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March 29, 2018 - Industry News

Texas Leads Nation in Drowsy Driving Fatalities

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Texas led the country in sleep-related crash fatalities in 2016, according to a recent study about the prevalence of deadly accidents stemming from sleep deprivation. The Lone Star state recorded 159 deaths, accounting for 22.1% of all drowsy driving fatalities nationwide.

Tags: Drivers, Texas, Drowsy Driving, Safety

March 14, 2018 - Industry News

Ram ProMaster City Recalled for Steering Gear Housing

Photo of 2018 Ram ProMaster City Tradesman courtesy of FCA.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is recalling approximately 224 2018 Ram ProMaster City compact vans because the gears within the hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering system may have a casting defect that can potentially fracture and lead to a loss of hydraulic steering fluid.

Tags: Recalls, Ram Truck, Compact Vans, Ram ProMaster City, FCA, Safety

March 13, 2018 - Product News

SmartDrive Launches Video Safety Platform With New Hardware

SmartDrive's SR4 hardware is more than 50% smaller than previous iterations to reduce the distraction to the driver, especially for dash- and windshield-mounted equipment. Photo: SmartDrive

SmartDrive Systems launched the SmartDrive Transportation Intelligence Platform and SR4 hardware for fleets, offering a comprehensive video- and sensor-based intelligence platform for fleets looking to improve driver habits and safety.

Tags: SmartDrive Systems, Video Event Recorders, Wabco, Drivers, In-Vehicle Video, Connected Vehicles, Safety, Training, ADAS

March 6, 2018 - Industry News

FCA Recalls Ram ProMaster City for Tire Placards

Photo of 2018 Ram ProMaster City courtesy of FCA.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling approximately 3,460 2018 Ram ProMaster City compact vans because the tire placards may provide misinformation regarding seating capacity.

Tags: Ram Truck, Ram ProMaster City, Recalls, Compact Vans, 2018-MY, Safety

March 1, 2018 - Industry News

Pedestrian Fatalities Reach Record for Two Consecutive Years

Graphic courtesy of GHSA.

The 5,984 pedestrians killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2017 represents a decrease of just one half of 1% of pedestrian fatalities in 2016, according to a new report from the Governor's Highway Safety Association (GHSA).

Tags: Safety, Pedestrians, Road Deaths

February 27, 2018 - Industry News

Ford Begins Testing Driverless Delivery Service in Florida

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Domino's has begun using a self-driving delivery test vehicle from Ford Motor Co. in south Florida to help the automaker gather data for a fully autonomous delivery service Ford plans to launch in 2021, the company announced.

Tags: Ford, Delivery Fleets, Domino's Pizza, Fully Autonomous, Mobility Service

February 12, 2018 - Industry News

Video Safety Tip: Correct Steering Techniques

Several experts say hand-over-hand steering isn't the safest steering method for two main reasons.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Steering, Drivers

February 12, 2018 - Industry News

These 6 States Adopted Essential Traffic Safety Laws

Photo via Jusmar/Wikimedia.

The "2018 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws" grades states on the adoption of 16 fundamental traffic safety laws.

Tags: Safety, California, Oregon, Louisiana, Delaware, Washington, Rhode Island, Seat Belts, Drunk Driving, Texting While Driving

February 9, 2018 - Industry News

Hyundai Elantra Qualifies for Top Safety Pick+

Photo of small overlap front driver side crash test courtesy of IIHS.

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest award, the Top Safety Pick+, when the compact sedan is equipped with optional front crash prevention and good-rated headlights.

Tags: Hyundai, Crash Tests, Hyundai Elantra, IIHS Top Safety Pick+, Compact Cars, 2018-MY, Adaptive Headlights

February 9, 2018 - Industry News

Drowsy Driving a Factor in Nearly 10% of Crashes

Photo via John Gillespie/Flickr.

A new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety explores the relationship between drowsy driving and motor vehicle crashes — finding 9.5% of drivers involved in crashes to be classified as drowsy.

