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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

CARS Team Join with Teamster Safety Audit Teams to Examine How Fiat/Chrysler Vehicles are Being Delivered

Teamsters Union was joined by Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (CARS) on 5th March to begin an innovatory proletariat safety program to ensure that new cars delivered to customers are transported properly. Both groups are very much concerned about the quality of service being performed by car shipping companies.

The report, "Damaged When Delivered?" comprises of photographs that document problems that arise when car transport companies without much experience and knowledge transport new vehicles inappropriately. Imperfectly secured vehicles can sustain hidden damages to tires, rims, axles and the overall frame, which may cause safety problems and increased expenses to consumers.

The Teamsters have formed safety audit teams that will thoroughly document inappropriate auto transport practices. Reports with the analysis of their findings starting this April are expected to be released for every month. A representative of CARS will participate with the Teamsters audit team, which will consist of spending time on at least one on-the-road audit and reviewing data collected by the audit teams.

posted by All America Auto Transport @ 2:06 AM permanent link  

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Wi-Fi signals might lead to auto break-ins

Laptops, iPhones or iPads with Wi-Fi helps to access many things while on the move but be careful friends it also has possibilities of attracting burglars.

According to the mobile security software company Credant Technologies, devices like iPhones or iPads, especially laptops that use Wi-Fi may require up to 30 minutes before going into "sleep" mode. In the mean time, the burglars detect them by searching for the signal using a specific scanner that costs only about $50

Recently in Jamaica, a group of people were caught for trying to scam the lottery and they were found to be using laptops stolen in this fashion.

So Every time you leave your laptop, iPhone or iPad in your car, better take some time to turn off the Wi-Fi.

While it may seem improbable that your automobile could become a target because of an open laptop, it may be cautious to make sure the Wi-Fi signal is shut off before leaving your automobile for long periods of time.

posted by All America Auto Transport @ 5:15 AM permanent link  

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Devices under test at NASA might save billions for Trucking and Car shipping industries

Devices under test at NASA
The above image is a depiction of a tractor trailer made to sit in the world's-largest wind tunnel, at the NASA Ames Research Center, in Mountain View, California. The truck was a part of tests intended to find enhancement in fuel efficiency that could save the trucking industry billions of dollars a year. The device is placed on the rear of the truck and is destined to enhance the truck's aerodynamics.

It is being said that the American trucking industry may perhaps hoard as much as $10 billion, or 3.4 billion gallons of diesel fuel, a year if devices being tested in a joint public-private initiative at the world's-largest wind tunnel here are rolled out nationally.

Over the last few weeks the test results show that new devices can be added onto the nation's thousands of trucks that might enhance fuel efficiency by 12 percent.

The main intention of this was to find a way to assist the trucking and car shipping industry--and by extension, almost every other segment of the economy to cut costs on fuel, and at the same time, reduce carbon-dioxide emissions.

Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL) Director, George Miller explained that the impact on the environment of the 12 percent increase in fuel efficiency would result in an annual decrease of carbon-dioxide emissions by 36 million tons.

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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Truckers with sleep apnea in trouble

Transportation risk managers and commercial drivers who are trying their best to provide better safer roads are struggling with the complexity of sleep apnea, a disorder that contributes to daytime drowsiness. Such sleep disorders among truckers result in reduced efficiency, absenteeism, accidents and often death.

an accident caused by an auto transporter affected by sleep apnea
According to a 2002 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the American Trucking Associations study, among 3.4 million licensed commercial drivers, around 26% of drivers were suffering from some form of sleep apnea. Studies have shown that sleep apnea can severely impact driving performance by radically escalating fatigue and thereby boosting the risk of crashes.

It is more dangerous when a car transporter or a fuel truck transporter is affected with this disease as the damage caused will be more to the public and to the concerned organization. Experts say that though the commercial trucking industry is conscious of the commonness of sleep apnea among drivers, there is still a large amount to be learned in the way the condition is diagnosed, treated and monitored.

FMCSA has required the drivers who are diagnosed with sleep apnea to be "disqualified until diagnosis of sleep apnea is ruled out or has been treated successfully."

According to Christina Cullinan, director of workplace and fleet safety with the ATA, a FMCSA certified medical examiner must eventually decide whether a driver can continue driving or not.

If an inspector decides a driver likely suffers from sleep apnea, a sleep study will be advised, together with the use of a continuous positive airway pressure-or CPAP-machine.

It should be noted the FMCSA gives no guidance on how to recognize commercial drivers at risk for sleep apnea. The administration includes a question on its commercial driver medical certification form that asks particularly about sleep disorders, but it's up to medical examiners to require a trucker to go through a sleep study, or screening.

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