drivers

November 2011, - Feature

Monitoring Driver Behavior can Improve Safety and Reduce Costs

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor & Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Driver monitoring has evolved tremendously in recent years. Some carriers still rely on reports from a 1-800 "how's my driving" number to find out when a driver is driving poorly, but many more are putting technology to wor

Tags: Drivers

November 2011, - Feature

Daimler Almost Ready with 6D Vision Technology, Better Than Eyes

The Daimler team has devised a way to distinguish between static and moving objects, and an object's direction and speed.

By Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

One definition of success in driving any sort of vehicle is getting where you're going without hitting stuff. Doing that involves the coordinated use of brakes and throttle and steerin

Tags: Drivers

November 2011, - Feature

A Better Way to Drug Test? Hair Testing Reveals Disturbing Facts About Driver Drug Use and DOT Requirements

Hair testing has gotten better over the years. Labs have standardized their procedures. And demand is rising, which will presumably continue to drive quality up and cost down.

By Tom Nunlist, Contributor & Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

In late 2005 and early 2006, two J.B. Hunt drivers were involved in accidents that claimed three lives. Both drivers had clean records, but both tested positive at the scene for cocaine. The Arkansas-based transportation and logistics company decided it was time for a change.

Tags: Drivers

October 2011, - Feature

Technology, CSA, and a Culture of Safety

Research shows that making 'chores' socially competitive is a sure-fire way of provoking behavioral change.

By Tom Nunlist, Associate Editor

Technology is not only changing what the driver looks for in the job, but also what the job looks for in the driver

Tags: Drivers

June 2011, - Feature

Fair Credit Reporting Act Affects Driver Hiring

By Rob Moseley, Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP

Last May, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Admini­stration began its pre-employment screening program service, or PSP. The PSP service compiles information regarding driving records of commercial drivers for use by motor carriers in making employment decisions

Tags: Drivers

May 2011, - Feature

The Coming Driver Shortage, Part 2: Who Will Be Driving Your Trucks?

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

That trucking is about to experience its worst labor shortage ever should as come no surprise. Our fate was cast years ago, though a few cruel twists have conspired to make it worse than it otherwise would have been.

Tags: Drivers

February 2011, - Feature

FleetMind White Paper Offers Tip and Tools to Ensure Waste Fleet Safety

FleetMind Solutions, Inc., has released a white paper called "Waste Fleet Safety: Tips and Tools to Ensure Safe Driving" that discusses strategies for improving waste fleet safety

Tags: Drivers

January 2011, - Feature

Fatigue Study Provides Basis for 34-Hour Restart Proposal

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

The 34-hour restart gives daytime drivers a chance to catch up on their rest, but it does not work as well for night drivers. In fact, it may even be detrimental to driver performance

Tags: Drivers

December 2010, - Feature

Taking Safety To A Higher Level: Fatigue Management Is About More Than Hours Of Service

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

Back in 2001, Dupre Logistics had a problem. The Louisiana fleet was having too many accidents, some of them fatal

Tags: Drivers

November 2010, - Feature

Studies Show Strict Fleet Cell Phone Policies More Effective Than State Cell Phone Laws

By Staff

A fleet safety study recently released by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, suggests that companies that strictly enforce their no-cell-phone policies have a lower crash rate than companies with milder enforcement policies

Tags: Drivers

November 2010, - Feature

Not Using PSP Could Be 'Huge Mistake'

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

At a time when we're dealing with more acronyms than ever from the U.S. Department of Transportation - CSA 2010, HOS, EOBRs - there's one that may be getting overlooked: PSP, or pre-employment screening program

Tags: Drivers

November 2010, - Feature

Sleeping Monster? Sleep Apnea Can Create Legal Risks for Trucking Companies

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

Sleep apnea is a public health problem and a truck safety problem that could soon morph into a legal problem for the trucking industry

Tags: Drivers

July 2008, - Cover Story

Driver Recruiting

By Deborah Lockridge

The right driver screening can help find and keep the cream of the crop.

Tags: Drivers, Recruiting, driver screening, Hiring

April 2007, - Feature

The Ultimate Decision-Maker

By Oliver Patton

Each year, government's primary regulatory focus falls more intensely on the driver. Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

Tags: Drivers, Driver Training, FMCSA

April 2006, - Editorial

Port Security: Scary Stuff, But Why Give Osama Ideas?

By Doug Condra, President

Federal report targets truckers with criminal records. Irresponsible reporting has no place here.

Tags: Drivers, Department of Homeland Security, TWIC


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