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  • While I've been championing "eco-driving" for the past 5 years as a tested, proven, and effective way to reduce fuel costs, for some reason it's still a "hard sell" here in the US. While most of the rest of the world already employs some sort of eco-driving component into their driver training and fleet operations, the US seems simply not interested, even though the numbers are there to prove how effective it is. This week yet another study, this time by a company providing eco-driving training and systems, says transit systems can reduce consumption by 18.7% by adopting simple driving techniques. Given the rising cost of fuels, the flat operations budgets, one would think any fleet manager would be interested

    Mar 31,
    - by Michael
  • The Alliance for Central Florida Safety held their annual Safety Day last Monday in Orlando, Florida. The event focused on a wide range of workplace safety topics including distracted driving, AEDs, ergonomics, electrical line safety, crane safety, and an OSHA update. The event was well attended by over 300 safety professionals from around Florida - with a few making the trip from as far away as California and Montana. Some of the immediate feedback included: "So many great topics and speakers were "spot" on." "Awesome day, excellent speakers & vendors." "Well worth my time." "Great turnout of Central Florida safety professionals." "Safety Day was packed with good information and I was able to get few of our operators to attend.

    Mar 30,
    - by Michael
  • New research on the effectiveness of active speed limiters (SLs) in commercial vehicles was released this week, indicating a "a strong, positive safety benefit" of using speed limiters to reduce vehicle speeds and improve road safety. This study represents the most comprehensive investigation that has ever been conducted on speed limiters. The primary safety analysis was a focus on the reduction in truck crashes that could have been avoided and/or mitigated with an active SL installed. This was the first study to use actual truck crash data collected directly from truck fleets, representing a wide array of crashes. More specifically, the study included data from 20 truck fleets, approximately 138,000 trucks, and analyzed more than 15,000 crashes. The findings showed

    Mar 29,
    - by Michael
  • The Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota has recently released the results of their study on In-Vehicle Signing (IVS). An IVS is a system designed to aid drivers by repeating the current road signage in-vehicle for conditions like speed limits on roads, in school zones, and construction zones. The system was a uses a combination of exiting on-board navigation aid or smart phone, gps location data, and detailed surveys of current road signage. The emphasis was on studying the effectiveness of the system as well as determine if it presented a distraction that outweighed the positive effects. The driver behavior we expected to see when using the IVS information was appropriate compliance with speed limits. This included

    Mar 27,
    - by Michael
  • Last September I wrote about FedEx Japan adopting an eco-driving program to help them deal with fuel shortages after the tsunami that caused so much damage. Now FedEx Express has launched an Asia-Pacific wide eco-driving program for all fleet drivers, with thegoals of reducing fuel consumption and emissions. Eco-driving (or "economic driving") is a term used to describe a collection of several simple driving techniques that have shown time and again to reduce fuel consumption 10% or more in any vehicle. FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp., renowned in express transportation, recently launched an Eco-drive campaign in 10 Asia-Pacific countries: Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. The aim of the Eco-drive

    Mar 21,
    - by Michael

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