Safety en Bison explains how it rebuilt its safety culture <div class="field-deck"> A 16-year process reduced turnover and dramatically cut insurance losses for Bison Transport. But it required a complete cultural overhaul, according to the carrier’s safety director. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>NASHVILLE. Garth Pitzel will tell you that in the 1990s, as <a href="">Bison Transport</a> grew into one of North America&rsquo;s largest fleets by adding over 100 trucks a year, the company aimed just to be &ldquo;compliant&rdquo; with safety regulations while focusing more on how to deliver customer freight on time, every time.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Safety Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:55:00 +0000 214911 at <p>Nothing has a greater impact on Bison&rsquo;s safety culture than driver retention. &ldquo;It is the single most important item in my job,&quot; according to Garth Pitzel. (<em>Photo courtesy of Bison Transport</em>)</p> A foundation technology for autonomous trucks <div class="field-deck"> Bendix views Wingman Fusion as a "foundational technology" for self-driving trucks. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>LOUISVILLE, KY. There are over 100,000 Bendix Wingman collision mitigation systems installed in trucks today, and if you count the company&rsquo;s older Vorad warning system, the number of forward collision warning systems on the road in trucks climbs to 240,000. Last year <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Navistar</a></span> made the Wingman Advanced system standard on its linehaul tractors, and at the Mid America Trucking Show this week both <span class='keyword_link'><a href="" title="" target="_blank">Kenworth</a></span> and <span class='keyword_link'><a href=" " title="Keyword link list" target="_blank">Peterbilt</a></span> announced that they were adding the system as standard equipment on their linehaul trucks.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment MATS News Safety Technology Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:58:00 +0000 214601 at <p>Wingman Fusion combines camera and radar sensors to better identify potential collision risks, thus enabling even faster braking intervention while also preventing rollovers and stability events. (<em>Photo courtesy of Bendix</em>)</p> Designing a driver safety program <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>We&rsquo;ve all heard the phrase &ldquo;safety is no accident.&rdquo;&nbsp; The point of the phrase is that safety doesn&rsquo;t just happen. No matter how much you want your fleet to operate in a safe manner, you have to do the work to instill safety as one of your key corporate values.</p> <p>Clearly, drivers are the most important element in your safety plan. And the best way to ensure your drivers operate safely is to design a driver safety program for them.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Driver Management Resource Center Fleet Management News Safety Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:51:00 +0000 214321 at Teamsters, OOIDA argue against Mexico trucking program <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Even as the Trump administration and some members of Congress look to undo NAFTA, opponents of the trade deal's cross-border trucking program with Mexico got their day in court this week.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Safety Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:31:00 +0000 214231 at <p>OOIDA attorney Paul D. Cullen Jr. argued that FMCSA&#39;s pilot program granted the Mexico-domiciled participants an exemption to U.S. commercial driver&rsquo;s license equivalence, but the exemption should not be extended to the full cross-border program.</p> Doing your part to prevent truck accidents <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Preliminary statistics for 2016 indicated that there was a 7% to 8% increase in fatalities in accidents involving trucks and buses. While numbers are down from where they were 10 years ago, they are still unacceptable.</p> <p>No one likes to see a truck crash, with or without fatalities, and there are steps you can be taking to make your fleet as safe as possible.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Driver Management Resource Center Fleet Management News Safety Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:15:00 +0000 212601 at A formula for fleet safety? <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>When it comes to truck safety, there is no single “golden solution” or “quick fix”—and the many studies, claims, and high horses about how fleets and owner-operators can best promote safety “mostly serve to muddy the issue,” according to a new whitepaper.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment Fleet Management News Safety Running Lights Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:19:00 +0000 212151 at Trucking exec ‘stuns’ senator with safety stats <div class="field-deck"> Cooperation among trucking, Congress, regulators is ‘pathway’ to improvement </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>A leading Senate proponent of more strict truck safety regulations called it “stunning,” after hearing the details of fleet-wide accident reductions through investment in advanced safety systems—but the CEO of one of the country’s largest trucking companies quickly explained that the trucking industry didn’t need more regulations, just the “right” ones.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Regulations Safety Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:42:00 +0000 211991 at NSC: Motor vehicle deaths reach nine-year high <div class="field-deck"> Group estimates that 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2016; up 6% over 2015 and up 14% over 2014. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>For the first time in nearly a decade, preliminary 2016 data from the <a href=";d=DwMFAg&amp;c=H98lxvesFHsl1ZPcztRg4g&amp;r=OHaKSnTdA6RcjhH2OmIJ3thV4v7P5SrKfx-TaWavTyU&amp;m=wwQv2ijKzic7zYg-EZh6-zBBINz1w32S5atcKyNaZJ4&amp;s=k09cFZoy5AkBsGcI1kA4eq_hYRoNBaKx1PuwGWTfGfU&amp;e=">National Safety Council</a> (NSC) <a href=";d=DwMFAg&amp;c=H98lxvesFHsl1ZPcztRg4g&amp;r=OHaKSnTdA6RcjhH2OmIJ3thV4v7P5SrKfx-Ta</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Safety Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000 211921 at <p>&ldquo;Where is our outrage over losing 100 people every day on our roadways? We know what to do but we just are not doing it.&rdquo; &mdash;NSC&rsquo;s Deborah Hersman. (<em>Photo courtesy of the U.S. DOT</em>)</p> Study: Millennial drivers exhibit dangerous behaviors <div class="field-deck"> Group says 88% of young millennials engaged in at least one risky behavior behind the wheel in the past 30 days, earning the top spot of worst behaved U.S. drivers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>A new report by the <a href="">AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety</a> finds that &ldquo;young millennials&rdquo; are some of the most dangerous motor vehicle drivers on the road today, engaging in a range of unsafe behaviors &ndash; including texting while driving, red-light running and speeding &ndash; that is increasing their crash risk.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Driver Management Resource Center News Safety Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:54:00 +0000 211851 at <p>In terms of texting while driving, those aged 19 to 24 were 1.6 times as likely as all drivers to report having read a text message or e-mail while driving in the last 30 days; some 66.1% vs. 40.2%, AAA found.</p> Fleets Online: Training day <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><strong>Company:</strong> Zavcor Trucking Ltd., Stevens&shy;ville, ON<br /> <strong>Operation:</strong> A privately owned and operated fleet specializing in temperature-controlled and general freight hauling in the United States and Canada with a fleet of 60 trucks</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleet Management News Safety Silver Mon, 06 Feb 2017 16:35:00 +0000 211051 at