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5 Winter Weather Driving Tips for Truck Drivers

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  Featured alt: A truck driving on a winter road. Winter driving is something that even the most experienced truck drivers struggle with. Even if your company maintains its fleet , the harsh weather makes the roads slippery, lowers visibility, and makes the whole experience much more dangerous. With this in mind, there are specific driving rules that you should adhere to in order to keep your truck and yourself safe. So, here are our top winter weather driving tips for truck drivers. Ensure everyone’s safety with our winter weather driving tips Driving during winter is something that most truck drivers have to deal with at some point. Whether they are moving commercial items or helping people reap the benefits of relocating during this season , drivers can be quite active during the winter months. While the tips we will outline will be helpful, it’s necessary to add that there is no substitute for experience. Inspect your vehicle Before going on a journey, you must check your

Revised regulations FMCSA

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FMCSA revises the hours of service (HOS) regulations to provide greater flexibility for drivers subject to those rules without adversely affecting safety. Hutch is already working on implementing these changes and will soon have it available Revised Requirements and their impacts on the Industry: Short-Haul Changes - The maximum work period allowed under the short-haul exemption extended from 12 to 14 hours The maximum driving radius also increased from 100 air-miles to 150 air-miles Impacts - More companies and Drivers can now take advantage of the Short-haul exception (150 air-mile radius) This will shift the workload from Long-haul to Short-haul companies and Drivers, giving more opportunity to Short-haul driving There will be no or minimal changes to the total hours driven or Vehicle Miles Travelled Adverse Driving Conditions or as OOIDA says “Unforeseen” Driving Conditions Changes  - Drivers can now extend their maximum driving window by up to 2 hours

At this time of Pandemic. Are Truckers still paying their fixed Monthly bills?

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Amid the Coronavirus or COVID19 Lockdown even though the world stays home, the efforts being put by the Truckers and Drivers on the Roads might go unnoticed. While the truckers continue delivering loads and follow COVID19 safety procedures with uncertainty in their business, they are facing many obstacles including unavailability of basic necessities on the road like food, coffee, auto repair shops, etc.  It is of utmost importance that each individual did something to help the Truckers in need. The Truckers that deliver Bread, Milk, Eggs, Meat and every basic resource we should be thankful for today. Drivers are ‘essential service ,’ and we need to help them continue operating. The COVID19 lockdown has put down many businesses and has also affected the Trucking industry hugely. However, trucking companies and truckers must continue paying their fixed monthly bills. The question arises, Why pay fixed monthly bills when it is uncertain if the Truck will continue on the ro

Optimal Driver Training Program-A key to organizational profits

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Proper fleet management is linked with successful driving habits as it has a significant impact on corporate success. Maintaining a safe fleet is integral for a firm due to high-risk disasters associated with it. Even a small mistake can lead to a hazardous accident. To keep your drivers up to date on safety standards, implement a robust training program. How to build a successful driver training regime? To create a successful “Driver Training Regime”, follow the below-given strategy: Analyze driver needs:  A big thanks to “Telematics Technology” that helps to generate a perfect plan of current fleet standards highlighting risky areas like idling, speeding, collision reports, and hard braking. This data is then evaluated to detect areas needing improvements. Furthermore, you can assess other essential trends in your fleets. Determine the appropriate training technique: Once the training needs are analyzed, there is a need to finalize the type of skills and knowled

Derive fundamental information through Fleet Management Reports

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Gain a bird eye view of your fleet health through the “ Hutch Report System ” that provides top-level insight into actionable data. You can measure success by determining key performance indicators as well as opportunities for cost reductions. Get a crystal clear summary of all fleet-related activities  You can simply check which operation has been performed and what can be done for improving vehicle and driver performance. Hutch will provide you all sorts of reports you need on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis. Below given are some of the reports that “Hutch” provides as per your company requirements: StateWise Distance Reports  This report provides a distance summary of a vehicle in a chosen state.  Excel Reports Daily on Duty Reports- It provides information about on-duty hours of a chosen driver for a given period.  Users & Drivers Reports- It shows the list of all drivers and user accounts for the selected period.  Vehicles Reports- It displays th

FMCSA gives HOS regulatory relaxation to CMV Drivers in response to COVID-19

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President Trump declares a national emergency due to the spread of coronavirus disease. In this emergency, trucks form a critical part of moving goods from one place to another. Therefore, the drivers transporting relief products are exempt to follow FMCSA Part 390-399 regulations. This decision is made to help impacted areas to ensure the safety of their residents. Fleet operations that are exempted from HOS rules  This suspension covers motor carrier operations providing direct help in relief efforts like: Transportation of hand sanitizers, masks, disinfectants, soaps, and other sanitation services to prevent the spread of COVID-19 Hauling medical equipment required for testing and diagnosing COVID-19 and its treatment. Supplying Food items for restocking stores Moving infected individuals as designated by federal authorities for isolation or quarantine purposes.  Transporting equipment required to house quarantine services that facilitate persons against COVID-19.  De

How can you stay on top of fleet compliance?

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Ensuring assets and staff in the field are safe and compliant with DOT regulations can be challenging, but we make it simple by providing you tools required to build a safer fleet. By improving regulatory compliance requirements, you will be able to decrease liability and also cut down the cost of insurance claims. Safety and compliance in fleet operations Fleet compliance is the only driving force behind running safe operational practices as it prevents unscheduled downtime. Ensuring fleet compliance is a continuous process due to its ever-changing business needs raised or introduced by FMCSA .  All you need to do is execute a comprehensive approach covering different fleet management aspects that need to be met. The concerned areas of compliance are: Driver training and scorecard Risk management and safety programs  Vehicle maintenance and repair Vehicle licensing, registration and permitting Measures to promote driver safety Before a driver is assigned safet