How can employers protect their long-haul truck drivers?

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With long-haul trucking being listed as one of the most dangerous jobs in North America, how can employers protect their people?

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One of the factors that makes long-haul trucking so dangerous is outdated vehicles (learn about The Major Safety Hazards for Truckers and How to Prevent Them). The barrier to fixing this, of course, is cost: replacing or updating an entire fleet is no small investment.

With proper inspections and preventative maintenance, however, it’s possible to stagger upgrades. Instead of replacing an entire fleet at once, this allows management to upgrade their fleet on an as-needed basis before accidents happen. This spreads out costs and extends the lifetime of existing vehicles while minimizing the danger to drivers and the public.

If the drivers use an iPad or iPhone to perform vehicle inspections, there are powerful analytics tools that can collect and use aggregated data to determine and prioritize which vehicles need servicing or replacing first.

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