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There are many ways that commercial trucking companies can use technology to improve the safety of their fleets and lower their insurance costs. As technology continues to improve, opportunities can arise from the most unusual places. For example, some ELD apps can be used to decrease trucking insurance costs. Historical Data Used for Future Rates […]

Commercial motor vehicles are prone to run into overhead obstructions. Most professional drivers have had at least one incident where overhead obstructions were an issue. Here are 6 tips to help professional truck drivers avoid destructive situations related to height, overhead clearances and obstructions. Avoid trees and buildings Overhanging tree branches and building soffit areas […]

What does the future hold for humans if technology takes over the job of driving commercial freight trucks? Currently, autonomous driving technology requires a remote human driver. This remote work may be all that’s left for human drivers if robots take the wheel. As this technology unfolds, it’s going to be extraordinarily disruptive. Self-driving vehicles […]

There is no one size fits all approach to improving a fleet’s fuel efficiency. Fuel saving measures that work well for one fleet may produce middling results for another. The same holds true for software designed to help improve your fleet’s miles per gallon (MPG). There are numerous methods OEMs can utilize to improve fuel […]

Though federal regulations require drivers to inspect their trucks before starting their shift, some issues go unnoticed. This is because there are no standards for how long an inspection should take. A thorough pre-trip inspection should take at least half an hour. Shorter inspections can lead to overlooked problems. Overlooked Issues During Inspection Checks When […]

A critical element for improving fleet driver retention is to ensure drivers and dispatchers maintain a positive relationship. The relationship between dispatcher and driver is an important aspect of successful trucking. It’s vitally important that drivers and dispatchers understand their respective roles. Dispatchers and drivers have an essential relationship; the role the dispatchers play in […]

For more than fifty years, engine manufacturers have relied on the Jacobs’ Engine Brake, commonly called a “Jake Brake.” All Jake Brakes come fully integrated into the engine and are an essential component in slowing and controlling your big rig. The Jake Brake has made it significantly easier and safer to drive on a steep […]

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck is a 3-day event that will take place June 6-8, 2017. This year is the 30th annual anniversary of the enforcement event. Commercial vehicles are likely to be inspected at roadside way stations. The point of the International Roadcheck event is to keep everyone safe and, according […]

In the last two decades, air brakes have become standard equipment for semi trucks and trailers. Air brakes have a very high safety record, which is why they are standard on motor carrier vehicles. Improvements in technology and the increased numbers of fail-safes on air brakes have made them nearly fail-safe. The only failing on […]

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) is soliciting responses from commercial motor carrier drivers regarding several top industry issues. ATRI is using an online collection survey form that asks drivers for their viewpoints and opinions on such important topics as: transportation infrastructure (i.e. how bad is congestion and how do you think the U.S. should […]