Distracted Driving

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June 7, 2017

Driver Visual Awareness Slows During Conversations

Research from the University of Iowa finds that even a simple conversation creates an "attention disengagement" lag that affects a driver’s reaction time.

May 2, 2017

Congestion, Distracted Driving, HOS Top ATRI's Research Priorities

The American Transportation Research Institute has decided on its research priorities for 2017, approving studies on congestion, driver distraction, hours of service, and autonomous truck technology, among others.

April 13, 2017

SmartDrive Spells Out High Costs of Distracted Driving

While it doesn’t take rocket science to view distracted drivers as accidents waiting to happen, new data-based findings released by SmartDrive indicate just how risky and costly these vehicle operators can be.

April 13, 2017

SmartDrive Provides Insight on Distracted Driving

The data analysis clearly demonstrates that the most distracted drivers are less safe overall, commit significantly more fundamental driving errors, and drive faster than the speed limit compared to all other drivers.

March 31, 2017

Write Policies to Avoid Distracted Driving, Omnitracs Says

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness month, so Omnitracs came up with suggestions for fleet managers to help drivers stay focused on driving:

January 10, 2017

A Not-So-Gentle Reminder

It's never been easier to get distracted behind the wheel -- age and experience notwithstanding. Jack Roberts got an up close and personal reminder of that recently, as he shares in his Truck Tech blog.

October 1, 2016

Driver Fatigue, Distraction Detected by Guardian System from Seeing Machines

LAS VEGAS -- Seeing Machines now offers its Guardian technology in the United States to detect and alert drivers who have fatigue-induced microsleep incidents or driver distraction.

April 30, 2015

Seeing Machines Launches Vision-Based Accident Avoidance

Seeing Machines has announced the U.S. launch of Seeing Machines Fleet, an accident-avoidance solution that helps truck drivers and fleet operators better manage fatigue and distraction events in real time

April 13, 2015

ATA Provides Safety Tips for Distracted Driving Month

The American Trucking Associations is urging motorists to put cell phones away and focus on safe driving behind the wheel as part of National Distracted Driving Month.

February 16, 2015

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.

January 14, 2015

NTSB Takes Aim at Commercial Trucking Safety, Distracted Driving

Strengthening commercial trucking safety is one of four new issues on the National Transportation Safety Board's Most Wanted List for 2015, including active safety systems and underride guard improvements, while distracted driving returns to the list.

October 24, 2014

Distracted Driving Focus Should Include More Than Cell-Phone Use

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Virginia Tech released new research examining crash risks associated with driver cell phone use and the relationship to other distracting behaviors. Some study conclusions have generated controversy.

October 22, 2014

NTSB to FMCSA: Ban Hands-Free Phone Use

Truck drivers should not use hands-free phones while driving, says the National Transportation Safety Board. The Board’s recommendation was one of several changes it wants the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to make in the wake of a 2013 truck-train crash that caused a derailment, hazmat fire and explosion.

October 9, 2014

Researchers Measure Distraction Levels of Voice-Activated Systems

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety teamed with University of Utah psychology researchers to measure driver distraction levels associated with giving voice commands to control electronics and update social media. Here's a report on the two recent studies. For the full story, click here.

July 22, 2014

Distracted Driving Kicks Off Fleet Safety Conference

SCHAUMBURG, IL -- The annual Fleet Safety Conference kicked off Tuesday with an opening keynote address by Mike Pitcher, president and CEO of LeasePlan USA, took a look at changing corporate safety culture, specifically talking about his company's adoption of a no-cell-phone ban.

May 9, 2014

Study: Distracted Driving a Growing Problem Along Part of I-95

A new report shows distracted driving is a growing problem along a section of one of America’s most heavily travelled routes.

April 18, 2014

Here's Why We Have Restrictive Hazmat Rules

Watch what happens when a truck carrying a load of apparently unsecured propane cylinders runs into the back of a bus. Remember, propane in cylinders is stored at fairly high pressure. In the first few seconds of the video, you see the truck passing the car filming the event. There's a bus in the center lane that appears to cut in front of the propane truck, but that's not visible on camera. What happens next is frightening.  

April 4, 2014

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

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.

March 19, 2014

Distraction Was Key in Chesapeake Bay Bridge Crash

A distracted truck driver failed to slow down, stuck the car ahead of him and pushed it off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge into the water 27 feet below. That’s the official National Transportation Safety Board conclusion in its analysis of the July 19, 2013, accident. The car’s driver managed to get out of the sinking vehicle and swim to safety with minor injuries.

September 3, 2013

Azuga Launches DriveSafe Powered by Cellcontrol

Azuga announced the launch of Azuga DriveSafe - a service that implements mobile device policies for fleet customers. The new offering is powered by Cellcontrol. With Azuga DriveSafe, employees’ phones are put in do-not-disturb mode, blocking disruptive emails and texts when vehicles are in motion.

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