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  • Apr 14, 2014
    blog

    Put down the phone and promise to drive distraction free

    In 2012, nearly 3,400 people (3,328, actually) died in distraction-affected crashes, according to the U.S. Dept. of Transportation (DOT). An estimated 421,000 people were injured in crashes that involved a distracted driver. Approximately 660,000 drivers use a cell phone for talking or texting at ANY GIVEN MOMENT in time across the country. That’s 660,000 people that could be causing a crash – right now....More
  • Apr 9, 2014
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    Fleet Advantage launches charity program to assist kids in need

    Many companies have charitable hearts. Some publicize them, some don’t. I find it particularly heart-warming when companies donate to children’s causes, because as the song goes, “children are our future.”...More
  • Mar 26, 2014
    blog

    Drones are coming to take your job

    In the past six months or so, there has been a lot of talk about drones being used in all types of situations. Sure, we all know the military uses drones to carry out combat missions and surveillance, but it wasn’t until December when Amazon unveiled its plans for Amazon Prime Air – package delivery by drone – that people took notice of the possibilities. UPS quickly noted that it, too, was exploring the use of drones to deliver packages....More
  • Mar 17, 2014
    blog

    Wrongly classifying drivers could mean jail in New York State

    A new law that took effect last week in New York State could mean significant financial penalties and/or jail for companies that knowingly misclassify employee-drivers as contractors. According to the text, the law is designed to ensure drivers, particularly those who work for companies such as FedEx and UPS and port truckers, are properly classified as employees of the company where appropriate....More
  • Mar 4, 2014
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    Tolls, taxes and fees: Why we are stuck with underfunded highways

    Last week saw a flurry of statements, proclamations and pie-in-the-sky dreaming from politicians announcing that they have the solutions to fix our deteriorating highways. President Barack Obama himself, for what seems like the 100th time during his presidential tenure, pitched a new idea last week: a $302 billion, 4-year investment in transportation....More
  • Feb 21, 2014
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    What's the cost to transport my eyes? And other strange shipping stories

    I have to admit that one show I like to watch on TV at night is Shipping Wars on A&E. The premise of the show is for a group of “competitors” to bid on unusual shipments available on the load board uShip and then transport those items to their destinations....More
  • Jan 31, 2014
    blog

    Trucking is waiting for a skilled technician workforce 1

    During his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, President Barack Obama mentioned his goal of creating an educated workforce. This is something that trucking knows all about. From not enough drivers to a shortage of skilled technicians, the industry is in a constant state of trying to find that next generation of employees....More
  • Jan 24, 2014
    blog

    Hard-working trucks and truckers hit the airwaves

    To help celebrate the work that Americans do every day, in many cases with the help of trucks ranging from pickups to heavy-duty tractors, Shell Rotella has kicked off a new advertising campaign. The Hardworking Campaign builds on the company’s Unsung Heroes effort from last year and will feature television advertising currently appearing on the Outdoor Channel....More
  • Jan 2, 2014
    blog

    Mile high in Colorado? Not for commercial truckers

    Jan. 1, 2014, was a milestone date in Colorado. It was the date that residents, and non-residents alike, could purchase marijuana legally for recreational use. While many in the state, and nation (Washington state will be enacting a similar law this spring), will be watching closely to see what impacts the law will have, if any, there is a more problematic issue for employees....More
  • Dec 26, 2013
    Commentary

    7 steps to making mobile devices work in your fleet

    As more companies debate whether to purchase smart devices for their employees or allow those employees to use their own devices, there are a myriad of potential problems that must be addressed in either solution. My co-worker Wendy Leavitt has written extensively on the subject recently. Wendy smartly detailed some of the issues in a feature story for Fleet Owner’s December issue called Smart devices and fleet desires....More
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