Using Telematics to Improve Driver Safety

Denise Gillin Insurance, Risk Management, Transportation

By Gina Ekstam for AssuredPartners The number of vehicle accidents continues to rise, putting people at risk and disrupting agribusiness operations. With the use of technology, however, it is possible to improve safety and enhance operations. As commercial ag operations have grown, telematics has become a cost-effective way to gather data about drivers, individual vehicles, or an entire fleet. Typically, data such as location tracking, driver behavior, and vehicle diagnostics are collected by GPS, dashcams, or sensors installed on the vehicle. By analyzing the data, it’s possible to prevent and resolve accidents. Addressing operator behavior, such as speed, acceleration rates, and hard braking, not only keeps drivers safe it can also help prevent vehicle damage. Safety training and safe driving …

Equipment Values Increasing Beyond Insurance Limits

Denise Gillin Transportation

By Andy Engardio for AssuredPartners With an 18-24 month back log on new tractors and trailers, the used equipment market has never been this hot. According to Transportation Topics, the prices for used equipment are seeing a 66% increase in prices for a standard class 8 vehicle. This is good data when you’re looking to purchase new equipment, however it could point to insufficient equipment values in the event of a claim. Depending on how your physical damage (comp and collision) insurance is valued, you may not have enough limits to replace your unit with like kind and quality. Tell me more>>>

Entry Level Driving Training: New Updates

Denise Gillin News, Transportation

By Andy Engardio for AssuredPartners Starting February 7th, 2022, the new Entry Level Driver Training rules are officially in effect. First and foremost, the rule is NOT retroactive. If a driver currently holds a permit (prior to 2/7/2022) or CDL, and/or has a Passenger, School Bus, or Hazmat endorsement they are exempt from this rule. The mandate and training requirements must be met by every new driver applying for their CDL. It is important for trucking professionals to understand how this will impact the industry. For a new driver applying for their CDL, they must find and complete a training program from an approved provider. To find a provider, check out the FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry (TPR). Click for more …

The Supply Chain Crisis’ Latest Woe

Denise Gillin News, Risk Management, Transportation

By Dani Romero for Yahoo!finance With a number of cargo containers bottlenecked at California’s ports, another problem has ensnared the companies trying to ship goods, and the customers and shops waiting for those supplies. Theft. The worsening supply chain troubles are making stolen shipments an increasingly common problem that’s affecting shoppers, already facing long delays and soaring prices. Cargo that finally makes its way out of backlogged ports on the West Coast is being aggressively targeted by criminals eyeing containers filled with electronics amid the chip shortage. What are the implications>>>

Mandates and Old Man Winter

Denise Gillin Business Insurance, Risk Management, Transportation

By Kevin Rettberg for AssuredPartners The weather is turning, and with it the conditions on the roads will be changing. The incoming winter weather is set to turn the peace and quiet of the tranquil summer, sun-filled roads into a wintry mix of ice and snow in many areas of the country. The idea of what winter brings is nothing new, but somehow this winter feels a little unlike anything we have every experienced. Our weather is a microcosm of what is happening in the US right now: a calm before a storm. However, while we know exactly what weather brings us, there is an upcoming vaccine mandate that is causing a concern from the unknowns that it causes many …

The Cost of Distracted Driving – A Reminder

Denise Gillin Risk Management, Transportation

By Tyson Keith for AssuredPartners Distracted driving continues to be one of the most dangerous hazards on our roads. Whether it is eating, drinking, scanning the radio, fiddling with the navigation system, or texting on a cell phone, distracted driving causes thousands of accidents every year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2019 there were 3,142 lives lost due to crashes resulting from distracted driving. By taking their eyes off the road for just five seconds, while traveling at 55mph, their vehicle can travel the distance of a football field. Please do your part by reminding your drivers of how dangerous it is to drive while distracted. The Minnesota Trucking Association (MTA), recently shared a video produced by the Minnesota …