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IAA Commercial Vehicles Exhibition Successfully Concludes

By Tom Loutzenheiser on October 11, 2018

IAA Exceeded PRECO’s Expectations 

In its 67th year, the IAA Commercial Vehicle show has become one of the world’s largest events, with 2,174 exhibitors from 48 different countries and over 250,000 visitors throughout the show. Presenting the future of commercial vehicles and mobility, IAA exhibitors approached the industry’s top issues and introduced the latest and greatest innovations - showcasing the future of transportation, logistics and mobility.

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Topics: Safety Innovation, Blind Spot Monitoring, Blind Zones, IAA Commercial Vehicles

The ROI of Safety Equipment: Destined to Rise

By Aaron Benick on October 8, 2018

For decades, fleets have considered the staggering cost of collisions as unavoidable as death and taxes. These days, as new technologies alert drivers to potential collisions—and, increasingly, take complete control of the vehicle to avoid the collision altogether—fleet owners may well be wondering if there will come a day when collision costs become marginal.

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Topics: ROI, Your Bottom Line, Heavy-Duty Safety

Check Your Radar

By Sean Martell on August 27, 2018

The occurrence of accidents happening with equipment whose radar based object detection systems have been disabled are on the rise. Though many workers and operators feel they can rely on passive equipment like camera/monitor combos and mirrors to guide them on a worksite active systems, like PRECO’s PreView® Radar technology, is the only viable way for an operator to be truly aware of their surroundings.

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Topics: Safety Culture, Driver Training, Safety Awareness, Heavy-Duty Safety, Proactive Safety

Got Time for Vehicle Maintenance? Then You’ve Got Time to Add Safety Technology

By Matt Wood on August 10, 2018

Many fleet managers like the idea of upgrading the safety technology on their fleet. The problem is they feel there is no time to install new technology. Few managers have the luxury of pulling a truck out of service to retrofit it with new gear. If you’re a big shop with a 24/7 garage, it’s less of a problem, but if you’re running an 8-hour garage schedule, it’s hard to fit in any non-essential work. With some foresight and planning though, many fleet managers may find that there is actually ample time to make these upgrades.

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Topics: Safety Culture, Preco Electronics, Best Practices

Successful Elsewhere, Side-Guard Ordinances Come to the U.S.

By David Hofacker on August 2, 2018

 Anytime large vehicles occupy the same space as pedestrians and bicyclists, bad things can happen. When a fatality occurs, it is usually because an individual falls into the exposed space along the sides of high-clearance trucks and get crushed beneath the rear wheels. On construction and mining sites, companies are able to limit the interactions between people and trucks. On the average road or city street, though, such control is virtually impossible. The combination of truck blind spots and distracted driving, walking, and even bicycling is a recipe for disaster. For decades, many countries have had ordinances in place that require large vehicles to be equipped with side guards covering this open space along the sides of vehicles. Only in the last few years have these ordinances started to appear in cities across the U.S., but there is growing momentum.

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Topics: vision zero,, Trucking Safety, Proactive Safety, Best Practices

The Formula for Creating a Culture of Safety

By Ed Renna on July 23, 2018

With deadlines to meet, customers to please, and budgets that can often be tight at best, safety can easily take a back seat to cheaper, faster short-cuts. Anyone who has ever dealt with the aftermath of an on-the-job accident or fatality will be the first to attest that not only should safety be in the front seat, it should be the driver.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Safety Culture, Leadership, Safety Awareness, Proactive Safety

To Succeed, Companies Must Invite New Members to the Safety Table

By Max Head on July 23, 2018

When it comes to fleet safety, technology giveth and it taketh away. The good news for fleet managers trying to improve safety is that with fleet telematics becoming more available and less expensive, capturing all manner of fleet operations data is becoming vastly easier. But as technology makes life easier in one dimension, it creates new challenges as managers assemble teams to improve fleet safety.

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Topics: Safety Culture, Driver Training, Leadership, Fleet Safety, Telematics

Empowering Employees with Vehicle Telematics

By Ed Renna on July 12, 2018

In the past decade, telematics devices have become common place in company vehicles and fleets. Less common however is employee understanding on why their driving is being monitored. Often, employees are under the assumption that someone is constantly looking over their shoulder, just waiting for them to make a mistake.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Telematics, Safety Culture, Driver Training

Germany Calls for New EU-Wide Blind Spot Regulations

By Leslie Miiller on July 9, 2018

The European Union has a special name for certain parties who share highways and streets across the continent. They are the VRUs: vulnerable road users. These pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists account for almost 50 percent of Europeans injured or killed each year in accidents involving vehicles—and 28 percent of those injured or killed in large truck crashes. More than half of these large truck incidents take place at low speeds. In Germany alone this year, more than 20 cyclists have been killed by right-turning trucks alone. The numbers are predicted to grow as governments across Europe promote walking and biking over driving and as more urban construction projects begin.

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Topics: Blind Spot Monitoring, PreView Side Defender, blind spot safety, Side Collision Mitigation

New Texas Heavy-Haul Regulations Call for Side and Rear Blind Spot Detection

By Aaron Benick on June 28, 2018

New highway regulations in Texas have fleet managers looking for ways to equip specific heavy haul trucks with roll-stability systems and blind spot protection. The new regulations, as laid out in Texas Senate Bill 1524, address heavier oversize and overweight intermodal vehicles that carry oceangoing or international trade containers within 30 miles of a port of entry or international bridge. SB 1524 mandates that roll-stability systems and blind spot protection be installed on these vehicles as a precondition of receiving an operating permit from the Texas Department of Transportation.

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Topics: Safety Awareness, PreView Side Defender, blind spot safety, Side Collision Mitigation, PreView Radar, Blind Zones

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