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How truckers can prevent jackknifing

Jackknifing incidents are not uncommon here in North Carolina. Besides big rig operators, drivers who tow trailers or boats are in danger of jackknifing, especially if their load is rear-heavy. However, it is mostly truckers who need to consider the following tips for jackknifing prevention.

Truck crashes pose threat on the roads

Truck accidents can cause serious damage to people in North Carolina and throughout the country. These crashes can be especially harmful to individuals in passenger vehicles due to the size and weight of large trucks. An 18-wheel truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, which is 20 times as much as a passenger car. There are several common causes of serious collisions involving trucks. Driver error is one such cause. Truckers, like all other drivers, make mistakes behind the wheel. Some kinds of errors are particularly dangerous for the truckers themselves. Truck drivers are limited to specific hours of service, but some face pressure to drive beyond those restrictions.

Fatal truck crashes rise, but no solution is in sight

There were 4,102 large truck crash fatalities in 2017. This represents a 28% increase from 2009. Of those fatalities, 17% were truck occupants while 68% were occupants of passenger vehicles and 14% were pedestrians, cyclists and other road users. North Carolina motorists should know that this rise in fatalities has led many safety groups to advocate the use of collision avoidance technology.

Trucking fleets adopting advanced safety technology

If North Carolina drivers are like most Americans, they might feel a bit nervous sharing the road with commercial trucks. According to a recent survey by Verizon Connect, 67% of U.S. drivers believe that commercial truckers are more concerned with meeting their delivery schedule than with traffic safety. Meanwhile, 81% of drivers claim they've seen commercial truckers and other professional drivers speeding, improperly changing lanes, driving erratically, swerving off the road and taking turns too quickly.

Safety concerns surround proposed changes to trucking regulations

Commercial truck drivers traveling the roads of North Carolina must comply with many federal safety regulations. Some trucking industry groups, like the American Trucking Association, support changes to existing rules, but they continue to face opposition. Bills circulating currently in the U.S. House and Senate could lower allowable ages for employment as long-haul truckers. In 2018, the Drive Safe Act failed to win congressional approval after the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association expressed concerns about inexperienced younger drivers.

Many U.S. truck drivers are sleep-deprived

Truckers in North Carolina know how prone they can be to drowsy driving. A Ball State University has looked at the percentage of working U.S. adults who get inadequate sleep and found an increase from 30.9% in 2010 to 35.6% in 2018. The study, which involved more than 150,000 working adults, was undertaken to find out which professions were most prone to sleep deprivation, and trucking was included among them.

Safety concerns remain high with big rigs

Roadways throughout North Carolina and the rest of the nation are becoming safer. Each year, new technologies in vehicles lead to increased protections for drivers and passengers. However, concerns remain high regarding large semi-tractor trailers. This is because of the sheer size and mass of these vehicles. National Highway Safety Traffic Administration data shows that 4,761 people were killed in crashes that involved large trucks in 2017.

How strong safety culture, use of new tech benefits truck fleets

Truck fleet owners in North Carolina may be wondering how they can improve safety among their drivers. The answer seems to lie in the use of advanced vehicle safety technology and the development of a safety-minded culture. This is according to a study that the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute conducted together with Travelers, a property-casualty insurer.

U.S. House considers automatic emergency braking bill for trucks

On July 17, two members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a bill that would make automatic emergency braking systems standard on all new commercial large trucks sold in the US. The purpose of the legislation is to reduce injuries and deaths from truck accidents in North Carolina and across the country.

Benefits of truck safety tech can clearly offset the cost

The American Transportation Research Institute has an article on the six most important research topics for 2019, and one of them is has to do with the benefits of new truck safety technology. In particular, ATRI wants to revise the way it determines the technology's return on investment. Many fleet owners in North Carolina avoid safety devices because of their steep price, and a better cost-benefit analysis may help such people warm up to them.

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