Illinois

Are Bigger Trucks Bad for Business?

Semi-trucks are becoming bigger and bigger when they can. Profit margins are thin, which means being able to carry more on each route makes a lot of business sense. But not everyone likes having oversized trucks in their region, and big trucks have their own safety considerations. If you’re weighing the pros and cons of adding a truck for larger loads, it’s not necessarily a bad […]

Drivers Can’t Be on Standby for Self-Driving Semi-Trucks

Self-driving semi-trucks are integrating themselves into experimental routes and smaller geographic regions. Autonomous vehicles of a smaller size are even finding their place in warehouses and docks. But most people agree that self-driving cars aren’t ready to take on all of the road systems by themselves. The systems haven’t finished learning, and they’re too easy to fool. Why can’t self-driving cars monitor themselves? Self-driving AI […]

Change Your Maintenance and Monitoring Policies for Safer Automation

The recent Tempe accident involving a self-driving car and a pedestrian was described by police as unavoidable, and that’s true in more ways than one. Not only did the specific circumstances of this incident make the collision hard to think around, a fatality caused by a self-driving car was always inevitable. While the accident is not going to dramatically slow the evolution or adoption of […]

Operation Safe Driver Week Is Just Around the Corner: July 15-21, 2018

Dangerous driving is the root cause for most of the dangers out on the roads. Even with poor visibility, aging infrastructure, and unclear GPS routes, the number one cause of vehicle crashes is driver behavior. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s “Large Truck Crash Causation Study,” the FMCSA found that 88% of truck crashes and 93% of passenger car crashes are due to […]

Which of the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety’s Top Safety Laws Apply to Truckers?

The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety just released their report cards for each state’s highway safety laws. They look at the adoption of sixteen highway safety laws on a state by state level and grade each state accordingly. While all of the laws work together to promote safe highway driving for everyone, not every state has adopted their specific sixteen in equal measure. See how […]

Don’t Ignore Cosmetic Damage, Even During the Busy Season

Some truck repairs can’t be put off. But when key vehicles and equipment are pulled off the roster of available vehicles, that can hurt your company’s bottom line and responsiveness to requests. Many companies have a sliding scale of which repairs need to be addressed immediately and which can be put off a little bit longer. That list gets even riskier during the peak seasons […]

Does Your Cargo Insurance Actually Cover Your Cargo’s Biggest Risks?

On May 3rd, someone stole nearly one million dollars worth of cancer treatment medication from a Pilot in Tennessee. The crime was recorded, the investigation started immediately, and the truck was found several miles down the interstate. While the truck and trailer were recovered, the pallets of medication were gone and the tracking device had been destroyed. Thefts of this magnitude may not be common, but […]

Are Rear-View Mirrors Hard to Glance At?

Stoneridge Inc. recently requested that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rethink their rear-vision mirror requirement. Instead of commercial trucks being required to have one rear-view mirror on either side of the cab, the company wants to start installing cameras. Stoneridge has a history of integrating technological advances with large commercial vehicles with tools such as configurable dashboards and soot sensors. Their mirrors, which reproduce […]

5 Tips for Driving Your Truck Safely During Windy Weather

When looking out for weather conditions, don’t just concentrate on things like rain or snow. It’s also important to pay attention to the wind. High gusts of winds can be dangerous for large trucks. Here are some tips for staying safe. Pay Attention to the Weather There are many weather apps out there that will help you stay informed about the forecast for the next […]

5 Tips for Preventative Truck Maintenance

Scheduled maintenance checks are crucial for keeping yourself safe when driving your truck. All the tricks and technologies in the world won’t help if your truck isn’t working properly. Here are a few preventative maintenance tips for keeping your truck working properly. Have a Regular Maintenance Schedule You should have a regular maintenance schedule. Check your truck on a regular basis, whether it is once […]

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