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Driving During a Dust Storm – Tech Tip Tuesday

Important safety infomration for truckers about driving during dust storms

We found this helpful article and video on the www.automotive-fleet.com website

Dust storms, in an instant, can dramatically reduce visibility and create driving conditions that can lead to major chain collisions. The biggest mistake that drivers make is failing to pull completely off the road when they see a massive cloud of dust approaching.

Here’s some advice, provided by the Arizona Department of Transportation, to educate your fleet drivers on how to respond to this extremely dangerous weather event.

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• Always avoid driving into or through a dust storm.
• If you encounter a dust storm, immediately check traffic around your vehicle (front, back and to the side) and begin slowing down.
• Do not wait until poor visibility makes it difficult to safely pull off the roadway — do it as soon as possible. Completely exit the highway if you can.
• Don’t stop in a travel lane or in the emergency lane. Look for a safe place to pull completely off the paved portion of the roadway.
• Turn off all vehicle lights, including your emergency flashers.
• Set your emergency brake and take your foot off the brake.
• Stay in the vehicle with your seat belts buckled and wait for the storm to pass.
• Drivers of high-profile vehicles should be especially aware of changing weather conditions and travel at reduced speeds.

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By |August 26th, 2014|Commercial Trucking Industry, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Driving During a Dust Storm – Tech Tip Tuesday

ATTN: Truck Drivers – The Port of Miami Tunnel is now open

Easier access to the port of Miami for truckers

Good news for truck drivers who travel to the Port of Miami. The tunnel is now open for truckers and other vehicles enter and exit the Port of Miami. It has ben four years since the tunnel project began and an added delay this past May. With an easier method for entering and exiting I-95 via the Macarthur Causeway and I-395, this should make for less delays and improved delivery times.

There are now two lanes entering and two lanes exiting Dodge Island, which is where the Port of Miami is located. Truck drivers traveling to and from the Miami International Airport and I-95 will connect directlyt to the 518 acre island located in Biscayne Bay.

Restrictions for tunnel access are as follows: maximum height is 15 feet, and maximum width is 8 feet 6 inches. No placarded and hazmat cargo will be allowed to travel through the tunnel. Any restricted cargo will need to utilize the Port Boulevard Bridge instead.

More information about the tunnel is on the PortMiami website.

By |August 9th, 2014|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Press Releases, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on ATTN: Truck Drivers – The Port of Miami Tunnel is now open

Inform your fleet drivers about right-of-way laws

ATTENTION FLEET OWNERS AND DRIVERS: Who has the right-of-way in your state

Right-of-way laws are not the same in all states. So do your drivers know the laws?
Who has the right of way when a driver is making a U-turn and someone else is turning right on red? This video from NBC-2 WBBH News provides the answer.

We found some great info on the automtive-fleet.com website that can help.

Take a look at these two videos and safety tip information.

NBC-2.com WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral

Here’s a California DMV video explaining how to yield the right of way to pedestrians, emergency vehicles and school buses.

All your fleet drivers need a solid grasp of right-of-way rules. This knowledge promotes safer driving practices and also helps prevent driver confusion and indecision – contributing factors in many crashes.

Here are a few rules provided by the California DMV. You may want to pass them along to your fleet drivers as a friendly reminder.

Never assume other drivers will give you the right of way. Yield the right of way whenever doing so helps to prevent a collision.
Respect the right of way for pedestrians. Always stop for any pedestrian crossing at corners or other crosswalks, even if the crosswalk is in the middle of the block or at a corner without traffic lights. It doesn’t matter whether or not painted lines mark the crosswalk.
At intersections without stop or yield signs, slow down and be ready to stop. Yield to traffic and pedestrians already in the intersection or just entering the intersection. Also yield to the vehicle or bicycle that arrives first, or to the vehicle or bicycle on your right if it reaches the intersection at the same time as you.
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By |May 10th, 2014|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Press Releases|Comments Off on Inform your fleet drivers about right-of-way laws

Driver Retention Concerns in the Trucking Industry

Driver Retention is the Sixth Biggest Concern for the Trucking Industry

Turnover can cost a company $5,000 per driver. Learn how to keep your good drivers from leaving.

If driver shortage is the #3 concern on the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) survey of trucking executives, it logically follows that driver retention would also be a major issue. And that’s even more so with the added burden of the new HOS rules.

If you’ve managed to find and hire those good drivers, how do you keep them, especially in an industry where turnover is so high? An American Trucking Association (ATA) report issued in December estimated that turnover can cost a company $5,000 per driver. Multiply your current driver pool by $5,000 and you can see what this could cost you and why it’s so important to keep your good drivers. What keeps drivers from leaving?

Although no one can downplay the importance of good pay, when you look at the best companies to work for in all industries in the U.S., those companies that have extremely low turnover, money is often not the deciding factor. More often, it’s a combination of things that lead to a satisfying (or unsatisfying) work environment, including pay, benefits, work/life balance, open communications, professional development, and more. In May of last year, Truckinginfo.com published an article detailing nine ways companies can find and keep their drivers. Eight of these ideas specifically deal with retention.

