Some acronyms are catchier than others. Take this one, for instance: UDFDDFDAVMCRCI.
Yeah. That stands for the 7 ways the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration categorizes unsafe driving. No wonder the FMCSA calls its Compliance, Safety, and Accountability classification system the “BASICs”: Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories.
But while “BASICs” might be easier to say than “ud-fudd-fudd-av-mc-ricky”, there’s unfortunately no corresponding mnemonic device. Do you know what the FMCSA is looking out for? The CSA BASICs are as follows:
- Unsafe Driving
- Fatigued Driving
- Driver Fitness
- Drugs and Alcohol
- Vehicle Maintenance
- Crash Indicator
Like I said: UDFDDFAVMCRCI. Or maybe this is easier to remember: “Usually, Dogs Find Dark Dens Favorable, Although Vipers Might Creep ‘Round Concurrently. Ick!” Okay, it’s a work in progress. Probably better to just keep “BASICs” in your mind for now.
For more information about federal transportation regulations—and more “fun” with acronyms—check out KPA’s resources for trucking compliance.