Archive for November, 2018

CVSA Seeking Nominees for 2019 International Driver Excellence Award

International Driver Excellence AwardWant to show appreciation for a truck driver whose career excellence in safety and compliance has consistently outshined the rest? Then nominate them for the 2019 International Driver Excellence Award (IDEA) from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA). The prestigious annual award recognizes drivers who “go above and beyond the performance of their duties as a commercial vehicle driver, distinguishing themselves conspicuously and beyond the call of duty through the achievement of safe operation and compliance carried out with evident distinction for an extended period of time.”

After selection by the CVSA Board of Directors, the winner will receive their award at the 2019 CVSA Workshop in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 1. The award includes a crystal trophy, $2,500, all expenses paid trip to Portland, and international publicity through the CVSA’s “Guardian” magazine, website, social media, and other forms of communication.

Get your nominations in before Friday, December 14, 2018. To qualify, nominees must meet at least the following criteria:

  • At least 25 cumulative years of crash-free driving in a commercial motor vehicle.
  • No felony convictions.
  • No safety-related driving suspensions in the past three years.
  • No driver violations in past three years, excluding form and manner violations.

Get more details and nomination applications here.

Drowsy Driving Awareness and Prevention Week, November 4-11

Sleepiness and driving is a dangerous mix that makes America’s roadways unsafe. Led by the National Sleep Foundation, Drowsy Driving Awareness and Prevention Week is a national campaign to educate road users about the hazards and serious consequences of drowsy driving.

Much like alcohol and drugs, sleepiness impairs a driver’s hand-eye coordination, reaction time, judgement, vision, and situational awareness. Sleepiness has many causes. Research shows that the risk of sleep-related crashes is higher for young males, shift workers, adults with children at home, truck drivers, and people with untreated sleep disorders or with short-term or chronic sleep deprivation.

In the United States, drowsy driving causes 100,000 crashes with 40,000 injuries and 1,550 fatalities each year. In Washington State from 2011 to 2015, drowsy drivers caused 308 serious injury and 64 fatal crashes. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Large Truck Crash Causation Study attributed sleepiness and fatigue as factors in at least 18,000 or 13% of all commercial motor vehicle-involved crashes. In crashes involving passenger vehicles, the passenger vehicle driver was twice as likely to be fatigue-impaired when compared to the commercial vehicle driver.

In Washington State drowsy driving is against the law, and could result in a $550 fine for negligent driving.

The following tips can help truck drivers prevent drowsiness and fatigue:

  • Get enough sleep before getting behind the wheel. Sleeping at night is best.
  • Maintain a healthy diet, eat at regular times, and don’t go to bed with an empty stomach or right after a heavy meal.
  • If possible, find a safe place to stop for a short nap lasting 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Avoid medication that may induce drowsiness such as tranquilizers, sleeping pills, allergy medicines and cold medicines.
  • Recognize the signals and dangers of drowsiness, including frequent yawning, heavy eyes, and blurred vision.
  • Do not rely on “alertness tricks” such as smoking, drinking coffee, rolling down the window, turning up the radio, etc.

More information on drowsy and fatigued driving:

National Sleep Foundation Drowsy Driving fact sheet or infographic

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration