2017
August 4, 2017

High Wind Driving Tips

08/04/2017 Reminder of the week: High Wind Driving Tips While most experienced truck drivers have seen enough strong winds to know how to handle them, newer drivers may be experiencing spring’s tough weather conditions for the first time. Whatever your experience level, driving in very windy conditions is no joke. Here are a few tips...
July 28, 2017

Surprising Factors That Might Cause Temporary or Permanent Loss Of A CDL

07/28/2017 Reminder of the week: Surprising Factors That Might Cause Temporary or Permanent Loss Of A CDL There are many driving and non-driving offenses that might cause you to lose your license, ending your livelihood, and fighting these causes might be costly and time-consuming. As you know, getting a DUI, causing an accident and other...
July 21, 2017

What Is Distracted Driving?

07/21/2017 Reminder of the week: What Is Distracted Driving? Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving. Texting...
July 14, 2017

CVSA Releases Results from Unannounced Brake Safety Day Enforcement Initiative

07/14/2017 Reminder of the week: CVSA Releases Results from Unannounced Brake Safety Day Enforcement Initiative  On May 3, 2017, more than 9,500 commercial motor vehicles were inspected for an unannounced brake safety enforcement event, Brake Safety Day. The goal of Brake Safety Day is to conduct roadside inspections, and identify and remove vehicles with critical...
July 7, 2017

Beware – We are now in the busiest time of year for Road Construction

07/07/2017 Reminder of the week: Beware – We are now in the busiest time of year for Road Construction Drivers need to be especially cautious of construction zones this summer. States are making a concentrated effort to raise the awareness of the dangers in these zones. Here are some safety tips you can share with...
June 30, 2017

Supreme Court Rejects OOIDA Challenge of ELD Rule

06/30/2017 Reminder of the week. Supreme Court Rejects OOIDA Challenge of ELD Rule The U.S. Supreme Court had declined to accept review of a challenge by the Owner–Operator Independent Drivers Association of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s final rule mandating the use of Electronic Logging Devices by drivers of commercial motor vehicles in interstate...
June 23, 2017

Brake Safety Day scheduled for September 7

06/23/2017 Reminder of the week. Brake Safety Day scheduled for September 7 Roadside inspection personnel will focus on brake safety the first Thursday in September, according to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA). Brake Safety Day, scheduled September 7, 2017, is a part of CVSA’s larger Operation Airbrake Program. During Brake Safety Day, enforcement will...
June 16, 2017

Heat and Your Truck

06/16/2017 Reminder of the week. Heat and Your Truck Engine Coolant!!! Approximately 7 years ago the OEM truck manufactures introduced extended life coolant (ELC) into the industry! With each EPA change the operating temperature of the engine has increased 10 to 15 degrees. It is estimated that 50% of all engine failures are associated with...
June 9, 2017

Schools Out! Summer is Here! Remember, Safety First!

06/09/2017 Reminder of the week. Schools Out! Summer is Here! Remember, Safety First! With the arrival of summer, many of us are looking forward to spending more time outdoors. School is out, so there are many children going to and from, and participating in, outdoor activities throughout the day. Adults, too, are taking advantage of...
June 2, 2017

CVSA inspection blitz set for June 6-8

06/02/2017 Reminder of the week. CVSA inspection blitz set for June 6-8 Over a 72-hour period — beginning Tuesday, June 6, and ending Thursday, June 8 — the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will hold its annual targeted enforcement program for commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). This year’s International Roadcheck is the association’s 30th annual event....
May 26, 2017

Most Common Truck Violations

05/26/2017 Reminder of the week. Most Common Truck Violations Violation: Lighting 28% of all roadside vehicle violations last year, out of 2.4 million inspections, dealt with lights or reflective materials. Light violations are a severity point assessment of 6 CSA points and a conspicuity of reflective tape violations are 3 CSA points. Prevention: Pre and...
May 19, 2017

Road check 2017 is Drawing Near, June 6th to the 8th

05/19/2017 Reminder of the week. Road check 2017 is Drawing Near, June 6th to the 8th Road check 2017 will focus on Cargo Securement. Each year, International Road check places special emphasis on a category of violations. This year’s focus is cargo securement. While checking for compliance with safe cargo securement regulations is always part...
May 12, 2017

Brake adjustment violations

05/12/2017 Reminder of the week. Brake adjustment violations With automatic slack adjusters on almost all commercial motor vehicles today, a portion of these violations can be attributed to the technical working of the automatic slack adjuster. Professional drivers will maintain a space cushion between them and the vehicles in front of them. When applying the...
May 5, 2017

What is a Safety Sensitive Defect?

05/05/2017 Reminder of the week. What is a Safety Sensitive Defect? FMCSA regulations CFR 396.13 state that before driving a motor vehicle, the driver shall: Be satisfied that the vehicle is in safe operating condition; Review the last driver vehicle inspection report; and Sign the report, only if the driver who prepared the report, to...
April 28, 2017

Safe Driving Tips for Summer Time Weather

04/28/2017 Reminder of the week. Safe Driving Tips for Summer Time Weather Tornado Do not drive during tornado conditions. Never try to out-drive a tornado in a vehicle. Tornadoes can change direction quickly and can lift a car or truck and toss it through the air. Get out of your vehicle immediately and seek shelter...
April 21, 2017

National Tire Safety Week is May 28th – June 3rd

04/21/2017 Reminder of the week. National Tire Safety Week is May 28th – June 3rd Even with the low diesel fuel price the benefits of a good tire inspection pertains to safe vehicle operations but could also means a fuel savings to for each and every unit operated. Tires are designed to run at a...
April 14, 2017

How to Conduct Yourself if Pulled Over by a Law Enforcement Official

04/14/2017 Reminder of the week. How to Conduct Yourself if Pulled Over by a Law Enforcement Official From the moment those lights come on, the officer is observing your behavior, and the way you respond may affect whether or not you receive a ticket. So as soon as you see those flashing lights behind you,...
April 7, 2017

Tire Safety is an Important Part of the Driver’s Daily Pre and Post Inspection.

