Safety

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January 30, 2018

NTSB Issues Safety Recommendations on Propane Tankers

The National Transportation Safety Board issued recommendations on loading and inspecting propane truck tankers after its investigation of a 2016 crash.

January 30, 2018

Improved VHD Deserves Better Sales, Volvo Says

Volvo's vocational VHD model truck gets a new interior and LED headlamps to make it a more desirable choice for operators of dump, mixer, refuse and other rough-service vehicles.

January 27, 2018

Video: Autopiloted Tesla Rear-Ends Fire Truck

Both NHTSA and NTSB will investigate a Los Angeles-area collision involving a Tesla Model S that the driver said was operating in Autopilot mode.

January 26, 2018

ELDs So Far: Stories From the Road

It’s been a little over a month since the electronic logging device mandate went into effect, and the transition appears to be a bit bumpy. Deborah Lockridge shares some of what she's heard in her All That's Trucking blog.

January 22, 2018

Intelligent Intersection Tech Coming to Columbus

Continental will install its vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications technology to help prevent intersection crashes.  

January 11, 2018

How to Plan for the Surge in Truck Demand

A back order of Class 5 to 8 trucks will put pressure on component supply such as tires, engines, and transmissions. Here’s what small fleets can do about it.

January 6, 2018

Roof Rake-Like Snow Scraper Solves a Dangerous Problem

Several northern states have laws requiring snow and ice to be removed from trucks and cars. But decreeing it is easier than doing it; automated devices aren't always where a snow-covered semi is. Tom Berg highlights one handheld alternative in his Trailer Talk blog.

January 4, 2018

Sprinter 3500 Vans Recalled for Crosswind Assist

The recall covers 2,177 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 and Freightliner Sprinter 3500 vans.

December 29, 2017

Transportation Accidents Most Common Work Fatality

Work deaths climbed 7% in 2016, and transportation incidents accounted for 40% of those fatalities, according to new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

December 28, 2017

Making Tank Trailers Safer

Statistically, cargo tanks, both liquid and dry bulk, are statistically among the safest vehicles on the road today. But the tank sector does face certain challenges that are inherent with the job.

December 21, 2017

Truck and Trailer Side Guards Being Pushed and Sold

Side guards add weight and cost, and might never come into play in months and years of service. One could say the same about most safety equipment - but accidents do happen. Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

November 27, 2017

Tire Maintenance: It’s Not Just Checking Tire Pressure

For proper tire care, it’s also important to make sure that each tire has adequate tire tread left and to check that the sidewalls have no cuts or damage.

November 21, 2017

10 Tesla Takeaways: Part I

The Tesla Semi launch in California last week answered many questions while leaving others hanging in the air. Jack Roberts' Truck Tech Blog highlights five things we learned after the truck's debut – and in Part 2, five lingering questions Tesla needs to answer.

November 16, 2017

ATA Recognizes Top Safety Director and Driver of the Year

American Trucking Associations’ Safety Management Council has named Curtis Carr, of Estes Express Lines, as the winner of the 2017 National Safety Director Award. ATA also recognized Gary Plant of Walmart Transportation as the National Driver of the Year.

November 10, 2017

NTSB to Investigate Latest Autonomous Vehicle Crash

Despite human error appearing to be the cause of the crash of an autonomous shuttle van in Las Vegas earlier this week, the National Transportation Safety Board is sending investigators to look at the accident more closely, according to a report by Reuters News Agency.

November 9, 2017

Truck Driver Gets the Blame in Driverless Shuttle Bus Crash

Media outlets are reporting a collision between a driverless shuttle bus and a tractor-trailer in Las Vegas just hours after the bus was unveiled - and the truck driver was blamed. Equipment Editor Jim Park has more in his On the Road blog.

November 1, 2017

Trucking Alliance Adopts AAA Advanced Safety Tech Recommendations

The Alliance for Driver Safety & Security, commonly known as the Trucking Alliance, announced that its carrier members must use four truck-safety technologies that the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has concluded are critical to reducing large truck crashes and saving lives.

October 31, 2017

New Defense System Addresses Defensive Driver Training

While the concept of defensive driving has been around for 50 years, in-cab driver training company Instructional Technologies Inc., makers of Pro-Tread, have developed an update to apply the concept to modern roads, trucks and drivers.

October 30, 2017

ATRI Research Advisory Chair Tapped to Lead OSHA

Scott Mugno, ATRI's research advisory committee chairman, has been nominated to lead OSHA as an Assistant Secretary of Labor.

October 27, 2017

Zonar Coach Offers Real-Time In-Cab Coaching

Zonar has introduced Coach, a video-based coaching solution designed to improve commercial vehicle safety, efficiency and compliance, the company announced.

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