Category: education

Applications Open for Safe Driver Apprenticeship Pilot Program

SDAP Applications Now Being Accepted The Safe Driver Apprenticeship Pilot (SDAP) Program is a program established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on behalf of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. SDAP provides opportunities for younger truck drivers who hold a state-issued CDL to receive on-the-job training while operating trucks across state lines. [...]
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How to Identify and Address Driver Burnout

Burnout is more than just needing a break. It’s a medical diagnosis caused by systemic work problems, leading to accidents, health problems, and increased employee turnover. With companies facing shortages of drivers, addressing driver burnout is critical to retaining employees. Max Farrell, the CEO of employee retention consultancy WorkHound, made these suggestions to trucking companies [...]
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Truck Driver Shortage

The driver shortage was at the top of an American Transportation Research Institute survey list of concerns. The American Trucking Association estimates this shortage will reach 80,000 truck drivers this year, possibly as high as 160,000 in the next ten years. The pandemic has caused problems by closing driving schools and pushing drivers toward early [...]
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Troubleshooting, Diagnosing Advanced Safety Systems

The warning light on your truck's dash tells you sensor measurements that are outside normal operating parameters. What is causing these readings? That's where troubleshooting of safety systems comes in. Understanding increasingly complex safety systems and how they interact is critical to diagnosing and correcting issues. Good testing practices can make the difference between a [...]
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How Engine Oil Choice Can Make Your Fleet More Profitable

Fuel and repairs make up a large chunk of a trucking company’s budget. According to a study published by the American Transportation Research Institute, between 8% and 10% of a fleet’s average marginal cost per mile is spent on maintenance and repairs. Fuel costs represent between 21% and 39% of the cost per mile. Making [...]
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5 Ways to Increase Driver Engagement and Improve Safety

In the trucking industry, high driver turnover results in increased training costs, customer dissatisfaction and safety issues. The American Trucking Association reports in late 2019 driver turnover was at 92% within larger fleets and 74% in smaller fleets. According to a 2016 analysis by Gallup, workplaces with engaged drivers have 70% fewer safety issues. Discover [...]
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