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Should You Care about what Trucking Companies do to be More Eco-Friendly?

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Should You Care about what Trucking Companies do to be More Eco-Friendly?

We think the answer to that question is a resounding YES! According to Our World in Data, The transportation industry accounts for 29% of the world’s CO2 emissions. Considering we move around 72% of the nation’s freight by weight, it makes sense that we contribute a little over a quarter of the global emissions. Planet Earth deserves our love and concern as well, so here are some specific actions we have taken to ensure a more sustainable future for generations to come:

  1. Improving fuel efficiency

To see specific ways we work to increase fuel efficiency, check out our article titled “8 Ways to Improve Fuel Efficiency For Truck Drivers”. As we all know, knowledge only goes so far. That’s why we give monthly bonuses to our drivers based on idle time and miles per gallon.

  1. Planning trips in advance to avoid empty miles

An estimated 35% of trucks on the road today are running empty. That equates to around 72 million metric tons of C02 emissions in a year. That’s why a main priority for our dispatchers is planning loads in advance with the goal to avoid empty miles as much as possible. This also increases the amount of gross a driver is making, so it’s a win-win.

  1. Installing APU units on trucks

APU units help drivers utilize truck functions without the need to keep the engine running. They save around 1 gallon of diesel fuel per hour of idling time according to Green APU. This helps drivers stay more fuel efficient, and it helps the environment!

  1. Recycling all cardboard, paper, and batteries

What do you typically do with those AA batteries when they run out? You could be recycling them! We recycle our batteries through EverLights. We also have a weekly dumpster pickup for all our cardboard and paper.

  1. Using mugs instead of disposable cups

Every minute around 1 million disposable cups are dumped into landfills. To avoid more unnecessary trash, we provide each of our employees with mugs and reusable water bottles to cut down on the waste that eventually ends up in our oceans. If you need more motivation to avoid disposable cups, according to Study Finds, the microplastic layer in paper cups degrades within 15 minutes when used for hot beverages. This leaves around 10.2 billion microplastics in the cup you are drinking.

  1. Going paperless

Drivers can perform inspections, sign contracts, review and receive paychecks, and submit work orders from digital devices. Between Samsara, Fullbay, and Docusign, we’re eliminating our paper trail almost completely!

  1. Running an environmentally minded repair shop

Having a truck shop on site is helpful enough in being able to provide some great services to our drivers. In addition, our staff has gone above and beyond to make sure we’re maximizing what we have. Here’s a short list of what they do:

-Recycle all oil
-Recycle all metal
-Recycle oil filters separately
-Recycle all liquids
-Recycle literally everything on the truck (yeah we could have started with this one)
-Rubber tires get recapped (this adds 3-4x the life length of a tire)
-Repair tractors and trailers from accidents to a renewed road-ready state
-Using only the best quality of oil to increase the life of motors (we switched to Shell oil and found a major difference)

Trucking companies can consider many ways to take action in decreasing their carbon footprint on this spectacular earth. Essentially, it all starts with a desire to make a difference and the willingness to follow through. From seeking better fuel efficiency to using mugs instead of disposable cups, the vision to be good stewards of the earth we’ve been given to care for is what really makes a company move in the right direction. Keeping this idea at the forefront of everyone’s minds will be what makes a substantial impact in the end!

 

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What Should Fleet Managers Know About Toll Management?

Fleet managers must grapple with many ongoing expenses. Fuel and maintenance are the most obvious and often costly of these, but other, less immediately evident factors make a substantial difference, too. While easily overlooked, tolls can cost fleets considerable time and money.

A dedicated toll management process can help reduce these ongoing costs and their impact, but some fleet managers may not know where to begin. Here’s a closer look at these strategies, what they can do and what they should entail.

Why Fleets Need Toll Management

Fleet management may seem like an unnecessary complication at first, but it can offer critical savings for many operations. Truckers paid $4.2 billion in tolls across the 21 major U.S. toll systems in 2018. These expenses are higher than almost all other industry cost-per-mile metrics, with commercial vehicles paying 45 cents per mile in tolls.

Toll management can help avoid these payments in some situations by finding routes with similar delivery times that avoid toll roads. Even when fleets must make these payments, toll management can still help by reducing them.

Many fleets pay more than they need to on tolls, thanks to errors like misclassification and forgoing discount programs. Ongoing expenses could reach unnecessary heights without a dedicated program to manage these factors, and workers may spend too much time trying to minimize them without a standardized process.

Considerations for a Toll Management Program

Toll management programs are crucial for any fleet with high toll costs, but they require careful consideration to deliver on their promise. Here are some things fleet managers must keep in mind when establishing these strategies.

Outsourcing vs. Managing Tolls in-House

One of the biggest questions is whether to handle toll management in-house or outsource it. Managing tolls internally can help reduce dependencies and simplify supply chains, but it’s not always the best option.

In addition to lowering toll costs, third-party toll management services can minimize ongoing expenses through a reduced administrative burden. These solutions significantly reduce the paperwork employees must file, minimizing the time and money fleets would otherwise spend on these tasks.

Third-party toll managers may also be more familiar with benefit programs and other cost-reduction strategies. Large fleets with busy operations hubs stand to gain a lot from this outsourcing. However, these solutions may be unnecessary if a fleet is small enough and doesn’t spend much on tolls. 

