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Cargo theft numbers decline in second quarter

July 30, 2018

he total number of cargo thefts recorded in 2018’s second quarter was down 4 percent from the same period last year, according to a report from cargo theft recording firm CargoNet. Cargo thefts have been on the decline recentlywith reported thefts falling by 12 percent in 2017 compared to 2016. The firm reports there were 157 […]

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Preventable or not? Red-light runner rams truck’s rear end

July 18, 2018

At noon, rain was falling on Mugwump Parkway. Northbound, John Doe was waiting for a chance to turn his tractor-trailer across the opposing traffic lane and enter the parking lot at Pearl’s Pizza Palace. “10-4 on the all-veggie special and diet soda,” mused Doe, who was watching his weight. Finally, confronted by a virtually empty […]

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Be wary of heightened cargo theft activity during July 4 period

July 3, 2018

Cargo theft experts are warning truck drivers and fleets about the increased risk of theft this week during the Independence Day holiday. Because July 4 falls on a Wednesday this year, cargo theft recording firm SensiGuard says there is a chance that shippers and receivers will also be closed on Tuesday, July 3, and/or Thursday, July 5. The […]

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Preventable or not? Driver’s U-turn goes awry

June 15, 2018

John Doe was eastbound on a four-lane turnpike near Greensboro, N.C. It was 10 p.m., the sky was heavily overcast, and the turnpike was as dark as the inside of his diesel’s crankcase. In preparation for making a U-turn at the intersection with Grits Road, which was dead ahead, Doe moved into the left lane, […]

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Mitigating Theft

January 26, 2018

ATLANTA: Over the year and a half, there has been a severe rash of high end automobile cargo thefts in the Atlanta area. More than 10 cargo theft claims have been filed for losses occurring within the 285 Perimeter around Atlanta. The majority of the thefts are concentrated in the southwest suburbs around the airport […]

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Predictive analytics, part 2: an escape route from accidents

August 10, 2017

Motor carriers use a variety of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and applications to monitor driving behaviors. Most of these technologies are designed to alert management if drivers exceed safe thresholds for speed, acceleration/deceleration rates, g-forces and other vehicle operation and sensor data. Many can also score driver behaviors and create risk profiles. To get […]

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Preventable or not: Merging four-wheeler mauls truck’s fender

August 9, 2017

Shortly before the accident, tractor-trailer driver John Doe was listening with disbelief to a Channel 19 account of a luckless New Jersey carrier being fined thousands of dollars by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration because forklift operators weren’t wearing seatbelts. Huh? Are these enforcement guys nuts? The last time Doe had heard of a […]

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Preventable or not? Hard braking for deer spells trouble

August 9, 2017

Much to his relief, the palletized load of drums for Pooka’s Pool Supply was John Doe’s last scheduled delivery for the day. After backing his trailer to the loading dock, supervising the unloading process and completing the usual exchange of paperwork, he hurried over to the employee vending area to buy some heavy-duty coffee. Returning […]

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COLD FIRE: A Dramatic Success Without Dramatization

January 30, 2017

Last December, Dixon Auto Transport driver Mike Wehling was traveling on a rural Texas road when he noticed the flames and smoke in his passenger side mirror.  His passenger side drive tire was on fire.  He pulled off to the shoulder, grabbed his new Cold Fire Tactical extinguisher, and ran around to the side of […]

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Parking Wisely

October 28, 2014

Parking Wisely Davie was nearing the end of his fourteen hours on the road. He was hungry and exhausted. Every other driver must have felt the same way because the truck stop parking lot was almost completely full. There was another rest area a few miles up that usually had a lot of spaces available, […]

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