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What does research say about truck driver health?

You may have a hard time staying healthy if you work long hours or sit for hours at a time at your job in Texas, or if you have trouble sleeping. The truck driver next to you may be going through the same struggle. As Science Daily points out, most over-the-road truck drivers suffer from these circumstances and more. However, their health may be directly linked to their job performance - and your safety. 

What the FMCSA is doing to improve the safety of large trucks

Texas roadways are full of tractor trailers carrying goods from one end of the country to the other. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration notes that the 5 million commercial vehicle operators have considerable responsibilities that go beyond those of the 250 million motorists in passenger vehicles. That is why this government agency is committed to holding large truck operators accountable for safety issues and their correction.

Tractor trailer side underride guards may save lives

When a passenger vehicle in Texas collides with any part of a large truck, the results can be deadly. The higher ground clearance of the truck typically prevents the bumper of a car from stopping the forward motion, allowing it to travel under the trailer. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has proven the effectiveness of underride guards on the backs of semi-trailers in preventing many rear-end collisions from becoming fatalities.

Is truck platooning coming to Texas?

It is not unusual for you to encounter semi-trucks with two or even three trailers on the Texas roadways. The couplings that link these vehicles are visible, but there may soon be large trucks crossing the state that are connected solely through technology. The Texas A&M Transportation Institute provided a demonstration to the Texas Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration that indicates how the truck platooning system works.

Extra considerations for drivers of LCVs

Truck operators must undergo extensive training to receive a commercial driver’s license and be cleared to begin hauling heavy loads across Texas. According to Trucking Truth, when a truck pulls more than one trailer at a time, the operator of this longer combination vehicle must undergo extra training to learn to compensate for the challenges that are unique to these configurations.

What causes cargo tank truck rollover accidents?

As you transport petroleum products in Texas and across the country, your responsibility while driving a cargo tank truck full of hazardous materials is much higher than that of other drivers. Not only does the size and weight of your commercial vehicle pose an increased risk to smaller vehicles on the road, your cargo may create its own hazards. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration provides statistics and warnings to help you minimize the chances of rolling your tank truck.

Should large trucks have in-cab cameras?

There are so many tractor trailers on the Texas roadways, you may take their presence for granted. When you see a traffic situation ahead and a large truck behind you, or you notice a trailer beside you swaying, you may begin to question how safe they really are. According to Trucking Info, if there is a camera in the cab of that commercial vehicle, you may have less cause to worry.

Investigation: Semis transporting chemicals through Houston

Heavy trucks are a daily sight on the highways circling and passing through Houston. Just the size of these vehicles poses a threat to others on the road since they need more space to maneuver in and more time to stop. Drivers who are caught up in traffic may become innocent victims of truckers who are not paying attention or are driving in a reckless manner. If the trucks are carrying hazardous chemicals, the results can even be more disastrous.

Preventing truck drivers from driving while distracted

Distracted driving is linked to traffic accidents, and it does not just affect the average driver in Texas. Many commercial truck drivers also find themselves risking an accident by driving while distracted. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number one cause of workplace fatalities for truck drivers is traffic accidents. In fact, throughout their career, the number of truck drivers who experience at least one serious accident numbers one-third of total truckers.

Why is it a big deal if my truck is overloaded?

If you drive a heavy truck, you have probably heard a lot about how driver fatigue and distracted driving contribute to accidents. However, another high-ranking cause of truck accidents in Texas is the overloading of cargo. This occurs when the load you are carrying surpasses the physical or legal capacities of your truck.

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