Last week's BlackBerry outage caused millions of users world-wide to suffer service interruptions that lasted several days. RIM, manufacturers of the BlackBerry said a message routing computer and it's backup system failed, causing a massive message backlog to build, leaving users without instant communications services. In the high-tech microcosms of Dubai and Abu Dhabi in [...]
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With the recent announcement from FedEx that they are considering implementing eco-driving training and indicators into their fleet management systems, the world leader in overnight delivery once again leads fleet operators in setting best business practices that improve operational efficiency and safety. Already known for running a very tight business, FedEx found itself eco-driving earlier [...]
Guest post by Michael Block Sometimes drivers take a "that will never happen to me" attitude and rationalize behavior that is considered to be dangerous or unwise. Distracted driving is now considered to be as dangerous as driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Texting while driving is considered to be one of [...]
Just as the motor insurance carrier commercials contend, accidents happen. But a crash is not an accident, and in 1997 the US Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a press release stating just that. To use the term "accident" falsely implies that the crash was out of human control. Since we can [...]
Behavioral therapists and child psychologists have long been preaching about the benefits of positive reinforcement for good behavior, both in school and at home. They insist that rewarding a child for a good grade, for example, will encourage the child to continue good behavior, as opposed to only punishing a child for a bad grade [...]
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released a report titled "Run-Off-Road Crashes: An On-Scene Perspective" that explores run-off-road (ROR) critical pre-crash event, assesses the reason for the ROR event, and examines associated factors present in the pre-crash phase of the ROR crash. Abstract: Run-off-road (ROR) crashes, which usually involve only a single vehicle, [...]
California Supreme Court Maintains That Employers Cannot Be Liable Twice For The Negligence Of Their Employees
A recent decision by the California Supreme Court held that an employer's liability should not exceed that of an employee, reversing an earlier decision that had added some uncertainty to the tort laws that impact situations where an employer might be sued for negligence due to the actions of their drivers. The Supreme Court held [...]
[Excerpts from the new "15-Passenger Van Safety White Paper" now available for download.] 15-Passenger Van Safety The 15-passenger van has been the subject of many studies over the years. It has beenscrutinized and closely examined for safety issues and its inability to handle certain situations and road conditions. Due to its design, it has been [...]
Fuel prices are still at record highs for the second time in three years. Couple that with the American economy still struggling to recover from its worst downturn since the Great Depression, and individuals, small businesses, and corporations alike are scrambling to save money in as many ways as possible, including reducing fuel consumption. One [...]
According to the most recent OSHA Safe Driver study - drivers make over 200 decisions per mile, and the decisions your drivers make on the road have a serious impact on your overall fleet operations. With new technology augmenting the driving experience (arguably for better or for worse) it still remains up to the employees [...]