Back in 2007, we were excited to talk about Michelin’s new XDA5 tire, which incorporated multidimensional treads that would reveal new grooves and blocks as the tire wore down. It was an innovative design that dramatically expanding the lifespan of Class 8 tires. Ten years later, we’re again exploring tire innovations, and Michelin is still there at the front of the pack, this time with a 3D-printed, airless prototype tire. Say hello to the VISION tire. Continue reading “Is the Tire of the Future Airless??”
Don’t you hate it when you’re minding your own business, singing John Denver at the top of your lungs, and your manager from work pops his head in to see how you’re doing? If that awkward situation doesn’t seem very likely, you’re probably not a trucker weighing the pros and cons of dash cams.
While the watchful eye of supervisors at work helps ensure efficiency and keep employees safe, dash cams in trucks are often being pointed not only at the road, but at the driver’s seat as well. Because truck cabs are often personal and intimate spaces for drivers, where they eat, sleep, and even use the bathroom, driver-facing recording devices can start to feel like an invasion of privacy. As the benefits of dash cams make them increasingly popular among fleet managers, trucking companies, and even drivers, it is important to understand how they work and why many truckers have serious concerns about them. Continue reading “Big Brother: The Anti-Cam View of the Dash-Cam Debate”
You know the chaos that can immediately follow an accident: Four-wheel drivers or property owners claim an incident was all the trucker’s fault and want to sue somebody, the trucker says he did nothing wrong and wants to protect his career, law enforcement tries to make sense of it all, and the insurance and trucking companies fight dirty over every penny possible. It can get ugly fast.
Such nightmare scenarios are why dash cameras (“cams”) are a dream come true for many fleet managers and drivers. From preventative coaching to resolving accident claims, there are many benefits to forward-facing and driver-facing recording devices. With that said, driver-facing dash cams add an element of controversy to the equation, so it’s important to thoroughly understand how dash cams work and why they’re becoming increasingly popular among fleet managers, trucking companies, and even many drivers. Continue reading “Big Benefits: The Pro-Cam View of the Dash-Cam Debate”