Articles by Andrew R. Young

Fatigued Driving Issue Is Wide Awake – Debating The New Truck Driver Hours-of-Service Rule

by Andrew R. Young | January 20th, 2012

Just as debate heats up on the complicated New Hours-of-Service (HOS) Rule, a truck driver who fell asleep at the wheel is imprisoned five (5) years for causing a fatal crash on the Ohio Turnpike.  Preventing fatigued driving continues to be a priority for both the truck industry and regulatory safety advocates.  But solving the […]

A Commitment to Semi-Truck Maintenance Saves the Life of the Truck and Life on the Highway

by Andrew R. Young | January 7th, 2012

Credit goes out to Land Line Magazine’s author Jeff Barker for his article featuring OOIDA Member Ray Kennealy for owning a Freightliner that he has driven for over 18 years.  During that time he has logged more than 3.1 million miles with the same rig.  Mr. Kennealy’s secret is a commitment to maintenance that includes […]

Fatigued Driving – New Rule Reducing Truck Driver Hours-of-Service (HOS) Requirements

by Andrew R. Young | December 30th, 2011

Large truck fatalities were up six (6) percent nationally according to data released by the United States Department of Transportation.  Just prior to the Holiday Season, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a new Final Rule reducing weekly Hours of Service (HOS) requirements.   According to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the purpose of the […]

Big Truck Crash Deaths Up Six (6) Percent

by Andrew R. Young | December 26th, 2011

The United States Department of Transportation released the Fatality Analysis Report System (FARS) data for 2010.  FARS is the census data representing fatalities on our nation’s roadways.  The largest categorical increase in roadway deaths was the 6 percent increase for fatalities caused by large trucks. While large truck fatalities were up, the overall number of […]

Road Rage Redefined as Intermittent Explosive Disorder

by Andrew R. Young | December 15th, 2011

Road rage is defined by Merriam-Webster as “a motorist’s uncontrolled anger that is usually provoked by another motorist’s irritating act and is expressed in aggressive or violent behavior.” National Public Radio did a story on the psychological symptoms associated with the uncontrollable outburst that leads to road rage.  NPR’s news correspondent, Patti Neighmond, interviewed Emil […]

Winter Weather is Here – Please Use Extreme Caution

by Andrew R. Young | December 12th, 2011

Waking up to winter snow and icy roads this week requires us to reverse engineer our rush, rush, rush mentality of driving from one place to another.

New Rule – Commercial Drivers’ Hand-Held Cell Phone Use Banned

by Andrew R. Young | November 23rd, 2011

Department of Transportation issued a Final Rule announcing an end to hand-held cell phone use by drivers of buses and large commercial trucks.

Aggressive Driving – Just Let It Go

by Andrew R. Young | November 23rd, 2011

“aggressive driving and road rage lead to nothing good and can often lead to severe accidents, sometimes accidents involving innocent motorists or pedestrians”

The Healthy Highway – Truck Driver Fitness

by Andrew R. Young | November 17th, 2011

A truck driver must pass a medical examination and carry a medical certificate to legally drive a commercial motor vehicle in accordance with 49 CFR Part 391.41 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Regulations.  As of today’s date, professional drivers who hold a valid Commercial Drivers License are required to have the medical examiner’s […]

TRUCKS: Be Seen or Be Liable

by Andrew R. Young | October 19th, 2011

“Other drivers can’t know what you are going to do until you tell them.”