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January 16, 2018 - Industry News

The role of GVWR and GCWR in Specifying Work Trucks

A truck's chassis manufacturer determines a vehicle's gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). The GVW is the total weight of a truck and its payload. Photo courtesy of Ford

Understanding GVWR and GCWR is a key part of assessing CDL operator requirements and ensuring employee safety.

Tags: NTEA, CDL, Work Trucks, Gross Vehicle Weight, Safety

January 15, 2018 - Industry News

Tech Developed to Prevent Drowsy Driving

Image courtesy of Hyundai Mobis.

Hyundai Mobis recently showcased new technology that shifts a vehicle to autonomous driving mode when a driver dozes off and the car starts to leave the road.

Tags: Hyundai, Drowsy Driving, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Suppliers, Safety, Autonomous Technology

January 15, 2018 - Industry News

Video Safety Tip: Protecting Your Vision

AAA offers five recommendations to help drivers maintain good vision for driving. And NHTSA explains how three different vision disorders — cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration — can diminish a driver's ability to see the road clearly.

Tags: AAA, Driver Health, Safety

January 8, 2018 - Industry News

Video Safety Tip: Vehicle Noises You Shouldn’t Ignore

AAA explains which eight vehicle noises signal trouble that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

Tags: AAA, Driver Safety Tips, Safety

January 5, 2018 - Industry News

Which States Are Riskiest for Driving in Snow?

A driver’s chances of getting in a snow-related crash are highest in the state of Wyoming, according to a recent analysis of 2016 crash data.

Tags: Drivers, Winter Driving, Weather, Snowstorm, Safety

January 4, 2018 - Industry News

Sprinter 3500 Vans Recalled for Crosswind Assist

Screen shot via YouTube.

The recall covers 2,177 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 and Freightliner Sprinter 3500 vans.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Freightliner, Recalls, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Daimler, NHTSA, Safety

January 1, 2018 - Industry News

Video Safety Tip: Freeway Driving

Photo by qwesy qwesy/Wikimedia Commons.

AAA offers seven tips on how to drive safely on busy freeways.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Safety

December 25, 2017 - Industry News

Video Safety Tip: Improving Sleep Habits

Drowsy driving prevention begins with getting enough sleep every night. Here's advice from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Tags: Drowsy Driving, Driver Safety Tips, Safety

December 21, 2017 - Industry News

4 Automakers Offer Auto-Braking Standard on Most Cars

The 2017 Volvo XC60 SUV includes an updated City Safety AEB system. Photo courtesy of Volvo.

Tesla, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and Toyota already offer automatic emergency braking as a standard feature on most of their vehicles, according to a new progress report.

Tags: Automatic Braking, Safety, IIHS, NHTSA, Tesla, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Subaru, Honda, Hyundai, Volkswagen, Kia

December 21, 2017 - Industry News

National Safety Council Predicts Holiday Road Deaths

Photo by Djmaschek via Wikimedia Commons.

The National Safety Council estimates that more than 660 people could lose their lives on U.S. roads during the upcoming Christmas and New Year's holiday periods.

Tags: Drunk Driving, National Safety Council, Drugged Driving, Safety, Road Deaths, Forecast, Drivers

December 20, 2017 - Executive Fleet News

Audi Q5, Q7 Earn 5-Star Safety Ratings

Photo of Audi Q5 courtesy of Audi.

The 2018 luxury SUVs excel in crash tests administered as part of NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program.

Tags: Audi, Crash Tests, Audi Q5, New Car Assessment Program, Audi Q7, Luxury SUVs, NHTSA, 2018-MY, Safety

December 17, 2017 - Industry News

Video Safety Tip: Accommodating Snow Plows

Photo by Mark Buckawicki/Wikimedia Commons.

Here's advice from both the State of Massachusetts and Lake County, Ill., on how to safely share the road with snow plows.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Winter Driving, Safety, Snow Plow

December 11, 2017 - Industry News

Video Safety Tip: Understanding Traction Control

The National Safety Council explains the benefits of traction control and reveals the two driving situations when the feature should be turned off.

