In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in crashes related to distracted driving according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Another study by GPSSystems.net, revealed that under inflated tires are a contributing factor in more than 20 percent of accidents. These kinds of accidents are especially tragic because they could have easily been avoided.
If we really want to make a difference, it’s important we give our support and teach safe driving habits. Here are few tips for drivers, that can help prevent distracted driving:
Many accidents happen because the driver is too exhausted. Try to move away from the road to be safe if you feel even a little sleepy and wont be able to reach your destination.
Many drivers have a habit of making calls while driving, the others play with the radio or their music player while driving. Do these things before you drive in order to be safe on the road. Multi-tasking should be kept outside of the car.
If you are eating while driving is a distraction itself, if your food spills, it becomes a distraction to the power of two. It is best to be safe and keep away from eating anything while driving.
Making or receiving calls or texting can divert a drivers attention. Cell phones should only be used in case of emergency. So the driver should pull over to a safe area and then make a call.
5. Knowing better all the features in your car
It is important that before you drive a car, you know how to use its features. You must know how to turn on the wipers, air conditioner, or music without taking your eyes of the road.
Most companies can offer their drivers the following tips which can assist their drivers steer away from distracted driving:
The Truckload Carriers Association restated its support of the current five-axle, 80,000-pound federal gross vehicle weight limit for trucks. This was stated in an April 5 letter to the leaders of both the Senate Committee on Appropriations and the House Committee on Appropriations.
TCA President John Lyboldt wrote to the lawmakers saying that the association and its trucking company members are “concerned about allowing freight-shipping trucks to carry a maximum of 91,000 pounds with the addition of a 6th axle, up from the current 80,000 pounds standard.”
While recognizing that this idea is an effort to improve the trucking industry, he mentioned that “it clearly would only benefit a minority of carriers, while forcing the rest of the industry either to divert critical resources into these new configurations or risk becoming obsolete.”
Furthermore, that is often the best argument put up by truckload carriers that are against mitigating federal rules to allow 33-foot-long “turnpike” double trailers to operate on Interstate and other highways— despite state laws.
TCA was one of the groups that lobbied Congress successfully to keep a measure allowing twin 33s from being passed in 2015.
About a year ago, the TCA was not open to changing it’s mind aboutthe two policy position it has been supporting since 2011. This policy called for increasing the weight limits in trucks by allowing a five-axle, 88,000 pound weight limit or six-axle, 91,000 pound limit.
The letter stated a detailed explanation of TCA’s worry that changing the weight limit via a 6th axles would increase both capital and operating costs for truckload carriers. This would also not allow them to redeem those costs through rate adjustments.
“Truckload’s shift from 48’ trailers to 53’ trailers was exactly this issue, only in reverse,” he pointed out, offering a history lesson. “Shippers who filled trailers by volume before maximizing the allowable weight put pressure on industry to move to 53’ trailers. Like the proposal today, there were pilot programs prior to it being legalized across the nation. Only half of the loads cubed out before they weighed out, yet the entire industry was forced to move.”
Lyboldt stated that while “the market demands ultimate flexibility from general freight haulers, those who cannot provide the service simply disappear. As has happened before, maximum capacities become the norm. Carriers are forced to adjust their equipment to accommodate 91,000/6, despite the fact that they will likely never recoup the costs of the adjustment or haul loads requiring the 6th axle.”
He added that truckload carriers “simply cannot afford” a rule that would allow 91,000 pounds on 6 axles.
“TCA supports a policy of no increase in truck weight,” Lyboldt stated flatly in the letter. “As an association, we will continue to examine components of increasing productivity as they arise.”
Very clearly, he added that “TCA reiterates that we are opposed to the stand-alone concept of 91,000 pounds on 6 axles; however, TCA is open to any and all discussions with key stakeholders in regards to improving overall transportation efficiency and productivity on our nation’s highways.”
Ford Motor is in a great position when it referring to seeing great benefits from the new coming autonomous vehicles.
