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September 6, 2017 - Product News

Hub Group Adopts SmartDrive Video Safety Platform

Screenshot via SmartDrive

Hub Group has adopted the SmartDrive video-based safety platform for its fleet of more than 2,600 tractors, with the aim of improving driver safety and fuel economy.

Tags: Driver Safety, Video Event Recorders, SmartDrive, Hub Group, Drivers, Safety, Advanced Safety Technology

August 31, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Recalls F-Series Crew Cab Trucks for Seat Belts

Photo courtesy of Ford.

The recall covers more than 117,000 2015-2017 Ford F-150 Crew Cab and 2017 F-250 and F-350 Super Duty Crew Cab trucks in the U.S.

Tags: Ford F-150, Seat Belts, Recalls, Ford F-350, Ford F-250, Ford, 2015-MY, Large Pickups, 2016-MY, 2017-MY, Safety, Crew Cab

August 20, 2017 - Product News

ZF Brings Reax Electronic Steering System to Heavy Truck Market

ZF's ReAx steering system mounts to a truck steering column and provides steering assistance based on real-time driver needs. Photo: ZF Group

ZF's new Reax electronic steering system reads sensors from a wide array of vehicle systems and provides drivers with augmented control automatically tailored to specific driving situations.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Retention, Safety, Steering

August 15, 2017 - Industry News

UPS Turns to Virtual Reality to Train Drivers

UPS says its new virtual reality training technology is realistic down to the finest details. Photo: UPS

UPS will begin using cutting-edge virtual reality technology to train drivers at UPS Integrad training facilities.

Tags: Driver Safety, UPS, Driver Training, UPS Freight, Virtual Technology, Drivers, Safety

August 10, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Slates Summertime Road Show Regional Forums

With no fanfare and nearly as little publicity, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun holding day-long regional forums to discuss how to improve the highway safety performance of commercial vehicles.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Enforcement, ELDs, CSA, Safety

August 9, 2017 - Product News

Defensive Driving Program Focuses on Distracted Drivers

Screenshot via ITI

Instructional Technologies Inc., announced a new defensive driving program called Pro-Defense that focuses on the increasing amount and types of distractions professional drivers face on the road.

Tags: Driver Training, Distracted Driving, Instructional Technologies, Driver Safety, Safety, Drivers, Pro-Tread

August 5, 2017 - Industry News

GM Recalls 2014 Pickup Trucks for Steering

Photo of 2014-MY Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of GM.

The recall covers more than 690,000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks in the 2014 model year.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, Recalls, GMC Sierra, General Motors, GMC, 2014-MY, NHTSA, Large Pickups, Safety, Steering

July 31, 2017 - Industry News

USA Truck Continues to Build New Leadership Team

USA Truck has made another appointment as it continues to build its executive leadership team, naming Allen Lowry as vice president, safety and risk management.

Tags: Leadership, People, USA Truck, Safety

July 31, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: 4 Mistakes While Driving Near Trucks

Photo by Don Graham (inknife_2000)/flickr.

The Arkansas State Police offers advice on what common mistakes to avoid while driving near semitrailer trucks.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Safety, Semitrailers

July 27, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Recalls F-150 and 3 Other Models for Seats

Photo of Ford F-150 courtesy of Ford.

The recall, tied to defective attaching bolts, covers more than 94,000 Ford F-150, E-Series, Escape and Lincoln MKC vehicles in the U.S.  

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford Escape, Lincoln, Seat Belts, Recalls, Ford, 2014-MY, Ford E-Series, 2015-MY, Lincoln MKC, Safety

July 25, 2017 - Industry News

Paper Transport Safety Director Wins HDT's Safety & Compliance Award

Rich Wilson (left), Omnitracs' senior sales manager; Ken Marvenko, director of safety and driver development at Paper Transport, with his Safety and Compliance Award; and Stephane Babcock, managing editor of Heavy Duty Trucking at the Fleet Safety Conference. Photo: Andy Lundin

Paper Transport’s director of safety and driver development, Ken Marvenko, was awarded Heavy Duty Trucking’s 2017 Safety & Compliance award during a ceremony on July 25 at the Fleet Safety Conference.

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

July 20, 2017 - Product News

Federal-Mogul Boosts Air Disc Brake Production Capacity

Abex ADBHD1369 also comes with a complete installation hardware kit and meets global ISO performance and wear standards.<br />Photo: Federal-Mogul

Federal-Mogul's Abex ADBHD1369 air disc brake pads will now be produced at an ISO/TS 16949:2009-certified manufacturing facility in Glasgow, Kentucky.

