Drivers face 1.2 roadside CMV inspections each year, on average.

Surviving Roadside CMV Inspections

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Across the trucking industry, drivers are subjected to an average of 1.2 roadside CMV inspections a year. So we released a new lesson: Roadside Inspections. This 25-minute lesson covers the ins and outs of a roadside CMV inspection, the types of inspections and criteria, and the consequences of various violations. One of the top items Read More…

Coming Nov. 1: PRO-TREAD on Smartphones and Tablets

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Vancouver, WA — Oct. 14, 2012 — Whether a fleet’s mobile device policy is BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) or COPE (Company-Owned, Personally Enabled), Instructional Technologies, Inc. makes online driver training as easy as A-B-C. Today, Instructional Technologies, Inc. unveiled access to PRO-TREAD driver training via smartphones and tablets. Clients can access PRO-TREAD on smartphones Read More…

Manual Pallet Jack Training

New Lesson: Pallet Jack Training

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NEW! Pallet Jack Training This short online training course covers using a manual pallet jack on inclines, on lift gates, and in confined spaces. The lesson takes about 15 minutes to complete, on average. Safely Using a Pallet Jack Moving heavy loads around with a pallet jack takes a little common sense and a few Read More…

trailer door safety

New Lesson: Trailer Door Safety

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Where Injuries and Property Damage Meet NEW! Trailer Door Safety This training focuses on the safe operation of the rear doors of the trailer, as well as how to inspect the doors prior to a trip. It covers Overhead, Roll Up and Swing Doors. Also covers climbing into and out of the trailer. Trailer Doors Read More…

How to back up a straight truck

How to Back Up a Straight Truck: New Pro-TREAD Lesson

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New Lesson Available “Medium-Duty Truck: Backing and Docking” is now available (July 10, 2013). It has 24 “chapters,” and takes about 30 minutes to complete. Look for it under the Medium-Duty Truck menu. The sample video above shows the introduction and the “Take Your Time” chapter. Medium-duty trucks have been all over the news lately, Read More…

NTSB Releases New Straight Truck Crash Data

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Just days after ATRI released a study about straight truck crashes being on the rise compared to heavy duty trucks, the National Transportation Safety Board suggested that the government look into extending the CDL down into lower classes of trucks, such as straight trucks and medium-duty trucks. The recommendations — which is all the NTSB Read More…

Straight Truck Training

New Data on Straight Truck Crashes: It’s Worse Than You Think

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While heavy-duty truck crashes have gone down over the past decade, the rate of crashes for medium-duty trucks has gone up, according to the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI). The innovative study (press release here) used federal crash data analyzed in a more granular way to show the pressing need for more straight truck training. Read More…

Rushing is a common cause of driver crashes.

FMCSA’s New Hours of Service Rules Explained

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Dec. 10, 2014:We are monitoring the Omnibus spending bill, and we will update the HOS lesson if the restart provision changes. On July 1, 2013, the new Hours of Service rules from the FMCSA go into effect. We’ve updated the Pro-TREAD lesson on the new HOS rules ahead of time: it’s available today. (We also Read More…

New Truck Safety Whitepapers

New Truck Safety Whitepapers

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There are several ways to keep up-to-speed on the trucking industry, and especially on safety. We’ve launched several new truck safety whitepapers, and have more in the pipeline. Our goal is to keep you current on regulations and training methods. The two most recent truck safety whitepapers launched by Pro-TREAD are: » Delivery-Truck Driver Safety Read More…

hands free texting for truck drivers

Texting Ban: Hands Free Texting for Truck Drivers Isn’t Safer

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A study from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute tested passenger car driver reactions while they used a hands-free texting system. They found those drivers’ reaction times were just as slow as normal texting, which was about twice as slow as driving without texting. In short, you should be cautious if you’re considering leniency about hands Read More…