That is the result of a study that was released on Monday by Navigant Research.
The automaker took the top spot by showing it’s ability of strategic vision and execution capabilities. This is for both developing automated driving systems as well as deploying them across a range of mobility platforms.
Many automakers are targeting 2021 for a premiere of autonomous vehicles that likely will be part of a ride-sharing network. Widespread personal ownership of autonomous vehicles is considered far off due to high purchase and maintenance costs.
“Many traditional OEMs were initially skeptical about the commercial prospects for automated driving,” Navigant’s study says. “Most notable was Ford under its previous CEO Alan Mulally, who frequently spoke publicly about how people actually enjoy driving. However, through a combination of strategic investments and development of supporting business models, Ford and other OEMs have begun to move to the forefront.”
The runner up was General Motors, followed by Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler. Navigant’s prior survey, in 2015, didn’t include technology companies, who in the previous few years had taken big steps in not only on the tech front but also in making ties with automakers.
Waymo, Alphabet’s new name for its long-running Google car project, was in seventh in the most current study, while Tesla ranked twelfth and Uber was sixteenth. Apple was not included because it has never publicly acknowledged having an autonomous car research team.
Although Waymo’s project began about eight years ago, Navigant’s focus on both strategy and execution of self-driving tech resulted in low scores for its production strategy and its sales and marketing plans. Waymo currently is in a partnership with Fiat Chrysler for the production of 100 Chrysler Pacifica minivans, which will help speed up Waymo’s tech development cycle.
Uber meanwhile has lost points for not having a good production strategy or technology. The company currently is fighting in-house culture issues as well as holding off a lawsuit from Waymo stating that its LiDAR tech is made off of stolen Waymo data. Uber also scored low on staying power.
“It’s not clear there’s a clear path to profitability for ride-hailing companies,” says Sam Abuelsamid, one of the authors of Navigant’s study. “They may lose money because they have to pay drivers, but remember they have no capital expenditures. What happens to their business model if they have to spend tens of billions on autonomous vehicles?”
Abuelsamid says it’s more likely that that automakers will get into the ride-hailing game than it is for Uber and Lyft to get into the auto manufacturing business.
This question has been a widely talked about controversy. There is a matter of state laws and federal laws that all have to be considered. As a trucker, the job may require you to move from one state to another. The fact that every state has a different gun law calls for issues to appear.
When referring to normal drivers, who for one do not have concealed carry permits, they can carry fire arms. How else would they be able to get their weapons home from the gun store? They are only advised to place the gun in a location where in driver or the passenger cannot reach. Most likely somewhere in the trunk. All guns in the vehicle also should be unloaded and stored separately from the ammunition.
As for people who drive station wagons or trucks, you are not allowed to keep a weapon in the trunk. You must travel with the gun in plain sight. This is because you can notify an officer of the guns presence without raising alarm. You should keep the gun visible but not visible enough for the car stopped at a red light next to you could see. It is better to keep it locked in a case. You should give your permit along with your license and registration to the reporting officer.
With a concealed weapon permit you are (in most cases) allowed to carry a gun on you or near you. It is IMPORTANT to know your state laws very well. Make yourself aware of the gun laws in your state and the states you may be crossing. It may be legal in your state but other states might have other laws that don’t reflect on your states laws.
The Department of Transportation has made themselves clear that any concealed weapon law is based on the state.
Here is some information about state gun laws:
States that issue guns to only their residents:
– New Mexico
– South Dakota
– West Virginia
States that issue gun permits to both residents and non residents
States that may issue to residents only
-New York City
States that may issue to residents and non-residents
-District of Columbia
States that deny the right to carry
-North Mariana Island
Truck Idling may result to numerous additional costs for your fleet aside from wasted fuel, environmental violations, damage to the vehicle’s life cycle.
Today, competition is so high that all sections of a company are looking for ways to cut and/or reduce costs without cutting efficiencies. The first to go would be those costs that are avoidable. For fleets, that should be to substantially reduce idle time.
