Distracted driving has become a deadly epidemic on our roads. Cell phone use — specifically, texting, talking, and social media use — has become the most common distraction. Other risky actions include adjusting the radio or GPS, applying makeup, eating and drinking. By driving distracted, you’re robbing yourself of seconds that you may need to avoid a close call or deadly crash.
During a portion of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, from April 3 through 10, you may see increased law enforcement on the roadways as part of the national paid media campaign U Drive. U Text. U Pay. This campaign reminds drivers of the deadly dangers and the legal consequences – including fines – of texting behind the wheel.
By Brian Holland, President and CEO of Fleet Advantage
Even though 2023 started a few months ago, the transportation fleet sector continues to face numerous industry, economic and environmental challenges that are certain to create operational turbulence.
Everything from fuel and equipment prices due to interest rates, ongoing driver and technician shortages, and a possible economic recession have many in the industry on edge as they navigate through the early parts of this year.
Adam Danielson, Solera's Director of Business Development, moderates a live panel of three motor carrier representatives as they discuss their safety technology success, how to best implement new technology, getting company buy-in, and what safety technology would benefit their operation in the future.
ATA SSHR Technology Panel • Wednesday, April 5, 11:15–12:15 pm, Booth 405 at Hilton Minneapolis. For more information, click below.
For more information about ATA's 2023 Safety, Security & Human Resources Conference & Exhibition (SSHR), April 4-6, in Minneapolis, MN click below.
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If you live in Mississippi and are thinking about an electric vehicle, it may be time to reconsider. Unfortunately, your state is one of the worst for EV ownership. With a ratio of 9,275 residents per charger, finding a place to plug in can be difficult. In the entire state, there are just 317 total EV chargers as of 2023.
Another southeastern entity ranks just behind them in third. Kentucky may have one of the best driving roads in America, but it’s not big on EVs. With just 614 charging stations for electric vehicles, the third-worst state has over 7,300 residents per charging station.
Merchants Fleet is expanding its fleet electrification expertise with the appointment of Patrick Mitchell as manager of electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Mitchell will work closely with Vice President of Fleet Electrification and Sustainability Hari Nayar.
“Patrick’s expertise, energy, and vision are tremendous assets to our electrification initiatives,” said Nayar. “He is joining the Merchants team at a pivotal time, where his vast industry knowledge is essential to helping our clients navigate the evolving EV landscape."