04/7/2017 Reminder of the week. Tire Safety is an Important Part of the Driver’s Daily Pre and Post Inspection. Accidents are often caused by tires, which are improperly inflated. With fuel and tires, two of the largest expenses in operating a truck it is important to make sure that the tires are properly inflated. The...
March 31, 2017

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

03/31/2017 Reminder of the week. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month Did you know your brain can miss seeing up to 50% of your driving environment when you talk on a cell phone? And, that according to research, drivers talking on cell phones had slower reaction times than drivers with .08 blood alcohol content. April...
March 24, 2017

2017 National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 3-7

03/24/2017 Reminder of the week. 2017 National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 3-7 National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is an annual spring campaign held at the start of construction season to encourage safe driving through highway work zones and construction sites. The key message is for drivers to use extra caution in work zones....
March 17, 2017

Driving Under the Influence – of Allergy Medicine

03/17/2017 Reminder of the week. Driving Under the Influence – of Allergy Medicine Spring will arrive on March 20th in the U.S., bringing along a slew of seasonal allergies. Experts suggest that the 2017 allergy season could be more severe in comparison to previous years. With allergy season officially starting, you should be aware that...
March 10, 2017

Improving Driver Health

03/10/2017 Reminder of the week. Improving Driver Health Driving a truck can make healthy living a difficult challenge but not impossible. A lack of physical activity and fast food dining can add up to a health risk at any age. Make Healthy Fast Food Choices Stick to these simple ground rules: Eat a variety of...
March 3, 2017

2017 National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 3-7

03/03/2017 Reminder of the week. 2017 National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 3-7 EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED! Normal speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes may be changed, and people may be working on or near the road. SLOW DOWN! Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes. DON’T TAILGATE! KEEP A SAFE...
February 17, 2017

Cell Phone Safety

02/17/2017 Reminder of the week. Cell Phone Safety Cell phones, once a luxury and status symbol, are now a key element of doing business and a major part of our lives. Workers with cell phones may be accessible at any time during the work day. How safe are cell phones when we use them while...
February 10, 2017

February is American Heart Month: Are you at risk for heart disease?

2/10/2017 Reminder of the week: February is American Heart Month: Are you at risk for heart disease? The perfect gift this Valentine’s Day is the gift of heart health. Along with Valentine’s Day, February marks American Heart Month, a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle and make small changes that can lead to...
February 3, 2017

Recent DOT rules appear to be excluded from regulatory freeze

2/3/2017 Reminder of the week: Recent DOT rules appear to be excluded from regulatory freeze With the change in Administration, some are left wondering what the status of recent transportation rulemakings will be under President Trump. Reince Priebus, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, sent a memorandum to the heads of executive departments...
January 27, 2017

DOT to include synthetic opioids in 5 panel drug test

1/27/2017 Reminder of the week: DOT to include synthetic opioids in 5 panel drug test Effective October 1, 2017  The Department of Transportation is proposing to amend its drug-testing program regulation to add four opioids (hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and oxycodone) to its drug-testing panel;add methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA) as an initial test analyte; and remove methylenedioxyethylamphetamine, (MDEA)...
January 20, 2017

FMCSA Establishes National Drug and Alcohol Testing Clearinghouse for Commercial Truck and Bus Drivers

1/20/2017 Reminder of the week: FMCSA Establishes National Drug and Alcohol Testing Clearinghouse for Commercial Truck and Bus Drivers The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced a final rule that establishes a national drug and alcohol clearinghouse for commercial truck and bus drivers.  The clearinghouse database will serve...
January 13, 2017

PROTECTING YOUR TRUCK IN COLD WEATHER

1/13/2017 Reminder of the week: PROTECTING YOUR TRUCK IN COLD WEATHER Diesel supplement should be added to the ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel when temperatures drop below 32 degrees. If you truck is equipped with an engine block heater it should be plugged in when the temperature is below 32 degrees. Trucks that are not utilized...
January 6, 2017

Prevent Driver Injuries in Fall and Winter

1/6/2017 Reminder of the week: Prevent Driver Injuries in Fall and Winter Slip/Trip and Fall injuries are the most common type of injury for drivers. Most of them occur during the winter months. Each year, thousands of professional drivers are seriously injured due to not paying attention in winter conditions. Working in the ice and...
2016
December 30, 2016

Winter is Officially Here!

12/30/2016 Reminder of the week: Winter is Officially Here! There are a lot of misconceptions about diesel fuel and fuel additives Diesel Fuel We need to start first with a good understanding of the diesel fuel that you are using in your units. Diesel fuel needs to be winterized. WHY? Diesel fuels contain paraffin (wax)...
December 23, 2016

FMCSA Roadside Inspection/Violation Summary 2016

12/23/2016 Reminder of the week: FMCSA Roadside Inspection/Violation Summary 2016 There are 6,324,298 DOT inspections that include Roadside Inspection and Traffic Enforcement (96.5% of all inspections). Roadside Inspections represent 88.1% of all inspections Traffic Enforcement represents 8.4% of all inspections Of all inspections, Driver Inspection accounts for 57.2% of all inspections and Vehicle Inspections account...
December 16, 2016

Winter Weather Driving

12/16/2016 Reminder of the week: Winter Weather Driving In order for us to remain ABSOLUTELY SAFE and impact operations the least possible, the following measures should go into effect: Minimize night driving. Slow down and increase following distance. Plan ahead. Leave early. Drive with your lights on to increase visibility. Keep your fuel tanks at...
December 9, 2016

FMCSA final rule to establish repository of DOT drug and alcohol violations

12/9/2016 Reminder of the week: FMCSA final rule to establish repository of DOT drug and alcohol violations A national database will be established by January 6, 2020, to record drug and alcohol violations occurring under a motor carrier’s U.S. Department of Transportation testing program, according to a final rule scheduled to be published on Monday,...
December 2, 2016

