Testing autonomous trucks is more complex than it seems. The men and women sitting in the left seat of the nation's burgeoning fleet of robotic trucks are often called safety drivers. Their responsibilities are far more comprehensive than just keeping the truck out of trouble.
September 3, 2020
Hiring the right drivers, supporting them with technology, and keeping them healthy are three winning strategies when it comes to operating a safe fleet. Those were some of the observations from seven panelists participating in two discussions on "What’s Working" at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Truck Safety Summit held Aug. 5.
August 5, 2020
Trucking fleets that have implemented hair testing for illegal drugs in addition to the DOT-mandated urine testing for commercial drivers say not only is it the right thing to do, but it also offers benefits that fleets might not think about.
July 29, 2020
When more than 60% of delivery crashes happen in the parking lot, it's time to take action. Follow these seven tips to increase driver safety in parking lots.
July 20, 2020
To safely secure a load, tie-downs must be in good working condition without cuts, burns, holes, or other evidence of damage.
June 17, 2020
Restarting truck fleets after the pandemic requires attending to mechanical issues, understanding the new compliance landscape, and bringing your personnel back online safely and efficiently.
May 27, 2020
Vallencourt Construction has dash cameras in every one of its 100 vehicles. It’s not a common practice among construction fleets, but for Risk Manager Troy Betts, the decision to install dash cams from Samsara two years ago has gone above and beyond his expectations.
May 1, 2020
Automotive Fleet spoke to the president of two delivery fleets to talk about how this pandemic has affected his daily operations and the challenges he's facing.
March 23, 2020
As we head into 2020, HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge shares her top takeaways from 2019 on the trends affecting trucking.
January 2, 2020
Understanding the operational factors that boost -- or degrade -- braking performance is critical for reliable, safe stops on the road.
December 31, 2019
The holiday season usually means added stress for most of us. But for truck drivers, the holidays can take stress to an entirely different level.
December 12, 2019
Sometimes an ending is a beginning. Is a single failed drug test or alcohol screening enough reason to terminate an otherwise valued truck driver as a “lifestyle” drug user or "unsalvageable" alcoholic who must never drive a truck again?
December 12, 2019
Accident management is challenging, and with the growing adoption of smartphones and in-vehicle technology, one way to make a big difference
is by changing driver behavior.
December 10, 2019
As of Dec. 17, most motor carriers are required by federal law to use electronic logging devices, or ELDs, to track truck driver hours of service. Whether you’ve waited until the last minute to flip the switch or you’re already running ELDs, here are some things you need to keep in mind to avoid citations, bad CSA scores, or unsatisfactory safety ratings.
December 9, 2019
What happens to a commercial driver who tests positive for marijuana? A DOT-mandated return-to-duty process is the only hope they have of keeping their career. Here's one driver's first-person story.
December 5, 2019