According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, more than 70 percent of roads in the U.S. are located in regions that typically receive more than five inches of annual snowfall. With many commercial fleets using these snow-prone routes on a regular basis, preparing vehicles and drivers for winter conditions is a task most companies need to address.
Did you know 75 percent of commercial vehicle accidents are caused by drivers in passenger cars? While actions like distracted driving certainly play a role in some of these cases, there are likely multiple occasions that happen simply because drivers don’t understand how to safely maneuver around large vehicles.
Spending most of your time in a truck cab has advantages and disadvantages. On the plus side, you probably visit many unique locations and meet a lot of people. On the downside, there are times you may have to sacrifice convenience and comfort to get the job done. Fortunately, a variety of trucking accessories are available to help improve the safety and efficiency of the truck driver lifestyle. Create a more secure and relaxing environment using the semi-truck accessories below.
Since 1998, more than 3.4 million truck brakes have been inspected as a result of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Airbrake Program. Each year, this program hosts Brake Safety Days across the United States, Canada and Mexico to ensure commercial vehicle brake systems are in proper working condition. The next event is coming up on September 7.
Fifty feet ahead there’s a pothole in the road. Do you continue going straight or change lanes to avoid it? While dodging it may not always be possible, it is best practice to try. As a truck driver, you’re in control of how your vehicle is operated and how well it sustains everyday driving conditions. Poor driving habits such as fast acceleration, hard braking, speeding and driving over potholes can greatly affect the performance, reliability and fuel efficiency of the truck.
Over-the-road (OTR) truck drivers know how difficult it is to exercise, eat healthy and get enough sleep while they’re on the job. This situation is so common that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) conducted a study and found that 69 percent of long-haul drivers are considered obese, compared to 31 percent of the national working population. By practicing better daily habits, the risk of common health issues can be avoided. Start a healthier lifestyle behind the wheel by using the tips below.
To help increase roadway safety, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) performs inspections on commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) and ensures all parts and components are in good working condition. As a truck driver, you’re probably familiar with this process. But, do you know the specifics of each inspection level or the most common violations? Learn how to prepare yourself and your equipment by gaining a better understanding of what to expect from DOT inspections.
Since 1938, commercial truck drivers have been required to track their Hours of Service (HOS) via paper logs or logging software.
Over-the-road drivers frequently spend weeks away from home, and most of that time is spent inside the vehicle. Along with driving long hours to deliver a shipment, their time is typically spent eating, sleeping and relaxing in the truck’s cab. Living in a confined space can make tidying up a difficult task, but it’s important to take the time and effort to keep the inside of a vehicle clean and organized. Maintain your truck’s interior by learning how to care for it properly.