Archive for the ‘Baltimore Bus Repair’ Category

Easy Ways to Prevent a Tire Blowout

Friday, November 4th, 2016
tire blowout

Not only can you lose control of your vehicle when this happens, but the pressure from the tire blowout can be extremely dangerous for anyone nearby.

It’s every trucker’s worst nightmare: you’re driving along, minding your own business, when a deadly tire blowout occurs.  Not only can you lose control of your vehicle when this happens, but the pressure from the tire blowout can be extremely dangerous for anyone nearby.  Not to mention, a tire moving at high speeds can completely total a car.  But tire blowouts are easily preventable, and don’t have to be a common problem.  Here are some easy ways to ensure your tires will all stay exactly where they are.

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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!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

 

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!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

 

Safe Holiday Truck Travel

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

As the holidays quickly approach, those who drive buses and tractor trailers are noticing an increase in traffic on the roadways. As you continue to find an influx of traffic during the season, consider these tips to stay safe on the roadways this holiday season.

  1. Before you begin your travel, determine two main routes of travel for your destination. You should also have several alternative routes determined as well. This will allow for easy navigating should traffic become unbearable.
  2. Always consult traffic and weather reports before travel. This will help drivers remain safe on the roads by being aware of travel conditions. If severe weather is being called for, consider changing your time of departure.
  3. Eliminate distractions in your cabin while on the roads. Distractions such as eating, drinking, and smart devices will remove your attention from the road, leaving your vulnerable to accidents.
  4. Both commercial and residential drivers should be aware of each other’s presence on the road at all times. Road signs and traffic devices should be obeyed at all times to keep drivers safe during the busy holiday season.
  5. Maintaining your vehicle is essential to keeping all drivers safe this holiday season. This means bringing your fleet into Middleton & Meads for regular maintenance. Our team will ensure your vehicles remain in full working order. Noticing a serious problem before traveling will keep drivers, both commercial and residential, safe.

 

Holiday Truck Travel

At Middleton & Meads, we are ready to help maintain and repair your fleet during the busy holiday 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 Bus Collision Repairs
  5. Custom Bus Paints
  6. Dent/Scratch Bus 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!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

 

Winter Maintenance Tips

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Winter Maintenance

As the weather continues to grow colder, winter will be on its way. With the winter season comes harsh weather and dangerous road conditions. In order to travel safely, bus and truck drivers should be cautious when maneuvering the roads this season.

There are some simple steps for drivers to take in order to ensure proper winter maintenance:

 

  1. Before road travel, check road conditions, weather conditions, and traffic reports. This will allow you to plan out your trip properly.
  2. Determine at least one main route of travel along with two alternative routes. Once the routes are determined, let a few people know your plans. Let them also know your departure and arrival times as well.
  3. Check your tire tread and tire pressure before any road travel. This will not only help with travel safety, but fuel efficiency as well.
  4. Ensure all fluid levels are full before any road travel. Any low levels during travel could cause breakdowns.

 

When it comes to winter maintenance, look to Middleton & Meads. Our bus maintenance and repair services will ensure your buses are safe on the road this winter season. Should your bus experience a breakdown, let our repair services fix your vehicle and send you back on the road quickly.

Our bus maintenance and repair services include:

  1. Frame Straightening
  2. Panel and Component Replacement
  3. Cab and Body Replacement
  4. Complete Bus Collision Repairs
  5. Custom Bus Paints
  6. Dent/Scratch Bus 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!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

 

Maintenance Management for your Bus Fleet

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Do you operate a full fleet of buses, whether it is for a school, church, or other organization? If so, you are faced with plenty of upkeep and maintenance. Maintaining your fleet is essential in order to keep your buses working properly and safely. However, maintaining a full bus fleet can be stressful for business owners.

Bus Fleet

Attempting to maintain your bus fleet alone can take away from your actual business or organization. Time and money is needed when maintaining a full bus fleet. That means less time and money to put towards maintaining the business end of things. This is why your bus fleet needs an outsourced maintenance company like Middleton & Meads.

 

At Middleton & Meads, we specialize in bus fleet maintenance and repairs. Our trained team specializes in bus maintenance and repairs to save your business time and money. Let our team maintain your fleet while you focus on the business side of things. Regular maintenance through Middleton & Meads will help your bus fleet run safely and efficiently. Damage caused by daily wear and tear along with accidents along the way will cause your bus fleet to be in need of more focused repairs.