Better fuel efficiency is a priority for fleets, yet idling trucks burn fuel unnecessarily. This can result in fines from breaking local, state, and federal environmental and idle time regulations. And it can mean even greater maintenance and repair costs on a vehicle that’s essentially rarely powered down. Overnight idling alone costs about $5,640 a year per vehicle!
We all face the problem of driver shortage, so if we simply set a rule that limits idle time, we could be subjecting drivers to work in uncomfortable situations, like cab that are too cold or too hot, depending on the season.
What about equipment?
A new rebate program is coming to light in New York beginning April 1st. If you buy an electric car or a plug-in hybrid, the state of New York will give you up to $2,000.
If you decide to buy a car that also qualifies for the federal credit, you may even take up to $10,000 off the sticker price.
The details of the rebate program are still being figured out. The program itself was left as a last minute decision as the deadline to launch the program is April 1. New York is one of the larger potential markets for electric cars besides California. This new incentive could make a huge difference for the more affordable electric and plug in hybrid cars like the Chevy Bolt, Tesla Model 3, and future EV. This may be more essential for the Model 3 buyers because if you ordered late there is a chance that you may not get federal credit. This is because of its very active preorders.
The primary goal of the program is to reduce carbon emissions from cars, which is the greatest contributor to climate change in New York.
New York is not the only state to offer such a program. Louisiana actually offers the biggest rebate amount to its residents if they purchase an electric or plug in hybrid car. This amount goes up to $9500. Coming in second is Colorado which offers up to $5000 in tax credit.
Throughout the years, the definition of car shopping has changed. There is more things to look into now then just tires. Car shopping now is all about technology. Know how to choose what is right for you. There are things you need and things that are a waste of money.It is important to familiarize oneself on what your car of choice can do and cannot do.
Your vehicle is an important factor of your life. There is so many important factors riding on that vehicle. You need to make sure it is as safe and advanced as you would like it to be. There is no need for on road surprises and issues. That is why it is important to follow these tips.
Here are some tips for taking a tech test drive:
— TAKE YOUR TIME: According to experts, test driving the technology should take at least 45 minutes. Is your phone compatible with the car? Do you know how to pair it? These are important factors you should test out. You should test out the sound by calling a friend and making sure the car understands your voice commands. Enter an address into the navigation system or, if the car has the capability, download an address to the car from your phone. The dealership is the place to test hings like this out.
— UPDATE YOUR PHONE: New cars will be most compatible with updated phones, so always make sure your phone is updated.
— SHOP AROUND: It won’t hurt to shop around even if you found that you want. Every car is different and you may figure out that something else suits you better or that some other technology makes usage easier for you. Test out the climate control, the navigation system, and bluetooth on a different car. See what you like and dislike.
— DON’T FORGET SAFETY: New technologies assure you safety, so do not buy a car without testing out which new safety features work for you. So lane detection devices make a noise, others flash a light, others vibrate, and some do all three. Figure out which one you are more comfortable with. Blind spot assistants work differently on different vehicles also. These features are important when it comes to safety, you need to make the right choice.
The Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in the nation. The show begun to take place on February 11 and will continue until the 20th of February. Its hours of operation are from 10am-10pm on till February 19 and on the 20th from 10am-8pm.
It takes place at the McCormik Place Complex, which is located at 2301 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, Illinois 60616.
The first show took place in 1901. The Chicago Auto Show has taken place more times than any other show of its kind in North America.
The North and South exhibition halls use up over 1 million square feet of the McCormik Place Complex, which offers 2.7 million square feet of exhibition halls and 700,000 square feet of meeting rooms.
The show’s producer is the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA), which is the largest and oldest metropolitan dealer organization of the nation. Since 1935, they have produced the Chicago Auto Show.
