Winter Vehicle Maintenance

When winter weather strikes, it’s important to take necessary vehicle precautions. It is important to have an emergency kit in your car at all times, especially during the winter season. Check to be sure you have the following items in each vehicle your family drives: Water and snacks Windshield scraper Blankets Tow chain or rope…

Communication Techniques for Dispatchers & Drivers

Carolina Casualty recently held a webinar about improving relationships between Dispatchers and Drivers. This is a particularly important relationship to nurture because stress from either side leads to increased driver turnover, which then leads to more stress, and in turn, further turnover. Here are the top tips for cultivating solid relationships in this type of…

Federal Court Upholds ELDs

A federal mandate for almost all US truck drivers to use electronic logging devices (ELDs) by December 18, 2017 was recently challenged in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. The mandate was upheld unanimously by the Court, in a decision made in October. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) brought the challenge of this mandate…

Highway Fatalities Increased in 2015

According to recently released data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), highway fatalities rose by 7.2 percent in 2015. This is the largest year-over-year increase since 1966, when fatalities rose by 8.1 percent. The NHTSA largely attributed the sharp increase in fatalities to lower gas prices and increased job growth—both of which have…