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Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor. 
Commentary: We Can Do Better on Brakes
By Denise Rondini
We've long been aware of the inadequacies of air disc brake training, particularly in the United States.
Fleets can see real improvement with in-cab video systems. Photo: Wabco and SmartDrive
Cameras in the Cab
By Jim Beach
Truck fleets are increasingly deploying in-cab video systems as part of their technological arsenal to increase safety and security.
While mirrors are here to stay, high-tech supplements are on the horizon.
The Future of Visibility
By Stephane Babcock
While mirrors are here to stay, high-tech supplements are on the horizon.
Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor
Commentary: The Powder Keg of Brake Slack Adjustment
By Rolf Lockwood
There’s an epidemic of ignorance out there regarding brake slack adjustment It just won’t go away, might even be getting worse.
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How to Prepare for the CVSA Inspection Blitz
By HNI
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual roadside inspection blitz is on the calendar for June 2-4. Here are some best practices to make sure your drivers' truck inspections go as smoothly as possible.

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Takata Airbag Recall May Include Some Commercial Trucks
By Deborah Lockridge
Some commercial trucks may be among the vehicles in a massive recall of dangerously defective airbags, expected to be the largest recall in U.S. history.
J.J Keller Updates Driver Training Resources
J.J. Keller & Associates has released the third editions of the J.J. Keller Tractor-Trailer Driver Training Manual and Instructor’s Supplement.
Photo: David Cullen
House Bill Allows Twin 33s Nationwide; Keeps Restart Suspension Active
By David Cullen
The House Appropriations Committee has approved a $55-billion spending bill that includes a provision to allow 33-foot long double trailers on Interstate and other highways— regardless of state laws.
Greg Nadeau Photo: FHWA
Nadeau Nominated to Head FHWA
By David Cullen
President Obama has announced he will nominate Greg Nadeau to serve as the next Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration. Nadeau, 58, will replace Victor Mendez, who in July was named Deputy Secretary of the Department of Transportation.
Photo by Jim Park
Video: The Autonomous Truck Comes to Life
By Jim Park
HDT Equipment Editor Jim Park gets a right-hand-seat view of Daimler Truck's Inspiration Truck and the Highway Pilot autonomous control system in action.
Image: FMCSA
DOT to Audit FMCSA High-Risk Investigative Practices
By David Cullen
The Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General has announced it will audit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s investigative practices for high-risk motor carriers.
Photo: Fontaine
Fontaine-Modified M2 Trucks Recalled for Brake Light Glitch
Fontaine Modification is recalling 3,571 Freightliner M2 trucks modified to have dual steering to fix brake lights that may not illuminate, according to federal records.
Daimler Trucks North America used Hoover Dam to create a record-setting display to premier its Inspiration Truck. Photo: Daimler Trucks
Autonomous Freightliner Premieres With Hoover Dam Fanfare
By Deborah Lockridge
Daimler Trucks North America introduced its new autonomous Freightliner Inspiration Truck Tuesday night at Hoover Dam, using the historic dam as the world's largest projection screen in its dramatic premier.
From Left: TCA President, Brad Bentley, award recipient Dean Newell, Rande Walker, President of Creative Concepts and John Joines, VP of Safety Services, Great West Casualty. Photo: TCA
TCA Honors Maverick’s Newell with Safety Award
By David Cullen
The Truckload Carriers Association has presented its annual Clare C. Casey Award to Dean Newell, Vice President of Safety and Training for Maverick Transportation, LLC.
Ruling stems from class-action suit brought earlier by Penske Logistics drivers in California. Image: Penske
Supreme Court Upholds California Driver Break Rules
By David Cullen
The U.S. Supreme Court has denied motions seeking to overturn a ruling that upheld a California statute requiring a paid 10-minute rest break every four hours and a paid 30-minute meal period every five hours for truck drivers.

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Cloud-Based In-Cab Video System Launched Convoy Technologies recently introduced its Videomatics video/telematics-based system to help improve driver safety and security.
Light Monitoring System Cuts Down on Violations The Phillips Industries Lite-Sentry is a trailer-chassis light monitoring system that alerts a driver when a light has gone out on a trailer.
McLeod, iGlobal Integrate Software with In-cab Scanning Billing and payroll documents are scanned and transmitted with iGlobal’s device, and payment for a delivered load can be made by Friday of the following week.
Multi-Capable Jensen HD Bluetooth Radio Coming in May The radio that integrates with a truck’s electrical system and can be Bluetooth-linked to smart phones, which then are operated by the radio.
Roadnet Insight Offers Business Intelligence As part of Omnitracs, LLC’s global user conference held Feb. 8 – 11 in Dallas, the company’s Roadnet Technologies business unit unveiled new products and enhancements, including a new business intelligence tool.
USEFUL WHITEPAPERS
Understanding new regulations to keep your freight and all drivers safe
New regulatory requirements are demanding higher levels of accountability. As they do, truck drivers, carriers and fleet owners must step up efforts to implement safety programs and stay current with new, amended or suspended regulations. This special report explains the newest regulations in the industry.
A Whitepaper Guide to Improving the ROI of Driver Safety
Best practices for driver risk management and fostering a culture of driver safety are outlined in this timely white paper. With so many drivers on the road today, creating a culture of safety is an ongoing effort. Businesses must recognize and understand their risks and take proactive steps to ensure they understand real-time changes in driving behaviors that warrant concern.

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