The TRUCE Blog

Eliminate Phone Alerts In Work Zones

There’s a new danger in work zones. It’s not falling equipment, excessive noise, or collapsing trenches. No, this risk comes from a device that fits in the palm of your hand – we’re talking about notifications from phones. Notifications from phones (also known as push...

Improving Focus In Work Zones Promotes Safety

If you’re in the field of occupational safety, you know how crucial it for employees to be focused on their jobs. That’s even more important when you’re managing workers in the construction industry, or those responsible for driving. Unfortunately, distractions in the...

The Benefits Of Focused Safety Policies

There is no such thing as a workplace that’s “too safe.” Striving for the highest possible safety performance sometimes seems like an impossible goal, yet it is achievable. The answer lies in creating a focused safety policy. In this blog post, we’ll discuss what a...

Managing the Change Mobile Devices Have Brought to the Workplace

Technological Innovations Drive Business Forward … And Complicate Things Technology and organizational change have always gone hand in hand. Introducing new technologies to a business can have significant impact on even the most basic business processes. Take for...

Zero Incident Culture: A Proactive Approach to Safety

How Many Is Too Many? Safety excellence is often top of mind for any company. How should safety performance be quantified, though? Should there be a number of incidents that are deemed acceptable? The reality is, when it comes to safety, we should all be striving for...

How to Successfully Manage Fleet Driver Safety

Fleet Driver Safety Management is all about implementing and sustaining a safe driving culture in a business. Of course, the responsibility for safe driving comes down to the employee behind the wheel, but a safe driving program or a fleet safety policy is only as...

The Best Fleet Driver Safety Tips for Fleet Managers

Let’s assume your safe driving policy is in place. It’s a comprehensive, all-inclusive policy that adheres to the National Safety Council’s recommendations for an organization-wide policy prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving. It's a best-practices policy...

The Next Wave of Workforce Performance and Safety

The Importance of Context in Successfully Enforcing Mobile Device Usage Policies When the iPhone first launched, it was with the slogan “This Changes Everything”. Prophetic words. As we look back, while smartphones may not have changed everything, there is no doubt...

Everything There Is To Know About Distracted Driving Apps

Cell phones have quickly become essential tools in the modern world, keeping us connected to every aspect of our hectic lives. However, their use has without doubt also played a major role in the increase of distracted driving incidents worldwide. According to the...

Top 5 Distractions to Concern H&S Managers in Commercial Driving

All companies with commercial vehicles on the road need to come to grips with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)* regulations in relation to distracted driving. The first step for any health and safety manager is to identify the most common...

Top 5 “Must Haves” in a Commercial Distracted Driving Policy

Distracted driving is the No. 1 cause of workplace deaths in the U.S., accounting for over 40,000 deaths in 2016, which is a 14% increase from 2014 the largest increase in more than 50 years. Driver distraction is a significant contributor to truck crashes, and...

Create A Safe Driving Culture: Beyond Changing Hearts and Minds

Recently I had lunch with friend who spent more than 20 years as a safety and health executive for a Fortune 100 company in the trucking industry. As part of his former role, he oversaw the fleet drivers for the company, ensuring their compliance with things like...

Ten Reasons to Stop Distracted Driving: A CEO Perspective

Over the past few years, technology has completely changed the way people lead their lives. Mobile devices and the internet have made the business world more connected than ever; however, this does not come without its risks. Distracted driving has occupied the media...

Need a Nudge?

When it comes to decision making, humans can often be irrational and illogical. I'm sure most of us would admit we've been that way on occasion, but never about things that are important. Untrue, says Richard Thaler. The renowned American economist and Nobel prize...

The Target Is on Your Back

The good news about having branded vehicles is that people know about your company. It is the face of your company to the public. That is also the bad news if your drivers are distracted behind the wheel. Distracted driving in commercial fleets is a well-known...

Where Does Worker Safety Start and End?

Where does worker safety start and end? You hire employees that are vetted and seemingly lower risk. You train the employees extensively, including safety training as a part of your comprehensive safety program. You develop and publish corporate safety policies,...

Carrots, Sticks and Engagement: Improve Driver Safety

Fleet Managers know better than most how difficult it is to attempt to modify driver behavior and driving habits to improve driver safety. Teaching old dogs new tricks has always been challenging and the dog never had a smartphone whilst behind the wheel of a motor...

The Power of the Habit

Anyone who has ever tried to drop a vice understands the incredible power of the habit. A habit is classically defined as a routine of behavior repeated regularly. It also tends to occur subconsciously. Think of the smoker you know or the nail-biter. Typically the...

The Next Generation of Workplace Safety

Beyond the Hard Hat and Hi-Vis Vest: The Next Generation of Workplace Safety Over 200 years, workplace safety has seen dramatic gains. Concerns about workers in their environment were born in Europe with the labour movement during the Industrial Revolution. Through...

The Value of Keeping Score – Think like an Owner

Several years back, Jack Stack wrote a best selling business book, The Great Game of Business. The story summarized Stack's work with SRC Holdings after his purchase of the company from International Harvester (IH). Buying the company from IH, in partnership with the...

How Many Miles Have You Protected?

Ask any fleet or transport manager you know and they'll be sure to tell you how dramatically the auto industry is changing. Motor vehicles are increasing in complexity and technological disruption is unprecedented in this space. Autonomous vehicles are on the...

The Requirements List for a Superior Driver Safety Solution

Distracted driving statistics are startling and technology seems to hold a solution. Distracted driving has been reported to cause 40% of commercial crashes. Seems every time you check out the daily news there is another tragic story about a crash caused by distracted...

Riskiest Time of Year on the Roads

Isn't there risk when everyone tries to run through the revolving door at the same time? That is what your business faces and your drivers confront in a dramatic fashion between now and Labor Day. The window between Memorial Day and Labor Day in the United States is...

Maybe Good Things Come to Those Who DON’T Wait

The consequences of motor vehicle accidents were quite obvious from the time the first cars rolled off the assembly line at Henry Ford's plant in 1913. As motor vehicles became more widespread, and as we saw the introduction of commercial vehicles and professional...

Driver Policy Enforcement Solution

Have you ever sat on a three-legged stool with just two legs? Didn't work out so well, did it? The same outcome befalls fleet managers that don't use technology for driver policy enforcement and to enforce the elimination of...

The Truly Proactive Approach To Health and Safety

When the office phone of the health and safety manager of a UK-based logistics company rang, it was the company finance director on the other line. The finance director was furious that another vehicle crash had occurred and he challenged his health and safety manager...

3 Types of Distractions and How Your Drivers Can Avoid Them

As a fleet administrator, risk manager, owner or CEO, you set an expectation of employee conduct and performance. This extends to their time behind the wheel representing your department, your products or your company. You want them to be courteous, defensive drivers...

5 Reasons Why Your Driver Safety Solution Isn’t Working

The past several years have seen some of the sharpest increases in traffic crashes in decades. In 2015, the most recent year data is available, the number of large trucks or buses involved in fatal accidents rose 8 percent. Many experts point out, and we would agree,...

10 Elements You Need in Your Driver Safety Program (Part 1)

Crashes cost employers in the US more than $60 billion annually in medical care, legal expenses, property damage, and lost productivity, and the costs are steadily rising. In addition, crashes drive the cost of workers' compensation, Social Security, and private...

10 Organizations Committed to Stop Texting and Driving

At TRUCE, we believe corporations must eliminate the enormous expense and liability related to distracted driving. With 40% of all commercial crashes attributed to distracted driving, eliminating distracted driving not only makes the nation's roadways safer, but also...