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The Importance of Brake Maintenance for Truck Fleets

Friday, October 28th, 2016
Truck Fleet Maintenance

While truck maintenance is easy to put off, there is never a better time than today when it comes to truck and brake maintenance. A truck weighing tens of thousands of pounds that needs to stop quickly.

Whether your truck fleet is large or small, brake maintenance is crucial for driver safety, product safety, and the safety of everyone around you on the road. While truck maintenance is easy to put off, there is never a better time than today when it comes to truck and brake maintenance. A truck weighing tens of thousands of pounds that needs to stop quickly to prevent an accident definitely can’t do so without proper brake maintenance. Here are some of the reasons why brake maintenance is so important for your truck fleet.

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Maintenance Council Hosts Allison Transmission Training in April

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Do your employees need transmission training? If yes, you are in luck. The Maintenance Council will host an Allison Transmission training in two weeks.

Here at Middleton & Meads, we highly recommend that MMTA Maintenance Council Members and MMTA Members join the training session.

Neil Middleton is the Chairman of MMTA’s Maintenance Council. Neil will be hosting the Allison Transmission training on Wednesday April 3, 2013.

The Allison Transmission Training will take place at Middleton & Meads.

Middleton & Meads is located here:

1900 S. Hanover Street Baltimore, MD 21230

The Allison Transmission Training will run from 1:30 Pm -4:00 Pm

Those attending the event will learn about inspection tips, Allison DOC, troubleshooting tips, preventative maintenance and J-11939 data link.

The Transmission training will also feature the expert speaker Ron Strobel, Senior Business Development Manager of ATR, Inc. ( Authorized Transmission Re-manufacturing, Inc.).

Mr. Strobel will be conducting the seminar and the Q& A.

Space is limited to only 30 members. So RSVP today! 

Click here to register online!

 

 

Reservations are required by April 1,2013.

 

 

The Allison Transmission Training is sponsored by Middleton & Meads and K. Neal Idealease.

 

 

Contact Middleton and Meads by calling

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!

 

October 1st New Maryland Law Will Force Overweight Trucks To Off Load

Friday, September 28th, 2012

October is only a few days away and a New Maryland Law will be in full effect for Truck Drivers. What is this new law? The New Maryland Law revolves around Overweight Vehicles with perishable products.

Starting October 1st, if you are a truck driver carrying an overweight perishable products load, you will automatically be off-loaded.

This change in Maryland law will affect all truck drivers whom exceed the gross vehicle weight limit by more than 5,000 lbs.

Prior to this new Maryland law, overweight vehicles were simply issued a citation rather than being forced to off-load.

Trucks are always more of a hazard when they are overweight and overloaded because the trucks can lose control by making any sudden moves. Here are a few tips on how to prevent overloaded truck accidents:

–      Make sure your commercial truck weight distribution is appropriate. It helps the truck handle itself in a number of circumstances.

–      Know how heavy your load can be, the combined weight of the load and truck and how much weight can each axle endure ( and don’t forget how much weight your truck tires can endure). This will help your truck not be forced to unload at checkpoints and most importantly you can be assured you are safe on the road.

–      Do your best to create distance in front and behind you, so your truck can stop properly and safely when necessary. Too much weight creates an unsafe shift in your load and increases the possibility of you losing control of steering capabilities. Remember big rigs and overloaded trucks are more likely to roll over.

If you have any questions about Safe Truck Loads, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

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 transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Source: MMTA’s E-News!- New Maryland Law for Overweight Vehicles with Perishable Products Takes Effect October 1st

MMTA Maintenance Council Brake Adjustment & Certification Class

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Back by popular demand, the Maryland Motor Truck Association (MMTA) has scheduled a brake adjustment & certification class for August 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm. Brake inspectors will required to demonstrate sufficient training, knowledge, and experience under FMCSA 396.25.

Place: Middleton & Meads, 1900 S. Hanover Street Baltimore MD 21230

Cost: $10 per person

Brake qualification cards & training certificates will be issued!

This federal brake inspection certification course is part of the Maryland Motor Truck Association’s Maintenance Council, which Middleton & Meads is proud to lead. The Maintenance Council provides training to fleet managers and first-line supervisors to improve their knowledge of maintenance personnel and assist them with compliance of regulatory requirements.

If you have any questions about the MMTA Maintenance Council Brake Adjustment & Certification Class, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

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 transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

 

Trucking Industry News: Reducing the Stopping Distance of Class 8 Tractors

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

In an effort to make the stopping capabilities of tractor trailers similar to that of a typical passenger car, The U.S. government enacted a three-year program (completed in August 2013) to help reduce the stopping distance of Class 8 tractors. The first phase, which went into effect August 2011, covered three axle tractors up to 59,600 pounds gross vehicle weight ratings (GVWR). The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) regulations will eventually include all tractors with GVWRs over 59,600 pounds.

Important Information Regarding the Reduction of Class 8 Tractor Stopping Distances

  1. Steer Axle: The primary change to the tractors’ brakes is on the steer axle. This is because a weight transfer occurs during high deceleration, adding significant load to the steer axle. As a result, more torque can be added to the steer brakes. Therefore, it is important for these tractors to have either larger, higher torque drum brakes on the steer axle, or higher torque air disc brakes.
  2. Two Basics: First of all, brake replacement linings must be selected to assure the friction level of the replacement lining produces equivalent brake torque to the original equipment (OE) linings. Secondly, the introduction of large volumes of air disc brakes to the North American market increases the potential for naturally occurring compatibility problems between disc and drum brakes.
  3. Brake Lining Ratings: The Technology and Maintenance Council’s Recommended Practice 628, Aftermarket Brake Lining Qualification is a voluntary system for rating aftermarket brake linings…and it’s free!
  4. Air Disc Brakes vs. Air Actuated Drum Brakes: Remember, these two are different animals all together, with differences in both design and friction material. The disc brake is the newer product and it has all the advantages of disc brakes on cars, including consistent torque output, significantly reduced fade, and potentially longer life. 

If you have any questions about the Reduction of Class 8 Tractor Stopping Distances, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” So go ahead and do what you do best and let us take care of the rest. Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

The Middleton & Meads Company 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!

Sources:

Tractor Braking Systems

 

Federal Brake Inspection Certification Course in Maryland

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

At 8am on February 2nd, 2012, Middleton & Meads is teaming up with the Maryland Motor Truck Association, Kneal International, and Navistar Corporation to offer a two hour federal brake inspection certification course. The event will take place at the Middleton and Meads Hanover Street location.

MIDDLETON AND MEADS CO., INC.
1900 South Hanover Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21230

Call Sean Foye at 410-752-5588 to register. But hurry! The class is limited to the first 30 people registered. The cost of the class is $10.

This federal brake inspection certification course is part of the Maryland Motor Truck Association’s Maintenance Council, which Middleton & Meads is proud to lead. The Maintenance Council provides training to fleet managers and first-line supervisors to improve their knowledge of maintenance personnel and assist them with compliance of regulatory requirements.

Middleton & Meads has conducted onsite training for customers in the past. Our training administrator has educated our customers and their employees on selected topics to help or customers identify the root cause for repairs.

If you have any questions about the Maryland Motor Truck Association’s Maintenance Council or our Federal Brake Inspection Certification Course in Baltimore, please contact Middleton & Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

The Middleton & Meads Company 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!