DON’T CROWD THE PLOW

12/2/2016 Reminder of the week: DON’T CROWD THE PLOW Much of the Midwest this week will experience the first Winter Storm watch of the season and it is looking like this storm will hit the East Coast next week. During winter storms, snowplows work around the clock to make roads passable. These large vehicles can...
November 25, 2016

FMCSA committees formally recommend requiring truckers with high BMI to be screened for sleep apnea

11/25/2016 Reminder of the week: FMCSA committees formally recommend requiring truckers with high BMI to be screened for sleep apnea FMCSA’s Medical Review Board and Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee officially approved recommendations regarding sleep apnea screening for truck drivers. Some criteria would automatically disqualify drivers from receiving their medical certification, while others would allow...
November 18, 2016

Preventing driver injuries in Fall and Winter

11/18/2016 Reminder of the week: Preventing driver injuries in Fall and Winter Slip/Trip and fall injuries are the most common type of injury for drivers. Most of them occur during the winter months. Each year, thousands of professional drivers are seriously injured due to not paying attention in winter conditions. Working in the ice and...
November 11, 2016

CVSA Releases 2016 International Road check Results.

11/11/2016 Reminder of the week: CVSA Releases 2016 International Road check Results. International Road check is a three-day event when CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle and driver safety. International Road check is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world,...
November 4, 2016

November 6-13 is Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

11/04/2016 Reminder of the week: November 6-13 is Drowsy Driving Prevention Week The National Sleep Foundation has launched Drowsy Driving Prevention week as an educational campaign designed to save lives by increasing awareness of the dangers of driving while sleepy. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that drowsy driving causes at least 100,000 police-reported...
October 28, 2016

BAD WEATHER DRIVING TIPS

10/28/2016 Reminder of the week: BAD WEATHER DRIVING TIPS Tips on handling the common hazards of driving in rain, fog, snow, and ice: Slippery roads (wet or icy) Stay below posted speed limits To avoid hydroplaning, try to drive in the tracks of the car in front of you Know your vehicle’s braking system Watch...
October 21, 2016

Prevent Driver Injuries in Fall and Winter

10/21/2016 Reminder of the week:  Prevent Driver Injuries in Fall and Winter Slip/Trip and fall injuries are the most common type of injury for drivers. Most of them occur during the winter months. Each year, thousands of professional drivers are seriously injured due to not paying attention in winter conditions. Working in the ice and...
October 14, 2016

Safe Driver Week is Oct. 16-22

10/14/2016 Reminder of the week:  Safe Driver Week is Oct. 16-22 On August 2, 2016, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) announced that its 2016 Operation Safe Driver Week would be held during Oct. 16-22, 2016. During this event, law enforcement agencies throughout North America will engage in increased traffic safety enforcement and education that...
October 7, 2016

October 9-15 Fire Prevention

10/07/2016 Reminder of the week:  October 9-15 Fire Prevention Fire extinguisher inspection is a vital part of a driver’s daily vehicle inspection process. It amazes me how many times I will be looking at a truck and find the fire extinguisher has lost it pressure due to a leak or was used and returned to...
September 30, 2016

Driving a Truck is a Dangerous Job!

09/30/2016 Reminder of the week: Driving a Truck is a Dangerous Job! When you think of dangerous jobs, what comes to your mind? Police officers, firefighters and construction workers might top the list for most people. Tractor-trailer truck drivers probably don’t come to mind, but Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that driving a truck...
September 23, 2016

Semi Driver Charged with Homicide In Truck Accident That Killed Six In Nebraska

09/23/2016 Reminder of the week: Semi Driver Charged with Homicide In Truck Accident That Killed Six In Nebraska In August, a truck driver who was involved in an accident that resulted in the death of six people, and serious injuries to six others, was charged with vehicular homicide. Tony Weekly Jr., 53, a commercial truck...
September 16, 2016

Our Roads, Our Responsibility

09/16/2016 Reminder of the week: Our Roads, Our Responsibility The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced the launch of its new safety-focused campaign, “Our Roads, Our Responsibility,” to raise public awareness about how to operate safely around large trucks and buses, or commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). “Trucks and buses move...
September 9, 2016

CVSA’s 2016 Brake Safety Week is Sept. 11-17

09/09/2016 Reminder of the week: CVSA’s 2016 Brake Safety Week is Sept. 11-17 During the week of Sept. 11-17, 2016, law enforcement agencies across North America will conduct inspections on large trucks and buses to identify out of adjustment brakes, and brake-system and anti-lock braking system (ABS) violations as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety...
September 2, 2016

AAA Research shows most Drivers Exhibit Road Rage

09/02/2016 Reminder of the week: AAA Research shows most Drivers Exhibit Road Rage A report released on July 14, 2016, by the American Automobile Association (AAA) indicates that nearly 80 percent of drivers have expressed road rage in the last year at least one time. The report, which was based on a national survey of...
August 26, 2016

Top 5 Driver distractions while operating a Motor Vehicle

08/26/2016 Reminder of the week: Top 5 Driver distractions while operating a Motor Vehicle  Talking on the phone even though it is hands free, 55% do it. Up 4% from last year. Tie, Listening and looking at GPS instructions, 73% do it, and talking on a handheld telephone, 51% do it. Up 3% from last...
August 19, 2016

Night Driving

08/19/2016 Reminder of the week: Night Driving Although the majority of driving takes place during daylight hours, more accidents occur at night and most fatal accidents happen during the night. The professional driver understands that it takes maximum defensive driving skills to drive safely at night. Add rain to the mix and the risk multiplies....
August 12, 2016

Heat and Your Truck

08/12/2016 Reminder of the week: Heat and Your Truck  Engine Coolant. Approximately 7 years ago the OEM truck manufactures introduced extended life coolant (ELC) into the industry! With each EPA change the operating temperature of the engine has increased 10 to 15 degrees. It is estimated that 50% of all engine failures are associated with...
August 5, 2016

Tips for Controlling Distracted Driving

08/05/2016 Reminder of the week: Tips for Controlling Distracted Driving: Out of sight, out of mind. Putting your phone on silent and storing it somewhere that is not visible, but easily accessible, is the best way to avoid temptation. Everyone knows the feeling of seeing a notification and wanting to immediately respond because we all...
July 29, 2016

Prepare for your trip before you turn the key

07/29/2016 Reminder of the week: Prepare for your trip before you turn the key. Many things can slow you down en-route to your destination, so it pays to spend some thoughtful preparation time to help ensure safe travels. Check the weather report. If you cross county or state lines, you may experience changes in weather...
July 22, 2016

When is a tire placed out of service?

