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The number of women truck drivers being recruited by trucking fleets is on the increase, and for good reason. The trucking industry is facing a shortage of 48,000 drivers, according to the American Trucking Association. That number is expected to quadruple in the next 10 years; an aging baby boomer generation and growing economy that […]

Solar power is increasingly becoming of interest to today’s trucking fleets. The primary interest is in powering the ever-growing electrical systems of today’s commercial vehicles. Solar power technology makes sense as long as fleets plan ahead and harness solar energy for the right applications. In its essence, solar power is using the power of sunlight […]

The leading cause of workplace fatalities in the U.S. are due to transportation-related accidents. In a report released December 16, 2016 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the total number of workplace fatalities reported in 2015 was 4,836. Of those, 2,054 – or 42 percent – were related to transportation incidences. Falls, trips or […]

Camera-based safety systems are a relatively new addition to the market of fleet safety performance tools. Such tools, also known as video recorder (VR) systems, are designed to improve the safety of truck drivers. Very few fleets are currently using this technology. Industry estimates suggest that only 6 percent of fleets are using video cameras […]

There is a growing threat to transportation cargo security, including fleet trucking cargo. Cyber hackers attack shippers and carriers at multiple access points across the supply chain. These online thieves are able to use information technology to commit cybercrime and fraudulently steal loads. Sometimes the thieves hitch their tractor to a loaded trailer; other times […]

It is no secret that driving while impaired is dangerous and can have lethal consequences. In the past, impaired driving meant operating a vehicle while distracted or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, due to the ever-increasing number of fatigue-related accidents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) updated their definition of impaired […]

How much do fleet executives really know about the daily realities their drivers’ experience? Commercial Carrier Journal (CCJ) facilitated a panel discussion at its 2016 Fall Symposium. The Symposium was held in Scottsdale, Arizona in November. The panel discussion was led by two long-term leaders in the industry – Danny Smith, representative for Truckload Carriers […]

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently updated their guidelines to protect vehicles from cyber-attacks. These updates focus on proactive ways to improve cybersecurity. Cybersecurity is a major safety concern and can damage motor carriers’ businesses if ignored. Many trucking companies think of workplace safety as following federal safety regulations, performing proper vehicle maintenance, […]

Malcolm McLean started his trucking company during the Great Depression as a way to help his family survive. He was a resourceful man that quickly grew his one-man operation to a thriving business by 1940. He continued to grow his fleet to over 1700 trucks and sold his business for $12 million in the mid […]

New federal mandates call for more breaks for truck drivers. The goal is to improve safety by reducing drowsiness while on the road. However, increasing breaks helps one safety issue while hindering another. More breaks mean more stops, and this casts a glaring light on the lack of truck parking. Safe parking has long been […]