Archive for the ‘Baltimore Tractor Trailer Collision Repair Services’ Category

3 Ways To Save Your Tires

Friday, January 27th, 2017
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Keep your tires safe this winter!

Tires on trucks are a depreciating asset, as they endure wear and tear over time. Slowing the rate of depreciation in regards to them is key. In fact, replacement tires as a cost category are amongst the largest operating expenses of most fleets and are generally only exceeded by fuel costs. Depending on the number of trucks in a fleet, less than optimal management of tires can be incredibly costly to the bottom line. Maximizing tread life on tires is simply economical. Read below to discover ways to slow the depreciation of tires. (more…)

Distracted Driving and the Risks

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Truck MaintenanceIt is no surprise that truck drivers can become easily distracted while on the road. However, new rules are constantly being implemented that hold truck drivers accountable when it comes to distracted driving. Along with these new rules, new information is being brought to light every day about how distracted driving can affect truck drivers.

So what should truck drivers keep in mind about distracted driving?

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Hypertension and the Effect on Truck Drivers

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Trucking Shipping SeasonsHypertension is an ailment that many Americans deal with on a daily basis. However, hypertension and high blood pressure can have an effect on truck drivers. In order to better handle their hypertension, truck drivers should be aware about a number of things dealing with hypertension:

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Road Check Inspections

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Road Check InspectionThis year, the annual road check inspection will be conducted by both the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration as well as the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. The inspection is slotted to take place from June 2nd until June 4th. Within those 3 days, around 10,000 motor vehicle officials will be conducting over 70,000 inspections at 1,500 different stations within North America.

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Safe Driving Practices to Adopt

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Safe Driving Most pedestrian drivers think nothing of driving a large truck. Unless you have ever been behind the wheel of one of those trucks, it’s hard to comprehend how difficult the job can be. Truck driving requires safe driving practices to keep the roadways safe. To understand the dangers of truck driving, consider this:

  • In 2012, 300,000 accidents across the nation involved large trucks
  • In 2014, Time magazine named truck driving one of the most dangerous jobs on their top 10 list

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The Shipping Seasons for Truckers

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Trucking Shipping SeasonsFor any involved with the trucking industry, it is always helpful to have an understanding of the industry. Whether you are a consumer using the trucks, a driver that does the shipping, or the maintenance crews for the trucks themselves, you need to understand when the industry is most active and when it begins to slow. This understanding with all parties can help shipment run smoothly and more effectively.

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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!

 

Thin-Oil for Truck Fleets

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

It is no secret that oil is essential in keeping your truck fleet running. Over the past few years, many truck fleets have felt the strain of increasing fuel and oil prices in order to keep their fleets running. When the strain becomes too much, some hope to turn to thin-oil.

Thin-oil is a new type of oil that uses a lower-viscosity formula to improve the flow within the engine systems.  Thin-oil helps trucks reduce the types and amounts of emissions they release while also helping them to become more fuel efficient.

Thin-Oil

Thin-oil is still not available for full use. Tests are continuously being conducted to ensure the thin-oil can handle high speeds and prevent the metals from scraping during travel. Because the oil is thinner, it runs the risk of failing to properly lubricate the parts of your truck. While many are hoping the fuel will be ready next year, thin-oil is expected to be ready by 2017.

If your truck fleet can’t wait until thin-oil is available, consider other options. Technology is being developed that allows trucks to use natural gas and diesel fuel more efficiently and effectively. If you have questions about the fuel you are using for your truck fleet, discuss your options with your maintenance team.

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!

 

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Is your Truck Fleet Efficient?

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Are you in charge of a truck fleet? If you are, then you understand the stress and pressure that comes from maintaining a large number of vehicles at a time. Attempting to maintain an entire truck fleet on your own could cause different vehicles to be neglected, causing your fleet to lack in efficiency. To ensure your truck fleet is efficient, trust them with a maintenance company that specializes in fleets. Along with that, encourage your drivers to be aware of different parts on their truck that help with efficiency.

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  1. Regular oil changes are essential in keeping vehicles running not only efficiently, but properly. Neglecting to change the oil of your truck on a regular basis could result in malfunctions on the road and damage to your engine.
  2. Air filters help to circulate air and pressure throughout the engine of your truck. Proper air flow helps your truck run efficiently while also increasing your fuel efficiency.
  3. Tires and their pressure can either help or harm your truck efficiency. Proper pressure and tread will help your truck run more efficiently because it will require less fuel to run. Low pressure requires more energy from your fuel to move your truck.
  4. Helper springs are also imperative for efficiency when looking at tires. Helper springs work with tire suspension. Too much or too little pressure placed on the helper springs can cause your truck to use more fuel than necessary.

 

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!

 

 

Ending Distracting Driving

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Distracted-DrivingIn today’s world, everyone is moving at a quicker speed to try and accomplish more things in our short day. One of the areas we see this constant speed is on our highways and roadways. Because of this constant movement, it is important for drivers, both commercial and residential, to take the time to keep their eyes on the road as they travel to and from their destinations. However, as our world continues to move more rapidly, we are also provided with new technology to help us continue to work quickly. This means that as we try to travel quickly, we can also become distracted easily, which could lead to serious consequences on the road. To make the roads safer, ensure your truck fleet drivers avoid these distractions:

  1. Food and Drink- While eating and drinking properly before your travels is important, doing so in your vehicle while driving is a major distraction. Spills and messes can cause drivers to move their focus from the road to their cabin, which could result in a major accident. Instead, consume your meals at rest stops to avoid this distraction.
  2. Radio- While listening to a radio can be helpful and entertaining, changing stations can cause a distraction for drivers. Drivers should set their station before leaving their lot in order to enjoy the radio without the distraction of changing stations.
  3. Smart Devices- Phones, tablets, and GPS systems have helped make our world easily accessible and have made traveling easier for many drivers. However, these smart devices can pose serious distractions for drivers. To avoid these hazardous distractions, set your GPS before you begin your travel. However, you should know alternate routes in case a problem arises with your system. Turn off all tablets and phones before you begin to travel to avoid tempting calls and other distractions.

 

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!