07/22/2016 Reminder of the week: When is a tire placed out of service? Answer: FMCSA regulations appendix G addresses tire out of service conditions on each commercial motor vehicle as follows: Any tire on any steering axle of a power unit. With less than 4/32-inch (steer) 2/32-inch (drive) tread when measured at any point on...
July 15, 2016

Safe Driving Tips for Summer Time: Weather Conditions

07/15/2016 Reminder of the week: Safe Driving Tips for Summer Time: Weather Conditions Tornado Do not drive during tornado conditions. Never try to out-drive a tornado in a vehicle. Tornadoes can change direction quickly and can lift a car or truck and toss it through the air. Get out of your vehicle immediately and seek...
July 8, 2016

Beware – We are now in the busiest time of year for Road Construction

07/08/2016 Reminder of the week: Beware – We are now in the busiest time of year for Road Construction Drivers need to be especially cautious of construction zones this summer. States are making a concentrated effort to raise the awareness of the dangers in these zones. Here are some safety tips you can share with...
July 1, 2016

Six Most Common CSA Violations

07/01/2016 Reminder of the week: Six Most Common CSA Violations THE TRUCK Violation: Lighting. 28% of all roadside vehicle violations last year, out of 2.4 million inspections, dealt with lights or reflective materials. Light violations are a severity point assessment of 6 CSA points and a conspicuity of reflective tape violations are 3 CSA points....
June 24, 2016

Big Rigs and Little Guys: Look Twice for Motorcycles

06/24/2016 Reminder of the week: Big Rigs and Little Guys: Look Twice for Motorcycles We share the road with vehicles of all types and sizes. We’re the big guys on the highway, and as such, we have great responsibility to watch for other drivers on the road, especially the smaller vehicles that are often overlooked....
June 17, 2016

Safe City Driving Tips. Keys to Safe City Driving.

06/17/2016 Reminder of the week: Safe City Driving Tips. Keys to Safe City Driving. Understand Traffic Waves – When you understand what traffic waves are, you can easily dissolve them. Prevent Traffic Jams – By understanding what causes traffic jams, you can actually prevent them. Stay Calm – It’s easy to stay calm during stressful...
June 10, 2016

Simple Ways to Improve Truck Fuel Mileage

06/10/2016 Reminder of the week: Simple Ways to Improve Truck Fuel Mileage Reduce or Stop Engine Idling When Parked. Slow Down to the Posted Speed Limits. If you stay within the speed limit, or about 1 to 2 miles below the limit, you will not have to constantly brake or speed up to stay with...
June 3, 2016

CVSA’s annual Roadcheck Inspections will focus on tire safety

06/03/2016 Reminder of the week: CVSA’s annual Roadcheck Inspections will focus on tire safety The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) announced its annual International Roadcheck will take place June 7-9, 2016. The emphasis this year is tire safety (i.e., measuring the tire tread depth, checking the tire pressure, checking to make sure no items are...
May 27, 2016

34 Hour Restart Bill Speeds Through House

05/27/2016 Reminder of the week: 34 Hour Restart Bill Speeds Through House A House subcommittee approved a bill today that could have a major impact on the 34 hour restart regulations for truck drivers. House Version Of Bill Keeps 34 Hour Restart Rules As They Are Today. The House bill would maintain the status quo...
May 20, 2016

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 29th annual International Roadcheck will take place June 7-9, 2016.

05/20/2016 Reminder of the week: The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 29th annual International Roadcheck will take place June 7-9, 2016. CVSA’s 29th annual International Roadcheck will take place June 7-9, 2016. International Roadcheck is a 72-hour period when approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial, territorial and federal inspectors in jurisdictions across North America perform...
May 6, 2016

Cooperative Police Enforcement Effort Targets Distracted Driving On I-95

05/06/2016 Reminder of the week: Cooperative Police Enforcement Effort Targets Distracted Driving On I-95 (PERRYVILLE, MD) – A cooperative focus on distracted drivers today along the northern portion of I-95 involved police from multiple departments, some of whom were using unconventional vehicles to identify more than 170 motorists stopped for violations related to driving while...
April 29, 2016

Trucker Turnover Hits Five Year High Mark

04/29/2016 Reminder of the week: Trucker Turnover Hits Five Year High Mark According to new data released by the American Trucking Association, trucker turnover has hit a five year high mark. Trucker Turnover Over 100% At Large Carriers. Trucker turnover rates for the fourth quarter of 2015 were 102% at large fleets. This marks the...
April 22, 2016

Work Zone Safety Tips

04/22/2016 Reminder of the week: Work Zone Safety Tips “Construction season” is just around the corner. The following tips are to help you stay safe while traveling through maintenance and construction work zones. You can make trips a little safer by remembering the following work zone safety tips: Do not speed in work zones; obey...
April 15, 2016

Unsafe Driving Overview

04/15/2016 Reminder of the week: Unsafe Driving Overview What is the Unsafe Driving BASIC? The Unsafe Driving Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) is one of seven categories that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) uses to determine how a motor carrier ranks relative to other carriers with a similar number of safety...
April 8, 2016

Roadcheck 2016 Dates Announced

04/08/2016 Reminder of the week: Roadcheck 2016 Dates Announced The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has announced the dates for the 29th annual Roadcheck.  Roadcheck 2016 will take place June 7-9, 2016. Roadcheck is a CVSA-sponsored program.  Each year, state, local, federal and provincial inspectors throughout North America perform truck and bus inspections. “During International...
April 1, 2016