Fees and Discounts

Fleet managers should also review applicable fees and discounts to see what they can gain from various strategies. Different toll systems take unique approaches to how they charge tolls and what bulk discounts they offer. Consequently, effective toll management often changes between routes.

The E-ZPass program offers a 20% discount for monthly tolls above $3,000 and smaller discounts for other high volumes, but not all roads use this system. Similarly, some roads and bridges raise rates at peak hours, so minimizing these costs may be a matter of timing. Fleet managers must consider all these factors to find the most cost-effective option.

Given how complex these calculations can be, large fleets with routes across the country may want to outsource them. Otherwise, the administrative work involved in finding optimal cost-saving strategies for each trip may outweigh the actual savings.

Location

Where a fleet is and where its routes cross can also impact toll management. Toll roads extend across the nation, but they’re more common in some places than others. Some states, like Arizona, have little to no highway tolls at all, so toll management is unnecessary in fleets confined to these areas.

These locational differences can also provide cost-saving opportunities. In some cases, it may be best to route a truck through an area with little to no tolls than to send it on a more direct but toll-heavy path.

Fleet managers should review their usual routes and nearby alternatives to better understand the expenses they face. If avoiding tolls is relatively easy for their operations, they may not need in-depth toll management. Conversely, a dedicated solution is likely necessary if they face high fees or a wide variety of discount programs.

Violations

Another part of toll management that can go easily overlooked is managing violations. Tolls aren’t the only expenses fleets may encounter when using toll roads. Incorrect billing and failure to pay can also introduce complications and unforeseen costs.

Part of having a reliable toll management strategy is a plan and process to deal with these violations. The best approach can vary depending on the system at hand. Some transponder programs provide an app that makes managing issues fairly easy. The process can be long and complicated in other cases, requiring more care and proactive action from fleet managers.

Managers may want to dispute violations to save money in some circumstances, but this can also be a long process. Having a clear record of everything will help streamline these actions, but it’s also important for managers to pick their battles.

Human Error

Managing tolls is about more than just finding loopholes and understanding how different toll systems work. Fleet managers must also realize how common human error is in these processes and how much it can cost them.

Some companies have paid more than $15,000 in toll overcharges because of mistakes like misclassification. Fleet managers that hope to avoid these costly errors must improve visibility and create standardized processes for toll management. It’s easier to find and fix mistakes when people can see things like how each truck is classified, where transponders are and who does what.

The risk of human error is another reason outsourcing may be ideal for some companies. The more complicated a fleet’s toll considerations are, the better it is to let an expert third party handle them.

Transponder Abuse

Fleet managers must also tackle transponder abuse to make the most of a toll management program. An in-state transponder can reduce toll fees by as much as $2, so it can be tempting for employees to use work transponders in their personal vehicles. An effective toll management strategy includes steps to prevent that.

Roof-mounted or license plate transponders are harder to remove, so they can help prevent abuse. Monitoring invoices closely and comparing them to completed routes will also help, and this requires visibility. Dedicated management software may be necessary to enable that transparency and avoid fraud.

Toll Management Is Crucial for Many Fleets

Tolls are unavoidable in many routes, but that doesn’t mean their cost is inflexible. Toll management strategies and services can help minimize these expenses.

Fleet managers should review their operations and options to see what their toll management strategy should look like. Some will require more in-depth approaches than others, but these strategies can provide crucial help for almost all fleets.

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Save Money on Fuel By Fixing Semi-Truck Vibration Problems 

Anyone who’s sat behind the wheel of a car or truck — regardless of the vehicle’s size — and felt the steering wheel shake as they drove understands the fundamental problem of vibration. Vibrations on trucks — in addition to making the driver’s hands go numb — can cause various issues.

Drivers may struggle with low fuel mileage, excessive wear on moving parts and even premature breakdowns. How can reducing or eliminating semi-truck vibration problems help trucking companies save money in the long run?

Orders of Vibration

Vibrations on trucks can appear in many different forms, but most are in one of three orders. The orders of vibration indicate how many shakes the driver feels per revolution of the drive shaft. First-order vibrations mean a single shake per rotation, with second-order vibrations indicating two shakes.

Most of these vibration orders are tied directly to the drive shaft. First-order vibrations could indicate the truck has drive axle or drive shaft problems or something connected to and rotating at the same speed as the drive shaft is out of balance. More frequent shakes could indicate more significant issues.

Second-order vibrations often indicate issues with the vehicle trim height, the powertrain mounts or the U-joints. Problems with the drive shaft — such as twists, improper angles or damage — could cause second-order vibrations.

Third-order vibrations on trucks — where the driver experiences three or more shakes per rotation of the drive shaft — usually indicate significant issues. They should address such a vibration as soon as possible.

Drivers will be the first line of detection regarding vibration since they spend the most time in the driver’s seat. Companies concerned about vibration could also consider adding fleet telematic sensors to their trucks designed to detect shakes that might be out of the ordinary. Vibrations don’t always occur at consistent intensity, so catching them can be challenging for those only relying on driver reports. These sensors can fill in the information gaps and make it easier to spot minor problems before they sideline the truck.

Common Causes of Semi-Truck Vibration Problems

There are a host of different things that can cause semi-truck vibration problems and troubleshooting starts with determining the source of the vibrations. Feeling them in the steering wheel usually indicates an issue in the front of the vehicle. If the truck is moving from side to side — also called a lateral movement — it could mean problems in the front. Vibration in the seat or radial ‘hopping’ style movements indicate issues in the back.

