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How truckers and fleet owners can avoid brake issues

Truckers in California may have been pulled over for a brake inspection during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Brake Safety Week, which took place in mid-September. Even if they were not, they will want to ensure that their brakes are compliant with federal guidelines. It all begins with a 10- to 15-minute inspection where drivers walk around their truck and physically check their equipment.

How often are work zones a factor in accidents and road deaths?

California’s roadways are constantly undergoing repair and growth, and this means most motorists find themselves making their way through work zones on a regular basis. Many drivers experience anxiety or nervousness when navigating their way through these road construction zones, though, and with good reason. Work zones are a common factor in numerous auto accidents, and they also contribute to the number of deaths that occur on the state's and nation’s roadways.

International Roadcheck event helps keep roads safe

Between June 5 and 7, there were 11,897 vehicles taken off of the road as part of the International Roadcheck event. It was held by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and also resulted in 2,664 drivers being removed from service. Drivers were largely taken off the road because of hours-of-service violations or problems with their licenses. In many cases, licenses were either expired or suspended. Some drivers were found to be driving the wrong class of vehicle.

Testing begins for new carrier safety scoring system

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing to change its hours-of-service rules for commercial truck drivers in California and the rest of the nation. The organization is asking for comments from the public. The proposed changes will expand the air-mile 'short-haul" exemption, extend the on-duty limitation, revise the mandatory break for continuous driving and allow some drivers to split up the on-duty rest break. These proposed changes were posted in the Federal Register on August 23, 2018.

How common is substance abuse among truckers?

Today’s commercial trucks are large and heavy enough to unnerve even the most comfortable drivers, but most motorists have little choice other than to share the road with them. While commercial trucks present inevitable hazards because they can be hard to see or navigate around, they become even more dangerous when the people driving them abuse substances before getting behind the wheel.

Dangerous guardrails will no longer be installed in California

According to Caltrans, the X-Lite guardrail end treatment system will no longer be used on California highways. An investigation carried out by a local NBC station found that they were struck in at least nine accidents that resulted in fatalities. The state sent a letter to the manufacturer of the product saying that it would be switching to another product that met Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware standards.

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