Safety en Truck drivers suffer from diabetes 50% more than rest of America <div class="field-byline"> Larry Kahaner </div> <div class="field-deck"> Doctor offers some tips on how to get a little healthier on the road </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p style="font-size: 12.8px;">A truck driver&#39;s life is a recipe for diabetes, and the statistics prove it. In the U.S., about 9.4% of the population has diabetes according to the Centers for Disease Control. For truckers, that number is 14%.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Must Reads News Safety Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:21:00 +0000 23131 at <p><span style="font-size: 12.8px;">Most doctors prefer not to prescribe medicines for Type 2 diabetes if it can be controlled in other ways, like with diet and exercise.</span></p> Operation Safe Driver is underway <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Annual enforcement effort aims to curb “unsafe” behaviors among truck drivers and motorists alike. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The annual week-long Operation Safe Driver enforcement campaign spearheaded by the <a href="">Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance</a> (CVSA) kicked off on Sunday, with roadside inspectors engaging in &ldquo;heightened traffic safety enforcement and education&rdquo; across the U.S. aimed at combating dangerous driving behaviors.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Safety Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:19:00 +0000 23081 at <p>Examples of &quot;unsafe behavior&quot; include speeding, failure to use a seatbelt, distracted driving, failure to obey traffic control devices, and improper lane changes. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> Training and Operation Safe Driver week <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) roadside inspection effort focused on “unsafe driving behaviors” takes place Oct. 15-21. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>For the last 10 years, the <a href="">Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance</a> (CVSA) has sponsored <a href="">Operation Safe Driver</a>; a week-long roadside inspection effort aimed at reducing &ldquo;unsafe operating behaviors&rdquo; among truck and bus drivers. The event, being held October 15-21 this year, focuses on traffic law compliance, safety belt enforcement, roadside vehicle inspections, regulatory compliance, and commercial driver education.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Safety Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:08:00 +0000 23041 at <p>&ldquo;Improving highway safety is a multi-pronged effort, and we believe raising awareness about safe driving practices is vital.&quot; &mdash;Fred Andersky, Bendix&rsquo;s director of government and industry affairs. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> Higher economic costs results from lack of truck parking <div class="field-byline"> By Steve Lundeberg </div> <div class="field-deck"> University researchers find that “crash harm” is the main economic negative resulting from a dearth of truck parking. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A recent pilot study conducted by Oregon State University discerned that there is a &ldquo;high economic cost&rdquo; of having too few safe places for commercial truck drivers to park and rest &ndash; costs resulting from a greater incidence of &ldquo;crash harm.&rdquo;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business News Safety Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:02:00 +0000 22971 at <p>&quot;Crash trends&quot; in terms of time of day, day of the week, and month of the year follow the time periods drivers stated having trouble finding places to park, researchers found. (<em>Photo: Sean Kilcarr/American Trucker</em>)</p> NHTSA: Large truck crash fatalities increased in 2016 <div class="field-byline"> American Trucker staff </div> <div class="field-deck"> The number of large truck “occupants” killed in crashes jumped 8.6% last year, according to the agency. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>According to data released by the <a href="">National Highway Traffic Safety Administration</a> (NHTSA), 4,317 fatalities occurring last year in crashes involving large trucks, which is 5.4% higher when compared to 2015 and is also the highest level of large truck crash deaths since 2007.</p> <p>Of those 4,317 fatalities, 722 or 16.7% were &ldquo;occupants&rdquo; of large trucks &ndash; which is up 8.6% from 665 deaths in 2016, NHTSA noted &ndash; with 10.8% &ldquo;non-occupants&rdquo; and 72.4% occupants of other vehicles.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Safety Mon, 09 Oct 2017 11:46:00 +0000 22951 at <p>Overall, 37,461 lives were lost on U.S. roads in 2016, an increase of 5.6% from calendar year 2015, according to the agency. (<em>File photo</em>)</p> Fiat Chrysler recalls pickups, chassis cabs over potential engine compartment fire <div class="node-body article-body"><p style="font-size: 12.8px;">Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling an estimated 443,712 U.S.