Drivers and mechanics will also need to determine when the vibration occurs. Is the truck vibrating while accelerating or climbing an upward grade or do the problems worsen when the driver applies the brakes or makes a turn?

Sometimes, the causes of vibrations on trucks are simple. An unbalanced tire or a loose lug nut might sound like a small problem, but when dealing with a vehicle that weighs up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded, minor issues become magnified. Take the time to check the alignment and balance on each tire.

Vibration when drivers press the clutch pedal or shift gears could indicate an issue with the gearbox or the shifter. The clutch assembly might be worn out or the maintenance team might just need to pull it out and clean it. While it might not seem connected, it could also indicate issues with the starter motor, which could leave the truck stranded on the side of the road if it fails.

If vibrations occur during acceleration or when driving uphill, inspect the transmission, torque converter and driveline. The brakes might be the culprit if it happens when slowing or stopping. Unbalanced or out-of-round brake discs or drums can cause the tires to shake whenever the brakes are depressed. Suspected brake issues should be addressed as soon as possible because they also represent a significant safety concern. Shaking while accelerating could also be the fault of the truck’s suspension, which merits inspection.

If drivers are dealing with vibrations during turns, it could indicate loose front-end parts. If the vehicle only vibrates when carrying a load, it could indicate issues with the cargo, such as balancing. Drivers should avoid idling their trucks for long periods, but vibrations while idling could indicate a timing or misfire issue with the engine that will need the maintenance crew. This list is not exhaustive but may help troubleshoot semi-truck vibration problems. 

Effects of Vibrations on Trucks and Drivers

Vibrations on trucks are more than just a minor inconvenience. Long-term exposure to full-body vibration for drivers can cause various health problems. 50% of surveyed truck drivers reported experiencing low back pain, while more than 30% reported issues with the neck and shoulders. Knee, wrist or forearm, ankle, feet and leg pain round out the report.

Vibration syndrome — caused by prolonged exposure to perpetual vibration — can negatively impact circulation. Symptoms can occur quickly and studies show patients can develop advanced symptoms in less than a year.

These vibrations aren’t good for the trucks, either. Excessive vibrations on trucks cause unnecessary wear and tear, leaving owners and companies footing the bill for increased maintenance and repairs. Choosing to ignore the problem or not addressing it quickly enough could lead to equipment failure.

Many of the signs of wear might not be visible on a cursory inspection, but drivers will begin to feel the effects. Excessive wear can reduce fuel economy, leaving them to pay more at the pump. By getting rid of semi-truck vibration problems, drivers can experience improved fuel efficiency because it uses less energy.

Reduce Costs by Saving Money on Fuel

There are a million and one things that can cause semi-truck vibration problems and ignoring them won’t make them go away. Driving a truck that vibrates badly can cause injuries to the drivers and costly damage in the long run.

Addressing vibrations on trucks might seem like a hassle, but it will prevent these small problems from causing larger ones or causing equipment failure that leaves the vehicle and its cargo stranded on the side of the road.

 

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Why Do Truckers Need to Care About Cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity is a rising threat across all industries. Trucking may not seem like the most technologically advanced sector, so many truckers may feel like cybercrime isn’t a relevant risk for them. Despite these preconceptions, all trucking sector workers should take cybersecurity seriously.

Truck fleets today are becoming increasingly reliant on digital technologies. As this trend increases, cybersecurity will only become more important for the industry. Here’s why.

Cyberattacks Can Cause Major Damage

One of the biggest reasons to care about cybersecurity is because of how damaging cyberattacks can be. Small and medium-sized businesses pay $38,000 on average to recover from an attack and enterprises pay $551,000. That’s just the direct costs, too. Indirect losses and expenses total $8,000 for SMBs and $69,000 for enterprises.

As fleets become more reliant on digital technologies, data will be worth more, causing these costs to rise. That trend is already well underway, so truckers must take these risks seriously now.

Monetary losses aren’t the only way that breaches can cause damage in the trucking industry, either. The nation’s supply chains rely on trucking, so any disruption to fleet operations could cause widespread delays and complications. As connected vehicles appear in fleets, cybercriminals could even endanger people’s lives by hacking into internet-connected trucks.

Attacks in the Trucking Industry Are Rising

In addition to being destructive, cybersecurity incidents are also becoming more common. Cybercrime has steadily risen over the past few years and the transportation and logistics sector is becoming an increasingly popular target.

Shipping companies like FedEx and Maersk have lost millions to cybersecurity breaches. Cybercriminals know these businesses perform critical services and face high standards, so they can potentially profit more from a successful attack. Because most cybercrime is financially motivated, this chance at a bigger payday attracts more cybercriminals.

Hackers also like to target the trucking industry because it’s largely vulnerable. Fleets are rapidly digitizing but aren’t accustomed to protecting this kind of technology. As a result, cybercriminals have a higher chance of success, encouraging them to target more of these businesses.

Most Breaches Come From Employee Error

Truckers should also care about cybersecurity because they’re often responsible for successful attacks, not their technological defenses. This issue is the same across industries. Users are always a digital environment’s weakest link because, no matter how advanced technical protections are, someone with inside access can get past them.

While “insider threats” sound insidious, most of these incidents are just a matter of well-meaning employees making mistakes. Workers may use a weak password, making it easy to hack into sensitive information. Alternatively, they could fall for phishing, giving away important data or access to someone pretending to be a trustworthy source.