Pay smarter – If you can’t afford across-the-board increases, tie bonuses and increases to better fuel mileage, on-time delivery, good inspection results, minimal hard-braking incidents, and more. Some companies offer a minimum guaranteed number of miles/week.
Get driver input – Everybody wants respect and everybody would like to be listened to. […]

By |March 27th, 2014|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry|Comments Off on Driver Retention Concerns in the Trucking Industry

FMCSA Safety Measurement System website improvements

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is test-driving an improved version of its Safety Measurement System website.

The SMS site is where carriers and the public go to get the safety performance data the agency uses to determine which carriers pose a risk and need to be investigated. Last year the site hosted nearly 48 million user sessions, the agency said.

The agency is proposing some improvements to the site that have been suggested by users of the system. The changes can be previewed online, and the agency plans to host several webinars to explain the changes.

The agency said its objective is to make the site easier and more intuitive to use, to consolidate information and to improve access to information and performance monitoring tools.

Among the changes, the site:

Displays a carrier’s summary status in the Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories. Detailed data is available for each category.
Offers a tour to explain the revisions.
Lets the user download the data for all carriers in the same safety event group, such as inspections or crashes, used to rank the carrier’s BASIC percentile.
Highlights a carrier’s performance in each BASIC to identify any trends.
Includes a carrier’s safety rating from a compliance review, information that formerly had to taken from a different database.
Shows a carrier’s current insurance and authority status.
Shows a carrier’s enforcement case history.
Offers a variety of customizable displays and graphs to portray safety performance over time.
Displays the total number of inspections and a breakdown of the number of inspections with violations.

The agency said carriers can preview their own data in the proposed redesign, and the public has access to simulated data.

The explanatory webinars are scheduled for November 18, 21 and 22.

For more information, see Federal Register.

By |November 7th, 2013|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Press Releases|Comments Off on FMCSA Safety Measurement System website improvements

Truck Drivers with Sleep Disorders may want to read this

Changes in Federal Requirements for Truckers with Sleep Disorders

Here’s an interesting article from the truckinginfo.com website about trucker drivers and sleep disorder federal requirements.

President Obama recently signed a bill stating that any changes in federal requirements for handling truck driver sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, must come through the rulemaking process, rather than guidance to medical examiners.

In regards to the different approaches in dealing with sleep disorder issues, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration traditionally has relied on guidance to make sure that examiners can spot drivers who may have a sleep disorder.

Over the past several years the agency has been working on a more robust guidance that reflects the better understanding of sleep disorders, and obstructive sleep apnea in particular, that doctors and medical researchers have developed.

For more information, examiners and carriers can visit the FMCSA web site, but it will not be added to the longstanding formal guidance the agency has for examiners.

Download Documentation here.

It will no doubt be included in any rule-making, but before the agency can go there it must research a much broader range of issues.

Rule-makings must include a cost-benefit analysis.

According to Sean Garney, manager of safety policy at American Trucking Associations, this will require the agency to estimate the number of drivers who would be affected by the rule, the percentage of crashes in which sleep apnea is a factor and the percentage that would be affected by treatment of apnea.

Also, the agency will have to look at the costs and effectiveness of testing and treatment, as well as the “discouragement factor” – the extent to which a rule would discourage drivers from coming into the industry, or staying in it, Garney said.

“There’s just a lot that they’re going to […]

By |October 28th, 2013|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Press Releases|Comments Off on Truck Drivers with Sleep Disorders may want to read this

Federal Regulations Starting Now for Truck Drivers

New Federal Regulations for Truck Drivers

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that new federal regulations designed to improve safety for the motoring public by reducing truck driver fatigue took full effect today, July 1, 2013.

“Safety is our highest priority,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “These rules make common sense, data-driven changes to reduce truck driver fatigue and improve safety for every traveler on our highways and roads.”

Trucking companies were provided 18 months to adopt the new hours-of-service rules for truck drivers. First announced in December 2011 by FMCSA, the rules limit the average work week for truck drivers to 70 hours to ensure that all truck operators have adequate rest. Only the most extreme schedules will be impacted, and more than 85 percent of the truck driving workforce will see no changes.

Working long daily and weekly hours on a continuing basis is associated with chronic fatigue, a high risk of crashes, and a number of serious chronic health conditions in drivers. It is estimated that these new safety regulations will save 19 lives and prevent approximately 1,400 crashes and 560 injuries each year.

“These fatigue-fighting rules for truck drivers were carefully crafted based on years of scientific research and unprecedented stakeholder outreach,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro. “The result is a fair and balanced approach that will result in an estimated $280 million in savings from fewer large truck crashes and $470 million in savings from improved driver health…. Read More

By |July 1st, 2013|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Press Releases|Comments Off on Federal Regulations Starting Now for Truck Drivers