Safety & Maintenance

As the owner of a commercial trucking company or a self-owned and operated trucker, it’s of the utmost importance for you to be a responsible with the regulations that come with the career you’ve chosen. This means that your company should be 100% in line with DOT compliance. Even if it’s just you and no employees, you still must adhere to the Department of Transportation and its requirements. Why Drug Testing Is A Necessity DOT compliance requirements include a drug- and alcohol-free work policy for commercial truck drivers—meaning pre-employment drug screens, random drug screens, screens under reasonable suspicion of drug abuse, and...

Well, National Tire Safety Week 2017 is nearly over, but you still have time to “celebrate” by checking your tires out. The Rubber Manufacturer’s Association created National Tire Safety Week in 2001, and At Consortium Pool, we’re all about it. Tires are such a critical part of road safety. They literally carry everything, and they’re the only part of the vehicle that touches the road. By neglecting maintenance, drivers are putting themselves at risk for unnecessary accidents. National Tire Safety Week is May 28 through June 3, 2017, and is observed by tire manufacturers and retailers educating drivers of all kinds about...

According to the National Safety Council, as many as 40,000 people died in motor vehicle accidents in 2016, a rise of 14 percent since 2014. And while many reasons have contributed to that increase, there's no doubt that distracted driving was a major factor. Thankfully, the NSC is shining a spotlight on the problem through the month of April with Distracted Driving Awareness Month. At Consortium Pool, we're dedicated to keeping the roads safe for professional truckers and average drivers alike, which is why we're taking some time to educate you on the problem of distracted driving. Watch the video below for...

Donald Trump has been President of the United States for just over a month, promising plenty of improvements to the nation's economy and industry along the way. It remains to be seen if Trump's promises will have an impact on the trucking industry, but Chris Spear, the President and CEO of the American Trucking Associations (ATA), believes they will. During his opening address at the Omnitracs Outlook 2017 conference, Spear expressed a positive outlook on President Trump, telling the audience that the new administrations will ultimately usher in new improvements to for the industry as a whole. For an inside look at...

The trucking industry is changing at a pretty rapid pace, with new technologies and innovations consistently being developed. Thankfully, you don't have to keep track of it all on your own, because Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems is here with safertrucks.com. The new website houses Bendix's latest development, a multimedia center fittingly dubbed the Knowledge Dock. The Knowledge Dock aims to bring safety information to both truck drivers and fleet operators, and features a number of blog posts, podcasts, videos, and white papers for anyone involved in the trucking industry. Technicians, engineers, regulators and business leads will also find plenty of helpful...

Thanksgiving is almost here, and that can only mean one thing — massive amounts of traffic. But thankfully the American Trucking Associations (ATA) is here to provide some tips on hitting the road this holiday season. The ATA's Share the Road highway safety program has recently released a new video promoting safe driving during the holiday season. The video features professional truck drivers providing a recap on safe-driving techniques, which are particularly important around the holiday season. Remember, the holidays mean a flood of both regular motorists and truck drivers hitting the road. As Share the Road driver Scott Woodrome notes, "Many of...

A Consortium will manage all, or part, of the Department of Transportation (DOT) and The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA ) drug and alcohol testing program, and often they maintain the required testing records. A consortium manages the DOT/FMCSA testing programs of owner-operators and independent drivers who are not allowed to manage the tests themselves. One of the biggest benefits of enrolling in a drug testing consortium is that the driver has a support system and organization of all documents, such as policies, test results, MIS reports and many others. Owner-operators and independent drives must test for alcohol and the...