Technical safeguards are important, but they’re insufficient by themselves. When 95% of cybersecurity incidents involve human error, awareness and careful action from employees are just as, if not more, crucial.

How to Improve Trucker Cybersecurity

These trends make it clear: Truckers need to take cybersecurity seriously. Fleets that recognize this and want to improve their security posture can follow these steps.

Train All Employees Regularly

Given how much human error plays into breaches, employee training is one of the most important steps in trucker cybersecurity. All truckers and other workers in the organization should receive regular training going over the best security practices and threats to watch out for.

Emails are one of the most prevalent methods for online scams in this industry, so email security deserves special attention. Managers or IT staff should go over how to spot phishing emails and similar scams, as well as the consequences of falling for these schemes. Holding regular refresher courses and testing workers’ knowledge will help cement these ideas and good habits.

Limit Access Privileges

Even with regular cybersecurity training, good employees can still make mistakes. Consequently, trucking companies should limit their users’ access privileges as much as possible. If no one person can access everything, one breached account will have less impact.

Each user, device, and application should only be able to access what they need for their job. This concept, called the principle of least privilege, will minimize the damage if the business suffers a successful attack. Considering how common cybercrime is becoming, that’s an essential measure.

Practice Strong Password Management

Limiting access privileges is just half of a two-part process. If users aren’t who they say they are, restricting access to different accounts won’t do much. Consequently, truckers must also practice strong password management to prevent criminals from breaking into their accounts.

Truckers should use long, unique passwords with multiple character types to make them stronger against brute-force attacks. It’s also important to change passwords regularly, just in case one leaks in a data breach. Truckers should also turn on multi-factor authentication (MFA) wherever available, as it stops 99.9% of attacks, according to some experts.

Keep Everything Up-to-Date

Another important security step for truckers is to update all devices regularly. Devices like telematics systems and internet of things (IoT) trackers are becoming increasingly popular, but these can quickly give hackers a way in if fleets aren’t careful.

Cybercrime is always evolving, so software developers need to create new defenses and fix vulnerabilities continually to stay safe. Keeping everything updated ensures devices have the latest of these security protections. Truck fleets should also install anti-malware software and keep it up-to-date.

Have a Recovery Plan

Finally, it’s important to realize that no cybersecurity system is 100% effective. These attacks are too common and too potentially damaging for truckers to assume they’ll never suffer a successful attack. Companies need a formal recovery plan in case something goes wrong.

This recovery plan should include creating backups of crucial data and systems and a communication game plan. Truckers should also rehearse this plan regularly so everyone knows what to do in the event of a breach.

Cybersecurity Is Crucial for Trucking Companies Today

Cybercrime can affect anyone in any kind of company. While it may not seem like it at first, cybersecurity is crucial for truckers and the businesses they work for. Learning why to take security seriously is the first step toward better protection. If more truckers can realize these threats, the industry can become a safer place.

Emily Newton is an industrial journalist. As Editor-in-Chief of Revolutionized, she regularly covers how technology is changing the industry.

 

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TomTom’s GO Navigation App Introduces Truck Navigation 

GO Navigation now delivers truck-specific routing featuresfor Android™: a tailored experience for professional drivers    

TomTom (TOM2), the mapmaker and geolocation specialist, has introduced GO Navigation’s truck plan an offer designed to meet the needs of professional truck drivers. In addition to GO Navigation’s premium navigation capabilities, this enables drivers to plan routes that account for their vehicle’s dimensions, fuel requirements, desired maximum speeds and cargo (such as dangerous goods).  

Drivers will also be able to plan multiple drop-offs and gain access to an overview of upcoming points of interest (POIs) – such as fuel stations suitable for their vehicle and truck stops. These truck- specific additions work in conjunction with the app’s existingnavigation features, including intuitive lane guidance, live traffic and the Route Bar – a convenient snapshot of the route, stops, relevant alerts and restrictions ahead.   

Punctuality is critical in the trucking industry, which makes accurate ETAs incredibly useful. TomTom’s ETAs aren’t only among the most accurate in the world – they adjust according to real-time traffic data, giving drivers a realistic snapshot of their schedule. The TomTom GO Navigation’s truck plan user interface (UI) is designed to minimize distractions and keep attention on the road – something that’s especially important for anyone operating heavy vehicles over long, fatiguing distances. And with Android Auto™ compatibility, drivers also have the option to sync their route with their in-dash screen.   

 By accounting for factors like vehicle size and cargo type, this plan helps professional drivers stay up to speed with ever-changing road regulations – such as avoiding prohibited routes and complying with UN Class restrictions. And with further updates in the pipeline, it will soon account for measures like low emission zones.    

GO Navigation’s truck plan is available now for Android users on the Google Play Store. To mark the launch, TomTom is offering 50% off to those who subscribe for the plan over the next two weeks.   

About TomTom

We are mapmakers, providing geolocation technology for drivers, carmakers, enterprises and developers.  

Our highly accurate maps, navigation software, real-time traffic information and APIs enable smart mobility on a global scale, making the roads safer, the drive easier and the air cleaner. TomTom’s GO Navigation app puts decades of this expertise and the latest navigation technology at drivers’ fingertips.  

Headquartered in Amsterdam with offices worldwide, TomTom’s technologies are trusted by hundreds of millions of drivers, businesses and governments every day.    

