FMCSA to allow trucks to replace rear-view mirrors with cameras

Find out how cameras could replace traditional rear-view mirrors.

Rear-view mirrors on trucks are a standard safety measure, but one that has limitations. In some cases, a camera system has a wider range of view and can enhance safety. In a recent ruling, the Federal Motor Safety Association (FMCSA) agreed to allow large trucks and carriers to use high tech camera systems in place of the traditional dual mirror setup.

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How the government shutdown is affecting the transportation industry

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The news has been going wild with reports of the government shutdown, which began on December 22, 2018. Many people have been affected by the partial shutdown, and it still seems unclear how long the shutdown will last. The DOT, like many government agencies, has been affected by the partial shutdown, although the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Federal Highway Administration have not been greatly impacted. We’ll explain how the government shutdown has affected the DOT, the FMCSA, and the FHWA.

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Looking ahead: Trucking trends coming your way in 2019

Check out these trucking trends that will be coming your way in 2019.

From concerns about the shortage of qualified drivers (which will continue to grow as Baby Boomers retire) to the continued development of autonomous vehicle technology, 2019 is all about technology and people. What can you expect to hear about in the year to come – and which trucking trends will directly impact your business? A few of the most prevalent are outlined below.

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What do autonomous trucks mean for the trucking industry?

Autonomous trucks could affect the trucking industry.

Tesla, Uber, Volvo, and GM have all either rolled out an autonomous truck or have one in the works – and they are not alone. Most automotive brands are including some form of autonomous vehicle for deliveries in their coming lineup. What does this shift towards self-driving capabilities mean for the industry and for drivers? A few key points to consider about autonomous trucks are detailed below.

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Progressive rolls out Smart-Haul program for ELD-based truck insurance

Progressive recently launched an ELD-based insurance program.

Progressive Insurance recently rolled out a new program called Smart Haul® that gives qualifying truckers a discount on their commercial truck policy for signing up and sharing their Electronic Logging Device (ELD) driving data. The program provides a three percent discount for sharing ELD data. According to Progressive, most customers save an average of $1,384 a year with the Smart Haul® program. But, should you sign up?

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More women are becoming truck drivers than ever before

The number of women in trucking could be seeing a rise.

The Women in Trucking Association (WIT) and the National Transportation Institute (NTI) recently revealed research that highlights the growing number of female truck drivers entering the industry. Hundreds of individual firms and fleets responded to the joint surveys, providing key details on the rise of women in trucking and in fleet management.

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How UPS Significantly Lowered Its Accident Rate

UPS has lowered its accident rate.

In the US, on the job fatalities rose 7% last year. The transportation industry accounts for a whopping 40% of these fatalities. That far exceeds any other industry.

As important as it is to prevent a fatality, that’s not the only cost. Injuries, property damage, damage to your own trucks, potential downtime and increased insurance premiums cost you.

You have trouble keeping your trucks and drivers on the road. Here’s how UPS has been tackling this problem head-on. And these are the results.

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How natural disasters like Hurricane Florence can impact trucking

Natural disasters like Hurricane Florence can affect the trucking industry.

As Hurricane Florence took aim at the East Coast, residents, businesses, and governments struggled to prepare for the aftermath. As citizens stripped store shelves of water, bread, and other non-perishables, governments changed the direction of major roadways, and roads became impassable, the entire trucking industry was affected.

This situation is not unique. Every time a large natural disaster looms or strikes, the trucking industry faces uncertainty and rushes to adapt. In some cases, as with Hurricane Florence, some regulations are lifted in advance of the storm to allow for safe passage and delivery of relief items.

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National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is September 9th-15th

Check out these commercial truck insurance myths.

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is coming up. The second week of September (Sept. 9th-15th) is set aside as a special time to recognize the hard work and dedication of the 3.5 million professional truck drivers around the country.

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