Division of Freight, Transit, & Heavy Vehicle SafetyOur partners have produced many resources that CMV drivers and safety managers will find useful. We’ve included some of our favorites below.
The National Surface Transportation Safety Center for Excellence (NSTSCE) at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) was established by the Federal Public Transportation Act of 2005 to develop and disseminate advanced transportation safety techniques and innovations in both rural and urban communities. NSTSCT research focuses on four major objectives:
- To develop and test transportation devices and techniques that enhance driver performance
- To evaluate the roadway environment and infrastructure-based safety systems
- To address mobility for vulnerable road users
- To examine driver impairment issues
A catalogue of research is available online with completed reports and publications. Additionally, the following NSTSCE-developed factsheets may be shared with drivers and others.
- Commercial Drivers: Over-the-Counter (OTC) & Prescription (Rx) Drugs
- Commercial Motor Vehicle Driving Safety Website
- Health & Wellness (H&W) Programs for CMV Drivers
- Onboard Safety Monitoring
- Teen Drivers & Heavy Vehicles: Coexisting Safely
As a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driver, eating right is challenging because access to healthy food is often limited. It can also be a challenge to find the time or resources to exercise while on the road. The goal of Driving Healthy is to provide CMV drivers with health and wellness information targeted towards the unique needs of CMV drivers. We encourage visitors to explore the information within the Driving Healthy website, to interact with others on our Facebook and Twitter pages, and to share CMV-specific health-related information with others.
Tips for Sharing the Road with CMVs
Did you know that car drivers are the primary cause of over three-quarters of crashes and near-crashes involving heavy vehicles? The CMV Road Sharing website provides materials and scenarios that may be used to educate all drivers, young and old, on the proper way to share the road in their everyday driving. The site uses videos to provide examples of improper road sharing behaviors and explanations of what occurred and what the driver did wrong. Where possible, examples of proper road sharing behavior, along with some useful tips or “rules of thumb” for sharing the road with large trucks are provided.
This website, CMV Driving Safety, was developed by the Division of Freight, Transit, & Heavy Vehicle Safety at the at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) with initial support from the National Surface Transportation Safety Center for Excellence. The content found within this site is edited by members of VTTI’s Advancement, Partnerships, and Outreach group. VTTI conducts research to save lives, save time, save money and protect the environment. Researchers and students from multiple fields are developing the techniques and technologies to solve transportation challenges from vehicular, driver, infrastructure and environmental perspectives. One of seven elite research institutes created by Virginia Tech to answer national challenges, VTTI has effected significant change in public policies for driver, passenger and pedestrian safety and has advanced the design of vehicles and infrastructure to increase safety and reduce environmental impact.
VTTI is currently the second largest U.S. university-affiliated transportation institute. The Institute employs nearly 400 faculty, staff and students and currently has more than $33 million in sponsored program research expenditures. VTTI annually supports an average of more than 100 undergraduate and graduate students and produces more than 140 publications per year. A selection of featured projects and publications are featured on this website. For a complete collection of VTTI’s relevant research, reports, and other products, click here.