Tags: Winter Driving, National Safety Council, Driver Safety Tips, Safety

December 4, 2017 - Industry News

Video Safety Tip: Responding to a Traffic Break

The California Department of Motor Vehicles offers advice on how to respond to a traffic break.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Law Enforcement, Safety

November 29, 2017 - Industry News

Toyota to Update Active Safety Tech by Mid-2018

The second generation of the Toyota Safety Sense package will feature an updated pre-collision system that can help detect a collision with a bicyclist in front of the vehicle during the day. Photo courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota’s second generation of its Safety Sense package will start rolling out as standard equipment on certain Toyota vehicles beginning in mid-2018.

Tags: Toyota, Driver Safety, Advanced Safety Technology, Toyota Safety Sense

November 27, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Guarding Against Wrong-Way Drivers

Each year, about 360 people in the U.S. die in wrong-way crashes. Here's advice on how to limit the risk.

November 22, 2017 - Industry News

Highway Deaths Responsible for Rise in Transportation Fatalities

Source: NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board has released data showing that 2,030 more people died in transportation accidents in 2016 than in 2015, with highway deaths accounting for 95% of all transportation fatalities.

Tags: NTSB, Highway Fatalities, Holiday Travel, Road Deaths

November 20, 2017 - Industry News

Video Safety Tip: Urban Driving

Here's advice, provided by State Farm and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, on how to drive safely in central business districts in major cities.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Safety, State Farm

November 17, 2017 - Industry News

Thanksgiving Road Deaths Expected to Rise

Photo by Mlaurenti/Wikipedia.

The National Safety Council estimates that 421 people could lose their lives in car crashes during the upcoming holiday weekend — a 7% jump over the average.

Tags: Drunk Driving, Distracted Driving, National Safety Council, Road Deaths, Road Crashes, Safety, Driver Safety Tips

November 16, 2017 - Industry News

Chevrolet Silverado 3500, GMC Sierra 3500 Recalled

Photo of Chevrolet Silverado 3500 courtesy of Chevrolet.

The recall, which addresses a fuel-level sensor problem, covers nearly 35,300 2011-2015 trucks equipped with dual fuel tanks.

Tags: Chevrolet, 2011-MY, Chevrolet Silverado, 2012-MY, Recalls, 2013-MY, GMC Sierra, General Motors, GMC, 2014-MY, 2015-MY, Dual Fuel System, NHTSA, Large Pickups

November 15, 2017 - Industry News

ELD Violations Won't Count Against CSA Scores During Transition Period

Derek Barrs, Florida’s chief of commercial vehicle enforcement, asked for a show of hands among the state enforcement people in the room if they were ready for the ELD mandate. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Federal officials have taken another step to make the transition to mandatory electronic devices less painful. If drivers are cited at roadside for not complying with the ELD rule come the Dec. 18 deadline, the citation will be a “no points cite” that will not affect the Safety Measurement System that feeds into CSA scores – until April 1.

Tags: SMS, Enforcement, ELDs, ELD Mandate, FMCSA, CSA, Citations

November 13, 2017 - Industry News

Seat Belt Use by Commercial Drivers Hits All-Time High

Seat belt use by truck and bus drivers has risen to 86%, compared to 65% in 2007, according to FCMSA survey. Photo: IMMI

According to a survey conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 86% truck and bus drivers now regularly use their safety belts while driving.

Tags: Driver Safety, Seat Belts, U.S. DOT, FCMSA

November 13, 2017 - Industry News

More Vehicles Lacking Spare Tire

Graphic courtesy of AAA.

AAA research finds that nearly one-third of 2017 model-year vehicles don’t include a spare tire as standard equipment.

Tags: AAA, Tires, Safety

November 13, 2017 - Industry News

Video Safety Tip: Winter Emergency Kits

With temperatures dropping and snowfall forecast for many areas, now is a great time for fleet drivers to make sure their winter emergency kit is fully replenished and onboard.

Tags: Winter Driving, Driver Safety Tips, Emergency Kits, Safety, First-Aid Kits

November 8, 2017 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Metris Recalled for Wheel Bearings

Photo of Mercedes-Benz Metris courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

The recall, issued to address a wheel detachment risk, covers 109 vans in the 2017 model year.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Recalls, Daimler, NHTSA, 2017-MY, Mercedes-Benz Metris, Vans

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