Roadmaster Tires Coming Soon

Roadmaster Tires Coming Soon

We're pleased to announce that we're working with Cooper Tires to assist with its public relations for its Roadmaster Tires commercial line in North America. Past archived news releases and photos will be posted in a Roadmaster Tires newsroom on this site shortly. Stay tuned.

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Drivewyze's Phenomenal Growth

Since Drivewyze's introduction to federal regulators at a demonstration event in Maryland in June of 2013, it’s been exciting to watch the growth of the mobile-based weigh station bypass service. Drivewyze has grown from 217 locations in a little more than a dozen states to more than 400 in 33 states. We think that growth says a lot about the prospects of this alternative to transponder-based weigh station bypass. Part of Drivewyze's beauty is how simple it is to use. Drivers can access it on their tablets, phones or other mobile devices. And fleets can use it with selected telematics devices from three major providers, with more on the way.

We're particularly excited about some announcements Drivewyze plans to make in January and later this year. To provide you a quick look at Drivewyze and what’s got us so excited about its potential, we asked Brian Heath, president of Drivewyze, a few questions.

Now If Only Texas A&M Could Stop the Run...

This video showing a 15,000-pound truck crashing into a barrier at 50 miles per hour has gone viral on sites like the the Houston Chronicle. The test, conducted by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, has nothing to do with the safety of the truck or driver. It's about how effective a new perimeter barrier could be at protecting U.S. embassies and other facilities around the globe. The 42-inch-tall pipe structure is made of steel and concrete. The test was considered a success because the bed of the truck and its cargo were prevented from passing the barrier.

Rolling CB Interview™ - 2000 Peterbilt 379

Just discovered Chris Fiffie and his Rolling CB Interview series through this piece at Overdrive (I have some catching up to do...). He told Todd Dills he made the videos "because I thought it was cool, but it seems that a lot of people enjoy watching those." Great instincts, awesome storytelling.

A Weather App for Truckers

A group of Oklahoma University students is using National Weather Center data to develop SIREN, a web-based app that calculates the risk of an accident based on weather conditions. It also sends weather alerts to truckers’ in-cabin computer systems.

The app uses data on every weather-related accident over the past 40 years to determine which conditions are most dangerous, as well as weather forecast data from the National Weather Center in Norman. The group found that one in 24 trucks will get in a weather-related accident a year, and that each accident costs companies about $132,000 on average.


Still Not Ready for Prime Time

The Alliance for Safe, Efficient and Competitive Truck Transportation (ASECTT) has joined an industry chorus trying to get FMCSA to remove Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) scores from public view.

In a Sept. 17 letter to Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, the group, which represents brokers and smaller motor carriers, called for the "immediate removal of individual motor carriers’… scores from any and all public web sites maintained by the Federal Government…"

ASECTT, the ATA, OOIDA, and others contend that the scores paint a skewed picture of a carrier’s actual safety performance.

  • Check out the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report issued in February, which pulls at numerous loose threads in the SMS methodology.

 

Take pictures, take pictures, take pictures

It's hard enough to remember your own name after an accident. TruckingInfo.com gives trainers a seven-step plan to remind drivers what do at an accident scene, including how to make good use of their cell phone (after they've called for help).