Archive for July, 2013

How Truck Maintenance prevents costly truck accidents

Monday, July 29th, 2013

An accident can happen any time you go behind the wheel of your truck. It’s important to know how to keep your truck in the best condition for driving and be familiar with the laws of the state.

As of July 9, Maryland’s highest court upholds the contributory negligence standard.

How does the Contributory Negligence Standard affect you?

Any time a civil suit comes through Maryland’s Court of Appeals, plaintiffs cannot receive compensation if the court can partly blame them for their injuries under contributory negligence laws.

The MMTA supports the upholding of the contributory negligence.

Before the contributory negligence was upheld, the legislature had to make decisions on whether to pass the comparative negligence fault system into law.

If the comparative negligence fault system went into law, it would allow parties involved in any type of accident to take some level of responsibility for the accident. It would also allow plaintiffs to collect money if the majority of the blame went to the defendant.

Middleton & Meads Co. can help you stay on the road and stay out of trouble with our truck solutions.

Middleton & Meads Co. truck solutions include:

  • Fleet preventative maintenance
  • Better fuel efficiency
  • Reduced downtime for any truck maintenance needs
  • Truck diagnose for any minor issues before they become major issues
  • Reduced tire replacement costs
  • Mechanical Repairs including brake repairs, clutch repairs, starters, alternators and air conditioning
  • Collision Repairs

The better maintenance for your truck, the lower your risk are for being in a costly accident.

Here at Middleton & Meads we are dedicated to being safe on purpose. What does safe on purpose mean?

It means that we take a proactive approach for truck repair solutions. Learn our entire safe on purpose requirements now.

Contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today for information.

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, and mile after mile.

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

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Source:

http://www.mmtanet.com/files/ENews071013.pdf

Livestock Truck Solutions: How to stay safe on the road

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Do you work in livestock transport?

If yes, you should know about the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) grants limited hours of service (HOS) waiver for livestock transport.

This waiver for livestock transport is a 90-day waiver that focuses on the 30-minute rest break provision regulations for livestock transport.

Truck drivers that provide transportation of livestock such as cattle, bison, horses, sheep and goats are eligible for the wavier.

Here is a list of other livestock allowed under the waiver:

  • Elk
  • Reindeer
  • Deer
  • Swine
  • Poultry
  • Fish

The 90 day waiver was created when concerns were raised about the health risks animals are exposed to when transported in livestock trucks. A 30-minute truck break can be difference between life and death for livestock.

July, August and September are the hottest months of the year for transported livestock.

The 90-day waiver ensures that livestock maintain a healthy well being especially when being transported via interstate commerce.

Any truck driver with the waiver must maintain a satisfactory safety rating to maintain the 90-day waiver. Learn in depth about the waiver by clicking here.

Middleton & Meads wants you and your livestock to be safe as possible on the road. Here are some of our tips for reducing livestock truck injuries during transport:

  • Reduce stress for the livestock by truck preventative maintenance solutions such as air conditioning repairs/ proper ventilation systems for farm trucks and mechanical repair services to ensure a cool ride for livestock and safe handling to reduce transit loss rates.
  • Never socialize livestock from different farms; fighting is one the leading cause of death with livestock transport. Partitions can help you keep the piece between animals and ensure a good quality of meat.
  • Have plenty of water for the animals and promote clients to feed their livestock 6 to 8 hours in advance to prevent deaths during transport from stomach sickness.
  • When hauling sheep or cattle, always start early in the morning. This is when they are the quietest
  • Have anti-slip flooring installed for the livestock truck to optimize space. Have trailer repairs completed any time you notice something wrong with your fleet. Middleton & Meads offers Fleet Management services.

Middleton & Meads is your one-stop shop for maintenance of transport vehicles.

We understand your livestock trucks must be in good condition to prevent delay of transport and injury to livestock. When livestock transport is delayed or livestock is injured, the cost is not cheap.

We are here to ensure your fleet has no extensive downtime for mechanical breakdowns.

When your fleet is poorly maintained, it’s not safe for drivers to operate livestock trucks and its not safe to transport animals.

Injuries cause value of stock to plummet.

Here at Middleton & Meads we offer:

Contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today for information.

