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National Distracted Driving Enforcement Mobilization

April 6-13, 2020 Distracted Driving PreventionApril is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and, in support of this traffic safety initiative, NHTSA will be kicking off its annual “U Text. U Drive. U Pay.” national high visibility enforcement campaign to prevent distracted driving. Additionally, NHTSA has developed a robust social media strategy designed to raise public…

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Headlights have two purposes—to help you see where you’re going; to help everyone else, in a vehicle or on foot, to see you. Using headlights at night is obvious, but when else should they be on? If your vehicle is not equipped with daytime running lights, here are a few other occasions when the extra…

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The Vehicle Safety Technology Paradox: Don’t Forget, You’re the One in Control

If advanced-driver-assist system (ADAS) technologies are installed on all vehicles, it can potentially prevent more than 2.7 million crashes, 1.1 million injuries and nearly 9,500 deaths each year according to a report by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. However, it also warns that many drivers are unaware of the current safety limitations. The AAA Foundation…

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Happy Thanksgiving

We’re thankful for all of our customers/and our Drivers! Thank you for being a part of our journey this year.

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A Walk-Around of TuSimple’s Self-Driving Truck [Video]

TuSimple is a global autonomous truck developer that says it will have a true driverless truck, able to travel depot to depot without a driver, available to order come 2023. Chief Product Officer Chuck Price gives HDT’s Deborah Lockridge a quick walk-around of TuSimple’s sixth-generation autonomous vehicle technology at American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference and…

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CDL drug and alcohol clearinghouse database expected to tighten driver supply

After nearly two decades, the federal government is finally close to establishing the first national database of drug and alcohol-impaired truck drivers. The database is expected to improve highway and heavy truck safety but at the expense of perhaps a few thousand drivers who fail random drug and alcohol testing but still manage to evade…

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Roadcheck focuses on brakes Sept. 15-21

You’ve got about 90 days to get the brakes of your truck and trailer in good shape, especially all the hoses and tubing. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week is scheduled for Sept. 15-21. At that time enforcement officials will conduct roadside safety inspections on commercial motor vehicles throughout North America. Vehicles with…

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Memorial Day 2019

Memorial Day is the day that’s set aside to remember with gratitude and pride all those who served and died for our country, and our freedom. May your day be filled with memories and peace. GOD BLESS AMERICA. #military #veterans #memorialday #gratitude #freedom

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What Drugs Will Disqualify You from Operating a CMV?

One question that comes up frequently on the blog is about the use of medications by CDL drivers – and whether a particular drug will disqualify a driver from getting behind the wheel. In some cases, the answer is a definitive no – there are drugs (both legal and illegal) that drivers are prohibited from…

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DOT mulling HOS changes, split-sleep exemption alterations

The Department of Transportation (DOT), reacting to more than 5,200 comments filed on potential changes to truck driver hours-of-service (HOS) and other regulations, is moving in that direction. The Department of Transportation (DOT), reacting to more than 5,200 comments filed on potential changes to truck driver hours-of-service (HOS) and other regulations, is moving in that…

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