Safety & Compliance

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October 2016, - Department

How Carbon Express Did a 180 on Safety

Controller Sean McAllister and Director of Safety John Bowlby hold the National Tank Truck Council Outstanding Safety Performance Trophy at the entrance to Carbon Express headquarters.

By Deborah Lockridge

When Steve Rush was an owner-operator, he would have laughed at the notion that one day he would be running a tanker fleet that would be recognized as the safest carrier by the National Tank Truck Council in the 15 million miles and under category.

Tags: Fleet Safety, Tankers, Carbon Express

September 2016, - Department

Spec'ing Trailers for Safe and Quick Entry and Exit

Bumper’s skid-resistant top surface allows firm planting of a driver’s foot, and end cap would stop a sideways slip as he climbs up. Handle next to door gives him a positive grip. Photo:Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Slips and falls constitute a major cause of injuries and worker’s compensation claims for drivers, and while that usually applies to trucks and tractors, it also includes trailers. Many trailers are bought with no clear way to climb aboard, so drivers do the best they can.

Tags: Driver Safety, Trailers, TMC

October 2016, - WebXclusive

Self-Driving Trucks and the Platooning Stepping Stone: How Soon?

Uber's Anthony Levandowski, co-founder of the autonomous trucking startup Otto, shares video of a truck with no driver. Photo: Evan Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

While it seems pretty certain that some forms of autonomous trucking are definitely on the way, the vision varies on just what that’s going to look like and how fast it’s going to get here. That was the takeaway from a panel discussion on platooning and autonomous vehicle technologies at the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition.

Tags: Daimler Trucks North America, NACFE, Uber, Truck Platooning, Peloton Technology, ATA MC&E, Autonomous Vehicles

September 2016, - Department

Q&A: How Driver Relationships Drive Safety at Southern Freight Services

Kelsey Wolfe Photo: Jim Park

By Steven Martinez

Kelsey Wolfe is Southern Freight Services’ director of safety, human resources and recruiting and Heavy Duty Trucking’s pick for its 2016 Safety & Compliance Award. While safety is her primary concern, it's her relationships with the drivers that make it happen.

Tags: Fleet Safety, Fleet Safety Conference, Awards, Safety & Compliance

September 2016, - Editorial

Commentary: Need for Speed?

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Trucks using speed limiters had a ratio of 1.6 crashes per 100 trucks per year, while those without had a ratio of 2.9.

Tags: Driving Safety, Speed Limiter, NHTSA

September 2016, - WebXclusive

3 Things to be Ready for in a Coercion Complaint Investigation

Photo by Jim Park

By Don Jerrell, HNI

While following up on driver coercion complaints, DOT auditors may not be finding the coercion claimed, but they are finding other issues that are causing conditional ratings and fines.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, E-logs, Driver Coercion

September 2016, - WebXclusive

Bendix Offers Comprehensive Brake Safety Week Upkeep Tips

By Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

In support of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual Brake Safety Week, Bendix is offering upkeep tips for drivers and fleets.

Tags: Inspections, Driver Safety Tips, Bendix, Brake Safety Week, CVSA

August 2016, - WebXclusive

Bendix Highlights Newest Advanced Safety System

Bendix's new Fusion Wingman features fully-integrated safety systems that function as a single unit designed to deliver the most urgent threat alert to drivers while minimizing false alarms and multiple alerts.  Photo courtesy Kenworth.

By Jack Roberts

Trucking journalists recently got an up-close demonstration of Bendix’s new Wingman Fusion integrated vehicle safety system, which uses advanced, high-speed computers, fully integrated safety systems and image-recognition cameras to give drivers fewer false alarms and faster responses in critical situations.

Tags: Kenworth, Bendix, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Collision Mitigation

August 2016, - WebXclusive

Q&A: J.J. Keller's Tom Reader on Educating Fleets About ELDs

By Jim Park

In this Q&A we sit down with Tom Reader, director of marketing for ELDs at JJ Keller and Associates to talk about how fleets and shippers are learning to cope with the changes that will come with electronic logs.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Hours of Service, ELDs, Q&A, ELD Mandate

July 2016, - Feature

Why You Should Consider Advanced Safety Systems

Lytx, which specializes in video-based telematics systems, says the vehicle, the driver and the environment all must be taken into account for “significant and enduring safety improvements.”

By Jack Roberts

With all of the advancements in the past 5-10 years, there is a strong case, both financially and in terms of sheer practicality, for fleets to evaluate and spec advanced safety systems on their trucks today.

Tags: Driver Safety, Vehicle Safety, Safety Technology

June 2016, - Editorial

Commentary: Taking the First Step to Wellness

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Fleets report they are losing drivers who can no longer re-certify to drive after health issues were uncovered under newer more stringent DOT physical procedures.

