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August 16, 2017 - Industry News

How Do Distracted Drivers Physically Respond?

Study volunteers were monitored via standoff and wearable sensors. Graphic courtesy of the University of Houston.

Texting while driving is much riskier than driving while emotionally upset or daydreaming, according to a new study from the University of Houston and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.

Tags: Research, Distracted Driving, Colleges and Universities, Texting While Driving, Safety, Big Data

August 14, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: 12 Maintenance Mistakes to Avoid

Pep Boys lists 12 commonly made maintenance mistakes that can be costly in the long run.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Driver Safety Tips, Pep Boys, Safety

August 11, 2017 - Industry News

BMW Police Motorcycles Recalled for Brake Lights

Image courtesy of NHTSA.

The recall, set to begin Sept. 25, covers 911 R1200RT Police motorcycles in the 2014-2017 model years.

Tags: BMW, Recalls, Brakes, 2014-MY, 2015-MY, NHTSA, 2016-MY, 2017-MY, Safety, Police Motorcycles

August 9, 2017 - Industry News

Ariz. Police Chief Sends Officers to Driving School

Photo via Flickr/Highway Patrol Images

The department will participate in a nationally recognized safe driver program known as Below 100, which has the intention of keeping the number of officers killed or injured in car crashes below 100 nationwide.

Tags: Driver Training, Safety, Police

August 7, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Driving Near Schools

Photo by Lan56/Wikimedia Commons.

AAA offers driving safety reminders for the new school year.

Tags: Pedestrian Safety, Driver Safety Tips, Bicycles, Safety

July 31, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: 4 Mistakes While Driving Near Trucks

Photo by Don Graham (inknife_2000)/flickr.

The Arkansas State Police offers advice on what common mistakes to avoid while driving near semitrailer trucks.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Safety, Semitrailers

July 28, 2017 - Industry News

Austin to Pull 400 Ford Explorers and PIUs Out of Service

The Austin Police Department first installed carbon monoxide detectors in March. Photo courtesy of Austin PD

The City of Austin has begun pulling all 446 of its Ford Explorers and Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles from service after finding traces of carbon monoxide in a significant amount of vehicles.

Tags: Ford Explorer, City of Austin, Safety, Ford Police Interceptor Utility, Police Vehicles

July 25, 2017 - Industry News

GM to Launch Collision Certification Program

Photo courtesy of GM.

Set to debut in early 2018, the program will establish a comprehensive set of standards for collision repair of GM vehicles.

Tags: Collision Repair, General Motors, Accident Management

July 25, 2017 - Industry News

NYC Reports Decreased Traffic Fatalities with Vision Zero

Photo via Flickr/Erik Drost

New York City has reported that the first six months of 2017 marked the lowest number of traffic-related fatalities on city streets ever measured. Fleet-related fatalities have also decreased since the city began its Vision Zero initiative.

Tags: New York City, Safety, Vision Zero

July 24, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Spotting Signs of Misaligned Wheels

Pep Boys and CNET provide advice on how to recognize symptoms of wheel misalignment.

Tags: Maintenance, Driver Safety Tips, Pep Boys, Suspensions, Safety

July 19, 2017 - Industry News

House Advances Self-Driving Car Bill

Congressman Robert Latta on July 19 addresses the House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection. Screen shot courtesy of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and YouTube.

The legislation now moves to the full House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is expected to vote on the measure next week.

Tags: U.S. Congress, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety, Legislation, Fully Autonomous, NHTSA

July 17, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Night Driving

Photo by Nandaro/Wikimedia Commons.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles offers advice to promote safer driving at night.

Tags: California DMV, Driver Safety Tips, Safety, Drowsy Driving

July 14, 2017 - Industry News

Va. Utility Worker Dies from Electrocution

Photo via Wikimedia/Maxfrear

A lineman for the City of Danville, Va., was responding to a power outage in an elevated bucket truck when the accident occurred.