 

We specialize in the following repair and maintenance services:

 

  1. Frame Straightening
  2. Panel and Component Replacement
  3. Cab and Body Replacement
  4. Complete Bus Collision Repairs
  5. Custom Bus Paints
  6. Dent/Scratch Bus 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!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

 

 

Avoiding Bus Accidents

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Bus Accidents

With so many buses on the roadways today, plenty of bus accidents occur every day. While some of these bus accidents are unavoidable, other bus accidents are avoidable through safe driving and efficient bus maintenance. Some common causes for bus accidents include:

  1. Distracted Driving- There are plenty of distractions for drivers on the road today. While some distractions that occur on the road are inevitable, other distractions can be avoided. These distractions include food, music, and electronic devices such as cellphones.
  2. Speeding- Everyone seems to be in a hurry these days. This means that it is easy for drivers to increase their speed to keep up with the vehicles around them.
  3. Poor Maintenance- Accidents often occur when buses break down due to poor maintenance. Should an engine or other system fail in your vehicle, a break down will occur, leaving you vulnerable to the traffic that surrounds you.

 

To prevent breakdowns and bus accidents, look to Middleton & Meads for your bus maintenance and repair needs. Our maintenance and repair services are here to keep your bus fleet in proper working order at all times.

 

We specialize in the following repair and maintenance services:

 

  1. Frame Straightening
  2. Panel and Component Replacement
  3. Cab and Body Replacement
  4. Complete Bus Collision Repairs
  5. Custom Bus Paints
  6. Dent/Scratch Bus 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!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

 

 

Bus Maintenance and Repairs

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Public transportation is a key function in Baltimore society. Without buses, many hard working residents throughout Baltimore would be unable to reach their jobs on a daily basis. They would also be unable to see family, shop for groceries, or visit their doctor’s regularly.

This is why bus maintenance and repair in the Baltimore area is essential.  Without the working buses of Baltimore, our city would not have the economy that it does today. With so many buses on the roads of Baltimore, as well as residential traffic, bus accidents are sure to occur from one time to another. When bus accidents occur, your fleet will need repairs quickly. While these repairs are needed quickly, they should also be done correctly and efficiently. Middleton & Meads understands how imperative bus fleets are to the Baltimore community. That is why we offer bus accident repair services to have your fleet back on the road in no time. Our repair services will ensure that your buses will run good as new once they are returned to service. If repairs are done poorly, future accidents will be more likely due to faulty equipment or a bus breakdown.

Bus Maintenance

Our bus maintenance and repair services include:

  • Frame Straightening
  • Panel and Component Replacement
  • Cab and Body Replacement
  • Complete Bus Collision Repairs
  • Custom Bus Paints
  • Dent/Scratch Bus Repairs
  • 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!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

 

How can I keep school buses running during cold temperatures?

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Baltimore bus repair services

This week the region experienced life threatening cold temperatures as the polar vortex wind chills set in. Although we all want to stay warm in our cozy homes during these cold days, life goes on.

Students have to go to school and parents have to go to work.

During days when school buses  are not operating because of school closings or mandatory bus repairs,  you need to hire a professional for bus fleet management services. A professional automotive service company will guarantee your bus fleet can properly operate during extreme cold weather like we experienced this week with the polar vortex.

Nationwide bus drivers know cold weather means bus repairs and hefty expenses for bus fleet management services.

School buses need time to really warm up to make sure they bring students safely to and from school. School bus windshields need bus maintenance to make sure school bus drivers have good visibility when the weather brings snow and ice to the region.

With full bus fleet management services, your school buses can have heated mirrors installed to maximize visibility during severe weather.

You can count on Middleton & Meads as your bus fleet manager. Yes,Middleton & Meads can setup good traction for school bus tires. This will give you peace of mind that your school buses are prepared for emergency braking at stop lights, stop signs as well as the highway. To put it simple, Middleton & Meads is here to help you bus drivers become better defensive drivers while preparing your bus fleet for anything the winter throws at your fleet.

Anytime your buses are running sluggish or you have bus problems, we will identify bus solutions for you.

We know how the bitter cold can cause school buses to stop running.

Never again will your bus fleet have to call customers to notify them last minute that school bus services have been canceled because cold weather disabled your fleet. School bus services are available to the community; don’t let them down.

We are always here to handle your bus repairs and overall bus maintenance. We are always here to help you identify the best snow routes for your busy fleet.

Learn more about our Fleet Management today to experience premier bus 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://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=9385611

http://www.kmot.com/story/24384879/school-buses-keep-running-in-cold-temperatures?config=H264

http://trimet.org/alerts/winterweather.htm

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