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Aug 282018
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Rebecca Brewster
(770) 432-0628
August 28, 2018


Arlington, Virginia
 – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today released the results of a new analysis on the potential benefits of allowing commercial drivers additional flexibility when they take required hours-of-service (HOS) breaks.  ATRI utilized empirical truck GPS data to model the application of split rest beyond the current 8 and 2 hour increments allowed under the existing HOS rules.  Through this analysis it was found that drivers could spend less time and money, driving the same distances behind the wheel.

ATRI’s study utilized a congested 40-mile stretch of urban highway in Atlanta, Georgia to quantify the operational impacts of congestion.  The initial assessment using the truck GPS data showed that the time it took to traverse the corridor ranged from a low of 40 minutes to over 90 minutes during rush hours, a more than doubling of driving time and related operational costs.

ATRI then modeled scenarios where a representative driver operated under the current HOS rules and a flexible 6/4 split rest time.  Under the flexible hours, the driver was able to avoid congestion, and completed a 585 mile trip with 45 fewer minutes of drive time.  Similar results were also found for 7/3 and 5/5 split scenarios.

When replicated across the industry, a conservative estimated savings in annual drive time of more than 2.3 million hours could be realized with flexible HOS options, along with over $150 million in annual operational cost savings.

“One of our biggest challenges with the HOS rules is the lack of flexibility.  Under the current rules, when traveling through congested cities like Atlanta, I really have no choice but to sit stuck in traffic and watch my available hours tick away.  As ATRI’s study shows, with flexibility in the HOS, I could choose to rest during the worst congested times and make my delivery schedules with less time behind the wheel,” said Gary Helms, an over-the-road driver for Covenant Transport and an America’s Road Team Captain.

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. 

Aug 282018
 

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Aug 212018
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dan Murray
(651) 641-6162
August 22, 2018


Dallas, Texas
 – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) will be soliciting truck driver input on several priority research initiatives while at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Texas this week.  Professional drivers are encouraged to visit with ATRI researchers at booth 1642 in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center to provide important insight into trucking industry research.

  • Driver Safety Assessment Tool:  ATRI is continuing to recruit drivers for research that examines the relationship between personality characteristics and safety outcomes. Participating drivers will complete tests on personality, memory and attention. Driver health and background information will also be gathered. Most of this study is computer-based, with ATRI research staff providing continuous support.  This assessment will take approximately 2 hours to complete and participating drivers in this study will receive a $100 Visa gift card.
  • Top Industry Issues:  Drivers will have a chance to participate in the 2018 Top Industry Issues Survey to identify the top challenges facing drivers today.
  • Detention Impacts:  ATRI will be surveying drivers about their experiences with excessive delays at customer facilities and the impact it may have on drivers’ safety, productivity and hours-of-service (HOS) compliance.

All survey participants will receive a free gift at the ATRI booth.  “This is our first year at GATS and we believe it is an excellent opportunity to engage drivers in our studies.  As a primary beneficiary of ATRI’s research, professional drivers are among our most enthusiastic research participants and we look forward to seeing many of our good friends at GATS,” said ATRI President Rebecca Brewster.

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
 

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 182018
 

On behalf of the Mid America Association for State Transportation Officials (MAASTO), ATRI surveyed truck drivers about their truck parking experiences at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, Kentucky on March 23-25, 2018. Drivers gave their insight on project awareness, ease of parking, personal safety, etc. in the ten-state MAASTOI region.  Results of the survey confirmed that truck parking is a critical issue to drivers in the MAASTO region.

You can download the report here.

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.