Tags: Fatal Accidents, Utility Fleets, Safety

July 14, 2017 - Industry News

Battelle to Host Webinar on Connecting in the Connected Vehicle Environment

Battelle will discuss how an open platform software works and can contribute to the evolution of connected vehicle programs, including enabling connected vehicles to talk to traffic management systems, dynamic message signs, traffic signal controllers, and other ITS devices.

Tags: technology, Software, Basic Safety Messages, Battelle, connected vehicles, open platform, Signal Phase and Timing, Vehicle-to-Infrastructure

July 13, 2017 - Industry News

Following Another Vehicle Leads to Risky Driving

Photo by Famartin/Wikimedia Commons.

A new study from Arizona State University concludes that drivers who follow another car to a destination are more likely to drive dangerously.

Tags: Research, Safety, Colleges and Universities

July 12, 2017 - Industry News

NYPD to Spend $1.3M on Ballistic Protection for Vehicles

Photo via Wikimedia/Youngking11

This investment will expand the ballistic protection program to retrofit the New York Police Department's 72 command vehicles with bullet-resistant door panels and window inserts.

Tags: NYPD, Safety, Police

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

Toyota Invests in Distracted Driving Tech for Fleets

Screenshot via Nauto.

Toyota has invested in Nauto, a Palo Alto-based company that has developed a distracted driving system for commercial fleets that monitors drivers and the road environment to increase safe driving.

Tags: Toyota, Distracted Driving, Video Event Recorders, In-Car Video, Nauto

July 10, 2017 - Industry News

TSA Workshop to Examine Security Threats at Fleet Safety Conference

Screenshot via TSA

The Transportation Security Administration will be providing a hands-on workshop focusing on transportation security at the upcoming Fleet Safety Conference.

Tags: Security, Fleet Safety Conference, Bomb Threat, TSA

July 10, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Enhancing Field of Vision

Photo of U.S. Route 23 in Michigan by Doug Kerr of Albany, N.Y., via Wikimedia Commons.

The Arkansas Department of Motor Vehicles provides six tips on how to maximize field of vision while driving.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Safety

July 5, 2017 - Industry News

NTSB Hosting Driver Assistance Tech Roundtable at Fleet Safety Conference

Image: National Transportation Safety Board

The National Transportation Safety Board will host a roundtable at this year’s Fleet Safety Conference. To be discussed will be strategies for and challenges of advanced driver-assistance systems implementation in heavy-duty trucks and fleets.

Tags: NTSB, Fleet Safety Conference, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Autonomous Vehicles

July 3, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Guarding Against Vehicle Theft

Image courtesy of NHTSA.

July is National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month, so here's some timely advice from both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

Tags: Vehicle Theft, National Insurance Crime Bureau, Driver Safety Tips, NHTSA

June 28, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Transit Vans for Driveshaft Issue

Photo of Ford Transit van courtesy of Ford.

The safety compliance recall covers more than 370,000 2015- to 2017-model year vehicles in the U.S.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Recalls, Ford, Ford Transit, 2015-MY, 2016-MY, 2017-MY, Safety

June 26, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Battling Sun Glare

Photo courtesy of AAA.

AAA Exchange offers advice on what measures drivers can take to counter sun glare and see the road more clearly.

Tags: AAA, Driver Safety Tips, Safety

June 26, 2017 - Industry News

Legal Marijuana Tied to Crash Increase

Photo of retail marijuana courtesy of HLDI.

Three states that have legalized recreational cannabis see a 3% overall increase in collision claim frequencies, according to the Highway Loss Data Institute.

Tags: Drugged Driving, HLDI, Safety, Marijuana, Risk Management, Drivers

June 19, 2017 - Industry News

Chicago Releases Vision Zero Safety Plan

Photo courtesy of City of Chicago

The City of Chicago has released a three-year plan to reduce roadway crashes. The plan calls for side guards and convex mirrors to be installed on large trucks belonging to the city and contractors.

Tags: Highway Safety, City of Chicago, Vision Zero

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