Avoid Distracted Driving
Posted by Cliff J. on November 2, 2016 in Trucker Focus


The FMCSA restricts the use of hand-held mobile devices by drivers of commercial vehicles. In addition to prohibiting texting, the FMCSA forbids a driver from holding a mobile device to make a call.



Drivers who use a mobile phone to talk while driving can only use a hands-free phone located in close proximity and may not reach for a device in a way that requires them to leave a seated driving position, restrained by a seat belt. They may not press more than a single button to make a call. The rule applies any time a commercial motor vehicle is on a roadway, whether or not it is moving.


Penalties for violations are stiff—up to $2,750 for drivers and up to $11,000 for employers who allow or require drivers to use a hand-held communications device while driving and potential revocation of a driver’s license. It’s also important to note that a carrier’s own policy may be stricter than the FMCSA requires.


Using a hand-held mobile phone is risky because it takes a driver’s eyes off the roadway. Research shows that the odds of being involved in an accident or dangerous event, such as unintentional lane deviation, are six times greater for drivers who engage in dialing a mobile phone while driving and 23 times greater when texting.  

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I bring over 30 years of trucking industry experience to Acuity. I worked my way up from driving to managing the safety operations of a transportation company, culminating in owning and managing my own regional trucking company. My main goal at Acuity is to help you, the motor carrier, the owner/operator and the driver better understand the insurance industry and help shape Acuity’s products and services to better meet your needs. I regularly provide ongoing trucking training to Acuity employees to help them understand the unique needs of those in the trucking/transportation industry. With over 30 years in the transportation sector, as both a company driver and as owner and manager of a trucking company, I have first-hand experience that helps me understand the challenges truckers’ face, and detailed knowledge of transportation regulations. My experience coupled with a background in insurance loss control can help answer and provide solutions to any issues that may arise.

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Posted By: Cliff J. on March 9, 2018 in Trucker Focus
Though your team does a good job managing your operations and you're proud of your safety performance, you still ended up with a Conditional or Unsatisfactory rating. In other words, the FMCSA auditor has determined that your company failed to have “adequate safety management controls in place to ensure compliance with the safety fitness standard.”
Posted By: Cliff J. on January 19, 2018 in Trucker Focus
In my role as Trucking Specialist at Acuity, I have the opportunity to speak with many motor carriers. As with any new regulation, I've found that the ELD mandate has produced some frustration within the trucking industry. However, by and large, it seems most motor carriers have adopted this technology with open arms.