5 Safety Tips for Lowboy Trailers

It's important to keep safety in mind when you're driving a lowboy trailer.

If you’re hauling on lowboys, you know that no type of equipment, machinery, or industrial vehicle you haul is ever quite the same. You’re naturally a problem solver. Every day, you have to put your knowledge of synthetic webbing, winches, ratchets, friction mats and more to work so that you can make sure every load safely reaches its destination. You recognize that it’s not only the cargo at stake – it’s also the safety of everyone on the road and your business’s reputation.

So, here are 5 safety lowboy trailer safety tips that can be vital to protecting your cargo loads and your business.

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7 Safe Winter Driving Tips for Truck Drivers

Winter trucking presents extra challenges.

According to the Department of Transportation, bad weather causes 21% of vehicle accidents. A DOT study shows that heavy snow can slow freeway traffic down by 5-40%, and even light snow can decrease speeds by as much as 13%, increasing your drivers’ risks of having an accident. Taking steps to prepare your drivers for the increased challenges of winter will help keep your drivers safe and deliveries reaching their destinations on schedule.

So, check out these 7 winter truck driving tips not to overlook.

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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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6 Things Every Fleet Manager Should Know About Disaster Planning

Disaster planning for your fleet

Disasters can come in the form of hurricanes, tornadoes, or forest fires. Other disasters are man-made, like vandalism, arson, electrical fire, or even terrorism. FEMA (the government agency that handles disaster relief) estimates that as many as 60% of businesses don’t re-open after a major event like this.

In most cases, it’s not by choice. They’ve lost everything.

That’s why fleet disaster planning is so important for the trucking industry. It allows you to keep your business running (when possible) and quickly recover from a major event.

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Top tips to prevent back pain as a truck driver

Prevent negligent entrustment lawsuits with these tips.

One aspect of being a truck driver that’s very common is back pain. A lot of truck drivers, whether they drive a flatbed truck, tractor-trailer, tow truck, or any truck, really, experience lower back pain because of the nature of the job – getting in and out of the truck, being jolted as you drive, and sitting for long stretches at a time. The back is made up of vertebrae, muscles, discs, nerves, and joints. Tweaking or straining one of those things can cause a lot of pain, and oftentimes truckers experience back pain because the discs in the back get compressed as you sit for long periods of time. To help you prevent back pain, here are a few easy tips.

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12 truck driver safety tips that you need to know about

It can be difficult to recruit and retain truck drivers.

Truck driving is not for the faint of heart. The open road, though freeing, is also dangerous, especially when you drive a huge big rig that weighs however many tons. It’s like a missile. Once that thing gets off track, there’s almost no stopping it. However, we’ve got a few truck driver safety tips that can help you stay safe on the road.

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North Dakota bill could lead to a study about truckers quitting over ELD mandate

A new bill out of North Dakota would require the Dept. of Transportation to study the effect of the ELD mandate on the trucking workforce.

The ELD mandate has generated a lot of discussion and protest in the trucking world, to say the least. The mandate, which went into effect in December of 2017, required truckers to have an ELD, or electronic logging device, in their vehicles to track their hours of duty.

Electronic Logging Devices were meant to promote a safer workplace for truckers and they were supposed to help trucking businesses improve safety. The goal was to make tracking, managing, and sharing Records of Duty Status (RODS) data easier and more efficient. An Electronic Logging Device syncs up to the engine to automatically track drive time.

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What is a BASIC in trucking and why do the BASICs matter?

Your BASIC percentiles can determine if you'll be subject to FMCSA intervention.

There are a lot of regulations that trucking businesses need to be aware of and follow. The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) is the agency charged with overseeing CMVs and regulating trucks. The FMCSA has the power to intervene with truck businesses in the form of written letters of warning or investigations. But how does the FMCSA decide who to investigate? There are a lot of businesses out there – why would they single out your business?

The FMCSA uses BASIC (Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category) percentiles to prioritize which truck businesses to investigate. What’s a BASIC percentile? Great question. We’ll explain what BASICs are, where they come from, and what could cause your business to get poor percentile scores on your BASICs.

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Truckers and texting and driving: The consequences of distracted driving

Texting and driving is highly dangerous and can really hurt your truck insurance rates.

A topic that has gotten a lot of attention from the trucking community and the population at large is distracted driving. There are dire warnings about texting and driving – you’ve probably seen some billboards or a TV commercial imploring people to put their phones down and drive. There’s a good reason for this. According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), there were over 3,400 deaths caused by texting and driving in 2015. 390,000 more were injured in distracted driving accidents. Add to that a statistic from the CDC – 9 people are killed and 1,000 are injured every day in distracted driving accidents – and it’s enough to make you pause.

The point is this: distracted driving is dangerous. The statistics prove that. As a trucker, you spend hours upon hours on the roads. The highway is your workplace. And the thing is, driving requires your full attention to be on the road. If the statistics weren’t enough to convince you, let’s take a look at some more reasons that distracted driving is so dangerous, especially as a truck driver.

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10 tips for safe summer trucking

Check out these ten summer trucking safety tips.

Summer is here. Along with the higher temperatures and sunshine come some risks for truck drivers. One might think that winter, with ice and snow and rain, would be most dangerous, but summer has its fair share of risks, too. Summer can be a dangerous time to drive your truck, whether you drive tractor trailers, box trucks, or flatbeds, so check out these summer truck driving tips.

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