Driver Fatigue

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April 9, 2018

Lippert Bedding Made for Sleeper Mattresses

Lippert Components has introduced a line of adjustable sheet sets that are designed to securely fit the wider longer mattresses commonly found in Class 8 sleeper cabins.

March 16, 2018

Dealing with Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Trucking

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association suspects that about 28% of the commercial driver population may be suffering from some degree of obstructive sleep apnea.

March 15, 2018

Where Did the Hours of Service Rules Come From, Anyway?

How the hours of service rules for truck drivers ever became a safety regulation is a question that has vexed many in the industry.

March 13, 2018

How to Prevent Truck Driver Fatigue

Don’t focus so much on hours of service compliance and electronic logging devices that you fail to address the underlying causes of truck driver fatigue.

March 4, 2018

Lippert Adds Somnum Discovery Latex Foam Mattress

Lippert Components is bringing a new line of truck mattresses to market designed to exceed OE mattress standards and give drivers a mattress as good as the one they have at home.

February 14, 2018

Electronic Log Data May Help Drive Hours-of-Service Reform

For truckers, it’s the Holy Grail of regulatory reform. Who would not want to see the Hours of Service rules more closely reflect the real world of driving trucks?

February 5, 2018

DOT Digs into Data on Driver Detention

An audit slams the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s plan to collect data on driver detention, noting that the data collected “may not accurately describe how the diverse trucking industry experiences driver detention, which would limit any further analysis of [detention’s] impacts.”

December 29, 2017

USA Today Finds Drivers Being Overworked at Ports

Drivers may be working shifts of up to 20 hours per day for six days a week at two major Southern California ports, sometimes contributing to fatal accidents, according to a report in USA Today – but port trucking companies say the story is misleading.

December 15, 2017

Somnum Sleeper Series Mattress Designed to Promote Healthy, Restful Sleep

Lippert Components has introduced a new mattress for sleeper cabs in heavy duty trucks called the somnum Sleeper Series mattress.

November 13, 2017

FMCSA Not Doing Enough to Keep Unsafe Operators Off Highways, NTSB Says

In the wake of its investigation of a crash caused by a fatigued motorcoach driver, the National Transportation Safety Board reiterated its call for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to change its motor carrier safety rating system.

August 21, 2017

NFL Season May Bring Increased Drowsy Driving Risk

A spike in drowsy driving incidents among waste drivers seemed to correspond with the return of the the NFL season, according to video-based technology safety company Lytx.

August 14, 2017

Scuttling of Sleep Apnea Screening Proposal Draws Heated Reactions

The Trump administration's move to halt progress on a proposal that would have required sleep apnea screening for truck drivers and train engineers was met with largely negative reactions in press reports from around the country and the world.

August 4, 2017

Feds Withdraw Sleep Apnea Pre-Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration have withdrawn their advance notice of proposed rulemaking on obstructive sleep apnea.

January 24, 2017

Truck Crash Survivor Awarded $15 Million in Civil Suit

A survivor of a truck crash that renewed calls for mandating collision avoidance systems on heavy trucks when it killed five nursing students from Georgia Southern University has been awarded $15 million in a civil suit against the trucking company.

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.

September 12, 2016

Omnitracs Tool Identifies Drivers Most Likely To Leave

Omnitracs says its new ELD Driver Retention Model can analyze the data provided by electronic logs to help predict which truck drivers are most likely to quit, helping fleets pinpoint retention efforts.

August 18, 2016

Commentary: Don't Blame the Driver, Blame the Watermelon

In an era when the customer is king, the solitary truck driver is always the one at the end of the line.

August 9, 2016

New Report Sounds Wakeup Call on Dangers of Drowsy Driving

A report issued by the Governors Highway Safety Association on the “extreme danger posed by tired drivers” includes a new NHTSA estimate that pegs the annual societal cost of fatigue-related fatal and injury crashes at $109 billion— and that does not include property damage.

May 9, 2016

Of Spuds, Sleep, and Faulty Statistics

An accident that closed I-77 in North Carolina illustrates how driver fatigue is a problem that is a lot more complex than just creating regulations saying when truckers can and can’t drive — and how enforcement sometimes erroneously targets truckers in the name of safety.

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