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 (Photo: Truckstockimages.com) With ELDs in nearly every truck, it was only a matter of time before insurance companies started to utilize the devices. Progressive (NYSE: PGR) is among the first, launching a new discount program for truckers that provide Progressive access to their ELD data. The Smart Haul program is billed as a “user-based insurance (UBI) program,” but it is not designed to be Big Brother. Dave Lubeck, a business development consultant with Progressive, tells FreightWaves the program, believed to be the first UBI program in the commercial truck space, is not a replacement for traditional insurance, but is a separate offering that provides truckers an opportunity for a 3% discount on the commercial auto policy premium. “Usage based insurance is a rating model that lets us use driving data to accurately price drivers and offer savings based on safe driving habits,” Lubeck says. “Smart Haul was created with h [...]
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) released data from its 2018 International Roadcheck three-day commercial motor vehicle (CMV) enforcement event held from June 5-7, 2018. Safety officials conducted more than 67,000 driver and vehicle safety inspections. Nearly 22 percent of vehicles that received Level I Inspections were placed out of service and about 4 percent of drivers who received a Level I, II or III Inspection were placed out of service. See all of the 2018 International Roadcheck results here: https://cvsa.org/news-entry/2018-roadcheck-results/.

This is the most brutally honest “Truck Driver Appreciation” video we’ve ever seen

"Thank you for traveling through rain, sleet, hail, snow, Santa Claus weather just to bring me Madden 19."
Florida comedian Josh Pray delivers an honest and laugh-out-loud hilarious “thank you”  to the unsung hero of the American economy — the truck driver.

Week-long brake-focused inspection spree starts Sunday

Truck inspectors will ramp up enforcement Sept. 16-22 as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance‘s annual Brake Safety Week.
Image result for brake inspection on trucks picsThis year’s Brake Safety Week is a return to norm for CVSA, after paring the blitz down to a single day last year. CVSA says most of the inspections performed during the weeklong blitz will be full Level I inspections, the most comprehensive inspection. However, inspectors will have a keen focus on brake components, including loose or missing parts; air or hydraulic fluid leaks; defective rotor conditions; measurement of pushrod travel; mismatched air chamber sizes across axles; air reservoir integrity and mounting; worn linings, pads, drums or rotors; required brake-system warning devices; and other brake-system

 While your Labor Day weekend may have been stocked with food, refreshments, barbeque grills, beach toys and lots of other fun items, truck drivers across America made that happen. They were busy traveling and making deliveries door-to-door and then getting back on the road to the next safe delivery.

Chances are you saw a truck on the road while you were heading out with your family to celebrate the holiday weekend at the beach, or on your way to the store to pick up school supplies for your child’s first day of school. That’s because trucks are on the road with us every day, rain or shine, including weekends and holidays. Millions of trucks travel our roads every day, and behind the wheel of that truck, regardless of the weather or terrible traffic, is one of 3.5 million hardworking truck driving professionals who is working to d [...]

Ford F-250 Super Duty CC LSFRumors have been swirling about a new engine from Ford to replace the aging 6.2-liter V8 and the 6.8-liter V10, and now an inside source has confirmed to TFLTruck that it will be a new 7.3-liter gas engine. Word broke of a possible new 7.3-liter V8 from Ford when a document leaked online over a year ago, showing the 7.3-liter engine on an oil recommendation list. Since then, another rumor suggested that it would be a 7.0-liter gas engine. ALSO SEE: What’s Next for the 2020 Ford Super Duty? 7.0L V8, 10-Speed, or ? (Ask TFLtruck) Well now a trusted source has put that to bed, telling TFL that the information leaked out at a UAW union meeting. This will serve in Ford’s Super Duty and Medium Duty line of pickup trucks, stretching from the F-250 up to the F-750. Of course, nothing is known of the powerplant at this time, though it would be easy to assume that it will make more than the 385 horsepower and 288 hp found in the [...]

How drivers can stop diabetes before it starts

Approximately 84 million American adults – more than 1 out of 3 – have prediabetes, according to the CDC. Of those with prediabetes, 90% don’t know they have it.
trucker pillsDrivers with pre-diabetes – the precursor to Type 2 diabetes – is a warning sign for truckers and costly for fleets. Fortunately, it doesn’t take that much effort to keep a driver from becoming diabetic even if they are already diagnosed with pre-diabetes, according to health care experts. This problem can be turned around with simple steps including eating a healthier diet and losing weight, says Bob Perry, president of newly-formed Health in Transportation (Perry was the founder of Rolling Strong, which he later sold.). “It doesn’t take much to move the needle for drivers. Losing a few pounds can make a huge difference in taking them out of that danger zone.” During a recent industry presentation, Perry cited government statistics showing that from May 2014 to March 2017 about 15.5 million drivers were examined for their CDLs. Of that pool, almost 9 million received the standard 2-year medical card, almost five million received a 1-year card and 950,000 received a 90-day card. “If you get a one-year car [...]
(The full report, released on Aug. 28, can be found through this link.) A study of 20 fleets found adoption of fuel efficiency technologies resulted in a savings of more than $600 million in 2017, compared with the average truck currently on the highway. The study issued by the North American Council on Freight Efficiency (NACFE) found these fleets achieved 7.28 miles per gallon in 2017 for their combined 71,844 tractors and 236,292 trailers. That was a 2% increase over 2016 and also represents a return to the 2% average gain since the study began in 2012. The average mpg for U.S. fleets was 5.91, NACFE said. Last year’s gain is important, said Michael Roeth, NAFCE’s executive director, because miles per gallon was flat in the prior study. He suggested that could have been in part due to lower diesel prices, but this report show carriers continue to adopt technologies, and they “are delivering for fleets.” Roeth said on a conference call that “manufacturers continue to develop and improve technologies. And fleets are buying them.” Overall, NAFCE’s report tracks [...]
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