safety

The difference between passionate speech and the truth

Passion is great, but the truth is often found far from it: The sleep apnea rulemaking being shelved does not mean a truck driver is now "more likely" to be nodding off behind the wheel, as noted a former Federal Railroad Administration official on CBS news.

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Tony Justice, band ‘a little sore’ but OK after tour bus wreck in Oklahoma

Around 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, driver-songwriter Tony Justice's rented tour bus hit the back of a tractor-trailer on eastbound I-40 in Oklahoma, near the Arkansas state line. Justice tells Overdrive that no one was hurt in the incident.

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FMCSA boosts education efforts to reduce highway fatalities

FMCSA is urging car drivers to stay out of trucks’ blind spots, make sure they can see truckers in the mirror before passing, not to cut in close in front of trucks, anticipate wide turns, avoid distractions and be patient when driving around trucks.

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‘The real problem’ isn’t ELDs

Now that it appears the ELD mandate is about to amplify the shortcomings of the hours of service rule, it’s time to address the real problem, not its surrogate.

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Update: Safety review continues trend toward the negative, non-ratable

Tom Sanderson of Transplace and the ASECTT group is right in some ways about FMCSA having "doubled down" on its post-CSA policy, particularly with respect to how it conducts safety audits in this day and age. Latest ratings-issued numbers here.

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Back to the future: ‘Trucks of America’ in 1973; The drones are coming! (take four)

Did you know Overdrive once published truck jigsaw puzzles? We didn't either ... And: The drones are coming! Congressional moves reportedly would prevent erection of state barriers to autonomous vehicles and centralize rules at federal level...

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Saturday round-up: Put a diaper on your dump; Video — Black Out military tribute rig at Rolling Thunder

The "Dumpster Diaper" company's product prevents leakage from some dump bodies/trailers, and video of Chuck Timbrook and military veterans' presentation of the colors ahead of the Rolling Thunder rally and ride two weekends back.

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Thunder rolls and anaconda blankets

Wendy's exegesis on the lored “thunder blanket for humans, ... a blanket that weighs enough to 'give you the sensation of being gently hugged.'" It's advertisements promise "to simulate a 'loving squeeze' for people who feel anxious."

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Gemini awards 78 drivers with $1.8 million in safety bonuses

The bonuses, which equate to approximately $23,000 per driver depending on his or her previous 12 months’ salary, were awarded to drivers who remained accident-fee and adhered to the company’s safety policies and procedures for five years.

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A nine-year-old’s view of the so-called ‘autonomous future’

"When I asked if she could imagine a big truck going down the road maneuvering with its own controls, with no person behind the wheel, the look of horror that passed across her face was fairly priceless."

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