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How can I prepare my truck fleet for winter weather?

Monday, December 9th, 2013

truck solutions for  winter driving

As we are in the midst of winter storms, it’s time to winterize your truck fleet. From a light snow to severe winter weather, truck drivers can experience very hash and dangerous winter driving conditions. The dangerous roads could result in truck accidents as well as extended downtime for truck repairs.

How can you prepare your truck fleet for winter? You can hire a professional mechanic to handle your fleet management so you can rest assure that your fleet has proper truck maintenance and repairs.

What are the most crucial truck maintenance services for winter?

Anytime a winter weather warning occurs, you should have your fleet well prepared to drive safe on the roads specifically for winter weather.

The following is a list of services a good truck mechanic will provide you via truck fleet management services:

  • DEF system inspections. The DEF system inspections are required for trucks that have diesel engines and use urea-base diesel exhaust to meet emissions regulations. If the winter weather is at freezing temperatures, you can count on proper DEF systems to keep your emissions systems thawed after operating your diesel engines for 45 minutes. The DEF system inspection should happen periodically throughout the winter.
  • Have your truck fleet engine heaters inspected. This type of truck maintenance is especially important for medium duty trucks. Properly maintenance engine heaters help trucks work more efficiently because the engine heaters help trucks easily start up in cold weather.
  • Have truck batteries tested. During the winter it’s important that all truck batteries have a clean connection to slow the pace of battery degradation. Truck batteries frequently fail in the wintertime because it takes a great deal of energy for trucks to start up against cold, winter weather.
  • Next, you should have new windshield wipers installed for your truck fleet. The windshield wipers will reduce the stress cold temperatures put on your window shields. When window shields are stressed, you will notice chips and pitting on the window shields. By having any chips or pitting repaired, you will prevent your trucks from needing full windshield replacements.

You can count on Middleton and Meads to keep your truck fleet in good condition. We will make sure your trucks have good traction. We will install reliable truck tire chains on your vehicles to make snowy and icy roads easier to maneuver. We will take care of your truck brake maintenance.

Here at Middleton & Meads we will also monitor your tire pressure and pre winter your trucks so you won’t have to worry about fluid transfusion, leaks and other truck maintenance needs. We have the truck solutions you need.

Learn more about our Fleet Management today to experience premier truck repair solutions and excellent fleet preventative maintenance this winter.

For more information on effective fleet management, contact Middleton & Meads, call 410-752-5588 or click here today for information.

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington DC and Virginia, Middleton & 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.truckinginfo.com/channel/maintenance/article/story/2012/11/getting-your-work-truck-ready-for-winter.aspx

http://www.dieselpowermag.com/tech/1211dp_get_your_diesel_ready_for_winter/

How should you prepare your bus fleet for winter driving?

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Baltimore Bus maintenance services

By the end of the week or early next week, we can expect to see our first winter storm. How will you prepare your bus fleet for the winter weather? If you haven’t thought out a plan, you still have time to get your bus fleet in shape with bus solutions and repairs.

Before severe winter weather sets in, it’s essential to your bus fleet to have braking systems inspected and repaired to prevent bus collisions. Preventing bus driving accidents means training your bus drivers on driver safety for winter and keeping up with bus maintenance and solutions throughout the winter months.

You can start training your bus drivers on how to drive in winter weather by having the most experienced bus drivers work train beginner bus drivers on how to drive on icy and snowy roads. Your more experienced bus drivers should also map out safer, alternate routes for winter weather driving to lower the risks of bus collisions for your entire fleet.

To maintain a healthy bus fleet for winter, you should have a professional mechanic winter proof your entire bus fleet. A professional mechanic from Middleton & Meads can equip your entire bus fleet with bus solutions that effectively help your buses maintain traction on road, including the slickest road surfaces. Our professional mechanics will provide your bus fleet with window treatments to protect your buses from fog and ice accumulation throughout the winter. Having clear windshields and door windows are crucial to bus driving safety. Yes, that includes us replacing inadequate wipers for your buses when required. We can even install chains to the wheels of your bus fleet to provide better traction.

You can count on Middleton & Meads mechanics to fully assess your bus safety through inspections and repairs, no matter how old or new your bus fleet may be. Teach your bus drivers to drive defensively and we will handle the rest – Mechanical Repairs, Collision Repairs and overall Fleet Management services.

For more information on effective fleet management, contact Middleton & Meads, call 410-752-5588 or click here today for information.

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington DC and Virginia, Middleton & 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.schoolbusfleet.com/Channel/School-Bus-Safety/Articles/Print/Story/2007/09/Tips-for-Preparing-Drivers-for-Winter-Weather.aspx

http://www.ncbussafety.org/SchoolBusSafety/documents/TipsWinter.pdf