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Truckers with health issues more likely to cause crashes

North Carolina motorists may be interested to learn that, according to a study, commercial truck drivers who have certain health issues are more likely to be a risk to others on the road with them. Ultimately, the study showed that there was an association between decreasing health and increased crash risk.

New NHTSA guidelines for driver mode on cell phones

In an effort to help curb the dangers of distracted driving, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently proposed the idea of a new "driver mode" cell phone setting. The setting would be manual since technology cannot currently differentiate between a driver's phone and a passenger's phone. In the future, however, technology may allow for such a switch to be automatic.

Safety rules to prevent truck driver fatigue suspended

In early December, Republican lawmakers blocked Obama administration rules that would require truckers in North Carolina and nationwide to get enough rest between shifts. Safety advocates worry other regulations could be rolled back once Republicans take control of Congress and the White House in January.

Truck drivers still required to take 30-minute rest breaks

Many North Carolina truck accidents are caused by truck drivers that have been driving for long periods of time without stopping to rest or sleep. To ensure that commercial truck drivers are well rested, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has several sleep and rest break requirements. One of those requirements is that truck operators rest for 30 minutes at some point during the first eight hours of each workday.

New technology can help prevent drowsy driving accidents

Each year in North Carolina, people are involved in accidents caused by drowsy or fatigued commercial truck drivers. Often, these accidents occur when drivers fail to reduce their speed when traffic ahead has slowed. In other cases, the trucker may drift into another lane due to drowsiness. Fortunately, new technology exists that may help to reduce the incidence of these often catastrophic accidents.

Cargo tank rollover dangers and how to prevent them

North Carolina drivers might benefit from learning about all types of auto accidents, including those that involve large trucks, as well as prevention techniques that can keep everyone safe on the road. Accidents that might prove dangerous for both the public and the environment are cargo tank rollovers.

Causes of the majority of collisions with commercial trucks

North Carolina drivers may be more cautious when approaching a large truck after learning about the statistics regarding large truck accidents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency pinpoints unique dangers that large commercial trucks, such as big rigs and 18-wheelers, can pose to passenger vehicles. Even a minor driving error can result in a wreck, as these trucks are much larger in size than other vehicles and can be harder to maneuver.

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