Archive for July, 2014

Easy Truck Maintenance Tips

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Truck Maintenance

When it comes to maintaining an entire truck fleet, maintenance is essential. However, keeping up with trucking maintenance can be hard work. When it comes to major repairs and maintenance, trust Middleton & Meads to handle your fleet of trucks. However, there are some simple ways for your drivers to assist in the overall maintenance of your truck fleet. Simple driver maintenance will help your fleet run efficiently while also catching possible damage and problem areas sooner.

  1. Check your engine belt after travel for cracks and damage. Without your engine belt, your truck will not be able to function.
  2. Schedule regular oil changes for your truck. Fresh oil will ensure your truck runs smoothly for longer. This also helps with your truck’s fuel efficiency.
  3. Determine if your air filter is experiencing a clog.
  4. Check all of your lights before travel. This will include your brake lights, head lights, fog lights, turning signals, and tail lights. Your vehicle lights are essential when traveling at night or in poor weather.
  5. Check the tire pressure and tread of your vehicle before travel. This will prevent you from blowing a tire while on the road. This will also help increase your overall fuel efficiency.
  6. Checking your vehicle’s windshield wipers is a subtle way to maintain your vehicle. Your wipers help your visibility while driving in poor weather, which ultimately prevents drivers from having an accident.

 

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The Middleton & Meads Company, based out of Baltimore, Maryland, has a long and respected history in the transportation industry. We are a family owned and operated company through four generations, celebrating over 90 years quality of truck, bus and equipment repair and service. We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

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Common Truck Accident Causes

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Distractions while Driving

Truck driving accidents are common on the road, especially on highways. Highways and major roadways are known for their congestion during certain times of the day. This means that trucking accidents are inevitable. However, there are some causes of trucking accidents that could potentially be avoided. If you are managing a fleet of trucks and truck drivers, be sure your drivers are aware of ways to avoid trucking accidents.

  1. Speed- Speeding is never a smart idea for any drivers, especially truck drivers. Trucks, especially those carrying freight, take longer to stop once the brakes are engaged. If they are traveling at a fast speed, the truck will take even longer to stop.
  2. Distractions- There is a number of scenarios that can occur while on the road. Drivers never know when a car will stop suddenly in front of them, cut in front of them, or possible debris could fly on the road. Because of this, the road needs a driver’s full attention. Removing outside distractions like food, passengers, and the use of cell phones can help drivers stay more focused on the road.
  3. Aggressive Driving- Aggressive driving is never ok, especially coming from a truck driver. The acts of tailgating, brake-checking, speeding, and cutting other vehicles off are sure ways to cause an accident out on the road.
  4. Under the Influence- Drivers should never get behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Impaired coordination, reflexes, and overall motor skills will cause drivers to be extremely dangerous on the road.

 

If you feel your business could benefit from Middleton & Meads’ Fleet Management service or if you have any questions, please contact Middleton & Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

The Middleton & Meads Company, based out of Baltimore, Maryland, has a long and respected history in the transportation industry. We are a family owned and operated company through four generations, celebrating over 90 years quality of truck, bus and equipment repair and service. We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!