Operation Safe Driving Week – What YOU can do to help

Today kicks off Operation Safe Driving Week in North America and we have compiled a few tips on how you can do your part improving road safety!

 

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, or CVSA, started Operation Safe Driver Week in 2014. Since it has started, the number of vehicles law enforcement have pulled over has gone down, speeding has decreased by 6.3% and this all results in less accidents on the road [source].

 

However, there is still one big piece that the CVSA wants to highlight to all driver’s that would help decrease the amount of accidents on the road for both commercial and passenger vehicles.

 

The single largest factor of traffic crashes are due to distracted driving. The CVSA shared that driver behavior is the critical reason for more than 88% of large truck crashes and 93% of private passenger-vehicle crashes. The main focus of Safe Driving Week is to educate all drivers on ways to improve road safety and that starts with managing or eliminating distractions while on the road.

 

So, how can you help?

Help defeat distracted driving and improve not only your safety on the road but also the other driver’s around you.

Here are some tips:

  • Adjust mirrors and lighting before entering the traffic flow. Maybe even before leaving your driveway.
  • Program directions into the GPS before putting your vehicle into gear.
  • Eat a healthy meal before you get on the road to avoid eating while driving.
  • Turn your cell phone off or put it on silent so it does not distract you while driving (Texting while driving had 23 times more the risk of being involved in an accident )

 

While we are only recognizing it this week, we hope that everyone practices every time you get on the road.

Blue Dot and ALK Technologies Partner to Deliver Driver Workflow Innovation

Unified mobile app brings a revolutionized driver experience

Denver, Colorado – October 11, 2017 – Blue Dot and ALK Technologies® have joined forces to deliver a new innovative driver workflow solution that enables fleets to improve the driver experience, reduce driver turnover and enforce fleet-wide driver standard operating procedures.

Distinctly Different Driver Centric Mobile App

Blue Dot’s MilesAhead™ DRIVE app uses the powerful ALK® Maps mapping platform as its foundation for commercial vehicle route and map visualization. MilesAhead overlays a LEAN Six Sigma-optimized driver circle-of-service workflow that manages the wide range of driver job tasks that occur both inside and outside the cab for planned and unplanned stops alike. Implementing a comprehensive driver-centric mobile app that is distinctively different from the “grid-of-apps” design approach that is so commonplace in the market today will positively impact drivers’ lives on the road both professionally and personally, said Mick Milnark, co-founder of Blue Dot.

Seamless Tablet Application

Leveraging ALK’s suite of integration tools, Blue Dot has embedded the CoPilot Truck application directly into its MilesAhead Drive unified application for seamless access to voice-guided navigation and industry standard routing. Blue Dot is the first ALK partner to incorporate the ALK Maps platform with real-time traffic display, street-level satellite view and weather and radar overlays into a tablet application.

Capitalizing on Shared Technologies

“Teaming with an innovative company like Blue Dot accelerates our shared strategy to capitalize on and bring to market our unique and compelling technologies,” said Dan Popkin, senior vice president, enterprise solutions, ALK Technologies.  “We’re thrilled that our first project together involves delivering an unprecedented solution that combines advanced driver workflow concepts with deeply integrated routing and mapping capabilities.”

See it today: Watch the Video.

For more information: Join Blue Dot & ALK for a webinar on the Driver Experience Revolutionized:

http://www.bluedotsolutions.com/trucking-technology-carriers/.

Press Contact: Gary Blohm Cell 303 359-9960

gblohm@bluedotsolutions.com

About Blue Dot

Blue Dot is a global enterprise mobile software, products and services company that delivers innovative mobile technology and solutions along with an IoT platform strategy to fleet transportation organizations. At the core, Blue Dot helps fleet transportation organizations move on from their costly technical debt, so they can both survive and evolve in the changing industry competitive landscape. Visit: www.bluedotsolutions.com.

About ALK

ALK Technologies is a transportation technology company dedicated to defining the optimal route to success through innovative routing, mileage, mapping and mobile navigation solutions. From trusted industry standard data to seamless integration, ALK solutions are developed for a broad range of industries, workforces, and everyday drivers on the road. For over 35 years, its suite of powerful solutions, including PC*MILER, CoPilot, and ALK Maps, have set the foundation for safe and efficient journeys worldwide – one mile, one driver, one vehicle at a time. ALK is a Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) Company and part of its international Transportation and Logistics Division, visit: www.alk.com.

Haul without Hassle: The Need for Hazmat & Energy Specific Routing, Mapping and Navigation

In the trucking industry, there’s no “one size fits all” when it comes to route planning and daily operations. Roads have varying height, weight and load restrictions, and delivery locations can be complicated with non-addressed roads and some stop locations not even on the map!

 

And that’s just the beginning for those hauling hazardous material or oil and gas. There are compliance issues with numerous state and federal regulations and fear of hefty fines, as well as driver, public and environmental safety issues.

 

The U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration regulates the transport of hazardous materials and has recently increased penalties for violations. As of June 2015, fines for violations associated with the transport of hazmat are up to $75,000, an increase of $25,000 prior to that date1.

 

Can you afford the risk?  Utilize routing, mileage, mapping, and navigation software that incorporates road restrictions and planning tools to keep precious cargo safe.

 

Still unsure routing with specific parameters matters?  See the difference! The orange line depicts a route that was planned without hazmat parameters, taking you directly through Baltimore, MD. However, look at all of the red roads throughout the city – those are hazmat restricted roads – and you’re traveling on them.

 

The blue line is a route planned using hazmat parameters, based on the type of load you are hauling. It intelligently takes you around the entire city, keeping your load, driver, and the public, safe.

Is your business operating in the patch? You’re probably working in remote areas, under extreme conditions, with very specific location needs. You have multi stop routing planning and need efficient ways to get from place to place, or well to well.

 

Mapping with industry-critical data is a necessity for effective operations. Using the street-level satellite view on a map can help identify, locate, and geocode well heads. Store the exact coordinates and save these custom places for quick, easy routing. Here’s a sample of a patch with numerous well heads on a satellite map2:

For even more precise planning, set custom road speeds on rural roads. The terrain can be rough, causing the need for slower truck speeds. By factoring the set truck speeds, you’ll generate true travel times and ETAs.

Now that the plans are in place, get your drivers and vehicles on the road!

 

Rest easy that the compliant route planned is the route driven, by incorporating navigation that uses the same routing algorithm and data.  Drivers can set their routing profiles to match their specific hauling dimensions, so they can focus on the road ahead and not worry about going off route.  Eliminate distracted driving with turn-by-turn, voice-guided directions, and accurately navigate even in the most remote areas with maps stored directly on the device.

 

Learn more about how ALK’s routing, mileage, mapping and navigation solutions for Hamzat and Energy industries at www.alk.com/solutions.

 

Additional licensing applies.

 

1 http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/safety-compliance/article/story/2015/06/price-tag-for-violating-regulations-just-went-up.aspx

2 At ALK Technologies, data coverage across the U.S. and Canada is available through a partnership with GEOTrac Systems, Inc, a leading provider of wireless fleet management and worker safety solutions for the oil and gas industry.