Alternative fuels for commercial motor vehicles are a hot topic for the commercial motor vehicle drivers, fleet managers, and small business owners alike. According to the United States Department of Energy, there are six major types of alternative fuels for CMVs. These fuels consist of Biodiesel, Electricity, Ethanol, Hydrogen, Natural Gas, and Propane.
Business needs determines the best alternative fuel to pick. Most alternative fuels for CMVs include tax incentives and fuel-efficiency. While saving some extra cash in the business’s wallet, and saving the world from some of those deadly CO2 emissions sounds fantastic. However, how do these green… Continue reading
Proper load security is required to be used by drivers who driver commercial motor vehicles. The process of transferring things from one place to another with a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) can be tedious and dangerous. Although, to the average drivers of America, some may believe that it is an easy task. However, the process of loading, transporting, and then unloading cargo could cause serious injuries or even fatalities if the driver of the CMV is not careful. The drivers of large CMVs are exposed to many dangers when loading/unloading their vehicles. They have the risk of heavy objects… Continue reading
The United States DOT puts trucks and other such vehicles into classes. These classes are destingished by their Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, otherwise know as GVWR. These classes have a total of eight different ranges from smallest to largest.
GVWR refers to the maximum weight a vehicle can carry while operating. This weight also includes the weight of the truck itself. Classes based off of GVWR have nothing to do with what parts are on the vehicle, how amazing or bad the suspension is, or even what the vehicle looks like. It is solely based off the weight of the… Continue reading
Commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) are restricted from using cell phones while driving. Cell phones are a large part of our everyday life. This includes the lives of those who drive for a living. Research done by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) shows that a safety-critical event (e.g., crash, near-crash, unintentional lane deviation) is 6 times greater for CMV drivers dialing cell phones while driving than for those who do not. Drivers who take their eyes off the road are averaging at 3.8 seconds of not focusing on the road. At 55 mph (or 80.7 feet per second) this… Continue reading