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Operation Safe Driver Week is Around the Corner

Each year, the CVSA (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance) sponsors Operation Safe Driver Week—an initiative “aimed at improving the driving behaviors of passenger and commercial motor vehicle drivers through educational and traffic enforcement strategies and interactions with law enforcement.”

This year, Operation Safe Driver Week is July 11-17, and the focus of this year’s initiative is speeding. Law enforcement officers will be on the lookout for unsafe and risky driving. Unsafe drivers of both passenger and commercial vehicles will be pulled over and issued citations or warnings.

In 2018, speeding was a factor in 26% of all traffic fatalities (9378 people). At the same time, speeding was the number one factor in driver-related crashes and has been a factor in over ¼ of all crash fatalities since 2008. Operation Safe Driver is an opportunity for law enforcement officials to interact with drivers in an attempt to make our roadways safer.

Does Operation Safe Driver negatively affect truck capacity?

Historically, Operation Safe Driver Week along with International Roadcheck (both sponsored by CVSA) which occurred this past May 4-6 can tighten truck capacity and increase transportation delays for important shipments.

As you well know, truck capacity is already tight due to the pandemic, and it’s likely that many motor carriers worried about safety issues will take their trucks off the road during these events. What can you and your company do to navigate Operation Safe Driver Week and keep your supply chain running smoothly?

Work with a reputable freight broker.

Freight brokers have relationships with carriers you can’t possibly find on your own. Here at AM Transport Services, we work with a core group of carriers with the highest safety ratings, long business histories, and skilled truck drivers. These carriers do not take their trucks off the road because they aren’t worried about safety violations, so truck capacity is less of a problem.

A good freight broker has experience with both expedited and jobsite deliveries and can help you build flexibility into your supply chain during times of upheaval.

An experienced freight broker will give you a heads-up, making advance appointments and factoring in longer lead times to make sure your supply chain is uninterrupted.

Finally, freight brokers provide the transportation technology you need to keep track of your freight from pickup to delivery, to make proactive decisions, and to keep your customers happy.

At AM Transport Services, we’ve been helping manufacturers and distributors like you for over 30 years. Our team of logistics experts provide excellent customer service, customized solutions, and state-of-the-art technology which results in increased efficiency and cost savings in your supply chain.  Freight costs do not have to bust your budget during Operation Safe Driver Week or the rest of the year. Call us today for more information on how we can help you next week and all year long.  

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