   

  

 

 

 

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5 Advantages of Tinted Truck Windows for Fleet Managers

Aftermarket customization is a fairly standard practice among truck fleets. New parts and peripherals can transform stock vehicles into more efficient, longer-lasting or safer equipment to meet specific needs. Window tints are one such modification that can fly under the radar for many fleet managers.

At first, tinted windows may seem better suited to consumer vehicles than commercial trucks. Despite this preconception, they offer several practical benefits for truck fleets. Here are five advantages.

1. Prevents UV Damage

Trucks can be on the road for 11 hours a day, not including the time they spend parked. That adds up to a considerable amount of sun exposure, which could damage the interior through ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Fleets can prevent this damage by installing window tints.

Most windshields today block most UV rays, but side windows are not required to offer the same protection. Tinting these windows will block more potentially harmful wavelengths, keeping the truck’s upholstery and dashboard safe from damage. This protection, in turn, can reduce long-term maintenance costs.

Blocking UV light can also protect drivers. People who spend too much time in the sun without protection could harm their skin, but UV-blocking tints provide shade to stay safe.

2. Blocks Sunlight From Drivers’ Eyes

UV radiation is not the only danger the sun presents. At the right angle, bright light could also make it hard to see, especially if it reflects off other surfaces within or nearby the truck cab. Tinted windows can block excess light to prevent this glare and the danger it poses to drivers.

Studies have found that life-threatening crashes are 16% more likely in bright sunlight than in normal conditions. These risks also contribute to roughly 5,000 more patient days in the hospital for people involved in these accidents.

Just as window tints block UV waves, they can also reduce the harsher end of the spectrum of visible light. This lessens glare, making it easier for truck drivers to see where they’re going and what’s happening around them.

3. Protects Against Thieves

Window tints can also help fleet managers by reducing theft. Trucks and buses account for 16.9% of all stolen vehicles in the U.S. and as much as 20.5% in some regions. Thieves may also steal company property or drivers’ valuables out of cabs if they can see what’s inside. Tints aren’t a comprehensive safety solution, but they can help prevent these crimes.

Tinted windows make it harder to see into a vehicle’s interior, especially at night when drivers are more likely to be away from their trucks. As a result, opportunistic criminals are less likely to see anything of value in the cab, preventing the temptation to break in.

Preventing theft can save fleets on repair costs and reduce expenses from lost inventory. Drivers will also appreciate the extra sense of security for their own belongings.

4. Maintains Comfortable Temperatures

Tinted windows also keep interior temperatures cooler in the summer. Because tints block UV radiation, they also prevent sunlight from creating a greenhouse effect within the truck cab. This has several advantages for fleet managers.

First, cooler interior temperatures make things more comfortable for drivers. People that aren’t distracted by the heat on a long drive find it easier to remain focused. They’ll drive safer and experience higher on-the-job satisfaction as a result.

Reducing in-cab temperatures can also prevent ongoing maintenance issues. When the interior doesn’t get as hot, the truck’s air conditioning won’t have to work as hard to cool it. Consequently, fleets can avoid complications from overworked or overheated AC systems.

5. Secures Broken Glass in an Accident

Another easily overlooked advantage of tinted windows is their resistance to shattering. Tints don’t necessarily make glass stronger, but they can hold broken pieces in place, preventing lacerations and other injuries from broken glass in an accident.

Adding tint to a window involves applying a thin layer of film over the glass. If a truck gets into an accident, shattered glass will stick to this film instead of falling onto the road or into the cab. Any accident can endanger drivers, but keeping this sharp debris away from them will help minimize injuries.

Fleets can’t assume drivers will never get into an accident. In 2020 alone, more than 100,000 large trucks were involved in injury-causing crashes. Steps to prevent these incidents are crucial, but additional mitigation measures like keeping glass in place are still necessary.

Considerations for Tinted Truck Windows

Given these benefits, many fleets may choose to tint their truck windows, but their efficacy hinges on their implementation. Here are some key factors to consider when tinting commercial truck windows.

Choosing the Right Kind of Tint

First, fleet managers must determine which kind of tint is best. Each type offers unique advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to consider fleets’ specific needs and goals carefully.

Dyed film tints are the least expensive option and one of the most popular, but they’re also the least durable and don’t block as much UV light. Metallic and ceramic tints offer more resistance and light-blocking, but they’re more expensive. Metallic coats may also interfere with radio communications.

Fleet managers should list what they want from their tints and their budget, then compare estimates from various vendors. It may be most economical to start by tinting just a few trucks before slowly modifying the rest of the fleet.

Legal Considerations

Fleet managers should also consider local regulations in the areas drivers pass through. These laws vary by state, so it’s important to find the most stringent regulations drivers may encounter and abide by those.

Tint laws address how dark these coatings can be for different windows and how large the tinted line on the windshield can be. Both can vary widely. For example, Alabama allows side window tints of 32% and a 6-inch windshield line, while California lets side windows use up to a 70% tint but permits just 4 inches for windshields.

As with other legal considerations, it’s best to err on the side of caution. If resources say different things about the law, opt for the stricter option to remain in good standing.

Tinted Truck Windows Can Have Surprising Benefits

Many small changes can have substantial impacts. Something as straightforward and seemingly insignificant as a window tint can protect drivers, reduce maintenance costs and prevent theft.

