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  • Writer's pictureSteven Kastelic

Truckers Need more Decision Making Power

Pick any item in the room you are sitting in right now. Chances are that item was in a semi-truck at some point before it got to you.

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you approach a semi-truck while driving? Pass it as soon as you can.

Society has placed a negative stereotype on truck drivers. You may not fully respect a truck driver unless you know one yourself, and the public has a major lack of respect for these people who are the true backbone of this country.

What is the primary reason people want to become truck drivers? Freedom.

Yet freedom is being taken away from truckers more and more every year due to an increasing number of rules and regulations. Regulations are put in place to keep the motoring public safe. However, when the regulations become too strict on truck drivers, it makes their job incredibly difficult and sometimes dangerous.

Hours of service regulations have pushed truck drivers into 14 hour/day work windows that can not be freely paused for rest. This puts pressure on all truck drivers which results in rushed driving and overcrowded parking lots.

Most of the safety tech systems available today use sensors on the truck to help prevent accidents. These sensors provide valuable data about the driver’s performance (such as how often they are speeding, abruptly breaking, or abruptly swerving) but the results are shown after the actions occur.

Some of these sensors trigger other mechanisms on the truck when a driver is not driving well. For example, if the driver abruptly swerves, an inward and outward dash-mounted video camera records about 30 seconds before and after the drivers swerves. Another example is collision mitigation: when the truck sensors detect a truck driver does not have enough following distance the sensors will automatically apply the brakes for the driver.

Most of these risky situations can be prevented easier with a good night’s sleep. Fatigued driving needs to be addressed well in advance; not at the last second.

Instead of controlling drivers’ trucks and hours of service, BlyncSync is taking the approach to give more control to the drivers to do their jobs more effectively. BlyncSync’s software tool predicts when a driver can expect to feel fatigued. This gives him/her insight on the status of their bodily energy level in order to help make decisions on when to drive and when to rest.

“BlyncSync is one of the products that is like no other. I had one of my drivers actually test it out for them. It allows the drivers to simply… determine how long is it before this driver is going to start nodding off… It can help save his life.” - Steve Reichert, Safety & Compliance Specialist

With BlyncSync, drivers become more aware of their driving behavior and make the changes for themselves to improve performance. This results in heightened attention and safer driving, therefore significantly reducing the risk of accidents.

BlyncSync Technologies is working to decrease the yearly number of trucking accidents. In 2017 truck drivers were at fault in 27,767 traffic accidents; resulting in 833 deaths. You can read more about crash statistics here:

Next time you drive next to a semi-truck please be considerate. At 55 MPH it will take about 6 seconds to stop a truck and the truck will have traveled about 512 feet. Truckers want you to pass them, and give them plenty of room behind you before getting in front of them.

If you happen to meet a truck driver in person let them know you appreciate their work.

Learn more about BlyncSync.

BlyncSync Technologies

840 Research Parkway Suite 250

Oklahoma City, OK 73104

(405) 345-SYNC

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