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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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Reduce Crashes: Driver-Related Root Causes of Crashes

One of the trucking industry's constant missions is the reduction of crashes. In order to reduce crashes, safety professionals work to try to understand why they occur. With any crash there can be a variety of contributory root causes, including equipment-related issues, environmental conditions, other motorists' actions, etc. However, there is one common denominator with all crashes and that is the involved driver. There are estimates that over 90 percent of root causes of crashes can be traced back to some element of the involved driver. 
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Decision Driving: Are You Making the Right Decisions?

Driving a commercial vehicle requires your full attention because it is a decision-making process. Time and motion studies have found that on average a commercial driver will make 160 driving decisions per mile. In a 500-mile tour of duty, that amounts to 80,000 driving decisions. In a 7-day period, that adds up to 560,000 decisions. In a 50-week time frame (leave out 2 weeks for vacation), that can amount to 28 million driving decisions. 
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Security Alert: 3D Printing - Counterfeit High Security Bolt Seals

The following alert was received from the Pharmaceutical Cargo Security Coalition...Swiss Freight Forwarding and Logistics Company provided heightened awareness of a new high tech method of counterfeiting security seals.
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Stay Hydrated this Summer: Say No to Soda, Yes to Water

The heat of summer is upon us. The season of ice covered roads, blizzards, and whiteout conditions has come to an end. Even though for some winter seemed to hold on a little too long...summer is finally here. With the heat comes more sweat. Stay hydrated this summer. The solution? Simply one word, water! 
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Brake Safety Week: September 6-12, 2015

Properly functioning brake systems are crucial to safe commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operation. CMV brakes are designed to hold up under tough conditions. But, they must be inspected and maintained carefully and consistently, so they operate and perform properly throughout the vehicle’s life. Brake Safety Week is an annual outreach and enforcement campaign designed to improve commercial vehicle brake safety throughout North America.
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