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How Do I Safely Share the Road With Semi-Trucks?

It can be frustrating to be stuck driving behind a semi-truck. They block our vision and take too long to make tight turns. However, trucks are much larger and carry much more weight on the road, so accidents can be catastrophic. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 5,000 people in passenger cars die each year when involved in a collision with semi-trucks.  That said, there are steps car drivers and truck drivers can take to safely share the road with each other. How to Drive Safely With Semi-Trucks When traveling behind or alongside larger trucks, it is important that drivers stay out of the truck driver’s blind spots. There are four areas around the truck that are aptly named “No-Zones.” These zones exist directly behind the truck and on the right side of the truck. If you are driving on the left side, it is…
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Proposal Letting Truck Drivers Decide Their Rest Schedules Endangers Drivers

Earlier this month, an aviation bill passed through the House of Representatives with a provision in the fine print that prevents states from mandating commercial truck driving companies to schedule longer rest breaks for truck drivers than the minimum standards under federal law. Currently, 22 states require even more generous or more frequent rest breaks for truck drivers than is required under the Federal Motor Carrier Administration. Under this administration, truck drivers are required a minimum of a 30-minute break during the first eight hours of a driving shift. Additionally, truck drivers are only allowed 70-hour work weeks and can only return to work if they rest for 34 hours afterwards. Finally, drivers are only allowed to drive for 11 hours per day. Aviation Bill Provisions Would Put Other Drivers at Risk Early last year, the truck driving industry challenged the federal standard and lost. The industry tried again in…
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Can This App Help Truck Drivers Stay Alert?

It is well known that delivery deadlines often put pressure on truck drivers to drive, rather than doze. Truck drivers often skimp on sleep, chug a cup of coffee, knock back some caffeine supplements and continue driving in order to make a delivery deadline. On average, 4,300 deaths per year occur involving commercial trucks. One third of those accidents are a result of truck drivers falling asleep at the wheel. We live in a rather technologically resourceful age, so naturally, certain devices and applications exist that are supposed to keep drivers alert. However, just because these devices exist does not mean car drivers are safe from truck driver error. What Devices and Apps Are Available to Truck Drivers to Stay Awake? There is a phone app available called Drowsy Driver that focuses on the driver’s eyes and detects if the eyes are open or closed. If the driver closes their…
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