July 16, 2019
With summer upon us, Dot Transportation, Inc. (DTI), wanted to provide truck drivers with a friendly reminder on how to drive safely through work zones.
This year, the Department of Transportation (D.O.T.) put a regulation in place that limits the number of hours a truck driver may drive each day, as well as a weekly limit. There are separate regulations for drivers who carry goods and those who carry passengers.
At Dot Transportation, Inc. (DTI), we want to ensure our drivers are safe and follow the rules that are in place. In the hopes of eliminating any confusion, we have provided additional information on what these updated regulations mean for our drivers.
The trucking industry has been the focus of law enforcement for many years. Recently, there has been a trend to announce a special focus week. Some agency, usually the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), will determine a week in June and a particular violation type to address.
Many different traits make up a good truck driver, and there are a few key characteristics that can transform a driver from “good” to “great.”
Want to become the best truck driver you can be? See how you can incorporate the following skills and qualities into your life on the road.
Our nation, for many years, has been known for our fast-paced society.
As exhilarating as speed is, it is responsible for approximately one-third of traffic fatalities. It has been established that a 50 percent increase of speed from 40 mph to 60 mph intensifies the energy given off by a vehicle by 125 percent. Vehicles are not manufactured to handle that much force.
This winter has not disappointed anyone when it comes to rain, sleet, and snow. 2019 has been one of the worst winters in history in terms of precipitation and cold temperatures. Unfortunately, those elements make roads dangerous and sometimes altogether impassable and can greatly affect winter truck driving safety. Limited or reduced visibility and traction are among the most frequent reasons for winter weather-related accidents. As professional drivers, we need to compensate for other drivers’ bad habits and decisions by using the Smith System.
As I sit in my office during the winter months and look at the parking lot, I witness daily instances of near misses from people slipping on ice and snow. And it just so happens that slips, trips, and falls are one of our most frequent types of injury.