8 Reasons Why You Should Keep A Clean Truck

04/01/2016 Reminder of the week: 8 Reasons Why You Should Keep A Clean Truck When you’re a trucker, the list of things that you have to do every day is endless. That’s why it can be tempting to skip cleaning your truck. But don’t make that mistake! There are a lot of reasons why making...
March 25, 2016

7 Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Quit Your Trucking Job

03/25/2016 Reminder of the week. 7 Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Quit Your Trucking Job With today’s high truck driver turnover rate, quitting a trucking job is something many drivers do at least once a year. As issues with miscommunication, mistrust, and frustration grow between you and your company, it can be tempting to...
March 18, 2016

Heavy Rain Driving Tips

03/18/2016 Reminder of the week. Heavy Rain Driving Tips In addition to the potentially poor visibility that accompanies most heavy rain, drivers should be ready to protect themselves against hydroplaning. Hydroplaning can occur when a vehicle is traveling too fast in heavy rain conditions, causing the vehicle’s tires to travel on a thin layer of...
March 11, 2016

Tips for Driving in Fog

03/11/2016 Reminder of the week. Tips for Driving in Fog Fog can be one of the most dangerous weather conditions for both new and experienced drivers. Fog has the potential to reduce visibility significantly, so it is critical that drivers stay focused on the road in order to stay safe. Severe weather demands your undivided...
March 4, 2016

FMCSA Estimates Truck, Bus Safety Roadside Inspections and Traffic Enforcement Activities Saved Nearly 500 Lives in 2012

03/04/2016 Reminder of the week. FMCSA Estimates Truck, Bus Safety Roadside Inspections and Traffic Enforcement Activities Saved Nearly 500 Lives in 2012 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today released an annual analysis that estimates that commercial vehicle roadside safety inspection and traffic enforcement programs saved 472 lives...
February 26, 2016

Congress Slip Up May Have Killed The 34 Hour Restart

2/26/2016 Reminder of the week. Congress Slip Up May Have Killed The 34 Hour Restart An unintended problem with the language in the 2016 fiscal year appropriations bill appears to have completely eliminated the 34 hour restart instead of rolling it back. TCA: Carry On As Usual A great deal of confusion surrounds the issue,...
February 19, 2016

Extra Home Time Improves Driver Productivity And Performance

2/19/2016 Reminder of the week. Extra Home Time Improves Driver Productivity And Performance A new study from Stay Metrics says that not only does more home time help truckers drive better, it also improves the bottom line for the companies they work for. The study was conducted by Dr. Amir Erez at the University of...
February 12, 2016

Union Pacific Terminal- New Procedures

2/12/2016 Reminder of the week. Union Pacific Terminal- New Procedures Please be advised of the changes taking place at all the Union Pacific Terminals. Below is a recap of the topics, attached you have a more detailed description of those changes. There will be zero tolerance for: Mis-parks Argumentive Drivers Checking J1 Make sure loads...
February 5, 2016

Police Chase Impaired Trucker From Georgia To Florida

2/5/2016 Reminder of the week. Police Chase Impaired Trucker From Georgia To Florida Trucker Spotted Driving Erratically Florida-based truck driver Eddie Dean Woody, 66, was reportedly spotted driving erratically on I-75 in Lowndes County, Georgia around 9 p.m. on Wednesday night. A sheriff’s deputy tried to stop the truck, but Woody allegedly did not even...
January 29, 2016

National Transportation Safety Board Outlines Top Trucking Concerns For 2016

1/29/2016 Reminder of the week. National Transportation Safety Board Outlines Top Trucking Concerns For 2016  “Several items on the list demonstrate the importance of technology in saving lives, preventing accidents and lessening the number and severity of injuries from accidents. For example, the list calls for promoting both the availability of collision avoidance technology in...
January 22, 2016

Hours Of Service/Daily Log Procedure

1/22/2016 Reminder of the week. Hours Of Service/Daily Log Procedure #1- Fuel We print a report that shows what time you fueled and where. This is the first thing we check for. If you do not log your fuel, it is considered falsifying your log. You will need to redo the entire log to match...
January 15, 2016

ISP: Charges possible after four injured in I-70 chain-reaction crash

1/15/2016 Reminder of the week. ISP: Charges possible after four injured in I-70 chain-reaction crash RICHMOND, IN- More than a dozen vehicles were involved in a pileup on Interstate 70 close to Richmond Tuesday morning, as snow and wind wreaked havoc on Indiana roads. Indiana State Police officials said westbound I-70 was closed at the...
January 8, 2016

Size and weight top CMV citations; cars speed more, Operation Safe Driver finds.

1/8/2016 Reminder of the week. Size and weight top CMV citations; cars speed more, Operation Safe Driver finds. Law enforcement officers pulled over 21,012 commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and passenger vehicle drivers during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 2015 Operation Safe Driver Week. In addition, 19,480 North American Standard Roadside Inspections were conducted...
2015
December 31, 2015

FMCSA Proposed Rule Would Close Safety Gap by Requiring All Large Commercial Truck Passengers to Use Safety Belts

12/31/2015 Reminder of the week. FMCSA Proposed Rule Would Close Safety Gap by Requiring All Large Commercial Truck Passengers to Use Safety Belts WASHINGTON- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced it is seeking public comment on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) requiring passengers riding in property-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) to...
December 24, 2015

FMCSA to lower random testing rate for controlled substances

12/24/2015 Reminder of the week. FMCSA to lower random testing rate for controlled substances WASHINGTON— The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Monday announced that it will lower the random testing rate for controlled substances from the current 50 percent to 25 percent for the upcoming calendar year, effective January 1, 2016. FMCSA conducts a random...
December 18, 2015

