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It is no secret that the roads are more dangerous than ever.  With smart phones and other distractions, the highways have become more accident prone and unfortunately for commercial truck drivers, the public opinion has shifted the blame towards them.  

Earlier this year, Verizon Connect conducted a survey by Wakefield Research in hopes to find an insight onto how the general public views commercial truck drivers.  The survey included 1,000 adults, who were asked a variation of questions regarding road safety.  While only 3% of all severe crashes in the US involve commercial vehicles, the survey found that 83% of drivers of passenger vehicles believed they posed less of a risk than truck drivers.  Unfortunately, that was not the only skewed result found throughout the survey.  Although only 70% of truck involved fatal crashes take place on roads other than the interstate, the majority believed more accidents occurred on interstate highways. 

While these results are subjective, the reasoning behind the misconceptions were said to have been formed by past experiences of the respondents.  So, what does that mean for truck drivers and our safety on the roads?  With these findings, Verizon Connect has incorporated many of these issues within their integrated video system in hopes to help fleet managers improve safety.  The new system features “speed overlay,” allowing fleets to view the speed of the vehicle directly within the video clip.


“Smart video monitoring and other emerging artificial intelligence and IoT technologies are helping commercial drivers stay safe on the road and protect themselves in the event of any incident,” aid Kevin Aries, head of global product success at Verizon Connect. (Abt, 2019)

With these new advancements, we will be able to collect new data on commercial truck drivers, creating a safer place on the road for both truck drivers and drivers of passenger vehicles.




Abt, N. (2019, October). Survey Shows Public’s Skewed View of Commerical Drivers. Retrieved from https://www.trucker.com

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Fall is a time for football, falling leaves, apple cider, hay rides, and the CVSA’s Operation Safe Drive Week. There will be educational outreach events throughout the week. Law enforcement officials across North America will be out in full force with their magnifying glasses on commercial motor vehicle drivers and passenger-vehicle drivers looking for unsafe driving behaviors.

CVSA Operation Safe Driver week will be held October 15-21, 2017. Throughout the week law enforcement officials will identify and issue warnings and/or citations to drivers they see exhibiting unsafe driving behaviors. Dangerous driving behaviors that they will be looking for include, but are not limited to: speeding, texting, not wearing seat belts, traveling too closely, improper lane changes, failure to obey traffic control devices, and distracted driving.

The goal of the program is to “reduce the number of crashes, deaths and injuries involving large trucks, buses and passenger vehicles due to unsafe driving behaviors.” Unsafe driving behaviors are the leading cause of crashes. Keep crash, injury, death, and your insurance rates down by keeping your head up and eyes on the road! 

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            At Precision, we want you to understand more about your insurance costs. Tickets and points on your license are not the only things insurance companies take into consideration.  Insurance companies take many factors into account when determining the price of your insurance quote. One of these factors is your safety rating (DOT score) determined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration(FMCSA).

            Carriers are given ratings of satisfactory, conditional, or unsatisfactory for multiple compliance areas. These areas include: Unsafe Driving, Crash Indicator, Hours-of-Service Compliance, Vehicle Maintenance, Controlled Substances/Alcohol, Hazardous Materials Compliance, and Driver Fitness.

When your drivers and vehicles go through an inspection, it is noted each time they are placed “out of service”. For example, if your brakes are still in use past the time they need to be replaced, it is noted in the “Vehicle” area on your DOT rating. If your “out of service %” in any category is 80% or above, the DOT places an “alert” on your company. These percentages are determined according to the number of inspections you have had and the number of times out of service. Some insurance companies have a policy not to cover carriers with 2 or more alerts.  Other companies will take the risk, but quote high rates. This means you could have clean drivers, but still have high rates due to bad inspection outcomes. 

Making efforts to improve a bad safety rating or maintain a good one can do remarkable things for your business. When you keep your equipment up to date, comply with hours-of-service, driver safety, and basic laws of the road, your company will be a well-oiled machine (pun intended). In the process, you will reduce accidents and improve your safety score, which in turn, will bring down the price of your insurance! It’s a win-win for everyone!

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