The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration uses Compliance Safety and Accountability scores to assess the safety of trucking companies and target the most at-risk companies for additional interventions. The CSA scores are composed of seven BASICs (Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category) which attempt to use data available to the FMCSA to pinpoint trucking companies with inadequate safety procedures.
While successful court challenges have managed to block a number of high profile regulatory changes in recent months, a Chicago court upheld a major new rule facing the trucking industry at the end of October. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a rule requiring trucking companies to install electronic logging devices aimed at ensuring compliance with hours of service safety requirements. A legal challenge against this rule brought by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) failed to succeed.
Teens already have enough disadvantages against them when it comes to driving due to their lack experience, so why not give them a car that will help them be a safer driver without the added distractions. Many parents find it stressful to have their teenagers behind the wheel of their brand new car, but it may be the smarter choice. It seems that parents have a better peace of mind when their teenagers are driving a new car with the safer functions available than with the older model that doesn’t cost as much.
In June 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a field study on the use of collision avoidance systems in heavy vehicles. The report will help government agencies and transportation companies wanting to stay ahead of the curve in the implementation of more advanced safety features in the trucking industry.
Almost all personal and business automobile insurance policies exclude coverage for losses caused by pollutants. There is an exception in the case of materials necessary for the function of a vehicle- provided those items were leaked or released from somewhere other than their natural storage or use location.
This can lead to a large uninsured loss exposure for companies regularly engaged in the transportation of a wide range of products that can be considered pollutants. Companies unsure of their coverage could face large losses, including civil judgments and large fines, that put the future of the company in jeopardy.
Teen Drivers (Ages 16-19) experience more crashes during the summer break. Whether heading to the beach, driving to the movies with friends, or driving home after work; Teen accident rates jump 16%, compared to other times of the year.
Here Are Some Tips To Consider:
- Texting and otherwise interracting with phones jumps during this time. This is extremely dangerous behavior.
- 55% of teens text every day, sending almost 100 messages daily. Talk with teens about safe texting practices.
- Distractions aren't just electronic devices- passengers are also a major distraction for drivers. Restricting trips that include friends, siblings, and other youngsters is advisable.
- Practice what you preach! Are you guilty of texting, dialing, checking directions, or changing streaming radio stations while driving? Young drivers see this behavior, they will think it is normal- even if told otherwise.
As advancements in autonomous vehicles continue, the impact on the trucking industry could be massive. Self-driving technology possesses the potential to reduce significantly the number of accidents and therefore the loss exposure for long-haul truckers. These technologies, however, can lead to significant savings even outside the possibility for accident reduction.