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 bus transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Source:

http://www.mmtanet.com/files/ENews071013.pdf

http://www.animalagriculture.org/Education/Pamphlets/Livestock%20Trucking%20Guide.pdf

http://www.grandin.com/behaviour/rec.truck.html

http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELDEV3008268

Truck Services: Improving your Bay Bridge Truck Driving safety

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Driving over a bridge is one of the most dangerous tasks truck drivers take on. A bridge truck drivers and overall commuters dread is the Maryland Bay Bridge also known as the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

Gephyrophobia, also known as high anxiety or fear of bridges, is very common for Truck drivers and the average commuter.

Each day thousands of drivers cross the Bay Bridge to pass over the Chesapeake Bay.

The Bay Bridge is one of the longest, highest bridges in America. So there’s no surprise why the Bay Bridge is one Truck drivers fear to cross with heavy loads or empties.

Deadly accidents can occur when drivers feel dizzy from the height.

The Bay Bridge in its self is very oddly constructed – from the sharp turn to the wide-open, long distance. The Bay Bridge can even sway at times of high winds.

The number one reason drivers fear the bay bridge is due to the sensation of passing out/ having a heart attack or other medical emergency while crossing the bridge.

In previous years, The Maryland Transportation Authority provided a service to drive people across the bridge. This service is no longer provided.

Some bridges can give way and plunge trucks and cars alike into frigid waters.

Although there is no way you can identify how safe a bridge is to drive over, there are driving safety measure you can consider:

  • Be cautious of your surrounding. The last thing you want a tractor-trailer to do is strike an overhead beam.
  • Know how old bridges are in the area. The average bridge in America is about 42 years old. The government requires bridges to be inspected every two years to identify if emergency repairs are necessary.
  • Keep in mind that bridges and overpasses exposed to air during rainy and cold days create black ice. The element of surprise can be deadly if the truck loses control.

To make sure your truck is in the best condition to travel bridges such as the Bay Bridge, schedule a truck maintenance check up with Middleton & Meads.

Take a look at our truck solutions/ services to see what we can do for you.

Contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today for information.

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 bus transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Source:

http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2013/07/08/gephyrophobia-is-common-in-maryland-thanks-to-the-bay-bridge/

http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/24/travel/us-bridge-safety

http://icyroadsafety.com/icybridges.shtml

http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/about/outreach/education/bridge-strikes.aspx

How to slow down the aging of your bus fleet with preventative maintenance

Friday, July 5th, 2013

When managing a school bus fleet, it’s important to keep the fleet in the best condition as possible for both cost savings and liability reasons.

One way to keep the bus fleet in good condition is to maintain quality headlights.

Middleton & Meads is the one-stop shop for your bus solutions.

We can assure you that your bus fleet flashing lights are in good condition, that the seating is safe for passengers and window screens are properly installed.

Leather ergonomic seating is the best for navigator seating and passenger seating.

If you want to save on cost, it’s perfectly okay to replace leather seating with fabric seating.

As for protecting the bus fleet from water damage, it’s important to have quality bus windows installed. Middleton & Meads can install all new aluminum tracks for your entire bus fleet to assure all buses have windows that latch and fully close during rainy or snowy days.

Water damage is one of the top reasons bus fleets age quickly.

For extra protection, we recommend installing screens on the bus windows.

Black screens go with just about any type of bus.

Middleton & Meads can also provide bus solutions that help you have a greener and safer bus fleet by reducing pollution emits per mile similar to the way trucks are made to function greener.

Healthier bus fleets reduce the risk of children develop respiratory problems such as asthma.

Asthma affects more than 6.3 million American children a year, making the need for cleaner bus fleets urgent.

You can make your fleet greener with the following services Middleton & Meads provides:

 

•     Mechanical Repairs

•     Collision Repairs

•     Diagnostic Equipment

•     Fleet Management

•     And much more!

With our bus solutions you will:

•     Have reliable fleet preventative maintenance

•     Lower breakdown costs

•     Better fuel efficiency

•     Reduced tire replacement costs

Learn more about our Fleet Management services today.

Contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today for information.

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 bus transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Source:

http://www.vonslatt.com/bus-body.shtml

http://www.epa.gov/cleanschoolbus/replacement.htm