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How truck drivers can stay alert

Truck drivers in California and throughout the country may experience fatigue for a number of different reasons. In some cases, it is because they have been behind the wheel for too many hours. In others, it is because they didn't get enough sleep or were feeling stressed because of events that took place at home. If a driver is fatigued, it could put that person at risk of poor performance or a citation.

Can your hip replacement kill you?

If you underwent a hip replacement in California before 2014, you should be aware that in all likelihood you have a metal-on-metal medical device in your body. If you do, it could be infiltrating your organs and tissues with metal debris that ultimately could kill you.

FMCSA to overhaul system that identifies unsafe truck companies

Many trucking companies from throughout California and the rest of America have argued that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Compliance, Safety, Accountability program produces unfair and inaccurate scores about their safety records. The FAST Act highway bill signed by the president in 2015 directed the FMCSA to reform its methods for rating trucking carriers, collecting data about safety and selecting companies for compliance reviews.

Which states are safest for work vehicle drivers

Anyone in California who makes a living driving work vehicles like big rigs, vans or pick-ups will want to know about a study conducted by Verizon Connect. The fleet management systems provider examined the driver behavior of more than 6,200 of its fleet customers using data from October 2015 to September 2017. These customers were small and mid-size businesses with 2 to 200 work vehicles.

Do you have to wear a motorcycle helmet in California?

Whether you are a new biker, a motorcycle passenger or a biker visiting the state, you may be wondering if you have to wear a helmet while you ride. You may be the type who does not prefer to use a helmet unless necessary. Some states only require minors to do so, whereas others have requirements for adults, too.

Mazda recalls 270,000 more vehicles due to air bags

More vehicles are being recalled due to defective Takata air bags. Mazda is recalling 270,000 vehicles over fears the air bag could explode during a crash, which could injure or kill the vehicle's occupants. Some California motorists may be affected by this action.

Studies show that there's no single cure for distracted driving

More than 37,000 people died on America's roads in 2017, according to estimates from the U.S. Department of Transportation. While the number is slightly lower than it was in 2016, it represents a 10 percent increase from 2014. Some California residents may think that distractions caused by new technology are to blame for the increase. While the link between the two has not been definitively made by public safety officials, various studies indicate that technology is a major culprit.

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