Tags: Driver Health, Driver Wellness, Driver Retention

June 2016, - WebXclusive

RoadCheck Begins: Don't Be Sidelined by Your Tires

Tread wear is the most obvious defect-- and one that immediately catches an inspector's eye. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Vehicle inspections take on a little more significance during RoadCheck, which begins Tuesday. Tires are the special focus this year. Have a close look at your tires before the inspectors do; it's may keep you out of the hooskow.

Tags: Tires, CVSA, Roadcheck, Inspections

June 2016, - WebXclusive

Knight Keeps Drivers Covered With SmartDrive’s Video-Safety Program

SmartDrive representatives at Knight's service center answered any questions that drivers had about the video monitoring system.

By Steven Martinez

After a successful pilot program, Knight Transportation has decided to install the SmartDrive event recorder system in its entire fleet to protect its drivers and coach them on improved driving habits.

Tags: Driver Safety, Video Event Recorders, SmartDrive, Knight Transportation

May 2016, - Department

ELDs: What Happens When You Have to Rent a Truck?

Photo: J.J. Keller

By David Cullen

Truck rental and leasing companies say the electronic logs mandate presents problems for them and their customers.

Tags: TRALA, Electronic Logging Devices, ELDs, ELD Mandate

May 2016, - Editorial

Commentary: The Dark Side of Electronic Logging Devices

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

The law is one thing, company policy another, but the relationship between driver and dispatcher is where reality happens.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, ELDs, ELD Mandate

May 2016, Business Fleet - Feature

’Gamification’ Helps Fleet Focus on Driver Safety

Michael Crafton stands in front of one of his company's Nissan NV cargo vans. Photo courtesy of Team 360.

By Amy Winter-Hercher

This growing service fleet promotes driver safety through a connected car platform that tracks each driver’s behind-the-wheel habits — and scores them.

Tags: Driver Safety, Vehicle Maintenance, Connected Vehicle Technology, Service Fleets, Zubie

May 2016, - Cover Story

Protecting Your Data

By Jim Beach

Keeping a company’s most vital information safe requires a company-wide effort.

Tags: Data Security

April 2016, - Department

The Time-Crunched Safety Manager

As a time-crunched manager, focus is difficult.

By Laura McMillan

Managing safety and training in a fleet means rushing from one brushfire to another. Everyone feels the time crunch. How do you make a difference when you’re juggling priorities, switching tasks, and trying to extinguish that daily brushfire?

Tags: Fleet Management, Driver Safety, Fleet Safety

April 2016, - Feature

The Modern Maintenance Manager: Safety Matters

More than ever, maintenance is as much about safety as anything else.

By David Cullen

The twin forces of increasing safety regulation and a burgeoning driver shortage are compelling the modern maintenance manager to do nothing less than think, live, and breathe truck safety.

Tags: Vehicle Maintenance, Maintenance Management, Fleet Safety

April 2016, - Cover Story

Living With ELDs: Getting Ahead of the Electronic Logs Mandate

Fleets can weather the ELD storm by starting now to integrate the devices into the operation.

By Jim Park

Fleets prepared to make the necessary changes to every facet of their operation will be more successful transitioning to e-logs.

Tags: Regulations, HOS, Electronic Logging Devices, ELDs, ELD Mandate

April 2016, - WebXclusive

5 Things You Need to Know About ELDs

Printing is one of several ways e-logs can be presented to enforcement officials at roadside. (Photo courtesy Continental VDO.)

By Jim Park

Electronic logging devices to track driver hours of service become mandatory in December 2017. Everything you need to know about compliance is spelled out in the final rule, but here's a quick look at some of the more common sources of confusion – and a few things you'll need to consider that are not spelled out in the text of the rule.

Tags: Hours of Service, ELDs

March 2016, - Department

Dry Vans: Regulations, What Customers Want, and How It Could Change

By Stephane Babcock

While many equipment mandates cause angst in the industry, a recent government proposal to require stronger rear under-ride guards is apparently not one of them.

Tags: Regulations, Trailers, Rear-End Collisions, Underride Guard, Underride

March 2016, - Department

Backing off Back Pain

While back pain is the bane of many whose jobs involve a lot of sitting, the misery is compounded when the sitting is behind the wheel of a truck.

By David Cullen

Back pain is the bane of many whose jobs involve a lot of sitting at a desk or other work station. But that misery is compounded when the sitting is behind the wheel of a truck.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Driver Health, Fatigue

March 2016, - Editorial

Commentary: Wheel-Offs Again

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

When it comes to wheel-offs, the mainstream press, and even some of the less well informed enforcement folk, always look to the driver first to find fault.

