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

Traveling Safely at Night

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Night.Travel

For many truck drivers, one of the worst times to travel is during the night. The bright lights of passing cars can lead to headaches and the long hours can lead to fatigue in drivers. However, for many fleets, traveling at night is one of the major times travel occurs. There is less residential traffic on the roads, which means travel can be easier in some ways. If your fleet tends to travel often in the evening hours, consider these tips to stay safe.

  • Before travel, be sure to have your headlights aimed straight instead of leaving them uneven. This will help your headlights work more effectively during travel.
  • If your truck allows you, dim the lights of your dashboard. This will help avoid reflections that could lead to a distraction while driving.
  • Avoid wearing any type of glasses if possible when driving at night. If you are required to wear glasses, wear a prescription pair that comes with a coating that helps prevent reflection. Choose glasses over contacts when driving at night to avoid irritation and eye strain.
  • Become accustomed to looking for eyes of animals along the side or in the road. The light from your vehicle will reflect in their eyes, so you will be left seeing two bright, yet small, circles in the distance. Eyes will alert you to an animal’s presence up ahead, allowing you to slow down to avoid hitting the animal.
  • Be sure to clean your side mirrors before night travel. Streaks and smudges will only reflect the light of oncoming vehicles, making it difficult to see.

 

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!

 

The Express Toll Lanes of I-95

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Residential and commercial drivers can rejoice because the I-95 Express Toll Lanes are in full use and working successfully. Plans had begun to take shape between 2003 and 2005 when officials began to look at ways to improve certain areas of I-95. Along with improving interchanges and bridges, officials began to map out where the eight miles of lane would run to make the most improvement to the area.

The decision was made to have the lanes run from just north of White Marsh Boulevard to the I-895 split. While these express lanes do include tolls, they have different rates depending on the time of day. Tolls have been at the following:

  • $1.75 during peak rush hours
  • $1.40 off peak hours
  • $0.40 overnight hours

The Express Toll Lanes are only the second electric only toll facility within the state of Maryland. By using the already implemented E-ZPass system along with video tolling, motorists are able to pass through the tolls at the normal highway speed without being forced to slow down and wait in a line. The benefits that were brought to the area because of this new system include:

  • Safer bridges for road travel
  • Reduction of traffic congestion
  • More reliable travel times for both the Express Toll Lanes and the original general purpose lanes

 

Express-Toll-Lanes

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 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!

 

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The Characteristics of Reliable Mechanic

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Reliable Mechanic

When you are managing an entire fleet of trucks or buses, chances are you won’t trust their maintenance with just anyone. An entire fleet of vehicles requires a reliable and responsible mechanic to conduct maintenance and repairs. If your fleet is mistreated, your business will then suffer. Here are some characteristics to look for in a reliable mechanic for your fleet.

  1. A reliable mechanic should be able to answer any and all of your maintenance and repair questions. Their ability to answer shows they have experience and training while also showing their attentiveness to your vehicles. If a mechanic is unable to answer your questions, they are probably not a reliable mechanic.
  2. You should be given an accurate finish date for your vehicles. Should problems occur, your mechanic should alert you in a timely manner. If your vehicle fails to be ready by the time given without any prior warning, your mechanic should be questioned.
  3. If you bring a vehicle in for specific repair work, a reliable mechanic will be able to identify the problem quickly and efficiently. A mechanic that takes a day or two to identify a simple problem most likely lacks the education needed to be a reliable mechanic.
  4. Your mechanic should be able to provide you with an itemized list of maintenance performed on your vehicles. They should be able to provide documented notes and maintenance history for your vehicles as well.

At Middleton & Meads, we are ready to help maintain and repair your truck fleet during the winter season. While many accidents can be prevented, we know that others are unavoidable. We also understand how the cold weather likes to cause issues for drives. 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. Dent/Scratch Truck Repairs
  6. 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!

 

Common Truck Maintenance Problems

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Common Truck ProblemsDuring the colder winter months, it is common for truck drivers to experience increased issues with their vehicles. The dropping temperatures and harsh weather conditions can wreak havoc on your fleet. Here are some common truck maintenance problems that drivers and fleet managers are sure to face this winter season.

  1. Start Failure- If a truck has remained inactive for a long period of time; it could be difficult to start the truck up in the cold weather. Be sure to have all vehicle accessories, such as the heater and radio, switched to off when attempting to start up your truck.
  2. Frozen Wipers- If a heavy snowfall or freezing rain has occurred, your windshield wipers could become frozen and unusable. Allow time for your truck to defrost and your wipers to thaw out.
  3. Dead Battery- Because of the colder temperatures, the battery of your truck will be working double to make up for the energy. This means your battery will be more likely to die sooner. Be cautious of your battery and note the average life of the brand you use.
  4. Radiator- Colder weather can potentially cause your radiator to overheat, so be cautious of your fluid levels.
  5. Tires- Snow and ice make it difficult for tires to function properly during these cold months. Be sure to check the pressure of your tires before you begin your travels and be aware of the weather reports.
  6. Cracked Windshield- Ice is likely to crack your windshield during winter travel. Be aware of travel conditions before leaving and be sure to travel a safe distance behind other trucks.

