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Top 10 Critical Issues Facing the Trucking Industry

ATRI unveiled its list of the top ten critical issues facing the North American trucking industry at ATA's Management Conference and Exhibition in October. For the third year in a row, the industry ranked the Hours-of-Service (HOS) rules as its top industry concern.  For the past two years, major HOS impacts on supply chains were the impetus behind the first place ranking.  In this year's survey, carriers and drivers voiced their concern over the uncertain future of the current suspension of the rules.
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CSA/SMS Under Control? Now It's Back to the Basics

Like most carriers, you probably spent a lot of time analyzing, modifying, and conquering your Safety Measurement System (SMS) results over the past couple of years. Now, as you look around feeling pretty good about yourself and your company, you may notice that something has been missing.
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Handling Driver Objections At Safety Meetings

There are many reasons some trucking companies do not holding regular driver safety meetings. They may include not enough time, too costly, too difficult to get them all in one place, don’t want to take away from home time, and “we use web based training”. One reason that often isn’t voiced, but is a factor, is the fear of confrontation with a driver. Some may be apprehensive about a driver disagreeing or opposing what is being offered in terms of strategy for handling road/traffic conditions. The person leading the training may be someone who has not been driving truck for a number of years so they think things have changed, they may be someone who has never driven truck so they do not feel competent, or they just do not want to argue with a driver especially in front of a group.
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Even the Great Ones Watch the Game Tape

You’re pretty good at your job, and you’ve been doing it for years. How crazy would it be if your boss one day said, “let’s take a look at the tape from yesterday’s meeting…let’s see what we can improve on.”
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Winter Weather: Slip and Fall Prevention Safety Tips

With winter weather conditions in the forecast we wanted to remind everyone of a few slip and fall prevention safety tips. No matter how well the snow and ice is removed from parking lots or sidewalks, you will still encounter some slippery surfaces when walking outdoors in the winter. It is important for everyone to be constantly aware of these dangers.
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How to Get and Keep Good Truck Drivers

Fleets can see greater success and improved profitability by focusing on getting and keeping good drivers. Besides fuel costs, driver costs are typically a significant expense to a trucking company. It’s no secret that tenured, experienced drivers are more operationally effective than less experienced drivers. That experience directly translates to improvements in operational efficiency, and is one of the most important aspects in running a solid, profitable business. 
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Caution, Caution, Caution: Animal Crossing

As urban areas continue to push outward and displace animals from their natural habitats, and as formerly empty rural lanes become plagued with traffic, collisions between cars and animals seem an almost inevitable consequence. 
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What is the Difference between Aggressive Driving and Road Rage?

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration the difference between aggressive driving and road rage is this:  “Aggressive driving is when an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses that endangers other persons or property.” It includes speeding, lane blocking, tailgating, frequent and sudden lane changes, honking at other cars in a non- emergency, and failing to yield the right of way. These are ticketable offenses and according to a study conducted by the National Safety Council, aggressive driving is a factor in 50% of all crashes. 
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Safety Backing Techniques

Backing up to a dock or into a parking space are two of the most common activities performed by professional truck drivers. It is also one of the most common causes of claims.  According to the National Safety Council, backing accidents cause approximately 500 deaths and 15,000 injuries per year. The majority of these can be prevented if the driver remembers to simply get out and look (GOAL) at the area he/she is backing into before starting the maneuver. For your convenience, Great West Casualty Company offers free GOAL stickers that can be placed in the cab to remind drivers.
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Ask a Safety Rep: Can I Use Retreaded Tires on the Steer Axle?

QUESTION: Can I Use Retreaded Tires on the Steer Axle? ANSWER: No Per FMCSR Part 393.75(e), a regrooved tire with a load-carrying capacity equal to or greater than 2,232 kg (4,920 pounds) shall not be used on the front wheels of any truck or truck tractor. Buses are restricted from operating with regrooved, recapped, or retreaded tires on the front wheels regardless of load-carrying capacity.
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