Fleet managers looking for ways to improve any of these areas should consider tinting truck windows. With a careful approach and enough research, making these modifications can result in impressive benefits.

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How to Deal With a Truck Accident

Trucks are a critical component in the transport industry. A significant amount of freight travels by road to its final destination. The same applies even if you use other means of moving cargo like trains or ships. The last leg of the journey will still be via trucks. 

 Trucks can handle tons of goods, making them very efficient. Suffice it to say that many economies would fail without the trucking industry.

 But, there is also the less pleasant side of the trucking industry. The sector is a significant contributor to road accidents. In the US alone, over 4,000 people die every year due to truck accidents. 130,000 suffer from injuries due to the same. 14% of light truck fatalities occur due to speeding. 

 Other significant contributors are distractions and impairment. Since 2009, there has been a 50% increase in truck accidents. If you put these statistics into context, the ramifications are staggering. Yet the reality is that we cannot do without those giant monsters on wheels on our roads. 

 Now, what happens if you find yourself in the unfortunate position of being in a truck accident? We will share some constructive tips below.  

Assess the Situation

Any type of road accident will be traumatizing. So it is understandable that you may not be in your right mind in the first few minutes. Once you’ve had the opportunity to settle down a little, assess the situation. 

 The first thing to do is to check if everyone is alright. If there are injuries, please resist the temptation to move anyone. Unless, of course, there is a danger of explosion or further injuries. If the accident occurred on a highway, move to a safe location. Turn on the hazard lights as a warning to other road users.

 Call for medical attention to take care of any injured parties. Your quick action could save lives.  

Call the Police

The next step is to call the police. They will need to come in and file a report of the accident. Stick to facts when talking to the authorities. The documentation will prove useful if you, for example, decide to file a personal injury lawsuit. 

 You will also need to notify your insurance underwriters about the accident.  

Understand Your Rights 

Please note that you have some rights at the scene of the accident. You have the right to refuse to append your signature on any documents. You also have the right to request legal representation if you feel the need. A truck accident lawyer has the expertise to deal with such cases. 

Also, do not accept liability for anything. The reason is that common causes of large truck accidents are attributable to the driver or trucking company. These include:-

  • Driving under the influence
  • Distracted driving
  • Fatigue or lack of sleep due to long working hours
  • Road rage
  • Texting while driving
  • Improper maintenance of the vehicles and more.

You can be sure that their insurance underwriters would do anything to get out of paying for the damages. That is why you should not say anything they can use to turn the case against you.

Your truck accident attorney would also advise against apologizing. The other party can interpret your good manners as an admission of guilt.  

Also, do not accept any settlements at the scene of the accident. It may be tempting to get over the inconvenience as fast as possible. But, what you agree to may not be sufficient to cover the cost. You can’t, for example, know how much you will spend on medical bills without knowing the extent or type of injuries.  

Document the Scene and Gather Evidence 

In the best-case scenario, you can walk around if you don’t have any severe injuries. Use this time to gather evidence. 

Nowadays, we have the advantage of smartphones that come with cameras. Take pictures and video footage as evidence of the damages. The damages apply to you and the vehicles. 

Taking photographs of bruises, for instance, can be valuable evidence in a personal injury lawsuit. The other team’s lawyer may argue that you sustained the injuries later. But, the on-the-scene pictures will prove otherwise.

It also doesn’t hurt to speak to witnesses. Please remember to get contact information from everyone involved in the accident, including the reporting officer and the truck driver. Also, remember to take insurance information from the truck drivers. 

Seek Medical Attention 

As soon as you can leave the accident site, seek medical attention. This is important even if you have no visible injuries and feel fine. A thorough examination may unveil injuries you may not experience right away on first inspection. Remember, you may still be in shock or have an adrenaline high at this stage. 

Another reason for seeking medical treatment is for the documentation. Remember, insurance companies don’t make money or huge profits by paying out claims. If they can find any way to discredit your claims, they will do it. Lack of a medical report would be a perfect way out for them. 

Hire a Truck Accident Lawyer

We have touched on legal representation as one of your rights at the accident scene. Now, if you sustained injuries due to negligence on the truck driver’s part, you can file a personal injury lawsuit. This allows you to seek monetary compensation for any losses arising from the accident. If you sustained injuries, you can be sure of substantial medical bills. You may also have to take time off work, meaning lost wages. 

Hiring a lawyer is crucial because you can be sure the trucking company will not want to accept liability. They also have more money to release a barrage of lawyers on you, so they don’t have to pay. 

Also, please remember the point we made earlier about insurance companies. The truth is they will look for a way not to pay a lot of money in compensation. Whatever they offer may not be enough for the pain, injuries, and loss of income post-accident. 

There is another factor you must keep in mind as well. And it falls under the strict liability tort. You see, the accident could have nothing to do with the truck driver at all. It could be due to a product defect which traces the problem back to the truck manufacturers. 

The trucking company may also be at fault. Lack of sufficient truck driver training would be a breach of duty of care. As a layman, you may not understand the nuances of personal injury lawsuits after a truck accident. 

A truck  lawyer has the investigative knowledge and resources to uncover such issues. They will go after the right defendant, thus increasing your chances of getting a settlement. 

There are specific factors to pay attention to when looking for a truck accident lawyer. 

  • Industry Reputation

Take time to check the reputation of the truck accident lawyers. The internet has made it easy to check for information. A few hours in front of your computer and the correct search query will yield tons of information. 

