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Check Tire Pressure

One of the most neglected aspects of a pre-trip inspection is the air pressure in the tires of commercial vehicles. It is not enough to scan tires for noticeably-low pressures or “thumping” the tires to gauge its pressure. Cutting corners in this area of the pre-trip inspection can be costly regarding dollars, times, and possibly lives.
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Recruiting vs. Retention: How to Keep Your Best Truck Drivers

One topic that rears its head during conversations with insureds is the challenge of finding qualified applicants for the fleet. The costs associated with recruiting, orientating, and placing an applicant behind the wheel has been estimated at upwards of $5,000 per driver. With many fleets seeing turnover rates approaching 100% annually, the recruiting budget can quickly add up to a large portion of your annual expenditures. 
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Going from Moment to Momentum

How does a company go from that “Ah-ha!” moment where they are all jazzed up about a new idea that will revolutionize the company to actually making it happen? This conundrum is common in the realm of safety especially when a company realizes what it needs to do, like instilling a culture that values safety, but then does not know how to achieve it. Those “Ah-ha!” moments can be fleeting if one does not act swiftly and purposely to build momentum and make their idea a reality.
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Visually Clearing Intersections

  Intersections can pose a serious risk to professional truck drivers. Besides the movement of vehicle traffic in every direction, drivers must contend with the unpredictable, like jaywalkers, bike riders, and countless other hazards. For these reasons, drivers must be extra vigilant when approaching an intersection. 
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Professionalism

"Earned. Never given." is a phrase used by the Marine Corps to describe the golden eagle, anchor, and globe emblem presented to all graduates of basic military training.
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Driver Safety Meetings: To Conduct or Not To Conduct

There are many motor carriers that are either unable or unwilling to bring their drivers together for collective, formal safety meet-ings. Reasons for this include; operational tempo (24/7 customer service requirements), a geographically diverse or remotely do-miciled driver force, and use of all independent contractor drivers.
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Winter is Coming, Are You Ready?

Fall is here, and winter is not far behind. For most of the country, as road conditions and visibility worsen, parking lots and walkways become ice rinks, and the air fills with cold and flu viruses, the risk of vehicle crashes, work-related injuries, and lost work time due to illness increases with each. Now is the time to start preparing for these hazards to avoid business interruptions and keep your employees safe and healthy through the winter months.
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Ask A Safety Representative

Can a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) be operated in “off-duty” status as a mode of personal transportation as long as it is not loaded and the driver is not under dispatch?
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Implementing a Post-Crash Investigation Process

Root-cause analysis can certainly be effective at determining the true underlying causes of accidents, but it often consumes more resources than small organizations are able to muster. When a crash occurs, it is often initially unclear as to why it happened. There are usually different accounts of the events leading up to the crash, almost always biased by perspective. Sorting through this dilemma can be a daunting task. Some folks might be tempted to chalk it up to simply calling it an “accident,” and then refuse to look any deeper into the event. But a detailed insight into a crash’s cause can be incredibly valuable to a motor carrier, both in terms of loss prevention and bottom-line dollars, and it does not need to take up too much of your valuable time.
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Preventing Cargo Thefts

Cargo thefts continue to rise and while the vast majority involve a stationary or unattended truck, fictitious pick-ups and impersonating a legitimate motor carrier or broker continues to occur. Thefts involving the impersonation of a motor carrier typically begin with a broker listing a load on an internet board. A seemingly legitimate motor carrier responds, but in reality, it is a thief that is impersonating a legitimate motor carrier.
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