New safety reports to “aid the nation’s truckers” have been issued in the United States by the National Surface Transportation Safety Center for Excellence (NSTSCE).

Trucking companies face a variety of industry challenges, including an aging workforce, driver shortages, injuries and fatalities, and the cost of implementing advanced safety technologies.

The latest studies, which include recommended best practices for fleet managers, include:

The studies show that engaging drivers in safety conversations and employing technology to deliver data that can be used as part of an ongoing feedback, can help reduce collisions.

“As recent events have demonstrated, truck drivers are critical to maintaining our economy, and it is imperative that we support driver safety,” said Dr Rich Hanowski, Director of the Center for Truck and Bus Safety at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI).

“Moreover, developing and maintaining a safe truck driver workforce supports the wellbeing of all road users. These three new NSTSCE studies provide important new data, and key recommendations that are scientifically based, to aid our nation’s truckers.”