Episode 05: Event Recorders

There are a lot of different Event Recorders that your fleet can use today. Fortunately, I have had experience with Lytx, SmartDrive, Samsara, and KeepTruckin. In this episode, I will be talking about the main reason why you would want an Event Recorder in your vehicle.

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • Why you should have an event recorder
  • How the insurance industry looks at event recorders
  • Why they are the cheapest form of insurance you can purchase
  • Why there is no best manufacturer out there – just get one

“On video monitoring the core focus is safety. It helps fleets defend themselves in the case of accidents and coach drivers to operate more safely and efficiently.” – KeepTruckin Co-founder and CEO Shoaib Makani

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Episode 03: Fundamental Driving Errors

Fundamental driving errors cost the United States as much as $150 billion a year and it continues to be one of the most serious hazards facing the commercial transportation industry. Today we talk about what you can do to become a better driver by learning how to avoid these errors.

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • Don’t back up when you don’t need to
  • How to legally use turn signals
  • How to properly claim an intersection
  • Lanes 1 & 2, 1, 2 & 3, 1,2,3 & 4 – general rules
  • Securing your personal items – and what to keep close at hand
  • Your mirrors are set wrong
  • Your seat is too low
  • Your sitting too close to the steering wheel

“Always focus on the front windshield and not the review mirror.” ― Colin Powell

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Episode 02: The Smith System – All Good Kids Like Milk

The Smith System is a system for driving to enable drivers to learn how to avoid collisions through mastering driver behavior and through intense hands-on training. The system was developed in 1952 by Harold Smith and he created the Smith System Driver Improvement Institute.

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • Why each key in the Smith System will make you a better driver if you practice daily.
  • How you can remember the best ways to practice your keys.
  • How receiving professional training can make you a more valuable driver.
  • When you have mastered the Smith System you can then learn “The Advance”.

“More people (drivers) would learn from their mistakes if they weren’t so busy denying them” – Harold Smith

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Episode 01: The FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

The FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is now operational, authorized users will be required to request access from FMCSA by registering for the Clearinghouse. Registering is the first step in ensuring you are ready since the Clearinghouse is operational as of today, January 6, 2020.

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • What the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is, and what information will it contain.
  • Are all CDL drivers required to register for the Clearinghouse?
  • How Drivers sign up to access the Clearinghouse.
  • The final rule did slightly change the existing drug and alcohol program random testing.

“The FMCSA is here to be helpful and to assist all CMV drivers who have questions regarding the Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse” – FMCSA Administrator Raymond Martinez

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FMCSA OKs use of cameras instead of mirrors

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently approved a company’s request to allow the use of its camera system as an alternative to the two rearview mirrors now required on commercial vehicles.

The agency approved a five-year exemption of its regulation to Stoneridge Inc., the maker of the MirrorEye Camera Monitoring System. In a statement approving the exemption, the FMCSA said the system “would likely achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level of safety provided by the regulation.”

In its approval the FMCSA wrote:

Use of the MirrorEye CMS provides CMV drivers with an enhanced field of view when compared to the required rear-vision mirrors because:

(1) it eliminates the blind spots on both sides of the vehicle created by the required rear-vision mirrors

(2) the multi-camera system expands the field of view compared to the required rear-vision mirrors by an estimated 25 percent

(3) the trailer panning feature automatically tracks the end of the trailer to keep it in view in forward motion

Additionally, the MirrorEye CMS uses high definition cameras and monitors that include features such as color night vision, low light sensitivity, and light and glare reduction that together help provide drivers with improved vision in the field of view when compared to traditional rear-vision mirrors. The MirrorEye CMS includes features such as self-cleaning lenses/cameras to eliminate problems with rain and dirt, a feature that is not required for traditional rear-vision mirrors, and an advanced defrosting system for winter driving.

This video by Stoneridge demonstrates the camera system’s use.

What are your thoughts? Ass them to the comments below. I will be doing a podcast on this as I gather more information.