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5 Ways to Prevent Negligent Hiring Claims
By Don Jerrell, Associate VP, HNI
With the ever-growing driver shortage looming, many motor carriers are lowering their hiring standards to fill their empty trucks. No company wants to turn down a job because they don’t have drivers to service the account.
Frequent Inspections Save Tires
Even if your drivers say they are inspecting their tires regularly, it never hurts to double check.
<p>Frequent and thorough yard checks will catch problems your drivers miss.</p> By Jim Park
It seems the best you can expect from many drivers is a quick visual check that the tire is where it should be. Whether or not it's capable of holding air is another matter.
Transmission Trends
The swing continues toward heavy automated products, but manuals still dominate. Light and medium trucks are almost all ‘shiftless.’
<p>Most automated manual transmissions go into highway tractors, but Eaton offers three vocational versions of the UltraShift Plus for on/off-road trucks such as dumps and mixers.</p> By Tom Berg
The swing continues toward heavy automated products, but manuals still dominate. Light and medium trucks are almost all ‘shiftless.’
Get Ready to Say Goodbye to Paper Logs
FMCSA proposes mandatory electronic logging devices.
By Oliver Patton
After 28 years of proposals, studies, drafts, revisions, legal battles and technological innovations – not to mention an Act of Congress – federal regulators are close to requiring most interstate commercial drivers to keep track of their work hours with an electronic device.
Finding and Keeping Drivers With The One-Two Punch: Pay & Respect
Pay and benefits are changing as fleets work to recruit and retain drivers, but treating drivers right is still a top priority.
<p>One thing the experts agree on is if your company has an incentive rewards program, the rewards need to be given in a timely fashion. <em>(Photo courtesy of A. Duie Pyle.)</em></p> By Deborah Lockridge & Kate Harlow
Recruiting and retention. It’s akin to bailing water out of a boat that has a hole in it. You really have to plug the hole first, otherwise you’re constantly fighting to stay afloat. In the trucking industry, that hole is driver retention.

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Study of Bose Ride System Indicates Reduction in Back Pain for Drivers A study of 73 drivers drawn from three leading truckload fleets, conducted by the Bose Corp., showed that the Bose Ride seat technology was effective in reducing back pain, fatigue and other adverse effects experienced by truck drivers during the course of their day.
Vusion Launches MPG Analytics Dashboard TCA, GRAPEVINE, TX – Vusion, a division of PeopleNet and Trimble, announced the launch of an analytics tool designed to give fleet managers a better view of how their vehicles and drivers are performing mpg-wise.
Omnitracs Adds Tire Pressure Monitoring and Navigation Capabilities to Mobile Platforms Omnitracs, the fleet mobile communications provider, announced the availability of tire pressure monitoring, trailer tire inflation alerts and fuel applications to its MPC 50 line of in-cab devices.
New LED Lighting Easier on Drivers’ Eyes, Save Power Package with LED lamps available on Models 579 and 567 with 72- and 80-inch Platinum sleepers.
LinkeDrive Announces Driver Analytics Platform LinkeDrive's new DATA platform gives fleets an option for managing fuel efficiency and safety

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