Tuesday, December 4th: A tractor-trailer heading southbound on Interstate 81 in Broome County, NY rear-ended a car carrier, losing one of the SUVs it was hauling, bursting into flames. In an attempt to miss the accident, a second tractor-trailer swerved, hitting a third tractor-trailer and causing the vehicle to lose fuel. The Interstate was shut down for over 3 hours for cleanup. 1
Thursday, December 6th: Baton Rouge, LA I-10 East was shut down for over 5 hours during rush hour (~8:45 a.m.) when a tractor-trailer overturned. The tow truck was not able to clear the truck away until 2:15 p.m. 2
Monday, December 10th: A crash in Monroe County, PA around 3:30 a.m. closed Interstate 80 eastbound lanes for 15 hours after a flatbed tractor-trailer lost control, losing a pre-fabricated concrete wall from its load, striking two tractor-trailers and a car. A fourth tractor-trailer hit one of the tractor trailers, resulting in a fatality. 3
Accidents such as these occur every day due to weather conditions, speeding, distractions, and other circumstances, resulting in tie-ups that can last several hours. These circumstances can result in great consequences for those involved in the supply chain including:
*HOS: Eating up a driver’s hours-of-service, thus preventing the driver from keeping their schedule without exceeding their 11 hour driving time and leading the trucking company to either find another driver with hours to take over on the load or delaying/losing the shipment.
*Missed Appointments: Many companies have strict appointment times in which a driver must pick up/deliver. If late, the driver may be forced to postpone the shipment or worse, face a cancellation in the load. Now imagine if a driver’s first stop had a strict 8 a.m. appointment but an accident caused the driver to be over an hour late, thus rescheduling the delivery until the next day. Being that the delivery was the driver’s first stop, the driver now has to take the shipment back to the terminal to rearrange the freight in order to deliver to the other stops onboard the trailer. This costs the driver and company both time and empty miles.
*Detention: In the event that a consignee with a delivery appointment decides to allow the driver to deliver late, the driver now faces detention as the company will unload those trucks with delivery appointments first. Detention, which has been called the “biggest productivity or efficiency problem in trucking” by the Owner-Operator Independent Driver’s Association (OOIDA), costs the trucking industry $3 billion a year.
*Delays: For LTL carriers, accidents/delays do not just affect one shipment, but every delivery on the truck and every pick up scheduled for that driver, leading to a trickled down delay affect and resulting in a loss of productivity.
*Loss of Productivity: Not only do carriers and drivers face a loss of productivity, but manufacturers as well. Many manufacturers need their products delivered on time for use in the manufacturing process that day. If even one shipment/product is delayed, it can result in a production hold-up, costing money and potential customer loss.
Although there is no stopping accidents from occurring, bad weather from falling, or unexpected tie-ups from occurring, Road Scholar Transport incorporates technology onto our fleet to help prevent delays.
Road Scholar has the ability to monitor and react to road conditions/reroute equipment. Our ShowMe feature allows us to use the Google Maps traffic congestion overlay to see where our trucks are and where traffic may affect delivery in order to choose the best route to avoid delays so that your product line in not on hold or reputation with your customer is not tainted.
Additionally, Road Scholar is preventing delays and damaged or loss of freight with our anti-crash technology. Road Scholar has an ACB system (Active Cruise with Braking) installed on our trucks that allows us to maintain a set distance of 8/10ths of a mile marker behind a forward vehicle.
When cruise control is off, the ACB will deliver a beeping alert, which gets faster and louder when closing in on a vehicle, as well as a visual warning on the dashboard showing how far the vehicle is from your truck.
When cruise control is on, the ACB will automatically reduce the throttle, use the engine retarder, or apply the brakes (delivering 1/3 the vehicle’s power but the driver can apply the rest if needed) in order to maintain a set distance from the vehicle ahead.
Not only does Road Scholar incorporate the Bendix Wingman ACB on its trucks, but ESP (Electronic Stability Program) as well.
This system is especially good for icy or wet weather conditions where wheels lose their grip, or taking a curve too quickly, which can result in a rollover. Drivers may not sense a rollover could be starting, which is where the ESP’s row and yaw stability sensors come into play. The row sensors work to prevent rollovers while yaw sensors prevent slide, spin, or jackknife situations.
The ESP automatically distinguishes the problem and quickly corrects it by reducing the engine throttle and applying the brakes.
Bendix explains the many sensors that supplement the wheel speed sensors which include:
-The steering angle sensor, which detects steering input, the first indicator of a maneuver.
-Brake pressure sensors, which monitor the amount of an operator’s braking.
-Lateral acceleration sensor, which detects the side force that could make the vehicle rollover.
-Yaw rate sensor, which helps determine if the vehicle is responding properly to driver steering input.
These are just some reasons why Road Scholar has a low damage claim rate of just 0.0003%, in addition to qualified drivers and safe equipment.
Are in transit delays from your current carrier becoming an issue of concern? Let us know. Road Scholar Transport will do a free audit of your lanes and offer some suggestions on route optimization. Visit www.roadscholar.com today.