The job as a commercial truck driver is an important one, but the demands can be grueling, including the pressure to deliver loads safely and on time. To help ensure drivers are prepared, the Federal Motor Commercial Safety Administration (FMCSA) has strict requirements for preparing new drivers for the road.
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of crashes involving commercial vehicles. If something takes your attention from the road, then you’re most likely driving distracted. It’s not just drivers who should pay attention. Carriers should focus on minimizing this problem among their drivers.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) recently launched its Crash Preventability Determination Program (CPDP). This program allows motor carriers or drivers who’ve had an eligible crash to submit a Request for Data Review (RDR). The crash must have occurred on or after Aug. 1, 2019. Sixteen types of crashes are eligible under the program.
When I was performing Department of Transportation (DOT) inspections during my career with the Tennessee Highway Patrol, I often used safety data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to determine what carriers to inspect. I entered the carrier’s DOT number into the FMCSA ISS database and their safety record told me where I needed to focus my attention during the inspection.