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Communication Techniques to Prevent Driver Distraction

Driver distraction is a major concern for motor carriers because it is a common factor associated with serious losses. Vehicle crashes are the obvious exposure, but whenever a driver gets pulled over for a distraction-related violation, that constitutes a business interruption. This in turn can[...]

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How Drivers Can Prevent Lane-Change Crashes

What is the easiest way a professional truck driver can prevent a lane-change crash? Stay in one lane, right? Well, we know that is not always possible. Eventually, a lane change is necessary, but a crash can still be prevented by taking some simpleprecautions. First, plan your trip ahead of[...]

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How to Calculate Proper Following Distance

A key factor in rear-end crashes is improper following distance. In order to determine how much following distance is required to bring a tractor-trailer to a complete stop, drivers first need to know how much stopping distance their vehicle requires. A tractor-trailer driving 65 mph travels at[...]

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Tailgating: One of the Deadliest Sins on the Road

For most drivers, it is very irritating when someone drives close behind them. If the tailgater is pulling a fully loaded 18-wheeler, it not only causes anger, it can also be downright terrifying. Many motorists who have been tailgated by a truck driver spend the next several days cursing the[...]

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Be Proactive by Targeting Critical Crashes

When it comes to losses, a motor carrier that operates in a reactive mode is putting itself in a bad position. It is like closing the barn door after the horses get out. The damage is done, and the only hope is to minimize the loss. A better approach is to get ahead of a loss by taking steps to[...]

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Leadership's Role In Addressing Driver Distractions

Distractions, both inside the cab and out, are competing for the driver’s attention behind the wheel and increasing the risk of a crash. These distractions, in turn, expose motor carriers to potentially catastrophic losses involving personnel, equipment, revenue, and third-party liability[...]

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Click It or Ticket: Make Seat Belt Use a Daily Habit

Brush teeth, eat breakfast, tie shoes—these are actions taken by millions of Americans every day, often out of habit. Buckling your seat belt should be such an automatic action. In fact, seat belt use should be the automatic next step after sitting down in a vehicle. Whether you ride in the[...]

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Distracted Driving: Lane Departures

Lane departures that result in loss-of-control crashes are common when professional drivers allow activities to divert their attention away from the task of driving. When distracted, the vehicle may drift off the road surface. This can lead to one of three possible outcomes. First, with all or[...]

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ROAD CONSTRUCTION AHEAD

Winter is finally over and now comes the dreaded road construction season. Like death and taxes, road construction is unavoidable and with it comes the increased risk of crashes and injuries. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, rear-end, fixed object, head-on, and angle-related[...]

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Time to Prepare for Spring Driving Hazards

Spring is here! Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and motor carriers are exhaling a collective sigh of relief now that winter is mostly in the rearview mirror. But while things are looking up, now is not the time to relax one’s safety posture. The arrival of spring brings its unique[...]

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