Tags: Maintenance, Inspections, Tires, Wheel-offs

February 2016, - Department

Catching Hours-Of-Service Cheaters

Drivers may falsify paper logs for various reasons. The best way to identify a false log is by comparing the log with related documents to verify whether the driver’s entires are indeed true and correct. Photos: Jim Park

By Tom Bray

A false log was No. 10 in the list of top 20 driver violations in 2015. As a motor carrier, you’re liable for false logs filled out by your drivers if you should have had the means to detect the violations.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Compliance, Hours of Service, E-logs

February 2016, - Department

Erb Group Takes Safety to a New Level

Input from the maintenance staff resulted in this custom-designed and manufactured mobile work platform. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

To improve the safety of its reefer technicians, Erb asked its maintenance staff what would be the best solution. Input from the staff resulted in a custom-designed and manufactured mobile work platform.

Tags: Maintenance, Vehicle Safety, Reefers

January 2016, - Department

How Not to Lose Sleep Over Apnea

A common therapy for obstructive sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure, known as CPAP. Photos: Safety First Sleep Solutions

By David Cullen

Despite sleep apnea’s devastating impact on highway safety and personal well-being, truck drivers can be easily and affordably treated for this common medical condition.

Tags: Sleep Apnea, Driver Health, Fatigue

January 2016, - Cover Story

Safety Profiles No Easy Fix

By David Cullen

Technology can help, but polishing a safety profile will always be about improving driver behavior and equipment maintenance.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, BASIC, Safety & Compliance

December 2015, - Department

5 Tips to Prevent Wheel Separation

Impact wrenches are fine for running wheel nuts up onto the studs, but a torque wrench must be used to set the nuts. Retorquing is highly recommended, but few, apparently, get around to it. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Research into past incidents shows inadequate maintenance is the root cause of most wheel separation incidents.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Wheel Separations, Tires and Wheels

December 2015, - Department

Must You Provide Only Positive D&A Tests to Prospective Employers? Negative!

By Betty Weiland

When a motor carrier receives an inquiry into a current or former driver’s drug and alcohol testing history, what specifically is the company required to release?

Tags: Regulations, Drug Testing, Employment, Alcohol Testing

December 2015, - Editorial

Commentary: Gizmology Games

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

While driver-assisting technology is capable of making us safer, in reality it is rarely frustration free.

Tags: Information Technology, Lane Departure Warning, Driver Assistance Systems, Adaptive Cruise Control

December 2015, - WebXclusive

Q&A: Wabco Americas Chief Talks About Braking, Safety Tech and More

Jon Morrison. Photo courtesy Wabco.

By Deborah Lockridge

This summer, Wabco Holdings named Jon Morrison president of its Americas business unit. He has spent 30 years in the global transportation industry and most recently served as president, North America for American Axle & Manufacturing. We sat down with him to find out more about his first few months in the position.

Tags: Global, Wabco, Collision Avoidance, Q&A, Air Disc Brakes

November 2015, - Department

A Safety Director Offers Steps to Success

Hartman does not hesitate to tell drivers that they are the most important part of McLeod’s business at the beginning of each orientation and througout their employment. Photo: McLeod Express

By Mitzi Hartman

A fleet safety director offers tips on how to successfully promote safety within a fleet.

Tags: Driver Safety, Fleet Safety, Driver Safety Tips

November 2015, - Test Drives

Kenworth's Predictive Cruise Control Looks Ahead to Save Fuel

Predictive cruise control uses terrain mapping and GPS satellite locating to manage the engine and transmission for efficient operation on up- and downgrades. It can be a multi-step procedure, and a driver might or might not notice them all. In rolling terrain, the system can save 1% to 2% in fuel, Kenworth says. Image: Kenworth

By Tom Berg

Predictive cruise control uses terrain mapping and GPS satellite locating to manage the engine and transmission for efficient operation on up- and downgrades.

Tags: Kenworth, Adaptive Cruise Control, T680 Advantage

November 2015, - Feature

The Impact of Truck Driver Wellness Programs

Photo: Melton Truck Lines

By David Cullen

Executives at several large long-haul fleets talk about their efforts to keep drivers healthy and happy through wellness programs in the final installment of HDT's Driver Dilemma series.

Tags: Driver Health, Driver Wellness, Driver Dilemma

November 2015, - WebXclusive

Legal Pot in Colorado: How it's Affected Trucking

Cannabis station, a medical marijuana dispensary, is located at the site of a former gas station in Denver. Photo by Jeffrey Beall via Flickr through Creative Commons license.

