Posts Categorized: Safety

January Safety Snapshot – Distracted Driving

No Distracted Driving Sign, Red stop sign with words Distracted Driving and accident icon with stormy sky background

Of the more than 65,000 people killed in motor vehicle crashes over the past two years, one in ten crashes involved at least one distracted driver, according to police report data analyzed by Erie Insurance in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a nationwide census of fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes maintained by the National… Read more »

CVSA Releases 2016 Brake Safety Week Results


Commercial motor vehicle enforcement members of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conducted 18,385 CMV and brake system inspections during Brake Safety Week, Sept. 11-17, 2016. Inspectors reported 13.2% of inspections with out-of-service brake violations and 14.8% of inspections with non-brake related out-of-service violations, each inclusive of some with violations in both categories. During the week-long… Read more »

Safe Winter Driving Tips


Winter can be  a dangerous time to be on the roadway even for the most experienced drivers out there. Winter driving crash statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that slippery roads are no joke.  24% of weather-related vehicle crashes occur on snowy, slushy, or… Read more »

Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Rule Leaves OMB


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) received its final rule for DOT Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse back from the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on October 31, 2016. The rule, “Commercial Drivers’ License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (MAP-21).” Has been under OMB’s review since May 20,2016. This rulemaking, according to the… Read more »

FMCSA Issues Safety Advisory For Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Phones.


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a safety advisory this week regarding the recently –recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smart phone and its lithium-ion batteries. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the lithium- ion battery in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7s can overheat and catch fire, posing a serious burn and… Read more »

CVSA’s 2016 Roadcheck Results


Commercial motor vehicle inspectors throughout North America conducted driver and vehicle safety inspections on large trucks and buses during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 29th annual International Roadcheck, June 7-9, 2016. International Roadcheck is a three-day event when CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle… Read more »

Operation Safe Driver Week Oct 16-22


The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver week will begin this Sunday on October 16 and run through Saturday, October 22. Law enforcement agencies throughout North America will engage in heightened traffic safety enforcement and education aimed at combating unsafe driving behaviors by commercial and passenger vehicles. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s… Read more »

Driver Fatigue: Tips On How To Prevent It


Trucking often demands little opportunity for rest due to long irregular work hours, early start times and night shifts, often sacrificing good, quality sleep causing driver fatigue. Fatigue is the result of physical or mental exertion that impairs performance. As stated in 49 CFR 392.3, “No driver shall operate a commercial motor vehicle, and a… Read more »

Wildlife Crossing: Tips To Avoid Animal-Vehicle Collisions

Deer crossing sign in Idaho.

Any good trucker knows that sharing the road is important. This is especially true on the highway, where every vehicle deserves its space. But that awareness doesn’t just extend to fellow drivers – there are other occasional highway travelers that truck drivers should be on the lookout for: animals. Fall is here, signifying the beginning… Read more »