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Safety Tip: Seat Belt Check List

As an IIHS survey underscores, some people don't bother to buckle up -- particularly when they're riding in the back seat. A simple reminder from the driver can make all occupants safer.

A driver uses a parking assist system to parallel park. Photo courtesy of IIHS.

Can Drivers Overly Rely on Driver Assistance Tech?

Research from IIHS and MIT AgeLab suggests that drivers can be susceptible to distraction while using a parking assist feature.

A member of the Oregon National Guard firefighting team assigned to the Horse Prairie Fire, near Camas Valley, Ore. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason Van Mourik / 173rd Fighter Wing/ Public Affairs

Wildfires Bring States of Emergency in the West

Certain federal motor carrier regulations have been suspended in some Western states due to large wildfires, as governors have declared officials states of emergency in Oregon, Washington, California, Montana, and the Dakotas.

Irma forcast graphic via The Weather Channel.

How Fleet Management Companies Prepped for Irma

Fleet management companies put in place resources for commercial fleets with vehicles in South Florida that may have suffered damage from Hurricane Irma. They helped drivers locate fuel, identified replacement units, and managed an influx of calls from drivers.

Florida Braces for Hurricane Irma’s Impact

Hurricane Irma, already one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever develop in the Atlantic, will likely make landfall on the U.S. mainland by the end of the week. In preparation, state and federal agencies are already declaring an emergency on the ground.

Photo: J.J. Keller

House Rejects One of Two Anti-ELD Measures

Late in the evening of Sept. 6, the amendment sponsored by Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX)-- which sought to prevent funding of the electronic logging device rule for almost one year-- was voted down on the House floor, 246-173.

Four Small Pickups Ace IIHS Crash Tests

However, the trucks don’t qualify for an IIHS safety award because they lack automatic emergency braking and their headlights are rated poorly.

Photo of 2017 Bolt EV courtesy of Chevrolet.

Chevrolet Expands Bolt EV Nationwide

The Bolt EV was initially rolled out in select states in December. Since then, 12,249 Bolt EVs have been sold with 11,670 vehicles sold this year through Aug. 30.

Photo of 2018 Ram ProMaster courtesy of FCA.

FCA Updates Ram Vans for 2018

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Ram Commercial has added several safety and convenience features to its ProMaster full-size van and ProMaster City compact van for the 2018 model year.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

Gasoline Prices Remain Elevated by Harvey

The national average gasoline price spiked 27 cents to $2.65 for the week, as a result of Hurricane Harvey's deluge in the Gulf Coast, according to AAA.

Photo via Wikimedia.

Wholesale Medium-Duty Truck Values Continue to Fall

Depreciation among wholesale medium-duty trucks continued to rise through July and August, according to Black Book’s September Specialty Markets report.

Photo of 2018 Atlas courtesy of Volkswagen.

Volkswagen Offers Pair of 2018-MY Incentives

Volkswagen will offer 2018 model year fleet incentives for its Atlas mid-size SUV and Tiguan long wheelbase compact SUV, the automaker has announced.

Photo by Michael Barera/Wikimedia Commons.

Safety Tip: Driving Through Intersections

The state of Michigan offers advice on how to drive defensively near intersections and avoid collisions.

FMCSA is suspending certain trucking regulations in 26 states and the District of Columbia to aide in the recovery effort from Hurricane Harvey. Image: FMCSA

FMCSA Suspends Rules in 26 States to Help Fuel, Supplies Flow after Harvey

To aid in the effort to bring supplies and fuel to areas affected by Hurricane Harvey, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the State of Texas have lifted several trucking regulations to cut down on red tape and smooth the flow of goods.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls F-Series Crew Cab Trucks for Seat Belts

The recall covers more than 117,000 2015-2017 Ford F-150 Crew Cab and 2017 F-250 and F-350 Super Duty Crew Cab trucks in the U.S.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard.

Hurricane Harvey Could Create 1M Salvage Vehicles

While market watchers agree that Hurricane Harvey's impact stretches beyond Houston-area automotive business, estimates on exactly how many vehicles will need to be replaced vary between half a million and million vehicles, including as many as 18,500 fleet vehicles.

Photo of a flooded Houston on Aug. 27 Courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard.

Harvey Nearly Halts Commercial Fleet Activity in Houston

Heavy flooding from what is now Tropical Storm Harvey has disrupted commercial fleets in the Houston area, as corporations and fleet management companies have begun reaching out to their employees and fleet drivers to ensure their safety and assess damage to fleet vehicles.

Photo of Chevrolet Low Cab Forward courtesy of GM.

GM Offers Standard 5/100 Warranty on Gasoline Cabovers

General Motors has begun offering a standard 5-year or 100,000-mile warranty with its gasoline-powered Chevrolet Low Cab Forward trucks to qualified fleet customers, which would make it the only cab-over-engine manufacturer to offer these terms without an extended warranty.

Photo courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Marijuana-Linked Road Deaths Up in Colorado

In 2016, Colorado drivers in fatal crashes tested positive for marijuana 20% of the time. The state voted to legalize recreational use of the drug in late 2012.  

Randomly selected Domino's customers in Ann Arbor, Mich., will have the opportunity to receive their pizza order from a Ford Fusion Hybrid autonomous research vehicle. Photo courtesy of Ford.

Domino’s Testing Self-Driving Fusion Hybrid for Pizza Delivery

Researchers from Ford and Domino's will study how Ann Arbor, Mich., customers interact with the autonomous vehicle delivering their pizza order.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

Hurricane Harvey Drives up Gasoline Prices

National gasoline prices spiked amid the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, as the average price increased 4 cents to $2.37 per gallon for the week ending Aug. 28, according to AAA.

Photo by Famartin/Wikimedia Commons.

Drive Safely Work Week Set for October

The annual safety campaign, sponsored by NETS, will focus this year on preventing distracted driving and promoting eco-friendly driving.

Photo: Texas Army National Guard/ Lt. Zachary West

Hurricane Harvey Could Disrupt Trucking for Some Time

Hurricane Harvey, whose heavy rains brought devastating flooding to Houston and much of south Texas, may yet cause more trouble for the region-- the National Weather Service predicting an additional 25 inches of rain through the end of the week in certain areas.

Screenshot from KHOU 11 News

Harvey Causing Historic Flooding in South Texas

With the National Weather Service calling Hurricane Harvey "unprecedented" and "beyond anything experienced," hundreds of highways are closed, trucking is already mobilizing relief, and at least one trucker was among the thousands who had to be rescued over the weekend.

Photo courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Safety Tip: Five Ways Seat Belts Help Prevent Injuries

Fleet drivers need to buckle up every trip. Here are five ways seat belts protect occupants from injuries, according to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

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