The exhibits presented at the Chicago Auto Show include a wide range of domestic and imported passenger cars and trucks. Also on display are sport vehicles, concept, and experimental cars. In total, there will be about a 1,000 vehicles on display. Visitors will also have the chance to see different types of accessories, antique car, collector cars, and competition vehicles.
Upcoming Special Events:
February 20 – Family Day (more information coming soon)
February 15-17- Chicago Auto Show Food Drive
February 17- Telemundo Hispanic Day
The cost of admission is $13 for adults, $7 for ages 7-12, $7 for senior citizens age 62 and up, and free for children 6 and under who are accompanied by an adult.
For decades the trucking industry has been pushed towards having a certain safety device. The Department of Transportation (DOT) has been trying to figure out whether they should make “side guards” a requirement on all trucks. This decision making process has been going on since the 1960s.
The purpose of these devices is to help prevent injuries from under-ride collisions. In this type of collision, a car hits the side of a tractor trailer and crashes underneath it. In the US, Hundreds of people are killed due to this crash every year.
Trucks in Europe are equipped with potential life saving devices installed.
The American trucking industry has reportedly spent a lot of money towards trying to lobby lawmakers in benefit to influencing them towards public policy.
Some cities began to require the safety devices in trucks that were purchased in their vicinity.
The American Trucking Association (ATA) mentions that they have never taken a stance towards this issue and they state that there has not been a legislative proposal for them to have to take lobbying efforts against it.
Over $9 million dollars was received by members of the State Commerce, Science and Transportation. This amount was sent from the transportation sector during the election cycle in the last years. That is not the only place the industry has sent money to, Chairman John Thune has been sent $731,500 during the last 5 years.
The argument of the trucking industry holds that the side guards are not cost effective and are a risk to the trailer. The side gears hold a risk to the trailer because they add a dangerous amount of weight to it and may loosen parts of it.
The American Trucking Association holds a strong commitment to safety. They do believe that every fatal accident that occurs on American roads is a tragedy. They are open to examining any issue that could make roads safer.
Need to buy some milk, batteries, or a new car? Well, Walmart is the best place to go. Walmart is partnering up with dealerships and will be starting to sell cars in Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, & Oklahoma City.
At a select few Walmart locations, touch screen kiosks will be available, which are set up by Car Saver. Car Saver is a huge online auto retailer. These kiosks will allow shoppers at Walmart to choose a new or used car, while also being able to get financing and insurance phone support from advisors. Customers that show an interest in the kiosks will be prompted to make an appointment at the nearest dealer location.
In April, Walmart ran an experiment with Car Saver in Stuart, Florida. This experiment helped them learn that 80 percent of the appointments made in the store lead to actual sales.
Walmart is showing a similar effort as Costco with this move. Annually, Costco sells about 1,000 cars at each location. Walmart is aiming towards the same light.
Walmart is not alone in the category of unexpected retailers showing an interest in car sales. Amazon has launched its own version of cars.com in August 2016. Unlike Walmart and cars.com, Amazon shows no interest in making actual car sales. Instead, their goal is aimed towards helping a client shop for a car. Amazon Vehicles is a database that works towards researching cars by make, model, year, and many other features. Users of the website can leave reviews on specific cars.
How do you feel about retailers showing an interest in car sales? Would you purchase a car from Walmart?
In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in crashes related to distracted driving according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Another study by GPSSystems.net, revealed that under inflated tires are a contributing fac...Read More
The Truckload Carriers Association restated its support of the current five-axle, 80,000-pound federal gross vehicle weight limit for trucks. This was stated in an April 5 letter to the leaders of both the Senate Committee on Appropriations and the...Read More
Ford Motor is in a great position when it referring to seeing great benefits from the new coming autonomous vehicles. That is the result of a study that was released on Monday by Navigant Research. The automaker took th...Read More
This question has been a widely talked about controversy. There is a matter of state laws and federal laws that all have to be considered. As a trucker, the job may require you to move from one state to another. The fact that every state has a differ...Read More