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Jul 312018
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dan Murray
(651) 641-6162
July 31, 2018

 

 Arlington, Virginia – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today released the update to its renowned Crash Predictor Model, which statistically quantifies the likelihood of future crash involvement based on specific truck driving behaviors (e.g. prior crashes, violations and convictions).

ATRI’s analysis draws on data from over 435,000 U.S. truck drivers over a two-year time frame to expose nearly a dozen behaviors that raise a driver’s risk of being involved in a future truck crash by more than 50 percent.

“ATRI’s Crash Predictor Model is a key input to our driver hiring and training practices.  Safety is our first concern and by understanding how driver histories relate to future crash probability, we can develop targeted solutions for minimizing safety risks,” said John M. Prewitt, Tideport Distributing, Inc. President.

Now in its third release, this latest ATRI crash predictor model includes analyses on the impact of age and gender on crash probability.  And to better understand the bottom line impacts of preventing crashes, this latest report includes industry average crash costs across six distinct crash types and severity.

Among the key findings from the Crash Predictor Model Update are:

  • The top two behaviors for predicting future crash involvement, each with more than 100% increased likelihood of a future crash, are a reckless driving violation and a failure to yield right of way violation.
  • Prior crash involvement continues to have a statistically significant relationship to future crash involvement with a 74% increase of the likelihood of being in a future crash.
  • Women truck drivers were safer than male counterparts in every statistically significant safety behavior and men were 20% more likely to be involved in a crash than women.
  • Several stable behaviors have emerged across all three ATRI Crash Predictor Models (2005, 2011 and 2018) as statistically significant predictors of future crash involvement including convictions for improper lane/ location, reckless/ careless/ inattentive/ negligent driving and improper or erratic lane change.

Understanding that traffic enforcement, particularly those activities that target the crash predictor behaviors, is an effective tool for mitigating crashes, ATRI also provides a list of “top tier” states which emphasizes those states that have proven track records of maximizing their enforcement resources while minimizing their share of the nation’s truck crashes.  Indiana tops that list, followed by New Mexico, Washington, California and Maryland.

A copy of this report is available here.


ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.  

Jul 312018
 

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Jun 192018
 

Featured Articles:

  • ATRI Appearances and Presentations
  • ATRI Releases 2018 List of Top Truck Bottlenecks
  • New Research Identifies Best Practices for State Freight Plans
  • ATRI Seeks For-Hire Motor Carrier Operational Cost Data
  • Out and About with ATRI Staff
  • ATRI Board Approves 2018 Top Research Priorities
  • Darren Hawkins, YRC Worldwide CEO, Appointed to ATRI Board
  • RAC Member Caroline Mays
  • Guide to Deploying Clean Truck Freight Strategies

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May 152018
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dan Murray
(651) 641-6162
May 15, 2018

 

 Arlington, Virginia – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today issued a data call for the annual update to its Operational Costs of Trucking report.  Among the for-hire fleet metrics being requested by ATRI are driver pay, fuel costs, insurance premiums and lease or purchase payments. Carriers are asked to provide full-year 2017 cost per mile and/or cost per hour data.

The results of this data collection, combined with the previous Operational Costs of Trucking reports, will yield 10 full years (2008 – 2017) of trucking cost information derived directly from fleet operations.  This research provides carriers with an important high-level benchmarking tool and government agencies with real world data for transportation infrastructure investment decisions.

“It’s not hard to understand why ATRI’s Operational Costs of Trucking report is among its most-requested studies – fleets large and small can use ATRI’s analysis to identify ways to improve your operating efficiency.  We look forward to participating in this year’s data collection and encourage others to do so as well,” said Mark Droubay, president of Double D Distribution in Salt Lake City, Utah.

ATRI’s data collection form is available online here.  The results of this study will be available later this year, however participating motor carriers will receive an advance copy of the report.


ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.  

Apr 022018
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dan Murray
(651) 641-6162
April 2, 2018

 

 Arlington, Virginia – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) Board of Directors has approved the 2018 Top Research Priorities as identified by ATRI’s Research Advisory Committee (RAC).  ATRI’s RAC developed the list of recommended research topics at its meeting held in Dallas in March and the ATRI Board vetted and approved that list at its meeting last week.

