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December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Why I Changed My Mind About Cell Phone Bans

By Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing

I hate rules, but there’s one I like, namely the ban on cell-phone use while driving. It’s a long way from universal state to state, but New York has just gotten very tough indeed on truck-driver use of cellular tools, and that’s fine by me.

Tags: Cell Phone Use, HOS, Safety

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Controlling Business Costs, Part 1: Vehicle Insurance

By Kate Harlow

When it comes to trimming the fat out of a fleet's budget, the largest focus tends to be on the largest costs on the balance sheet: fuel, equipment and drivers. But these are not the only areas where dollars can be saved. This web-only series offers tips for savings in insurance, worker's comp and healthcare costs.

Tags: Insurance, Safety

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - 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: Accidents, Driver Safety, Driver Training, Drivers, Safety, Safety & Compliance, HNI

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

4 Ways to Manage Risk in the Age of CSA

By Deborah Lockridge

CSA may be an enforcement tool for the FMCA, but you also can use CSA as a catalyst to create transparency and accountability in your organization.

Tags: Drivers, Safety, CSA, HNI

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How Safety Audits Apply to New Owner-Operators

The key to a new entrant safety audit is documentation. You may do all the required steps to comply with the regulations, but if it is not documented, it will appear that you are not.

By Thomas Bray, Editor, J.J. Keller & Associates

If you decide to get your own DOT number and strike out on your own, one regulatory requirement you will need to be aware of is the “new-entrant safety audit.” What do you need to know to get over this hurdle?

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, J.J. Keller, Owner-Operators

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

4 Ways Technology Can Reduce Your Cost-per-Mile

On-board computing systems can help cut cost per mile through helping improve fuel mileage, reducing out of route miles and more.

By Louis McAnally, VP Operations, PeopleNet

Fleet managers understand that reducing cost-per-mile (CPM) by a single penny means huge savings, considering the number of miles a fleet drives each year. Here's how technology can help.

Tags: Drivers, Safety, MPG, Information Technology, PeopleNet, HOS, Fuel and Oil, EOBRs

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

7 Steps to Safely Lifting Heavy-Duty Work Vehicles

Make certain that all lifts are subject to a regular program of scheduled maintenance.

By Truckinginfo Staff

Stertil-Koni recently announced what its research has shown to be seven key steps that fleets and transit authorities should observe prior to lifting heavy-duty work vehicles in commercial maintenance facilities.

Tags: Maintenance, Safety, In the Shop, Shop Tools, Stertil-Koni

March 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

5 Must-Have Tools for Your Tire Shop

By Jim Park

Changing truck tires isn't rocket science. Since tire service isn't cheap, it's not uncommon to find smaller fleets and even some bigger ones doing their own tire maintenance. But safety needs to be the priority in any shop.

Tags: Safety, Tires, Shop Tools

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Motor Carriers Make Adjustments While CSA is Fine-Tuned

By Bob Rose, Contributor

In December, the FMCSA made good on its commitment to Congress to install refinements to the CSA initiative by implementing 11 changes to the Safety Measurement System. J.J. Keller's Bob Rose has more details.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, J.J. Keller, compliance, CSA, Hazmat

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FMCSA Releases Safety Management Cycle Resources

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released new materials to assist motor carriers in identifying and addressing their safety and compliance issues. These materials include the Safety Management Cycle, an important tool that Agency Safety Investigators use during on-site investigations.

Tags: Topics & Trends, CSA, FMCSA, Safety, compliance

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CSA Changes Mean More Attention to Maintenance Items Than Ever

The latest revision to the way the federal government assesses fleet safety and compliance will mean the Vehicle Maintenance BASIC just got more important than ever

Tags: Issues, CSA, Aftermarket, Safety, compliance

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Troubleshooting Trailer Lights

One of the most common reasons for an officer to pull a driver over is for a faulty light. Below are some basic guidelines on how to troubleshoot some of the problems that may arise with a trailer lighting system

Tags: Trailers, CSA, Lighting, Safety, compliance

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Technology: What if Cars and Trucks Could Talk to Each Other?

By Oliver B. Patton

Imagine: A truck driver gets a signal on his dash, warning him that a car ahead that he cannot see has slammed on the brakes. Or that he's going too fast for the curve ahead/

Tags: Equipment & Technology, Safety, smart highways

December 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

3 Steps to a Better Culture: Improve CSA Compliance by Valuing Your Drivers

By John Hill, Contributor

In my 38 years of involvement with highway safety, and even more recently as a safety consultant, I have observed a unique situation distinctive to safe and compliant companies: They value their employees by creating a safety culture

Tags: compliance, Safety, Drivers, CSA

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

East Improves Optional Integrated Stairway for Flatbed Trailers

East Manufacturing has improved its flatbed integrated stairway option by adding a locking door enclosure that allows for additional lights and license plate mounting.

To provide a simpler, easier and safer entrance to and exit from the flatbed deck, East Manufacturing first introduced an optional integrated stairway a few years ago. Now East has improved this option by adding a locking door enclosur

Tags: Trailers, flatbeds, East Manufacturing, Safety

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Using a Safety Program to Get the Best Rates in a Hard Market

By Contributed HNi

With a hard market on the way for the insurance industry, it's more important now than ever to shore up your safety program (although developing a safety culture should always be a focus, no matter what the market conditions.

Tags: Topics & Trends, Safety, Insurance

December 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ATA's Safety Bid

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

There's a new player on the highway safety scene in Washington. It's an outfit called American Trucking Associations.

Tags: Safety, ATA, Seat Belts

November 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Safety Technology: Rollover Control

By Tom Berg, Senior Equipment Editor

Rollovers and jackknifes are costly, but modern electronic products seriously reduce their frequency, users say.

Tags: Safety, Accident Management, anti-rollover systems, Rollovers

October 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Highway Reform Tops Washington Agenda

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

The federal law that sets long-term surface transportation policy will expire next October.

Tags: FMCSA, Safety, Congress

April 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Incentives To Invest In Safety

By Oliver Patton

A group of manufacturers and their allies are searching for a new path toward highway safety improvements.

Tags: Vehicle Safety Technology, Safety Technology, Safety, MEMA

March 2008, TruckingInfo.com - 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, Safety, Driver Safety, Swift Transportation, Greatwide Logistics, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

November 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Tax Credit: A Win-Win

By Doug Condra, President

A measure in Congress proposing to give truck and bus owners tax credits for putting advanced safety devices on their equipment.

Tags: Safety, Congress, tax credits

November 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Killer Trucks No More

By Oliver Patton

How the industry is working to better its public image.

Tags: TCA, Safety

January 2007, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Bashing Truck Safety

By Deborah Whistler, Editor

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

Tags: Driver Safety, Safety

December 1996, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Speed AND THE LAW

By Denise Pauley, Assistant Managing Editor

Former State Troopers say split speeds make truckers `the fall guy;` predict rise in speed trap enforcement

Tags: Safety, Speeding

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