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FMCSA proposed relaxed hours-of-service rules

Truck drivers in Virginia and around the country will be subject to less stringent hours-of-service regulations if revisions to the rules announced on Aug. 14 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are implemented. Organizations representing truck drivers and logistics companies have long called for more flexible regulations and claim that relaxing the rules could actually make the roads safer, but groups like the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety oppose the changes and say that they will lead to more accidents and more deaths.

Avoiding the danger of distracted driving

Distracted driving leads to car crashes in West Virginia, many of them fatal. In 2017, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 3,166 people who died in distracted driving crashes around the country. Avoiding distractions behind the wheel, then, is imperative for every driver, and there are a few steps to aid in doing this.

Brake hoses, tubing the focus of 2019 Brake Safety Week

Commercial truck drivers in West Virginia are likely familiar with Brake Safety Week, the annual inspection spree held by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. Across North America, enforcement officials stop CMVs at random to check for brake-related violations, putting any drivers who violate brake regulations out of service. For 2019, Brake Safety Week will take place from September 15 to 21.

AAA: Older drivers distracted more by in-vehicle tech

The presence of in-vehicle technology can be distracting to drivers in West Virginia and across the U.S., and this is especially true for older motorists. A study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the University of Utah shows that drivers between the ages of 55 and 75 take their eyes off the street for eight seconds more on average than drivers aged 21 to 36 when using in-vehicle tech.

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