Tags: Drowsy Driving, AAA, Safety

February 9, 2018 - Industry News

Uber, Waymo Settle Autonomous Vehicle Technology Lawsuit

The lawsuit centered around Uber's acquisiton of Otto, an autonomous truck company started by a former Waymo employee. Photo: Uber

Uber and Waymo have agreed to terms on a settlement in a lawsuit over alleged stolen autonomous vehicle technology that will give Waymo a stake in Uber and absolve the company of wrongdoing.

Tags: Lawsuits, Uber, Settlement, Autonomous Vehicles, Waymo

February 8, 2018 - Industry News

Montana Drunk Driving Laws Worst in the Nation: MADD

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Montana's drunk driving enforcement rates as the worst in the nation, while five other states have the most robust enforcement in the nation, according to a report from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

Tags: Drunk Driving, Montana, MADD, Arizona, Maryland, Nevada, Mississippi, West Virginia, Safety

February 8, 2018 - Industry News

Maryland May Crack Down on Repeat DUIs

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Driving while intoxicated would become a felony after a third offense in Maryland under leglislation proposed on Jan. 22 by Gov. Larry Hogan.

Tags: Drunk Driving, Proposed Legislation, Maryland, Elected Leaders

February 7, 2018 - Industry News

5 U.S. Cities Rank Among World’s Most Traffic-Congested Areas

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For the sixth consecutive year, Los Angeles topped the list of the world’s most gridlocked cities, with drivers spending 102 hours in congestion in 2017 during peak time periods, according to the annual INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard.

Tags: Inrix, Traffic Congestion, Los Angeles

February 6, 2018 - Industry News

Infrastructure Funding Will Take Courage From Trump, Congress: AAA

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AAA's top executive is calling on President Trump and Congress to put the nation’s disintegrating transportation infrastructure ahead of partisan politics, and spell out funding sources to upgrade the nation's highways.

Tags: AAA, Infrastructure Funding, Elected Leaders, U.S. Congress, Donald Trump, C-Suite

February 5, 2018 - Industry News

Uber: Self-Driving Trucks Could Help Alleviate Driver Shortage

Uber stated in a blog post that it expects self-driving trucks to help the industry deal with higher demand. Photo via Uber

Mixed fleets with self-driving long-haul trucks and traditional human-driven regional routes could help the trucking industry address the problem of an aging driver workforce, said Uber in a recent company blog post.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Uber for Trucking, Regional Haul, Drivers, Truck Drivers

February 5, 2018 - Industry News

Video Safety Tip: Driving Amid Lightning

Drivers who find themselves in the midst of lightning strikes should pull over to a safe place, turn on their hazard lights, close all the windows, and avoid touching metal.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Safety Tips, Weather

February 1, 2018 - Industry News

Cell Phone Use 6 Seconds Prior to Crashes Studied

Photo via Intel Free Press/Flickr.

A new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety examines the relationship between using a cell phone while driving and the risk of being involved in a crash by comparing cell phone use immediately prior to crashes versus during ordinary driving.

Tags: Distracted Driving, Safety, AAA, Cell Phone Use

January 29, 2018 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Move Over for Emergency Vehicles

Drivers need to remember to slow down and move over — if safe — whenever they see an emergency vehicle stopped ahead on a multi-lane roadway.

Tags: AAA, Michigan State Police, First Responders, Driver Safety Tips, Safety

January 24, 2018 - Industry News

HLDI Reveals Vehicles With Lowest Collision Losses

The Ford F-250 4WD is among the top 10 vehicles with the lowest overall losses, according to an analysis by HLDI. Screen shot via YouTube.

The top 10 list, released by the Highway Loss Data Institute, includes large pickups from Ford and Ram.

Tags: Ford F-150, Jeep Wrangler, Subaru Outback, Claims Management, Volkswagen Golf, GMC Canyon, Ram 1500, Crash Research, Mazda CX-5, HLDI, Safety

January 22, 2018 - Industry News

Safety Tip: 5 Things to Remember About Roundabouts

The Washington Department of Transportation offers advice on how to safely navigate a roundabout.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Roundabouts, Safety, Washington DOT

January 16, 2018 - Industry News

The Role of GVWR and GCWR in Speci'ing 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

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

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