-market Ram heavy-duty pickups and medium-duty trucks to inspect and, if necessary, replace their water pumps. The recall will extend to about another 46,000 trucks in Canada and some 4,500 outside the NAFTA region. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Model year&nbsp;2013-17 Ram 2500 and 3500&nbsp;pickups as well as 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs&nbsp;are affected by the recall. The recall is limited to trucks equipped with 6.7L Cummins turbo diesel engines.<br /> </p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trucks News Safety Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:06:00 +0000 22621 at The future of autonomy: When the traffic light tells you it’s OK to text <div class="field-byline"> By Andrew Silver, Tango Networks </div> <div class="field-deck"> V2I connections may be the key to eliminating the dangers of distracted driver behaviors. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>One of the critical needs for fully- and semi-autonomous vehicle systems to function properly is a line of communication between self-driving cars and trucks and the infrastructure surrounding them, according to, <strong>Andrew Silver</strong> &ndash; co-founder and chief technology officer for </em><a href=""><em>Tango Networks</em></a><em>, a mobile device management system developer. He argues in this guest column that &ldquo;Vehicle to Infrastructure&rdquo; (V2I) connections could also help reduce distracted driver behaviors as well.</em></p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Safety Technology Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:45:00 +0000 22541 at <p>Vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication connections could help inform drivers when it is safe to text. (<em>Photo: Ford Motor Co.</em>)</p> Move over breathalyzer; here comes the Textalyzer <div class="field-deck"> A textalyzer captures taps and swipes to determine if a driver was using their phone while operating a vehicle. It would also be able to tell if a truck driver was using a phone legally, such as via hands-free technology. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Although it is not yet ready for everyday use, lawmakers in several states are writing or considering legislation to allow law enforcement officers patrolling the highways to connect a device known as a &ldquo;text&shy;alyzer&rdquo; to a mobile phone to instantly learn if the driver was texting prior to a crash.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Safety Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:44:00 +0000 22491 at Will distracted driving one day no longer matter? <div class="field-byline"> By Andrew Silver, Tango Networks </div> <div class="field-deck"> Not all levels of vehicle automation are the same and that’s why “self-driving” systems won’t automatically eliminate the dangers posed by distracted behaviors behind the wheel anytime soon. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>While many are hailing the potential benefits of fully- and semi-autonomous vehicle systems, <strong>Andrew Silver</strong> &ndash; co-founder and chief technology officer for </em><a href=""><em>Tango Networks</em></a><em>, a mobile device management system developer &ndash; argues in the second of two guest columns that the introduction of autonomous vehicles won&rsquo;t necessarily remove the dangers posed by distracted driving. And technology may to play an expanded role in this are to ensure the safety of the humans occupying such vehicles.</em></p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Safety Technology Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:26:00 +0000 22391 at <p>A study by the University of Southampton released earlier this year found that it takes between about two seconds and 26 seconds for a driver to take control from an automated driving system. (<em>Photo: Mury Law</em>)</p> Calculating the costs of speeding <div class="field-byline"> Paul Miller, Fleetmatics </div> <div class="field-deck"> It burns more fuel and leads to a higher crash risk for truckers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>Whether you are a solo truck driver or managing a fleet of 1,000 vehicles, speeding poses a safety threat, argues </em><em>Paul Miller, product manager for <a href="">Fleetmatics</a></em><em>, a <a href=";d=DwMGaQ&amp;c=H98lxvesFHsl1ZPcztRg4g&amp;r=ZeLGQ5lkSPTheSUvTYQeSaQ72x8l2LXqQcQysGDOsMM&amp;m=FmfCZuJ1wsd44U2WjH8xUWJCI8d477SWL2BrCWhfWQo&amp;s=ogqkyN8GAz2vXw-KPaUjkAOwrbdAml5GdIeeT3VI7Ts&amp;e=">Verizon Telematics</a></em><em> company.</em></p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Safety Tue, 05 Sep 2017 10:04:00 +0000 22281 at <p>Every five miles per hour driven over 65 represents a 7% decrease in fuel efficiency. (<em>Photo: The Game 7:30am</em>)</p>