In order to fight for the rights of truckers through research and education, the OOIDA Foundation often assists other industry stakeholders in their studies. Below are current, ongoing surveys that the Foundation has decided to assist in as most researchers do not have access to owner-operators or professional drivers. These surveys provide an opportunity for OOIDA members to communicate their experiences and professional opinions.
For information concerning the Foundation’s surveys, check out our Recent Research page for results.
The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) is conducting its 16th annual Top Industry Issues Survey to identify critical issues confronting our industry and develop strategies for addressing those issues now and in the future. ATRI reached out to the OOIDA Foundation in order to gather valuable information from small business owners and professional truck drivers. All information is anonymous and all responses will be kept confidential. If you are interested in participating in the survey, please select the link below. The deadline is October 16, 2020.
The University of Kansas Medical Center recently received a grant award from the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) to study the health of active CDL drivers. The purpose behind the 5-year study is to improve the cognitive and visual driving fitness of truck drivers in order to help them drive safer, for longer. Participating drivers will receive $50 for each assessment.
NOTE: neither the US DOT nor the driver’s employer or the personal physician will receive the results.
The 2-hour assessment will evaluate the driver’s fitness with the following tools:
- Cognitive tests (MOCA, Stroke Scale),
- Attention tests,
- Vision and “distraction” tests,
- Motor tests looking at range of motion of upper extremity and neck,
- Simulator tests looking at reaction time, speed, etc.
The research team will also evaluate the driver’s on-the-road driving safety with the following:
- A self-assessment questionnaire,
- A review of driving log data examining near misses, speed violations, and accidents.
This is a 5-year regional grant encompassing four states (Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, and Arkansas). A participating driver will be required:
- To be located in one of the four encompassing states
- To go to the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS (3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160) for the free assessments
- To complete one assessment a year for three years