E-Logs Are Now Law

12/18/2015 Reminder of the week. E-Logs Are Now Law On December 11th 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will officially publish a rule which will require truck drivers to convert from paper logs to electronic logs. According to the FMCSA, the ruling will save the industry nearly $1 billion per year and will “save...
December 11, 2015

Congress orders FMCSA to remove CSA scores from public view

12/11/2015 Reminder of the week. Congress orders FMCSA to remove CSA scores from public view  WASHINGTON — Congress has given the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration a tight timeframe for removing from public view CSA information regarding carrier alerts or percentile rankings. Lawmakers ordered the scores and rankings to be removed from public view the...
December 4, 2015

Trucker medical certification changes begin this month

12/4/2015 Reminder of the week. Trucker medical certification changes begin this month  One part of an FMCSA rule published in April that made changes to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s medical examination regulations will take effect Dec. 22. Drivers going in for their DOT physicals after Dec. 22, 2015, will notice a new Medical...
November 27, 2015

Police Investigate Truck Driver’s Facebook Brag About 20 Hours Of Driving

11/27/2015 Reminder of the week. Police Investigate Truck Driver’s Facebook Brag About 20 Hours Of Driving   The Florida Highway Patrol is delving into a truck driver’s Facebook posts after he allegedly bragged about driving 20 hours straight to get a better paycheck.  “Forget Sleeping, Money Talks” The post that began to raise suspicions about...
November 20, 2015

Understanding FMCSA Adverse Road Condition Exemption

11/20/2015 Reminder of the week. Understanding FMCSA Adverse Road Condition Exemption This time of year, drivers can be caught off guard by sleet, snow, freezing rain and fog.  These conditions can wreak havoc on your trip plans.  A trip that might have taken you two hours on a regular day, may now take you four,...
November 13, 2015

BACKING TECHNIQUES

11/13/2015 Reminder of the week.  BACKING TECHNIQUES One out of every four accidents can be blamed on poor backing techniques, according to the National Safety Council. Poor backing can result in damage to costly equipment and buildings, and can cause serious injury and death. Backing accidents are almost always preventable if the driver is properly...
November 6, 2015

CONTROLLING STRESS

11/06/2015 Reminder of the week. CONTROLLING STRESS Stress.  Many of us are faced with it every day, but we might not know how to deal with it. It is important to learn how to handle stress because it can affect our performance and relationships at work and home. At work, stress can lead to distraction...
October 29, 2015

FMCSA Releases Additional Analysis on Alternatives for Safety Measurement System

10/30/2015 Reminder of the week. FMCSA Releases Additional Analysis on Alternatives for Safety Measurement System WASHNGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today released a Congressionally directed report confirming that the amount of data used in the agency’s Safety Measurement System (SMS) is clearly sufficient to allow FMCSA to identify high-risk truck and...
October 23, 2015

HOS, CSA, driver shortage ATRI’s top 3 issues in survey

10/23/2015 Reminder of the week. HOS, CSA, driver shortage ATRI’s top 3 issues in survey The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research institute, today unveiled its list of the top 10 critical issues facing the North American trucking industry. For the third year in a row, the industry ranked the Hours...
October 16, 2015

3rd Quarter Safety Meeting Announcement

Amazing Trucking & Logistics Attn: All Drivers   WE WILL BE HAVING Mandatory Safety Meeting- Chicago Terminal Saturday October 17, 2015    Georgios Banquets, Comfort Inn & Conference Centre 8800 West 159th Street Orland Park, IL, 60462   Times: 9:30 am Breakfast Service 10:00 am Meeting Begins
October 9, 2015

Consequences of Drug and Alcohol Violations

10/9/2015 Reminder of the week. Consequences of Drug and Alcohol Violations When you have violated DOT drug and alcohol regulations as a driver, you cannot perform any DOT safety-sensitive duties again, including driving a commercial motor vehicle, for any employer until/unless you complete an evaluation, referral, and education/treatment process set forth by a Substance Abuse...
October 2, 2015

Roadcheck 2015 Results Announced

10/2/2015 Reminder of the week. Roadcheck 2015 Results Announced The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance this week announced the results of Roadcheck 2015. Roadcheck is the largest “target enforcement program” on CMVs and buses. Each year during the 72-hour blitz, 10,000 CMV enforcement officers, from Canada to Mexico inspected approximately 17 trucks or buses every minute. Roadcheck...
September 25, 2015

Will FMCSA push to reimplement 2013 restart rules soon? Congress allows it after Sept. 30

9/25/2015 Reminder of the week. Will FMCSA push to reimplement 2013 restart rules soon? Congress allows it after Sept. 30 The current stay of enforcement of the 2013-implemented rules governing truckers’ use of a 34-hour hours-of-service restart could be removed as soon as Sept. 30, 2015, according to the text of the law that temporarily...
September 18, 2015

Operation Safe Driver Week: Dates Announced For Enforcement Blitz

9/18/2015 Reminder of the week. Operation Safe Driver Week: Dates Announced For Enforcement Blitz Law enforcement agents throughout North America will be on the prowl for unsafe driving behaviors in both passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles from October 18-24 as part of the CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Week. Last year during the campaign, 59,080 truck...
September 11, 2015

Driverless Construction Zone Trucks To Hit Florida Roads Within The Year

9/11/2015 Reminder of the week. Driverless Construction Zone Trucks To Hit Florida Roads Within The Year Unlike the so-called “driverless” Daimler trucks that debuted earlier this year that still require a human in the cab, the Royal Truck & Equipment vehicles you’ll see on Florida roads by the end of the year will be completely...
September 4, 2015

Brake Safety Week: September 6-12, 2015

9/4/2015 Reminder of the week. Brake Safety Week: September 6-12, 2015 Properly functioning brake systems are crucial to safe commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operation. CMV brakes are designed to hold up under tough conditions, but they must be inspected and maintained carefully and consistently so they operate and perform properly throughout the vehicle’s life. Brake...
August 28, 2015

FMCSA Orders Shut-down of Trucking Companies in Illinois, Georgia, as Imminent Hazards to Public Safety

8/28/2015 Reminder of the week. FMCSA Orders Shut-down of Trucking Companies in Illinois, Georgia, as Imminent Hazards to Public Safety   WASHINGTON —  The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in separate actions has ordered Payson, Illinois-based Rhino Displays, USDOT No. 1474447, and Hampton, Georgia-based Prudential Carriers, Inc., USDOT No. 248188,...
August 21, 2015

Traffic deaths up sharply in first 6 months of this year

8/21/2015 Reminder of the week. Traffic deaths up sharply in first 6 months of this year WASHINGTON — Traffic deaths were up 14 % nationally in the first six months of this year and injuries were up by a third, according to data gathered by the National Safety Council. An improved economy and low gas...
August 17, 2015

FMCSA Declares Kentucky Truck Driver An ‘Imminent Hazard’ to public safety.

