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Owning your data: Trend toward usage-based insurance pricing

If 10n2 and other companies' predictions come to fruition, it might not be long before it's possible to utilize real-time operational data to negotiate rates with your insurance company.

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Exit Only

DOT turned up the volume on distracted driving in December.

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Kicking the habit: Why a blanket cell-phone ban won’t work

As if hearing the plethora of truck drivers' objections to the prohibitions on handheld cell use in-cab while driving, minus any similar prohibition for the motoring public and given the wide problem of motorist distraction on the highways, the National Transportation Safety Board formally recommended that all personal electronic devices be banned from use while driving by everyone in all 50 states and D.C. (except in emergency situations and unless they aid the driving task). All ...

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An App Explosion

Pocket tools proliferate for networking, reference and managing trucking life and business.

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Roadside Attractions

Interesting and odd parts of trucking, truck gauges, truck gallery and many more industry news items are featured.

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Fitting insurance to the operator — trends in usage-based pricing

If you missed a feature about insurance costs I wrote for the August edition of Overdrive, it contained a brief item relative to how insurance companies determine customer risk -- and as a result of that risk determination, premium rate pricing. Canal Insurance Chief Underwriting Officer Paul Brocklebank made brief mention in the piece about the fact that the consumer auto insurance industry writ large is moving toward more frequent rate updates, utilizing GPS and other vehicle ...

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Texting temptation: A little ditty — and more — to help you resist

A little good humor today -- with a safety message to boot. Admit it: We've all been tempted when it comes to texting while driving, right? What will it hurt to answer the spouse's question with a quick "N-O" or, yes, the opposite? Next time that thought fires in your head, Winnipeg, Manitoba-based high school science teacher and viral-video maven Marsh Carroll, along with the folks at ZoomSafer, are hoping you'll hum a little ditty Carroll put ...

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LogBook

Hours comment deadline extended, lawmakers protest cross-border plan, bill would allow truck safety tax credit, FMCSA issues CDL amendments and other industry news items are featured.

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Survey: Firms know of cell phone use

Survey results show that 62 percent of companies have written policies prohibiting employees from using a mobile phone while driving on the job.

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Xata offers mobile phone software

Xata Corp., a provider of trucking compliance and fleet optimization software, announced it is integrating and reselling ZoomSafer’s software, FleetSafer Mobile and FleetSafer Vision, which are designed to reduce distracted driving. FleetSafer Mobile is designed to enforce a fleet’s safe-driving policies and runs alongside Xata Turnpike on mobile and smartphones. Xata Turnpike currently runs on consumer-grade and rugged mobile phones without driver interaction when the vehicle is in motion. With FleetSafer Mobile, no other third-party applications, ...

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