By Greg Fulton, CMCA

It’s been almost two years since Colorado officially legalized marijuana. With other states considering similar measures, Colorado Motor Carrier Association President Greg Fulton reflects on the law and its impact on the trucking industry.

Tags: Colorado, Drug Testing

November 2015, - WebXclusive

The Pounding of All the Rules

By David Cullen

The compounding effect of several new safety regulations in the next few years could have more of a negative impact on industry capacity than the individual regulations themselves.

Tags: Regulations, Insurance, FTR, Capacity, ELDs

October 2015, - Department

Behind UPS' Decision to Make Collision Mitigation Standard

UPS driver Bill Lazarski of Chicago (left) and UPS Freight driver Paul Savill of Cincinnati (right) are fans of the collision mitigation technology that’s now standard equipment on every new UPS Class 8 tractor the company orders.

By Deborah Lockridge

While UPS announced that it would be making collision mitigation technology standard on its Class 8 trucks, the decision had its beginnings as far back as 2012.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, UPS, Collision Avoidance Technology

October 2015, - Feature

How CSA Compliance Can Benefit Fleets and Drivers

Photos: Con-way

By David Cullen

Thanks to a combination of government regulations and market pressures, operating trucks safely has never been more mutually beneficial to fleets and drivers.

Tags: Driver Safety, Fleet Safety, CSA, Driver Dilemma

September 2015, - Department

Nussbaum Boosts Safety Driver by Driver

Photo: Nussbaum Transportation

By David Cullen

Nussbaum continuously makes investments in onboard safety technology, as well as in programs developed in-house to coach and incentivize drivers to perform safely and efficiently.

September 2015, - Feature

Why Proper Fifth Wheel Maintenance is Important

Proper fifth wheel maintenance is important to ensure the tractor and trailer stay together.

By Denise Rondini

Proper fifth wheel maintenance is important to ensure the tractor and trailer stay together.

Tags: Maintenance, Trailers, Fifth Wheels

August 2015, - WebXclusive

California Aims to Regulate Sustainability Into Freight System

Image: California State Transportation Agency

By David Cullen

Trucking stakeholders across the country will be keenly watching developments in California after a recent proclamation by Gov. Jerry Brown called for zero-emission technologies in vehicles.

Tags: CARB, California, GHG, California Trucking Association

August 2015, - WebXclusive

ELD Mandate Update

Photo: Omnitracs

By Tom Cuthbertson, Omnitracs LLC

A review of key topics addressed in the recently issued Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on electronic logging devices

Tags: FMCSA, ELD, Omnitracs, Driver Coercion

July 2015, - WebXclusive

How Bendix’s Wingman Fusion Can Stop a Truck [Video]

By Tom Berg

As the government contemplates making collision avoidance systems mandatory, HDT's Tom Berg takes you behind the wheel of one of the systems currently available for heavy trucks, the Bendix Wingman Fusion.

Tags: Navistar, Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix, Forward Collision Warning

July 2015, - WebXclusive

Q&A: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems' Fred Andersky

Fred Andersky Photo: Bendix

By David Cullen

We talk about pending stability control and collision avoidance mandates and other regulatory topics with Bendix's Fred Andersky who guides the company's regulatory, legislative and advocacy efforts.

Tags: Electronic Stability Control, GHG, Intelligent Transportation System, Forward Collision Avoidance

June 2015, - Department

The Price Tag for Violating Regulations Just Went Up

By Kathy Close, J.J. Keller & Associates

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a mission statement of reducing the number of commercial motor vehicle crashes, and the injuries and fatalities associated with them.

Tags: Vehicle Safety Regulations, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Fines

May 2015, - WebXclusive

It's National Tire Safety Week

Photo courtesy of Goodyear.

By Jim Park

Tire maintenance plays a big role in fleet safety and efficiency. Now is a good time to remind drivers and technicians about the importance of proper tire care.

Tags: TPMS, ATIS, Tire Inflation

May 2015, - Editorial

Commentary: We Can Do Better on Brakes

Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor.

By Denise Rondini

We've long been aware of the inadequacies of air disc brake training, particularly in the United States.

Tags: Brakes, Brake Safety Week, CVSA, Air Disc Brakes

May 2015, - Feature

Cameras in the Cab

Fleets can see real improvement with in-cab video systems. Photo courtesy of Lytx

By Jim Beach

Truck fleets are increasingly deploying in-cab video systems as part of their technological arsenal to increase safety and security.

Tags: Driver Safety, Technology, In-Vehicle Video

May 2015, - Department

The Future of Visibility

While mirrors are here to stay, high-tech supplements are on the horizon.

By Stephane Babcock

While mirrors are here to stay, high-tech supplements are on the horizon.

Tags: Vehicle Safety Technology, Technology, In-Vehicle Video



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