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Elements of a Successful Safety Culture

Culture is a term used often when discussing organizational development, but what is it? Simply put, culture is the shared values and beliefs that govern how employees behave in an organization.
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Summary of the ATRI “Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking” 2017 Report

Every year since 2008, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has published “An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking.” Last year’s report is now available; it contains helpful analysis in two areas of particular interest: high-level benchmarking of interest to motor carriers, and potential transportation impact assessments, of interest to public sector agencies.
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Ask the Liability Adjuster

Why is on-time reporting of liability claims important?
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Tips on Continuous Improvement Initiatives

Change is a constant in the trucking industry. From hours-of-service changes, the ELD mandate, and other proposed regulatory changes, this state of flux requires motor carriers to either rise to the challenge and improve or risk being left behind. Henry Ford once said, “If you always do what you always did, you always get what you always got.” Motor carriers cannot afford to adopt this mindset. Organizations either get better through continuous improvement efforts or get worse through stagnation as the industry continues to change around them.
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Does Your Company Brand Attract Quality Drivers?

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) publishes a top ten list each year of industry concerns based on surveys conducted with trucking executives. Driver shortage and retention are two related issues which have appeared on the ATRI list for many years and are issues every motor carrier faces. Recruiting and retaining quality drivers seems to be a never-ending process.
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Rollovers

Tractor-trailers typically have a high center of gravity; this makes them susceptible to rollover crashes. The key to preventing rollovers is for drivers to be able to recognize the hazards that increase the likelihood of a crash and to take appropriate defensive measures. Read the information below and ask yourself if there are actions you can take to improve your driving skills and reduce the risk of a rollover.
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Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of major depression that is typically associated with the change of seasons. SAD can occur in the winter or summer months but is most common during periods of reduced daylight hours and colder temperatures. This psychological condition can seriously affect a person’s health and wellness. SAD can also act as a distraction and lead to a vehicle crash or workplace injury. Here are some warning signs of SAD and some suggestions on how to address the issue either for you or someone you know:
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Winter Safety

For most of the country, winter brings frigid temperatures, slippery road conditions, and treacherous walking surfaces. In the event of a possible roadside emergency, you do not want to risk frostbite or hypothermia. The key to protecting yourself is to be able to recognize the hazards that can lead to winter-related injuries and illnesses and know how to protect yourself.
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Jackknifes

Due to winter roadways, there is an increased risk of jackknifes, but this type of loss of control crash can occur any time of the year. To avoid a jackknife - or to recover from one, drivers must be able to recognize the hazards that contribute to a jackknife. They must also know how to defend against it. Read the information below, and ask yourself if there are actions you can take to improve your driving skills and reduce the risk of a crash.
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Time to Discuss Winter Driving Hazards

Winter is here, and truck drivers across the country must deal with extreme weather and winter driving conditions. Ice, snow, high winds, poor visibility, frigid temperatures, and other hazards greatly impact driver safety. These factors can also lead to a critical crash, such as a rollover, jackknife, or lane departure. Critical crashes can have negative repercussions throughout the organization and severely disrupt operations. That is why the time is now for operations staff to remind drivers of winter driving hazards and protective driving techniques needed to prevent a serious loss. Here are some key points operations staff should cover with drivers.
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