8/14/2015 Reminder of the week. FMCSA Declares Kentucky Truck Driver An ‘Imminent Hazard’ to public safety.  The FMCSA today announced the agency has declared a Kentucky-licensed truck driver to be an “imminent hazard to public safety.” The FMCSA had ordered truck driver B. Brewer to not operate a CMV in interstate commerce following a 9-vehicle...
August 7, 2015

CVSA’s 2015 Annual Brake Safety Week is September 6-12

8/7/2015 Reminder of the week. CVSA’s 2015 Annual Brake Safety Week is September 6-12  Greenbelt, Maryland (July 21, 2015) – During the week of Sept. 6-12, 2015, law enforcement agencies across North America will conduct brake system inspections on large trucks and buses to identify out-of-adjustment brakes and brake-system violations as part of the Commercial...
July 31, 2015

Turnover Rate For Truckers Declines Sharply — But No One Knows Quite Why

7/31/2015 Reminder of the week. Turnover Rate For Truckers Declines Sharply — But No One Knows Quite Why The turnover rate for long haul truck drivers at both big and small fleets fell 12%, hitting a four year low, according to the American Trucking Association. Experts are stumped about why turnover has dropped off so...
July 24, 2015

6 Things That Need To Change NOW In The Trucking Industry.

7/24/2015 Reminder of the week. 6 Things That Need To Change NOW In The Trucking Industry.   Trucking is changing more quickly today than it ever has before. New regulations, new technology, new agencies and new policies are changing the face of trucking almost every day. However, there are some things that aren’t changing that really...
July 17, 2015

Operation Truck stop

7/17/2015 Reminder of the week. Operation Truck stop Indiana police issued a total of 243 citations and 289 warnings during last week’s “Operation Truck Stop“, an enforcement blitz aimed at truckers on U.S. 20 and State Road 2 last week. Indiana State Police announced the results for the campaign this week. They cited 36 trucks...
July 10, 2015

Safe Driving Tips: Backing Up

7/10/2015 Reminder of the week. Safe Driving Tips: Backing Up The very nature of most professional drivers’ jobs call for them to back up their trucks frequently. Backing occurs often at shipper’s and receiver’s docks as well as truck stops. Professional drivers who practice safe driving know that backing accidents can be avoided by observing the familiar acronym...
July 8, 2015

IMPROPERLY PARKED TRUCKS ARE KILLERS ON OUR ROADWAYS

07/03/2015 Reminder of the week: IMPROPERLY PARKED TRUCKS ARE KILLERS ON OUR ROADWAYS Safe Parking Tips: Trucks should never be parked on high-speed roadways (above 25 mph) unless disabled.  Studies have shown the severity of crashes increase from non-fatal to fatal at 25mph and above with the current stiff underride guards on U.S. trucks.  Roadway...
June 26, 2015

Work Zone Safety Tips

06/26/2015 Reminder of the week: Work Zone Safety Tips  The following tips are to help you stay safe while traveling through maintenance and construction work zones. You can make trips a little safer by remembering the following work zone safety tips: Do not speed in work zones; obey the posted speed limits. Stay Alert! Expect...
June 12, 2015

FHWA Announces Changes to Improve Roadside Safety Hardware

06/12/2015 Reminder of the week: FHWA Announces Changes to Improve Roadside Safety Hardware In remarks made at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) 2015 Spring Meeting in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on Friday, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Acting Administrator Gregory Nadeau announced a series of actions that will apply to the reimbursement eligibility...
June 5, 2015

8 Reasons Why You Should Keep A Clean Truck

06/05/2015 Reminder of the week: 8 Reasons Why You Should Keep A Clean Truck When you’re a trucker, the list of things that you have to do every day is endless. That’s why it can be tempting to skip cleaning your truck. But don’t make that mistake! There are a lot of reasons why making...
May 29, 2015

International Roadcheck Checklist. Are you Ready?

05/29/2015 Reminder of the week: International Roadcheck Checklist For Drivers  As a professional driver you face a lot of stress and pressure each day just trying to do your job. Maneuvering through congested highways with aggressive car drivers darting around you can be difficult since all too often everyone is in a rush to get...
May 22, 2015

Less than one month for annual Road-check

05/22/2015 Reminder of the week: Less than one month for annual Road-check The annual International Road-check lead by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will take place June 2-4, 2015.  This year the inspections will focus on cargo securement. Inspectors will be looking for compliance with safe loading regulations. Additionally, the examiners will be performing...
May 18, 2015

Twenty Cargo Securement Out-of-Service Violations from 2014 Calendar Year in the U.S.

