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NTSB Spreads the Skagit Bridge Blame, Soft-pedals the Real Problem

July 16, 2014

There is no excuse whatsoever for a driver striking a low bridge if the obstruction is accurately marked. That obviously wasn't the case with the Skagit River Bridge and there's only one doorstep on which to lay that blame.

Tags: NTSB, Skagit River Bridge, Mullen Trucking, Oversize Loads, Washington, Safety

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, July 16, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

FMCSA's Ferro Ponders Distraction Potential of On-board Displays

Drivers automatically sort details from distractions. Alerts just add to the workload. Photo: Jim Park

April 4, 2014

Ann Ferro's curiosity over in-cab distraction is well-founded, but who will decide how much is too much? Equipment Editor Jim Park muses on the topic in his latest "On the Road" blog post.

Tags: Distracted Driving, Drivers, Safety, Anne Ferro

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Friday, April 4, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Death in the Tire Shop

Better communication and a little more awareness might have prevented a deadly shop accident. Photo by Jim Park

February 4, 2014

A tire service technician was killed when he was run over by the truck he was working on. Could more regulations have prevented the tragedy? Possibly, but so could better communication and a little more awareness of what goes on in a repair shop, says Equipment Editor Jim Park in his On the Road blog.

Tags: Tires, Safety, Technicians, maintenance, In the Shop

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Tuesday, February 4, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

The perils of winter driving, or, self-inflicted wounds

December 12, 2013

Equipment Editor Jim Park, has seen his share of calamity on snow-covered highways. He got through his 20 years of driving unscathed, but the point of view from the driver's seat is a little different that that of a traffic camera mounted dozens of feet in the air. Park says this ringside-seat video provides a new perspective on winter driving.

Tags: Winter Driving, Safety, Winter

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, December 12, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(3)

Why We Need Good Driver Training

October 29, 2013

VIDEO -- Equipment Editor Jim Park recently found a truck route that reminded him of the importance of good driver training. Suspend your disbelief for a few minutes, pretend the sound of Jim's motorcycle engine is a Jake Brake, and join him for a trip down a truly hair-raising hill.

Tags: Driver Training, Mountain Driving, Engine Brake, Rookie Driver, Safety, Drivers

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Tuesday, October 29, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Aussies Deploy 'Water Wall' Tunnel Warning Technology

May 17, 2013

They've tried flashing lights, neon signs, low-impact barriers, but sometimes nothing seem to keep oversize trucks from squeezing into tunnels. Jim Park has more in his latest "On the Road" blog.

Tags: Safety

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Friday, May 17, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Whaddya Think of Those Canucks, Eh?

Bison Transport, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, took top honors in the over 25 million annual miles category.

March 11, 2013

For the second time, two Canadian truckload fleets earned top honors in the Truckload Carriers Association National (maybe it should be International?) Fleet Safety Awards. In his "On the Road" blog, Jim Park muses on whether Canadian truckers have a leg up in safety, despite longer work days and bigger rigs.

Tags: Brian Kurtz Trucking, Bison Transport, TCA, , Canada, Safety

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Monday, March 11, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Billboards, distraction and tax revenues

Do these animated electronic billboards distract drivers? (Photo courtesy of adsemble.com)

January 6, 2013

You don't need a PhD to recognize that bright flashing lights and changing images will grab drivers' attention. They are supposed to. But since drivers ought to be paying attention to things that are more pressing, why are these signs sprouting up everywhere?

Tags: Safety & Compliance, Safety, Infrastructure

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Sunday, January 6, 2013 11:35 PM | » Comments(0)

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