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  • Dale Sommers, aka: the Truckin' Bozo, died way back on August 24, 2012. I read about it in the October issue of Land Line Magazine. I've been meaning to post a simple message of respect since then, and then life got in the way. I really don't know Dale beyond listening to him on Sirius XM "Road Dog" off and on for the last few years. He was a funny and sometimes cantankerous old-timer who seemed to know something about something most of the time. He loved trucking and truckers, and talking to truckers about anything you could think of. He called his lovely wife Lumpy, was a lifetime member of OOIDA, and always seemed to be having a second

  • I'll be blogging the latest and most interesting fleet-related safety topics from the 2012 National Safety Congress in Orlando, Florida. My initial itinerary includes both "Using Data Analytics to Predict and Prevent Workplace Injuries", "Distracted Driving: A Fresh Perspective", and "Beyond Fleet Safety, Practical Tools and Tips". I've arranged several interviews with leaders in fleet safety, insurance, and risk reduction strategy. Watch this space for updates over the next few days, and watch our twitter account@bright_fleet for a live feed during the event. --- Update: Was not twittering yesterday - sorry about that, there was too much going on. Some topic to look forward to in the next few days: Beyond Fleet Safety - a case study on one fleet

  • Road fatalities have dropped by 26% in the period between 2005 and 2011, but recent data show an increase in fatalities (up 13% in 2012), and predictions that this trend will continue to climb. According to a new analysis by Michael Sivak (.pdf) at the university of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, there are many contributing factors attributable to the 2005 - 2011 decline; including safer cars with airbags and stability control, graduated driver licensing programs, and effective legislation. But there is another factor that may be the biggest cause of change for road safety - the general economy. During the recession the number of miles driven has declined. But it's not just the number of miles driven that has changed,

  • The same technology that is used for scanning and modeling human forms for use in computer gaming is now being used to create vitrual test dummies for simulated crash testing analysis. The benefits include the ability to test with a wider array of human shapes and sizes, cheaper non-destructive testing, both allowing for a wider set of results for analysis. Unlike crash dummies, which can only be positioned by shoving their hips and heads into limited positions, virtual human models can be morphed into a variety of configurations. Even data-based grasp predictions are possible, when calculating grasp motions for ergonomic applications and modeling virtual shapes. Current "crash test dummies" only represent a portion of the population. Virtual testing allows engineers

  • A recent Traffic Safety Facts summary report from the NHTSA [pdf] anticipates the increase crash severity rate for 2012 may be the highest since 1979. A statistical projection of traffic fatalities for the first quarter of 2012 shows that an estimated 7,630 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes. This represents a significant increase of about 13.5 percent as compared to the 6,720 fatalities that were projected to have occurred in the first quarter of 2011... [download the pdf] The projects are made using a statical measure for making early estimates, the same methods for estimating crash rates for the last three year. Actual crash data lags by a year or more, as it's collected from the various sources and

  • This presentation was recorded live at the Truckload Carriers Association's annual convention on 3/16/11 [San Diego, CA]. Mike Natalizio, President and CEO of HNI addresses the impact CSA will have on obtaining insurance and your insurability in this informative 13 minute video. He also shares a unique perspective on how he sees motor carriers manage risk in the future by moving from lagging indicators to leading indicators of true performance.

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