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February 21, 2017 - Product News

Fleets Increasingly Adding Video Telematics From Lytx

Photo courtesy of Lytx.

Lytx has increased subscriptions for its video-based telematics system by more than 25% in global markets in the past year since being acquired by private equity firm GTCR, the company announced.

Tags: Telematics, Video Event Recorders, Lytx, In-Vehicle Video, Safety

February 17, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Taking the Risk Out of Your Turns

Sloppy turning habits are common but greatly increase crash risk. Here's advice from Michigan and California on how to execute safer turns.

Tags: Michigan, California DMV, Driver Safety Tips, Safety

February 17, 2017 - Industry News

Alaska City to Drug Test Drivers After Minor Accidents

The City of Bethel, Alaska, is changing its driver policy to mandate drug tests after minor collisions because vehicle bumps and scrapes have become common among fleet drivers.

Tags: Driver Safety, Drug Testing, Fleet Policy

February 15, 2017 - Industry News

Arizona Uses Road Sensors to Spot Ice Before It Forms

Photo via Arizona Department of Transportation

Sensors installed at three locations along Interstate 40 west of Flagstaff, Ariz., are helping the Arizona Department of Transportation detect and address icy road conditions before they are present.

Tags: Winter Driving, Arizona DOT, Safety, Drivers

February 13, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Driving in Thick Fog

Here's advice from AAA and Ford on how to drive in heavy fog conditions.

Tags: Driver Safety, AAA, Driver Safety Tips, Weather, Safety, Ford

February 10, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Invests $1B Toward 2021 Autonomous Vehicle

(from l. to r.) Peter Rander, Mark Fields, Bryan Salesky, and Raj Nair

Ford will invest $1 billion in Pittsburgh-based Argo AI, a startup focusing on artificial intelligence, to develop a software platform for a fully autonomous vehicle it plans to make available for ride hailing in 2021.

Tags: Investment, Ford, Mobility, Autonomous Vehicles, Ride Hailing, Fully Autonomous

February 9, 2017 - Industry News

FCA Launches Officer Protection Package for Charger Pursuit

Photo courtesy of FCA.

All 2017 Dodge Charger Pursuit law enforcement vehicles will come with technology that detects potential ambushes from the rear while a vehicle is parked. It will come at no cost to U.S. law enforcement agencies.

Tags: Driver Safety, Dodge Charger, FCA, Police

February 6, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Averting Pothole Damage

Across the nation, it's pothole season. Here's advice from AAA on how drivers can prevent --- or at least limit --- pothole damage.

Tags: Driver Safety, AAA, Driver Safety Tips, Collision Repair

February 3, 2017 - Industry News

Seattle DOT Retrofits Trucks with Sideguards

Photo courtesy of Seattle Department of Transportation

The Seattle Department of Transportation will retrofit all its trucks with side guards to increase safety.

Tags: Driver Safety, Pedestrian Safety, City of Seattle

February 3, 2017 - Industry News

States Urged to Better Prepare for Autonomous Vehicles

Graphic courtesy of GHSA.

A new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association offers recommendations to help state agencies get ready for the future impact of self-driving cars.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Big Data, Drivers

January 31, 2017 - Product News

Shellback's Smartphone Cases Curb Distracted Driving

Photo courtesy of Shellback.

Shellback has released its “Smartphone Safe,” which helps prevent driver distraction and monitors driver habits.

Tags: Cell Phone Use, Distracted Driving, Driver Behavior, Smartphones, Risk Management

January 30, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Ensuring a Safe Super Bowl Sunday

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers some advice on how to make sure that Super Bowl parties don't end in tragedy. You may want to pass these tips along to fleet drivers as a friendly reminder.

Tags: Driver Safety, Drunk Driving, Driver Safety Tips

January 30, 2017 - Industry News

Ford F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab 4x2 Draws Top Safety Score

Photo of 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab 4x2 courtesy of Ford.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the truck model an overall safety rating of five stars — the highest possible score.

Tags: Crash Tests, Ford F-250, Ford, NHTSA, 2017-MY, Ford Super Duty

January 23, 2017 - Industry News

Three States Agree to Collaborate on Autonomous Vehicles

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Transportation agencies in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan have formed the Smart Belt Coalition that will focus on automated and connected vehicle initiatives.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Connected Vehicle Technology, Pennsylvania DOT, Ohio DOT, Michigan DOT, University of Michigan

January 22, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Setting Mirrors for Safer Lane Changes

AAA offers advice on how to properly adjust mirrors to diminish blind spots.

Tags: Driver Safety, AAA, Driver Safety Tips

January 13, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Jump-Starting the Right Way

AAA provides advice on how to safely jump-start a dead vehicle battery.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Safety Tips, AAA

January 9, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Cooling System Maintenance

When coolant freezes, it expands and poses a danger to your vehicle's engine block. Here's advice from NHTSA on how to protect your cooling system and avoid vehicle breakdowns in frigid temperatures.

Tags: Vehicle Maintenance, Winter Driving, Driver Safety Tips, Antifreeze

January 4, 2017 - Industry News

Mich. County Improves Fleet Visibility with Lights

Screengrab from Midland County Roads

Midland County, Mich., is installing green lights on its maintenance vehicles to improve visibility. All new and old equipment will be fitted with the green lights in addition to the existing amber lights, including snow plows.

Tags: Lighting

January 2, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Lane Markings Translated

Here's a quick review on what some common lane markings mean, provided by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Tags: Driver Safety, California DMV, Driver Safety Tips

December 26, 2016 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Not Choosing the Road Less Traveled

Photo by the Oregon Department of Transportation via Wikimedia Commons.

Here's seasonal advice on when to override instructions from a navigation system or app, and what to do if you're stranded in the snow.

Tags: Winter Driving, Driver Safety Tips, Driver Safety

December 21, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Multiple Models for Potential Oil Leaks

Photo of Ford Explorer courtesy of Ford.

The recall affects 1,157 Taurus, Flex, Explorer, Police Interceptor Utility, and Lincoln MKT vehicles with 3.5-liter GTDI engines — all in the 2016 or 2017 model years.  

Tags: Ford Taurus, Lincoln, Ford Explorer, Lincoln MKT, Recalls, Ford, Ford Flex, 2016-MY, 2017-MY, Ford Police Interceptor Utility

December 20, 2016 - Industry News

Holiday Fatalities Expected to Cap Deadly Year

Photo by Nandaro via Wikimedia Commons.

The National Safety Council releases estimates for holiday period road fatalities and offers tips on how to make the roads safer.

Tags: National Safety Council, Driver Safety Tips, Road Deaths

December 19, 2016 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Preventing Drunk Driving

What can you personally do to prevent drunk driving this holiday season? Here are some tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Tags: Driver Safety, Drunk Driving, Driver Safety Tips

December 16, 2016 - Industry News

Drivers View Alcohol as Bigger Safety Threat Than Marijuana

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A survey from IIHS finds, however, that motorists living in marijuana-legal states are more likely to perceive the drug as a road safety problem than motorists in other states.

Tags: Drunk Driving, IIHS, Drugged Driving, Marijuana

December 16, 2016 - Industry News

Reckless Driving Death Rate Highest in Montana

Photo of Whitefish, Mont., by Royalbroil via Wikimedia Commons.

Analysis of federal crash data also shows that the rate of road fatalities tied to careless and reckless driving is lowest in the states of Virginia and New York.

Tags: Driver Safety, New York, California, Montana, Arkansas, Virginia, Indiana, NHTSA, Road Deaths, Auto Insurance Center

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