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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

To keep families safe this Independence Day, law enforcement agencies will have increased enforcement focused on impaired driving during the 4th of July holiday period. Drinking and driving is a bad combination, the consequences are abundantly...

Roadcheck 2020 May 5-7 Will Focus on Driver Requirements

Roadcheck 2020 May 5-7 Will Focus on Driver Requirements

Driver requirements will be the emphasis of the 2020 International Roadcheck, hosted annually by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA). This year's Roadcheck is scheduled to take place May 5-7, a month earlier than its traditional date....

Winter Fuel Mix Affecting Fuel Economy

Winter Fuel Mix Affecting Fuel Economy

Q: Why does my Fuel Economy drop in the colder months? A: Refineries must change the composition of diesel fuel in the winter to help it function better in the cold weather. These changes give the fuel a little more temperature margin when it comes...

Daylight Savings Time Starts Sunday November 3rd

Daylight Savings Time Starts Sunday November 3rd

Time to Fall Back…..Daylight Savings Time Change in Coming Up Daylight savings time will "fall back" at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 3rd. Make sure that all your drivers are aware that the change to daylight savings will occur.  Caution route...

November 3-10 is Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

November 3-10 is Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

The National Sleep Foundation has launched Drowsy Driving Prevention week as an educational campaign designed to save lives by increasing awareness of the dangers of driving while sleepy. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates...

Large-Truck-Related Crash Fatalities Increased Again in 2018

Large-Truck-Related Crash Fatalities Increased Again in 2018

While 2018 highway crash data showed an overall decrease in fatalities, large-truck-related fatalities increased since 2017. Fatalities for crashes involving large trucks rose 0.9% from 2017 to 2018 according to data from the National Highway...

Is that a Drunk Driver?

Is that a Drunk Driver?

Is that a Drunk Driver? How many times have you been driving and upon seeing another motorist, ask yourself, "Is that a Drunk Driver?" The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has established four categories to identify if a...

Regulations: Alcohol Consumption and Driving a Commercial Vehicle

Regulations: Alcohol Consumption and Driving a Commercial Vehicle

With the upcoming holidays, what regulations are in place pertaining to alcohol consumption and driving a commercial motor vehicle? The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations address use of alcohol by any commercial driver (>10,000lbs MGVWR) in...

Safe Trucking is Good Business

Safe Trucking is Good Business

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg: Safe Trucking is Good Business Trucks move the economy, and they do a superb job. One- and two-day delivery wouldn’t be possible without the nation’s truck army. But when...

Driver Shortage Continues to Top ATRI List of Industry Concerns

Driver Shortage Continues to Top ATRI List of Industry Concerns

Driver shortage continues as the top-ranked issue in the trucking industry, according to the annual Top Industry Issues report from the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI). The industry's efforts to retain and recruit qualified...

OT Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Registration is NOW OPEN!

OT Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Registration is NOW OPEN!

The CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse portal is now accepting stakeholder registrations in advance of the website's launch on January 6, 2020. Motor carriers, medical review officers, substance abuse professionals, and consortium/third-party...

October 7th – 13th is Fire Prevention Week

October 7th – 13th is Fire Prevention Week

National Fire Prevention Week is coming, and it is a good time to review with your drivers how to prevent fires and how to react to a fire that occurs in their commercial motor vehicle. Fire extinguisher inspection is a vital part of a driver’s...

Updated Handbook on Perishable Foods Available

Updated Handbook on Perishable Foods Available

A 1987 handbook published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s division of Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA-AMS) been updated and republished by a team led by University of Florida researchers.  USDA-AMS Handbook No. 669, “Protecting...

Study: Truck Drivers Rank Among the Most Sleep-Deprived Americans

Study: Truck Drivers Rank Among the Most Sleep-Deprived Americans

A study from Ball State University indicates that truck drivers as a group are getting inadequate sleep. The report analyzed more than 150,000 working adults from 2010 to 2018 and found that Americans getting seven hours or less of sleep increased...

Idealease Telematics: Driving Events Defined

Idealease Telematics: Driving Events Defined

Q: I see Hard Events (Cornering, Braking, Acceleration) on my scorecard. What triggers a hard event? A: The telematics device has an accelerometer inside the device. When this accelerometer detects a .3g force movement forward, backward, or...

Fuel Additive Use During Cold Weather Conditions

Fuel Additive Use During Cold Weather Conditions

Fuel additives to prevent jelling should be added anytime the ambient temperature is below 32. Power Service and Penray are popular manufactures of fuel additives and both companies have two different products available through Navistar and...

How to Make a Cold Weather Survival Kit for Your Truck

How to Make a Cold Weather Survival Kit for Your Truck

Everyone should carry a Winter Survival Kit in their truck. In an emergency, it could save your life. Here is what you need: a shovel windshield scraper and small broom flashlight with extra batteries battery powered radio water snack food...

FMCSA Extends HOS Public Comment Period to October 21st

FMCSA Extends HOS Public Comment Period to October 21st

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced it has extended the public comment period on the proposed changes to the hours-of-service (HOS) rules. Acting upon requests from the American Trucking Associations, the Commercial...

Successful 2019 Idealease Safety & Compliance Seminar

Successful 2019 Idealease Safety & Compliance Seminar

Huge thanks to all the folks who came out to the Cumberland Idealease Safety & Compliance Seminar last week.  We hope you found the seminar to be educational and useful to your company.  If you have any questions at all, please reach out to one...

It’s the CVSA’s Brake Safety Week!!! Sept. 15-21st

It’s the CVSA’s Brake Safety Week!!! Sept. 15-21st

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Brake Safety Week is scheduled for Sept. 15-21. Throughout that week, enforcement officials will conduct roadside safety inspections on commercial motor vehicles throughout North America. Vehicles...

Driving Tips from America’s Road Team

Driving Tips from America’s Road Team

The first step towards a safe trip begins in the driveway. • Do a "walk around" before leaving:  Check your vehicle's tires, wipers and fluids.  Have your radiator and cooling system serviced.• Plan ahead:  Before you get on a highway, know your...