Driver Safety Resources
We’ve identified resources designed to help CMV drivers stay healthy and safe. In this section, you’ll find resources from our partners, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), trucking associations, and other trusted sources. This section is updated as new resources are identified.
Tips for Sharing the Road with Commercial Motor Vehicles
The fault in over three-quarters of crashes and near-crashes involving heavy vehicles is primarily attributed to car drivers. This may be indicative of inadequacies in driver education and training programs related to safely sharing the road with heavy vehicles. The Tips for Sharing the Road with Commercial Motor Vehicles website was designed to cover five key sharing-the-road scenarios using video clips of real-world driving events captured during one of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute’s naturalistic driving studies. The website includes video clips of driving, simulator screenshots, scenario descriptions, short tips and facts, and photographs of actual crashes between cars and heavy vehicles to convey the importance of proper road-sharing behavior. Although the website is aimed at new drivers, all drivers can benefit from reviewing the material and scenarios to ensure that they are sharing the road properly in their everyday driving.
Commercial Motor Vehicle Driving Tips
Housed on the website of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Driving Tips website was developed to educate CMV drivers and fleet managers about common driving errors and provide valuable driving tips through an easily accessible tool, the Internet. The driving tips, ideas, and suggestions outlined on the website are supported with real-world driving video clips that exemplify the errors. The truck videos shown on the website were collected during real-world (open roadway) driving studies conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. As a training exercise, the examples on the website are followed by sets of questions aimed to spark thoughtful introspection of the behaviors shown in the videos.
Everyone knows that being healthy enough to drive safely is important. The FMCSA sets medical standards that most truck drivers in the United States are required to meet in order to drive as a professional. The driver medical certification screenings are not intended to serve as a replacement for a regular checkup from a doctor. The Driver Medical Certification section provides a basic guide for what these medical standards are and what they are not.
In addition to the Driver Medical Certification materials, FMCSA has many other resources available to help you maintain your health and safety while on the road. In this section, we’ve identified the most relevant FMCSA resources. Additional resources can be found on the FMCSA website.
North American Fatigue Management Program (NAFMP)
The NAFMP is designed to address the issue of driver fatigue with a comprehensive approach that includes:
- Information on how to develop a corporate culture that facilitates reduced driver fatigue.
- Fatigue management education for drivers, drivers’ families, carrier executives and managers, shippers/receivers, and dispatchers.
- Information on sleep disorders screening and treatment driver and trip scheduling information.
- Driver and trip scheduling information
- Information on Fatigue Management Technologies
Specific resources are provided for:
- Motor Carrier Executives and Managers
- Safety Managers and Other Trainers
- Dispatchers and Driver Managers
- Commercial Drivers
- Driver Spouses and Family
- Freight Shippers and Receivers
Many over-the-counter and prescription drugs for common ailments, including allergies, colds, depression, muscle pain, anxiety disorders, and high blood pressure can cause drowsiness, slow reaction time, and impair vision and coordination. Medications, whether over-the-counter (OTC), prescription (Rx) or a combination of both, can cause drowsiness or dizziness, slow reaction time and impair coordination, affect vision and other skills that are needed to be a focused driver.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has developed Roadwise RX, a free online tool that provides information about medication side effects and drug interactions, that may be relevant to safe vehicle operation. Drivers can enter the names of medications they may be taking—OTC or Rx—and instantly receive confidential, personalized results. Take a minute to visit AAA ’s www.roadwiserx.com where you can print your results and discuss them with your physician, if necessary.