See what other clients have to say by reading reviews and testimonials. Check what industry bodies the attorneys or firms belong to. That is a good indication that they are authentic and worthy of consideration.  

  • Expertise

Experience in truck accidents is a must. A commercial lawyer may have a general understanding, but that is not their area of specialty. Also, the truck accident attorney should have a good grasp of state-specific laws, as each has its own interpretation. 

The same knowledge is necessary for truck regulation laws and industry guidelines. An example would be the FMCSA or Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Any company contravening the rules as per the policy is liable to penalties and more. The information will be critical for the accident lawyer to develop a strong case for you. 

  • Litigation Experience

Not every lawyer has litigation experience. Some will have a sterling record with out-of-court settlements. But they may not do so well If your case ends up in court. Jury and trial experience must be some of the factors you consider when hiring an attorney. Do ask for the trial record and see how many cases they have brought to a successful conclusion.   

  • Resource Allocation

Litigating truck accidents is a resource-intensive process. Does the lawyer have the necessary team to handle your case? Reputable ones have in-house investigators, medical experts, and more. They will also avail a representative who you can talk to anytime you need to. Someone who will keep you updated on the case proceedings, so you are always in the know.  

Final Thoughts

We have looked at critical steps that you can take after a truck accident to ensure your post-accident claims and to aid you in the process of personal injury litigation. The first step is to ensure that you are alright. Getting medical attention should be a priority if there are any serious injuries. Call the police, gather evidence, and seek medical treatment. No one should force you into signing any documents or accepting any settlement. 

We have also touched on hiring a personal injury or truck accident attorney. They will come in handy if you decide to pursue any compensation from the trucking company. Proper due diligence is critical to ensure that you are hiring the right team. 

 

 

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Wanted! South Africa’s Most Exceptional Drivers for  #ThankYouTrucker Competition  

What makes an exceptional truck driver? Is it time-keeping and being reliable? Good behavior? Going beyond the call of duty? Excellent people skills? Outstanding driving skills? An impeccable safety record? From the variety of entries being submitted for the 2022 #ThankYouTrucker competition, it is evident that it is all of this – and more!

Launched in June, the #ThankYouTrucker competition aims to recognize and celebrate truck drivers across the country. The competition is a partnership between IVECO SA and the Road Freight Association (RFA). Entries for this year’s competition are pouring in – with fascinating, inspiring stories being shared.

Here are some of the reasons truck drivers are being nominated:

  • He has been with us since the inception of the business, which is now 15 years old. He lives and breathes trucking. The love for trucking and being on the open road pumps through his veins! Never have we met an individual who would rather be on the road, than at home with his family. He is a specialist in his field!
  • When he leaves South Africa, he has a truck load of food for the border runners and children along the way and always shares this. He always has friendly words of encouragement for others and a smile on his face.
  • He is passionate about his occupation and we are very proud he is ours!!
  • He is always on the job and always treats our customers with respect. A week ago, a lady had an accident on the N2 and he was the first person on the scene. He helped her out of her vehicle and warned oncoming traffic. A few years ago, he also helped a family who had an accident while he was on his way to make a delivery. His vehicle is always neat and he looks after his truck as if it is his own.
  • He is the best and youngest driver in the firm. He’s 24 years old this year, but the maturity in his driving is exceptional. As a long distance and short distance driver, he always finishes even the hardest loads. The future is really bright for him! He’s constantly upgrading his skills and qualifications. He once said he’s going to be the first person to obtain a degree while driving trucks full time!

How to Enter

Fleet owners and managers can nominate any number of drivers they believe meet the criteria for being our top trucker. Entries close on 3 September 2022.

The winner will receive R50 000. The driver in second place will win R10 000, with the third placed driver receiving R5 000.

To enter, go to www.thankyoutrucker.co.za 

About IVECO SA

As a major player in the global transport world, IVECO is an international leader in the development, manufacture, marketing and servicing of a vast range of light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles. IVECO also manufactures passenger transport vehicles and special vehicles for defense, civil protection and specific missions like fire-fighting. The vehicles adopt the latest engineering technologies, applied to a comprehensive range of engines running on diesel and alternative fuels. These include natural gas (CNG), bio-fuels, hybrid technologies and electric engines.

Outside of Europe, the company operates in China, Russia, Australia ,Latin America and Africa.  With over 25 years of presence in South Africa, IVECO has a well established dealer network throughout the country and Southern Africa. The local product range  is complemented by a range of financial and after-sales services, and used vehicle activities.

About The Road Freight Association

The Road Freight Association was established in 1975 to support its Members who are, in the main, road freight operators. It is a lobbying and negotiating body which influences the state of the industry, rates, upkeep of the road infrastructure, road safety, freight security, driver interests, cross-border transport, education, health, the fuel price, law enforcement, labor relations and many other issues related to road freight transport.

Member companies include small and medium-sized trucking companies, including many family-owned businesses, owner operators, as well as most of the largest trucking companies in South Africa. Members come from all sectors of the trucking industry.

Private and public operators are Members of the RFA. Membership also includes a significant number of affiliates and associates – those companies providing goods and services to the trucking industry.

Team RFA (made up of support staff and experts) is committed to serving you. The team brings with it a high degree of professional experience, knowledge and dedication – which greatly contributes to the effectiveness, relevance and standing of the RFA.

As the voice of the trucking industry in South Africa, the RFA is your voice. It is important that you avail yourself of that opportunity to be heard.

