Safety & Compliance

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May 2, 2012

In the wink of an eye

The after-effects of a serious crash can last years, or even a lifetime. The impact is entirely disproportionate to the time it takes for a crash scenario to develop. One instant you're cruising down the road, the next you're smashed to smithereens.

April 3, 2012

Cheap insurance, really cheap insurance

A set of visual brake stroke indicators costs no more than a few bucks per wheel-end, and can save hundreds by preventing just one out-of-service situation. So why aren't more fleets and owner-operators using them

March 14, 2012

How Do You Know Your Drivers Are Doing Proper Inspections?

A key strategy that has emerged for fleets to help improve their scores under FMCSA's new Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement regime - more commonly known as CSA - is a proper pre-trip inspection

February 14, 2012

The New Hours Rule: Did FMCSA Find A Sweet Spot?

Almost no one is happy about the new hours of service rule. Maybe that means the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration made the moves that will lead to stability, at long last. Or maybe not.

February 13, 2012

Cargo Securement: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You Under CSA

You can hide a multitude of sins inside a van trailer, but with an open deck trailer, any indiscretions are out in the open for all to see -- including DOT roadside inspectors

February 13, 2012

Top 5 Cargo Securement Violations

In 2011, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance inspectors conducted about 2 million vehicle inspections. In the cargo securement sphere, the most common violations found during roadside inspections were "failure to prevent shifting cargo" (16,345) and "leaking/spilling/blowing/falling cargo" (10,872)

January 30, 2012

Driving Tips to Protect Light-Duty Fleets This Winter

As we settle into the new year, winter 2012 is just beginning to flex its muscles

January 17, 2012

Stability Control: Cheap Insurance

Some time soon, if we don't already, we'll have a rulemaking proposal that ultimately will put a stability-control system on every new tractor, and maybe retrofit such a system on all tank trailers too, old or new. I'm sold on both ideas

January 17, 2012

Schneider National Safety Guru Don Osterberg on the FMCSA's New Enforcement Program

We spoke with Don Osterberg, vice president of safety at mega-carrier Schneider National and a leader in trucking safety, about the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's new Compliance, Safety, and Accountability enforcement progra

January 17, 2012

Data Shows Speeding and Log Violations are Main CSA Culprits; Technology Can Help

When the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rolled out its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program in late 2010, a number of carriers were surprised to find a poorer safety rating than they enjoyed under the old SafeStat

November 4, 2011

Monitoring Driver Behavior Can Improve Safety, Reduce Costs

Driver monitoring has evolved tremendously in recent years. Some carriers still rely on reports from a 1-800 "how's my driving" number to find out when a driver is driving poorly, but many more are putting technology to wor

November 2, 2011

How would mandatory speed limiters on trucks affect highway safety?

Mandatory speed limiters. It's one of those topics on which you see heated debate in this industry, and there doesn't seem to be a clear-cut winner

September 11, 2011

We still haven't come to terms with brake adjustment

Today is the beginning of Brake Safety Week in North America. CVSA inspectors will be doing a lot of brake stroke inspections this week, and also working with drivers, mechanics and others to improve awareness of brake systems and regulatory compliance. Its one of the best things CVSA does

August 25, 2011

'Video game' aims to prevent truck-train crashes

Operation Lifesaver, a non-profit dedicated to railway safety education, released an online "video game" earlier this year designed to instill safe habits into truck drivers

August 23, 2011

Paying for safety

Here's some food for thought for our elected officials when it comes to the importance of highway safety and infrastructure

August 9, 2011

Truck Crash Lawyers Repurpose Roadcheck Stats

The headline reads "Texas Trucking Accident Attorney Says Roadcheck 2011 Reveals Truck Driver Fatigue Problem." It doesn't say we have a regulatory compliance problem; rather, this headline says in no uncertain terms we have a driver fatigue problem. We're back on the griddle again

August 1, 2011

A peek Into a cargo thief's bag of tricks

In interviewing security experts for our July cover story on cargo security, I learned about some of the latest tricks being used by cargo thieves

August 1, 2011

9 Ways to Keep Cargo Safe and Secure

Last November, cargo thieves made off with a truckload of pharmaceuticals worth several million dollars

July 22, 2011

A Hands-Free Mindset

This month in Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, I explained how carriers can comply with forthcoming hands-free-only regulations on mobile devices

July 22, 2011

What do we learn from Roadcheck?

With another Roadcheck event now some weeks behind us, a few questions linger about this annual ritual. What's Roadcheck all about, anyway? What do we learn from the exercise? And why are nearly one quarter of the truck brakes inspected still put out of service

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