 

At Middleton & Meads, we are ready to help maintain and repair your truck fleet during the winter season. While many accidents can be prevented, we know that others are unavoidable. We also understand how the cold weather likes to cause issues for drives. 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. Dent/Scratch Truck Repairs
  6. 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!

 

Motor Vehicle Enforcement Criteria

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Motor Vehicle Enforcement CriteriaTruck inspections along with motor vehicle enforcement are an important part of vehicle and road safety across the nation. Without motor vehicle enforcement, truck drivers would have the ability to ignore safety codes and traffic laws, creating an unsafe travel enforcement. . The American Transportation Research Institute released a report entitled “Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement- Top 10 High-Performance States.” The report ranks the states on a point system spanning over eleven main criteria areas. Maryland was proudly ranked number 1 in this report, while also ranking number 1 in the level of inspection intensity, a report made by Overdrive Magazine. Maryland received such a ranking from Overdrive because of their rate of inspection per lane-mile of interstate within their state borders. The Maryland inspection rate was three times that of the national average of state inspections.

Motor Vehicle Enforcement Criteria

The criteria areas below were used by the American Transportation Research Institute to determine the ranking of states in motor vehicle enforcement. All of the criteria is based per million vehicle miles traveled.

  1. Overall Crashes
  2. Overall Violations
  3. Fatal Crashes
  4. Traffic Enforcement Stops
  5. Roadside Inspections
  6. Red Flag Violations
  7. Crash Predictor Violations
  8. Clean Inspections- Inspections without violation
  9. Violations During Traffic Enforcement Stops
  10. Out of Service Violations
  11. State Funds Expended per Federal Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program Funds

 

 

At Middleton & Meads, we are ready to help maintain and repair your 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 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!

 

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!

 

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.

 

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!

 

What are the benefits of in-house collision repairs?

Friday, January 17th, 2014

The advantages of in-house collisions repairs technicians

Anytime your fleet experiences a collision, it’s never easy on your wallet or your vehicles. However, finding a good Baltimore in-house collision repairs technician could be your best bet for saving money and preventing future accidents for your truck fleet.

What benefits can I reap from Baltimore in-house collision repairs services?

Your truck fleet is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make over the course of your lifetime. It’s important that you have a professional Baltimore collision repairs technician on hand that you trust will preserve the safety of your fleet as best as possible. When you can secure the safety of your trucks on the road, you can improve the value of your truck fleet. Truck accidents come with major and minor vehicle damage. You never know what type of accidents your truck drivers can experience any given day. This is why it’s crucial to the health of your truck fleet that you hire the best Baltimore collision repairs technician in your area.

What can a professional collision repairs technician offer you in service?

For one, a Baltimore collisions repairs technician can install high-tech equipment to your trucks to help you avoid common collision damage such as engine problems. The certified collisions repairs technicians can protect your truck fleet better than any foreign auto shop because the Baltimore in-house auto technician will get to know your truck fleet well through diagnostics and mechanical repairs. You’ll have peace of mind that your Baltimore in-house collision repairs technician will always install excellent quality replacement parts any time your truck fleet experiences an accident.

When you select a Baltimore collisions repairs technician, always interview the technician on how knowledgeable he/she is about truck auto body repairs and custom refinishing and request client referrals.

A well-qualified collisions repair technician can repair the bodies of all types of vehicles – cars, vans, buses, trucks and even trailers. Thee in-house technician will also help provide you an estimate cost prior to performing the repairs. Fenders can be replaced. Dents can be removed from doors. Wheels can be aligned.

Middleton & Meads is here to serve as your Dupont certified shop in house Collision Repairs technician today.

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.friendlycollision.com/auto-collision/dealership-collision-center/

http://www.lcc.edu/transportation/collision_repair/careers/

Attend the MMTA Impaired Driving Workshop October 29th

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Truck Drivers

Impaired driving can come with a hefty cost for your company but how much can impaired driving cost?

The Maryland Motor Truck Association Safety Management Council is having a workshop on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at Snyder’s Willow Grove to help you learn about the cost of impaired driving. Snyder’s Willow Grove is located on 841 N. Hammonds Ferry Road. The gathering begins at 5:30 p.m. follow by dinner at 6:00 p.m. and the meeting at 7:00 p.m.

The cost for the workshop is $40, advance payment preferred.

What is impaired driving?

Impaired driving is the occurrence of a driver experience a reduction in driving performance because of alcohol or drug abuse. Every 30 minutes impaired driving kills.

It is important to educate drivers about impaired driving because it is a liability risks and social issue that puts the transportation industry on edge. Thankfully, impaired driving losses of life and property damage are preventable.

How is impaired driving preventable?

By educating the public, we can help more drivers make wise/ responsible decisions about alcohol and drug usage. The safety advocacy can stop impaired driving before it starts.

At our impaired driving workshop,BGE  will speak about the success of its award winning ‘Rethinking Drinking Campaign’.

To attend the event, you must RSVP by phone or fax by October 24th.

REGISTER ONLINE AT:

https://connect.computility.com/f/fid.php?id=1c6c2e80eedc58b6f05a4d17dde8810a

For more information on preventing impaired driving, 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.safteng.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=314&Itemid=151

www.mmtanet.com