Tuesday, April 30, 2013

GPS - Careful!! No Truck Routes

With the increased use of GPS units comes the hazards of following potentially dangerous directions. 

Many GPS units do not have truck routes and can send a driver down a restricted road or a dangerous road. This can cause a driver to get a ticket, towed, or even an accident when they encounter sharp turns or overpasses. Drivers need to be aware of these issues and need to do proper trip planning so they don't find themselves in these situations. 

In response to the problems this new technology is presenting the FMCSA is mandating GPS training for all new entry drivers. Current drivers should also take note and familiarize themselves with these issues.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Driver Safety: It Starts With You.

We've had a good 1st Quarter, so keep up the good work, and always keep HEALTH & SAFETY at the top of your list.

D R I V E R   S A F E T Y
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration warns “Worn, failed or incorrectly adjusted components can cause or contribute to accidents. Preventive maintenance and periodic inspection procedures help to prevent failures from occurring while the vehicle is being operated.” 

Good advice? Sure it is! And the same advice holds true for the care and maintenance of your body. What can you do to stay healthy and prevent disease? You can get certain screening tests, take preventive medicine if you need it, and practice healthy behaviors.

Unfortunately for many truckers, the only examination they receive is at their DOT physical. However, not all recommended exams are part of that physical, and a good relationship with a primary care provider is an important resource to help you stay in your best health. Top health experts from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force suggest that when you go for your next checkup, talk to your doctor or nurse about how you can stay healthy.  Screening tests can find diseases early when they are easier to treat. Some people need certain screening tests earlier, or more often, depending on your and your family health history. Talk to your doctor about which tests are right for you, when you should have them, and how often.

Friday, April 19, 2013

HOS rules - Driver Fatigue

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a final rule that employs the latest research in driver fatigue to make sure truck drivers can get the rest they need to operate safely when on the road. The new rule by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) revises the hours-of-service (HOS) safety requirements for commercial truck drivers.

As part of the HOS rulemaking process, FMCSA held six public listening sessions across the country and encouraged safety advocates, drivers, truck company owners, law enforcement and the public to share their input on HOS requirements. The listening sessions were live webcast on the FMCSA Web site, allowing a broad cross-section of individuals to participate in the development of this safety-critical rule.

"This final rule is the culmination of the most extensive and transparent public outreach effort in our agency's history," says FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro. "With robust input from all areas of the trucking community, coupled with the latest scientific research, we carefully crafted a rule acknowledging that when truckers are rested, alert and focused on safety, it makes our roadways safer.