Archive for March, 2015

Construction Equals Traffic for I-95

Friday, March 27th, 2015

I-95Trucks and other vehicles that count on I-95 as their main highway to reach their destinations are in for an abrupt halt come Sunday, March 29th. Starting Sunday, construction will begin once again for a 4.4 mile portion of I-95 that will conclude a two year project for the highway. The $60 million project on the interstate is predicted to bring serious traffic jams and a number of headaches for commuters during high traffic hours.

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CSA Scores: The Latest

Friday, March 20th, 2015

CSA- ScoresOver the past week, the House of Representatives received a bill that requests to pull the CSA scores from the view of the public eye. The bill also included the call to improve the CSA program while also making changes to help with law enforcement on the roads. The trucking industry has come together over this cause in hopes of changing the CSA scores and the algorithm used to generate said scores. The industry feels as though these scores are being used in a way that is unjust and unfair.

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Bad Habits to Avoid for Drivers

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Bad-Habits

Whether you are driving a truck or a bus for a living, it is important to realize the size vehicle you are handling at all times. While there are plenty of good habits for drivers to practice, there are plenty of bad habits for drivers to avoid. Bad habits can lead to a decrease in fleet productivity as well as put drivers and other drivers at risk for accidents.

Bad habits for drivers to avoid include:

  • Never attempt a trip without planning first. Map out two or three routes to prevent becoming lost. Choose the most efficient routes and check traffic reports to avoid congestion. Always check weather reports as well to prevent problems.
  • Never use electronic devices during your travels. All phone calls should be made prior to entering the road, and calls in between travel should always be made at rest stations.
  • Avoid eating and drinking while traveling. Spills can cause drivers to take their attention from the road, which could then lead to serious accidents.
  • Never get behind the wheel of a vehicle if under the influence of any alcohol, drugs, or other medications.
  • Never get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you have failed to sleep enough the night before. Fatigued drivers is one of the leading causes of truck accidents.
  • Never practice aggressive driving such as speeding, tailgating, and swerving.

 

At Middleton & Meads, we are ready to help maintain and repair your truck fleet during your season. While many accidents can be prevented, we know that others are unavoidable. We specialize in the following repair and maintenance services:

 

  1. Frame Straightening
  2. Panel and Component Replacement
  3. Cab and Body Replacement
  4. Complete Truck Collision Repairs
  5. Custom Truck Paints
  6. Dent/Scratch Truck Repairs
  7. Window-shield Replacement

 

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!

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Preventing School Bus Accidents

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

With more and more students attending local schools, more school buses are thrown among the early morning and afternoon traffic. Because of this increase in traffic, it has become increasingly more common to find school bus accidents in the news. In order to stop these accidents, we must first understand the causes.

School-Bus-Accidents

Accident statistics have shown that the most common causes of bus accidents include the following:

  • Driver negligence
  • Inclement weather conditions
  • Defective brakes on the bus
  • Challenging road ways (difficult to see or navigate)
  • Lack of bus maintenance

 

Do you know how you can help prevent school bus accidents?

Middleton & Meads can handle your Fleet Management services.  Managing an entire school bus fleet can become challenging and frustrating, which can lead to oversights in maintenance.

Our fleet management plan includes a PM service plan that keeps your fleet current on the following:

  • Oil changes
  • Windshield wiper fluid checks
  • Oil filter changes
  • Coolant level checks
  • Brake fluid checks

 
Encourage your drivers to be proactive in maintaining their own vehicle before and after travel. Also encourage your drivers to practice safe driving in every situation to prevent school bus accidents. Safe driving includes eliminating distractions while driving and never driving without enough sleep. As soon as a problem is found among your fleet, contact us immediately to have the issue resolved. Leaving problems for later can lead to malfunctions on the road, which can then translate to school bus accidents.

You can count on Middleton & Meads to ensure your bus fleet safety, from improved seating to better window emergency exits.

Learn about our bus solutions today.

To contact Middleton and Meads, call 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!

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