05/15/2015 Reminder of the week: Twenty Cargo Securement Out-of-Service Violations from 2014 Calendar Year in the U.S. Failure to properly secure cargo or equipment on a commercial vehicle is the fourth leading category of violations (after violations for Brakes, Lights, and Tires) that result in vehicles being placed Out-of-Service. During Roadcheck 2015, inspectors will be...
May 1, 2015

High Wind Driving Tips

05/01/2015 Reminder of the week: High Wind Driving Tips  While most experienced truck drivers have seen enough strong winds to know how to handle them, newer drivers may be experiencing spring’s tough weather conditions for the first time. Whatever your experience level, driving in very windy conditions is no joke. Here are a few tips...
April 24, 2015

Unsafe Driving Overview

04/24/2015 Reminder of the week: Unsafe Driving Overview What is the Unsafe Driving BASIC?  The Unsafe Driving Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) is one of seven categories that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) uses to determine how a motor carrier ranks relative to other carriers with a similar number of safety...
April 17, 2015

Roadcheck 2015: Coming Soon

4/17/2015 Reminder of the week. Roadcheck 2015: Coming Soon This year marks the 28th year of the largest “target enforcement program” on CMVs and buses. Each year during the 72-hour blitz, 10,000 CMV enforcement officers, from Canada to Mexico inspect approximately 17 trucks or buses every minute. Roadcheck is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety...
April 10, 2015

FMCSA set to increase fines for some safety regulations violations

4/10/2015 Reminder of the week.  FMCSA set to increase fines for some safety regulations violations Violation of certain federal safety regulations is about to get a little more expensive. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is set to publish April 3 a Final Rule increasing fine levels for a bevy of different violations of Federal...
April 3, 2015

Highway-Rail Grade Crossings

4/3/2015 Reminder of the week.  Highway-Rail Grade Crossings  A highway-rail grade crossing is an intersection where a roadway crosses railroad tracks at the same level or grade. Such crossings may be encountered on both public and private roads. There are more than 250,000 such crossings in the U.S. Although the highway safety picture has improved...
March 27, 2015

Safe Driving Tips: Speed, Turns and Curves

3/27/2015 Reminder of the week. Safe Driving Tips: Speed Speed plays an important role in driving a large truck. Professional truck drivers who practice safe driving do not drive so fast that they cannot safely stop their vehicles without being involved in a collision. Remember: it takes you longer to accelerate and longer to brake...
March 20, 2015

Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Releases Results from Operation Safe Driver Week

3/20/2015 Reminder of the week. Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Releases Results from Operation Safe Driver Week  The Operation Safe Driver week-long campaign aims to combat the number of deaths and injuries from crashes involving large trucks, buses and cars. Law enforcement officers pulled over 59,080 commercial and passenger vehicle drivers during the Commercial Vehicle Safety...
March 13, 2015

Avoiding Head-On Collisions

3/13/2015 Reminder of the week. Avoiding Head-On Collisions A head-on collision is one the worst collisions one the road, as they often result in a fatality. Fortunately these types of collisions are rare. Head-on collisions can occur on any type of roadway from curvy roads to straight stretches and from two-lane highways to one-way streets....
March 8, 2015

Driver Medical Fitness for Duty

3/6/2015 Reminder of the week.  Driver Medical Fitness for Duty  Drivers Are Critical to Highway Safety. For commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers, the most important safety feature is YOU – the driver! Each time you turn the key, you are responsible for your own safety, as well as the safety of all the people who...
February 28, 2015

Authorities plan to crack down on speeding and distracted driving

2/27/2015 Reminder of the week. Authorities plan to crack down on speeding and distracted driving GALESBURG, Mich. (AP) — Authorities plan to crack down on speeding and distracted driving in eastern Kalamazoo County following a 193-vehicle pileup that killed one man and closed a stretch of Interstate 94 for two days. State police Lt. D....
February 20, 2015

Mobile Phone Restriction Rule for Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers

2/20/2015 Reminder of the week.   Mobile Phone Restriction Rule for Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers This rulemaking restricts a CMV driver from holding a mobile device to make a call, or dialing by pressing more than a single button. CMV drivers who use a mobile phone while driving can only use a hands-free phone located...
February 13, 2015

No texting while operating a CMV

2/13/2015 Reminder of the week.   No texting while operating a CMV Research commissioned by FMCSA shows the odds of being involved in a safety-critical event (e.g., crash, near-crash, unintentional lane deviation) are 23.2 times greater for CMV drivers who text while driving than for those who do not. Texting drivers took their eyes off...
February 6, 2015

U.S. Department of Transportation Eliminates $1.7 Billion Annual Paperwork Burden for U.S. Trucking Industry.

2/6/2015 Reminder of the week.   U.S. Department of Transportation Eliminates $1.7 Billion Annual Paperwork Burden for U.S. Trucking Industry. Final Rule Marks Obama Administration’s Largest Paperwork Reduction Following up Dec. 18, 2014, No-Defect DVIR rule, professional truck drivers will no longer have to comply with a burdensome daily paperwork requirement, saving the trucking industry...
January 31, 2015

Transportation Topic, from State Of The Union.

1/30/2015 Reminder of the week. President Barak Obama’s State of the Union address, delivered to Congress January 20, drew mixed reaction from trucking industry executives. Some, like Building America’s Future co-chair and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, applauded the president’s brief mention of infrastructure in his remarks. “I am very pleased that President...
January 23, 2015

FMCSA to maintain random controlled substance testing rates at 50%

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that the annual minimum random controlled substances testing rates for employees in safety sensitive positions, including tractor-trailer and bus drivers, will remain at 50 percent through 2015. The agency’s decision to maintain the current testing rate was based on data from motor carrier industry controlled substance lab test...
January 16, 2015

Follow up from the deadly 193 Vehicle pileup near Battle Creek, Michigan

1/16/2015 Reminder of the week Follow up from the deadly 193 Vehicle pileup near Battle Creek, Michigan A fiery multi-vehicle pileup on snowy roads that involved 193 vehicles brought Interstate 94 near Battle Creek, Michigan, to a screeching halt in both directions Friday, killing at least one person and injuring a number of others. As...
January 15, 2015

Safe Driving Tips: Weather

1/9/2015 Reminder of the week. Safe Driving Tips: Weather This week was a perfect example of how challenging Midwest winter could be, below we are giving again some very valuable tips that will help you better prepare for extreme weather. Plug in your tractor or keep it running Winterize your tractor Keep your fuel tanks...