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Handheld Cell Phones Banned from Commercial Vehicles

As of January 3, 2012, the use of handheld cellular phones by most commercial vehicle operators is illegal under federal law. The ban applies to interstate carriers including large trucks and busses.

Transportation, General, Driving Safety  •  January 17, 2012

Be Ready for Winter Driving

Since today is the first official day of winter it is time to think about winter driving challenges and the condition of our vehicles.

General, Transportation, Driving Safety  •  December 22, 2011

Hang up and Drive

On Tuesday December 13, 2011, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended a nationwide ban on all portable electronic devices (PED’s) for all motorists. The NTSB came to its recommendation after investigating a multi-vehicle crash in Gray S...

General, Transportation, Driving Safety  •  December 16, 2011

Transportation Resources

It seems that folks are always asking questions about federal law concerning their truck, van, pickup, dump truck, or tractor trailer. There is a trailer load of regulations and guidelines from DOT, but also from OSHA, FMCSA, NHTSA, NTSB, and probabl...

Transportation, Driving Safety  •  May 24, 2011

Jack Frost’s Revenge on the Road

It's often said that revenge is a dish best served cold. As the steady advance of spring brings us more warm days, Jack Frost has his revenge in the cold nights, bringing out the best in our northeastern roads. Pot holes seemingly big enough to swa...

General, Transportation, Driving Safety  •  March 29, 2011

Winter Arrives: Ready or Not

Winter arrived in parts of the Northeast a few weeks earlier than the calendar says it should. Here's some advice our own Peter Koch posted last winter.

General, Transportation, Driving Safety  •  December 09, 2010

Click It or Ticket Revisited

Twenty-five years ago I was a paramedic working for an ambulance service. Seat belt usage was somewhere around 25 percent. In other words, only one of four drivers used the belts. Being young and impressionable I was left with one lasting impressi...

General, Transportation, Driving Safety  •  November 23, 2010

Put It Down to Save Your Life

The title of this post is lifted from the OSHA website's home page urging drivers to turn off their cell phones earlier this month in recognition of the Second National Distracted Driving Summit that was being held in Washington, DC. The OSHA site p...

General, Transportation, Driving Safety  •  September 30, 2010

Fatigue: A Sleeping Giant Behind the Wheel

The next time you get behind the wheel, be it for work or pleasure, take a moment to consider how tired you feel and if you are really in the proper condition to operate a motor vehicle. This may sound like common sense, but all too often people ope...

General, Transportation, Driving Safety  •  July 27, 2010

Can GPS Enhance Fleet Safety?

Technology is everywhere in the 21st century. This includes Global Positioning Systems (GPS) that are now compact, affordable, and easy to use. If you operate a fleet of vehicles it might be time to look at GPS for a lot of reasons, not the least o...

Transportation, Driving Safety  •  March 22, 2010

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