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Winterizing Your Truck Fleet

Winterizing Your Truck Fleet

KEEP YOUR FLEET AHEAD OF WINTER WITH THESE TIPS With fall and early winter weather seemingly less and less predictable, now is a good time to brush up on some fleet management basics. Seasoned pros like ourselves sometimes still need a little...

Haulin’ for the Holidays – Statewide Toy Drive

Haulin’ for the Holidays – Statewide Toy Drive

HAULIN’ FOR THE HOLIDAYS Haulin’ for the Holidays is a state-wide initiative by the Tennessee Trucking Association and its Young Professional Council to partner with TTA members and local charities to make holidays brighter for Tennessee children,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

FMCSA, Wisconsin DOT Alert Carriers to MCS-150 Scam

FMCSA, Wisconsin DOT Alert Carriers to MCS-150 Scam

A scam asking motor carriers for money to file MCS-150 forms recently caught the attention of the Wisconsin DOT and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Wisconsin DOT issued an alert on Friday, August 30, warning companies of a...

International Roadcheck Inspections Sideline 12,000 CMVs

International Roadcheck Inspections Sideline 12,000 CMVs

More than 12,000 vehicles and almost 2,800 drivers were removed from the roadways for violations during the annual International Roadcheck hosted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA). The Roadcheck is a 72-hour inspection and safety...