The research topics cover a wide array of critical industry issues including the impact that urban planning and “smart city” design have on truck operations, inconsistencies in CDL testing, and continuing research on the impact of autonomous technologies on the trucking industry .

The 2018 ATRI top research priorities are:

  • Urban Planning and Smart City Design for Trucks – examining how and where truck freight delivery can be effectively incorporated into urban planning and smart city design approaches.
  • Assessing the Consistency and Accuracy of CMV Crash Data – will identify ways to improve commercial motor vehicle crash data collection, quality review, data management and data submission at the local and state levels.
  • Role and Impact of Government Regulations on Autonomous Vehicles – research will assess the positive and negative impact of regulations being promulgated at the state-level for identification of model legislation on how autonomous technologies and vehicles should be deployed.
  • Inconsistencies in CDL Testing – will review the range of requirements for CDL testing across states and identify best practices to develop an effective set of testing requirements.
  • Autonomous Impacts on the Truck Driver – a detailed analysis of how autonomous truck technologies will change the operational environment and driving requirements for commercial drivers.
  • Best Practices for Cannabis Intoxication Testing – exploring best practices in the U.S. and abroad, the research will benchmark recommended maximum intoxication levels and identify recommendations for driver sobriety testing.

ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.  

Mar 082018
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dan Murray
(651) 641-6162
March 8, 2018

 

 Arlington, Virginia – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today issued a data call for its Impacts of E-Commerce on the Trucking Industry report.  The brief online questionnaire seeks to capture how the emergence of e-commerce has changed industry business models and operations.

The results of this data collection, combined with an extensive analysis of emerging e-commerce trends, will yield quantifiable insight into how the trucking industry has adapted to growing e-commerce activity.  This research will provide carriers with an understanding of how the industry has responded to these structural shifts in the relationships between consumers, businesses, and logistics.

Motor carriers are encouraged to provide data, confidentially, through ATRI’s survey by Friday, April 6, 2018.  The survey is available online here.

Respondents who submit completed surveys by the deadline are eligible for entry in a raffle to win one of five $100 gift cards and will receive an advance copy of the Impacts of E-Commerce on the Trucking Industry report.  The results of this study will be available later this year.


ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.  

Feb 272018
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dan Murray
(651) 641-6162
February 27, 2018

 

 Arlington, Virginia – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today released its report on best practices in freight planning at the state level.  The report will allow state Departments of Transportation and their consultants to better address those freight planning components that are viewed as most critical by FHWA, state DOTs and State Trucking Association leaders.

ATRI called for nominations of innovative state freight plans from state DOT personnel and freight stakeholders nationwide.  The top twelve plans then formed the basis for an “Ideal Attributes Checklist,” by which the other state freight plans were assessed.  The state plans are also compared against FAST Act-required and recommended components.  In summary, the process synthesized minimum freight planning requirements along with innovative practices and mapped nearly 50 different freight plans against the “model freight plan” framework.

The report’s Ideal Attributes Checklist, along with lessons learned and the various innovative practices highlighted within, will allow freight planners to consider a broad continuum of freight planning techniques for their next freight plan updates.  The highest ranked plans utilize a variety of tools including quantitative industry data, visualizations, project prioritization tools and strong reliance on Freight Advisory Committees, among other approaches.

Texas was the highest ranked freight plan in ATRI’s research based in part on the state’s use of detailed commodity and freight flow data in developing its plan, as well as active engagement of its Freight Advisory Committee throughout the planning process.

“We are excited to be able to contribute our knowledge base to this important effort, and even more flattered that we were chosen by our peers as a model freight plan,” said Caroline Mays, Director of the Texas Department of Transportation’s Freight Office.  “That said, our freight work has really just begun.”

Other states receiving top accolades in ATRI’s report include Georgia, California, Mississippi, Iowa, Florida, Washington, Michigan, Ohio, Nevada, Maryland, and Alabama.

For access to the full report, please click here.


ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.  

Feb 272018
 

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