Safe Driver Week 2016

Written by: on October 17th, 2016

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The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is conducting their Safe Driver Week in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies across North America. They will focus on commercial motor vehicle drivers and car drivers.

During the 2015 Operation Safe Driver Week, more than 21,000 vehicles, including trucks and cars, were pulled over. More than 19,000 roadside inspections were conducted on commercial vehicles. The five warnings and citations given during the event were:

  • Size and weight
  • Speeding
  • Failure to use seat belt
  • Failure to obey traffic control device
  • Using a handheld phone

Specifically, the focus for 2016 will be on speeding, failure to use a seat belt, distracted driving, failure to obey traffic control devices, following too closely, improper lane change and more.

CVSA says the Operation Safe Driver program was created to help reduce the number of crashes, injuries and deaths involving trucks, buses and cars due to unsafe driving behaviors.

 

 

 

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Finding safe parking is a concern for nearly all professional drivers. Balancing Hours of Service requirements, satisfying the needs of the customer and the lack of available options can make parking a tricky issue. An app developed with guidance from the American Trucking Association, the American Transportation Research Institute and the National Association of Truck Stop Operators was launched today that may help professional drivers in this area.

“Park My Truck” is a mobile app that gives drivers real time information about truck parking availability at over 5,000 truck stops. That’s 150,000 spots that drivers would have increased visibility to from their phone. Independent truck stops and chain travel plazas are included in the app.

The app has the approval of ATA and can be downloaded at no cost on both the Google Play Store and iTunes.

 

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When your career requires you to stay away from home weeks at time, chances are there is plenty for you to worry about it. According to the American Psychological Association, 64 percent of Americans say money is somewhat or a very significant source of stress. Nearly 1 in 5 Americans say that they have either considered skipping or have skipped going to a doctor when they needed health care due to financial concerns. There are steps you can take to help keep your financial concerns at bay.

Track your spending

Understanding how and where you spend your money can help give you a better understanding of your finances. Are you spending your money on necessities like food, shelter and clothing or is being spent on non-essential items like entertainment or eating out when you could cook in the truck? A closer look at your spending habits will help you create a budget that is realistic.

Stick to your budget

Once you create a budget, stick to it! Creating a budget doesn’t mean you can’t ever spend money on non-essential items, it just means that you are spending your money responsibly. For example, if you used to eat out for every meal five days a week, try to cook or have food in your truck and eat out one meal every week.

Pay yourself first

Once you make saving a priority you’ll be amazed at how easy it will become. Open a separate savings account and treat it like a bill you have to pay to ensure you stick with it. Most employers have an option where you can automatically deposit money into some type of savings account and the majority of employers will deposit a matching contribution for every employee who contributes to their 401(k).

Plan Ahead

Plan ahead for good weeks and not so good weeks. The trucking industry depends heavily on the economy and as a result can change quite often. Once you get familiar with how it affects you, plan your budget around them. The same can be said about taking your time off.