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US and Canada Collaborate to Reduce Driver Fatigue!

New Resources Geared to Help Bus and Truck Drivers

Prevent Fatigue-Related Crashes


Anne S. Ferro, Administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, today announced the launch of the North American Fatigue Management Program (NAFMP), a website that provides training and education on commercial bus and truck driver fatigue management.


"We can help save lives and prevent crashes on our roads by providing drivers and companies with educational tools, like those contained in the North American Fatigue Management Program website," said Administrator Ferro. "This is another supportive resource truck and bus drivers can utilize in addition to complying with our hours-of-service rules."


"The launch of the program is very good news," said Minister Raitt. "The collaborative work that has been done with partners will assist motor carriers and drivers in managing fatigue, and promote safety by reducing fatigue-related crashes."


The NAFMP is a voluntary, interactive web-based educational and training program developed to provide commercial truck and bus drivers and carriers with an awareness of the factors contributing to fatigue and its impact on performance and safety. It provides:


Information on how to develop a corporate culture that facilitates reduced driver fatigue;


Fatigue management education for drivers, drivers' families, carrier executives and managers, shippers/receivers and dispatchers;


Information on sleep disorders, screening and treatment;

Driver and trip scheduling information; and,

Information on Fatigue Management Technologies.


The program was developed by multiple partners, including the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Transport Canada, Alberta Employment and Immigration, Alberta Transportation, Alberta Worker's Compensation Board, Alberta Motor Transport Association, Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail du Québec, Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec, and the American Transportation Research Institute.


The NAFMP fatigue management tool does not replace or override the FMCSA or TC's regulations on hours-of-service. FMCSA and TC-regulated commercial motor carriers and drivers continue to have a duty to know and comply with the respective FMCSA or TC hours-of-service regulations.


For more information on the North American Fatigue Management Program, please visit


Additional educational tools for commercial drivers are available on FMCSA's website at


Engine Coolant!


Approximately 7 years ago the OEM truck manufactures introduced extended life coolant (ELC) into the industry!  With each EPA change the operating temperature of the engine has increased 10 to 15 degrees.  It is estimated that 50% of all engine failures are associated with an overheat condition of the engine.

The benefits of using ELC are the fact that you can improve the engine's heat transfer rate by 12 to 13 percent over conventional anti-freeze.


During the pre-post trip inspection driver should:


  1. Make sure that the coolant level is within range of the marking on the side of the coolant reservoir.
  2. If the coolant level is low contact your Idealease service provider immediately for direction.  ELC coolant should be a red/orange color and should be free of dirt, debris, rust and other contaminants.
Do NOT mix ELC with conventional anti-freeze!


  1. If when operating a CMV a dash light comes on with an overheat warning immediately pull the unit into a safe parking place and contact your Idealease service provider for direction.  Operating the unit in an overheat situation can severely damage the engine.



During the summer season, when the ambient temperatures can get well over 100° F, and some road temperatures can reach almost 200° F, the heat problems caused by under inflation are more extreme. Tires that are run under inflated will be more prone to failure in these temperatures. A very famous tire engineer once stated, "Heat is to tires as Kryptonite is to Superman"... in other words, it's worst enemy. Taken all together, hot summer temperatures, under inflated tires, heavy loads, and traveling at high speeds (not that this ever happens), and you have a recipe for tire disaster.... that's exactly why you see more alligators on the highway in the summer season.


What can drivers do to minimize tire related issues during the summertime months?


  1. Tire pressures need to be checked more frequently in the summer.
  2. Tire pressures need to be checked when the tire is "cold" and not after operation.  Pressures can increase during operation when "hot" by as much a 15% giving you a false reading.
  3. Inspect tires for punctures and damage during pre-post trip inspections and stops. Tire punctures tend to increase during the summer because the tread rubber becomes hotter and "softer" and acts as a magnet to nails and road debris.
  4. Immediately report to your Idealease service provider tire conditions that need attention.

July 19th, 2013

The Heat is ON!


There is no doubt that much of North America is in a severe drought that has not been seen since the mid 1950's.  Along with a drought usually comes periods of fast moving thunderstorms that can cause a serious hazardous condition with rain. The rain presents a distinct hazard danger to a driver. After a dry spell of any period, accumulated oil, grease, and dirt on the road can create extremely slippery conditions. The roads are most dangerous just after it starts to rain when a light sheen of water is standing on the road. The oil, grease etc. rise up in a layer on top of the water creating conditions similar to ice on the road. It creates such a problem during the summer thunderstorm period in the southeast that it is referred to as "Florida ice." After a period of heavy rain, the oil and grease will wash off the road and the slippery conditions diminish.


Heat and your Truck


In order for drivers to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in a safe manner they also need to understand how heat affects the operation of the CMV. Two areas that drivers must pay attention during their inspections are the engine coolant and the tires!

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week:  

Sept. 15-21, 2013


Make plans now to recognize your drivers!


CVSA Brake Safety Week:

Sept. 8-14, 2013

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