Archive for January, 2013

About 2013 Maryland Supertech Competition: Top Technician

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Middleton & Meads has exciting news to share! The MMTA’s Maintenance Council has announced that the state of Maryland will be holding its very first Technician Skills Competition ever for 2013.

The competition is called Maryland’s Supertech Competition.

This wonderful technician event is made to showcase the talent of diesel technicians from Maryland companies.

Technicians from every company in the competition will engage in competition that will rate their diagnostic and problem-solving skills. The competition will be designed around troubleshooting tests.

When will the Supertech Competition event be held?

It is expected that the Supertech event will be held in conjunction with State Truck Driving Championships on June 8th.

All winners of the Maryland Supertech Competition will then go onto the National TMC Supertech Competition.

If you want your company’s technicians in the Supertech Competition or you want to volunteer or donate equipment to the Supertech Competition, contact the MMTA or email Selena Griffin at sgriffin@mmtanet.com.

The MMTA will be happy to add you to the distribution list to provide your organization more information.

For more information on Diesel Technician skill building, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington DC and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

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5 Essential Winter Truck Driving Safety Tips

Friday, January 25th, 2013


Driving a truck on a dry road is no easy task and it is definitely a challenge to truck drive on snow and ice. This article will provide winter truck driving safety tips to help you prevent a truck crash.

Sometimes snow plows and sanding crews won’t be able to clear all the roads you’ll travel in the truck.

Snow and ice highways are common winter challenges you’ll face in an 18 wheeler.

Here are some driving safety tips to help you with your winter trucking:

  • Have deep tread tires for winter truck driving. They are known as winter tires and designated with a snowflake on a mountain.
  • Always replace your windshield wiper blades during the winter. You should also make sure your windshield washer system has anti-icing fluid.
  • Have your brakes inspected and practice stomp-stay-steer during break emergencies.
  • Be gentle with winter truck driving. Don’t press down on the accelerator pedal hard to make sure the truck doesn’t spin out. Be gentle with the brake pedal to prevent the truck from going into a skid.
  • Last but not least make sure all snow and ice are removed from the windows, lights and wipers of your truck before travelling.

Middleton & Meads is here to provide you preventative truck maintenance, mechanical repairs, collision repairs and more for proper truck maintenance.

For more information, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington DC and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

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Source: http://www.edmunds.com/car-safety/driving-on-snow-and-ice-10-safety-tips.html

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How To Do Preventive Maintenance On A Truck Exhaust System

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Preventive Maintenance for Trucks and Truck Tractors is an important component of life safety.

This article will provide you information on how to complete preventive maintenance for a truck exhaust system.

A truck exhaust system originates under the hood of your truck but most of its components are located under the frame such as the exhaust pipe, muffler, and tailpipe.

The truck exhaust system can become severely damaged fro road elements of water, mud, slush, salt and gravel.

These elements will eventually rust and corrode your exhaust system because the exhaust system is made from steel.

The following are few preventative maintenance tips to keep your truck exhaust system in good condition:

  1. Inspect the muffler for any holes and make sure the clamps and hangers are not rusting because they could break while you’re driving or it could make the truck exhaust system drag against the pavement.
  2. Inspect the heat shield. The heat shield should have no dent/dings to keep repair costs as low as possible.
  3. Make sure all components of the exhaust system are at least 1½ inches from the fuel system, brake system and any other potential unprotected combustible material.
  4. Inspect universal joints to assure there are no loose or missing bolts.

Stay safe on the road with Middleton & Meads mechanical repairs and diagnostic equipment services and preventive maintenance solutions.

For more information, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington DC and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

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About Maryland Transportation Funding Shortfalls

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s word circulating that Maryland is running out of transportation funding. The lack of funding means Maryland will have to halt any new transportation projects and withhold money to maintain existing Maryland roads and transit.

From now until 2018 Maryland’s transportation trust fund only has $4 billion dollars to spend on transportation projects.

Any additional funding will depend on how much revenue the state can generate from fees such as titling tax.

In other words, Maryland will be unable to plan for the future because every dime will need to be reserved for maintaining existing infrastructures.

However, the following may be excellent alternatives to pay for transit expenses:

–      The State could enter a public-private partnership that allows a private construction company to design, build, capital finance, operate and maintain transit lines a year.

–      The Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFA) can provide low-interest federal loans and credit assistance for 2013- 2018 transportation projects. The Intercounty Connector was funded this way.

–      Enforce a Special Taxing District so Maryland can benefit from increases in property value that come with new transit system creation. This revenue tax will help support borrowing.

–      Maryland should also pass state sales and gas taxes.

For more information, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington DC and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Source: http://washingtonexaminer.com/maryland-running-out-of-transportation-money-state-analysts-warn/article/2513403#.UO8PdOQ72Ag

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CARB Implements The Diesel Filters Rule in California

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

It’s 2013 and things are changing in the trucking industry once again. Since January 1st, 2013 the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has designated a diesel filters requirement in California.

The Diesel Filters rule by CARB will impact all heavy-duty trucks and buses traveling into California.

The Diesel filters will require all heavy-duty truck drivers and bus drivers with 2000-2004 model year engines to install diesel soot filters.

The only exception goes for low-mileage or emergency vehicles. It should be noted that non-compliant vehicles might not be eligible to legally operate in California.

Anyone driver who violates the rule will be penalized $1,000 and over per violation, per month.

Non-compliance may also result in the truck or bus being impounded. Learn more about the Diesel Filters rule at Arb.Ca.Gov, or call 1-866-6-DIESEL.

For more information, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington DC and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!