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April 15th, 2014

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, so we wanted to take a moment to share some facts about distracted driving in the hopes of encouraging people to be as safe on the road as we know our drivers are. Together, we can help spread awareness and make the roads safer for everyone.

As you likely know, the most legislated and potentially dangerous distraction on the road is texting/having phone conversations while driving. It is estimated that at any given time during daylight hours, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating some type of electronic devices while driving. Because texting requires visual, manual and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most serious distraction.

Eating and drinking while driving comes in a close second behind phone use in terms of frequency as a distraction to drivers. Also on the list of potential accident-causing distractions are conversations with passengers, grooming (especially application of makeup), reading (including maps), using a navigation system, watching a video and adjusting a radio or audio player.

The statistics are sobering. In 2012, an estimated 421,000 people were killed or injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. Engaging in the visual – manual – cognitive tasks of operating a phone increases the risk of an accident three times. While texting, a driver’s eyes are off the road for an average of five seconds. At 55 miles per hour, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field, but blindfolded.

At Con-way Truckload, our number one priority is safety. We emphasize cooperative efforts to increase safety and efficiency, promote personal and professional safety standards and help educate the general public on the hazards posed by distracted driving. We are proud to note that our drivers are some of the safest on the road and we thank all of you for your commitment to safety.

Help us get the word out and make the roads a little safer for all drivers by talking to your friends and family about the dangers of distracted driving. After all, who better to discuss safe driving than professional truck drivers?

April 10th, 2014

As over the road drivers, it’s important to stay on top of industry and economic news that may affect your business as an Owner Operator and career as a company driver. The trucking industry is a constantly evolving its rules, regulations and technologies that can leave the uninformed driver in the lurch.

Among the topics of interest are financial and business advice, including updates on the latest technology, tips on taxes, insurance, fuel economy and budgeting.

Every trucker needs to keep abreast of current changes in highway rules and regulations. We’ve provided a few of our favorite news sources below provide up to the minute reports on a variety of legal issues pertaining to the industry including weight limits, truck classifications, fuel prices (and what is driving them), OSHA’s Motor Safety Report, emission standards and hours of service.

Interesting and informative discussions, tweets, blogs and articles furnish timely messages related to road conditions, weather advisories, health and wellness, job opportunities, advice on what to do in case of emergencies on the road; even the best places to eat. Check out some of the outstanding news sources for drivers below and let us know if you have any other recommended sources!

Road Dog on SiriusXM Satellite Radio (Sirius/Channel 128) is an excellent source of information to access while on the road. The hosts of the various programs are all experienced, industry experts who approach trucking not just as a business, but as a lifestyle and appreciate it for contributions made to American culture.

TheTruckersReport.com is the largest online trucking community in the country, connecting thousands throughout the trucking industry. You can also access them on Twitter at twitter.com/Truckersreport.

Heavy Duty Trucking Magazine contains award-winning articles on a vast number of issues affecting the industry. Check out their Facebook page or contact them at twitter.com/HDTrucking.

Finally, try Transport Topics or twitter.com/TransportTopics. Whichever venue you choose, you’ll stay up-to-date and informed on all aspects of our great industry. If you have a favorite news source, please share with us.

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March 26th, 2014

Fuel is one of the highest costs for carriers. While there are technologies and equipment that can help improve MPGs, including trailers with aerodynamic devices, low rolling resistance tires and other MPG improvement options, every driver has some control over his or her driving efficiency.

Check out our tips below on how to increase your fuel efficiency while out on the road.

  • Reduce idling. Excessive idling is a large contributor to increased fuel expense and can also contribute to a variety of maintenance problems.
  • Use Progressive Shifting. This driving technique uses little additional rpm between each upshift before grabbing the next gear. Any amount of rpm reduction before upshifting will help save fuel.
  • Stay in the highest gear as long as possible. Modern engines already make 90% of their max torque starting around 1000 rpm. That means you can climb hills in higher gears than you could have in older trucks.
  • Steady RPMs- Do your best to keep the rpms below 1500 while accelerating and keep rpms as steady as possible throughout the trip.
  • Reduce highway speed. When possible, dropping top speed by even three mph can have a significant impact on fuel economy.

Have some other tips? Share them with us!