Tags: Maintenance, Air Brakes, Brake Parts, Safety, Air Disc Brakes

July 20, 2017 - Industry News

Bendix-Based Safety System Standard on Volvo VNL and VNR Models

Bendix Wingman Fusion-based safety system is now standard on Volvo VNR and VNL trucks. Photo via Bendix

Bendix has announced that for the first time in North America, the camera- and radar-based collision mitigation technology of its Wingman Fusion vehicle safety system is now standard equipment on certain heavy-duty trucks.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Radar, Collision Avoidance Technology, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Safety

July 13, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Issues Upbeat Truck Forecast Heading into Fall

Volvo executives (left to right) John Mies, Rikard Orell, Jason Spence, Magnus Koeck and G&amp;ouml;ran Nyberg celebrate the launch of the new VNL tractor in New River, VA, on July 12, 2017. Photo: Jack Roberts

Citing positive North American market trends, Volvo is predicting a Class 8 market of approximately 215,000 units by year's end.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Truck Sales, Fuel Economy, Aerodynamics, Safety, Volvo VNL

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

Global Self-Driving Market Expected to Grow 40% by 2027

Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor used to demonstrate Daimler&amp;rsquo;s Highway Pilot Connect autonomous technology on German roads. Photo: David Cullen

The global autonomous vehicle market revenue is expected to grow at a compound average growth rate of 39.6% over the next 10 years - resulting in a $126.8 billion market by 2027, according to Infoholic Research.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Future Trucks, Safety, Global, Research

July 10, 2017 - Industry News

Report Warns States About Marijuana Legalization

Photo by Cannabis Training University/Wikimedia Commons.

A new government report explores the downstream effects of state laws legalizing marijuana use and offers advice to states likely to change their laws in the future.

Tags: GHSA, State Laws, Drugged Driving, NHTSA, Marijuana, Safety

July 7, 2017 - Industry News

Candi Coate Named to Chair NTTC Safety & Security Council

Photo: NTTC

Candi Coate, director of safety and regulatory compliance at K-Limited Carrier, has been elected chairwoman of the National Tank Truck Carriers’ Safety & Security Council.

Tags: Leadership, People, NTTC, Safety

June 30, 2017 - Industry News

Kansas City Tops Safe Drivers List

Photo by Airtuna08 at en.wikipedia.

A new report from insurance company Allstate also reveals that Brownsville, Texas, finished second, based on claims data, and Anchorage is the most improved.

Tags: Allstate, Safety

June 28, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Transit Vans for Driveshaft Issue

Photo of Ford Transit van courtesy of Ford.

The safety compliance recall covers more than 370,000 2015- to 2017-model year vehicles in the U.S.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Recalls, Ford, Ford Transit, 2015-MY, 2016-MY, 2017-MY, Safety

June 27, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Council Grades States on Safety Policies

In the category of road safety, the top five performers are Illinois, Louisiana, Washington D.C., Delaware and Maine.

Tags: National Safety Council, State Laws, Safety, Regulations

June 26, 2017 - Industry News

Legal Marijuana Tied to Crash Increase

Photo of retail marijuana courtesy of HLDI.

Three states that have legalized recreational cannabis see a 3% overall increase in collision claim frequencies, according to the Highway Loss Data Institute.

Tags: Drugged Driving, HLDI, Safety, Marijuana, Risk Management, Drivers

June 23, 2017 - Product News

New Weather App for Truck Drivers Boasts Aviation-Style Forecasting

The new Weather Company Ground Transporation app also warns of  road conditions such as ice, snow, puddles or wet pavement. Photo: Weather Company

A new, trucking-focused app from the Weather Company provides accurate weather forecasts and real-time updates for 2.2-billion locations around the world every day, with vital data being refreshed every 15 minutes.

Tags: Weather, Safety, Route Planning, Weather Telematics

June 15, 2017 - Product News

Haldex Launches Online Drum-vs.-Disc Brake Calculator

Haldex&#39;s new online calculator allows the fleet to input a number of factors to determine which type of brake is best for its application.<br />Photo: Haldex

Haldex's new web-based calculator was developed to allow fleets to input customized data so they can compare the overall cost of ownership between drum brakes and air disc brakes.

Tags: Driver Safety, Brakes, Total Cost of Ownership, Haldex, Safety, Air Disc Brakes

June 15, 2017 - Product News

International Announces Standard Air Disc Brakes For New LT Series Tractor

The ADB22X air disc brake now standard on LT Series tractors features a patented lightweight design that significantly reduces stopping distance and extends brake system life.<br />Photo: International

International Truck is making air disc brakes standard equipment on all axles for all models of the new International LT Series tractor, a move the company says is a first.

Tags: International, Brakes, Safety

June 7, 2017 - Industry News

Driver Visual Awareness Slows During Conversations

Photo by Ed Brown/Wikimedia Commons.

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

Tags: Toyota, Research, Distracted Driving, National Science Foundation, Safety, University of Iowa

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