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The Coming Changes for California Trucking

The California trucking industry is undergoing some changes. AB5 is a new law that makes it difficult for trucking companies to classify regular drivers as independent contractors. If the concept sounds familiar, it is. This is part of a larger regulatory battle country-wide over the independent-contractor arrangement. Ride-sharing giants like Lyft and Uber spend hundreds of millions of dollars lobbying for contractor status. California trucking firms don’t have that type of clout, but the backlash against AB5 is growing. 

A large share of trucking companies employ their own drivers. However, there is an equally significant share of independent owner-operators. Some estimates point to roughly 70,000 independent drivers in California alone hauling goods to and from the state’s biggest ports. Independent truckers typically own or lease their own rigs. They then engage in contract work with trucking firms and take advantage of the firm’s insurance discounts and permits. The freedom of owning or leasing their own trucks with the flexibility of choosing the company and working arrangements are the frequently cited advantages of having that independent, contractor status. The worry around AB5 is it will cost independent divers more as they’ll invariably need to take on additional expenses, namely, insurance. 

The Harbor Trucking Association has weighed in, stating rather “matter-of-factly” that the law will force drivers to choose between working independently with freight brokers or becoming employees of trucking firms. The trade group for West Coast truckers estimates that independent truckers will need to take on roughly $20,000 in additional costs should AB5 move forward. On the other end of the argument is the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Their objective is to organize California truckers around the premise that large trucking companies have for years misclassified drivers. As independent contractors, they’ve been deprived of benefits and fair wages. 

Zooming out, California has been devastated by supply-chain bottlenecks. Approximately 40% of all US containerized imports arrive through California ports and any reductions at this point would aggravate an already tense environment. Currently, the California Trucking Association has a pending lawsuit against AB5. They argue that federal laws concerning the governance of interstate commerce effectively prohibit drivers from state regulation. A growing number of testimonials from small owner-operators are becoming more commonplace in an attempt to sway public opinion. 

Take for example Ms. Bianca Calanche and the 15 owner-operators her Compton, California firm, Jaspem Truck Line Inc. works with. Coupled with 15 full-time employees, AB5 would increase her employment costs forcing her to absorb all her independent drivers and purchase more trucks for their fleet. SImilar firms are reporting the costs would be too exorbitant to take on and they’d likely go out of business. 

A conglomerate of trucking groups have already asked California Gavin Newsom for more time. We’ll see which way the political winds are blowing in the coming months. 

 

    

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CPC Logistics Honors Hall of Fame and All-Star Drivers at NASCAR Race

The Driver Salute event was a unique way for CPC to show appreciation for its team of safe, experienced truck drivers

CPC Logistics, a leading provider of permanent and temporary Class A CDL truck driver and warehouse logistics solutions and services, recognized 18 of its Hall of Fame and All-Star Drivers from across the United States and Canada at the inaugural Enjoy Illinois 300 NASCAR Cup Series race June 4-5 – which drew a crowd of 100,000 people – at World Wide Technology Raceway. The drivers recognized were:

All-Star Drivers

• Donald Hill, Edwardsville, Illinois
• James Bloodworth, Sweetwater, Texas
• Paul Jankowsky, Mehoopany, Pennsylvania
• Patrick Miehle, Carol Stream, Illinois
• Cornell Richardson, Albany, Georgia
• Les Lasenby, Jacksonville, Florida
• Wayne Smith, Kinston, North Carolina
• Glen Manning, Davenport, Iowa
• David Nunn, Sharonville, Ohio
• Stuart Shuck, Davenport, Iowa
• Jeffrey Venhaus, Torrance, California
• Chris Trice, Lebanon, Tennessee

Drivers of the Year

• Kent Alexander, Tabor, Iowa
• Nicky Kelly, Fayetteville, North Carolina
• Adrian Madrigal, Moreno Valley, California
• Guillermo Luevano, Perris, California

Hall of Fame Drivers

• Randy Packham, Grimsby, Ontario
• Steve Smith, Regina, Saskatchewan

The Driver Salute event began when the drivers and their guests arrived for their stay at St. Louis Union Station Hotel on June 4. That evening, CPC hosted a reception at PBR St. Louis in Ballpark Village where each driver was recognized for their achievements during an awards ceremony led by Wallis, CPC Managing Director Duane Trower, and CPC Vice President of Operations and Safety Daniel Most.

On June 5, before the sold-out race started, the drivers drove two laps in their semi-tractor trailers around World Wide Technology Raceway’s oval. During their laps, an announcer read each driver’s name and accomplishments while his picture was broadcast on the jumbotron. After their laps, they were able to enjoy the CPC VIP tent and performances from artists such as Jimmie Allen and Cole Swindell.

CPC’s team of safe, experienced professional truck drivers currently includes 11 Hall of Fame Drivers, 98 All-Star Drivers and more than 155 Million Mile Award recipients.

About CPC Logistics

Headquartered in Chesterfield, Missouri, CPC Logistics and its affiliated family of companies are the leading provider
of permanent and temporary Class A CDL truck driver and warehouse logistics services in the United States, Canada
and Puerto Rico. CPC serves private fleets and carriers of all sizes with driver and fleet management services. CPC’s
subsidiary companies include CPC Logistics Canada (based in Mississauga, Ontario) and CPC Logistics Solutions. For
more about CPC Logistics.