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The Debate: Side Guard Rails on Trucks

After its recent exposure in the media on CNN, the issue of underride guards has resurfaced as a topic of interest amongst drivers, carriers, and lawmakers. Side guard rails are not currently mandated in the US and the opinions on that appear to be split. Many certainly agree that underride guards are an effective solution for protecting people from injury and death during truck collisions. However, there are other considerations that need to be made in terms of the substantial monetary costs and challenges associated with these rails that are borne by carriers and truckers. It’s a dilemma that the industry is certainly grappling with. 

So, where does that leave us?

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Topics: Truck Safety, Side Guard Rails

All It Takes Is 30 Minutes: Smart Pre-Trip Inspections

The CVSA’s three-day International Roadcheck may be over, but the inspections will continue every single day, without fail. Every truck driver has been trained on how to do a pre-trip truck inspection. But, do they actually take the time to go through this process every time they hit the road? Maybe. Maybe not.

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Topics: Truck Safety, CVSA International Roadcheck

CVSA’s International Roadcheck 2019: Are You Ready?

From June 4-6, the CVSA’s International Roadcheck program will inspect 17 commercial vehicles every minute over the course of 72 hours across North America. During International Roadcheck, certified inspectors will conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. Inspectors may also opt to conduct the Level II Walk-Around Driver/Vehicle Inspection, Level III Driver/Credential/Administrative Inspection or Level V Vehicle-Only Inspection. Are you, your drivers, and your trucks prepared?

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Topics: Truck Safety, CVSA International Roadcheck

Trucking Technology: Today’s View Of Truck Driver Safety

We all want our drivers to operate in a safe manner and we think we’re doing a great job reinforcing that in our daily operations. Fleet owners make safety a critical component of their new driver orientation programs. Fleet managers talk about safety best practices in every driver meeting.

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Topics: Truck Safety, Truck Safety Technology

Knowing What To Do With Truck Safety Data

Injury rates, crash rates, and fatalities have fallen over the past two decades thanks to advanced safety technology on our trucks. However, many carriers are still noticing that their insurance rates and settlement costs have gone up. We’re not surprised and here’s why: What if we told you that adding safety technology (and sifting through additional truck safety data) can potentially increase your fleet’s liability -- especially if you don’t do anything with the data your technology generates.

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Topics: Truck Safety

Safety Advocates and Environmentalists at Odds Over Trailer Length

 

There’s a heated debate going on in Congress over making double tractor trailers longer by 10 feet, and it’s pitted safety-focused groups against environmentalists. By increasing the maximum length of the trailers in a double tractor trailer rig from 28 feet to 33 feet, you add ten more feet of cargo space to the total rig.

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Topics: Truck Safety