Archive for the ‘Going Green’ Category

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.

Truck-Fleet

  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!

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How to slow down the aging of your bus fleet with preventative maintenance

Friday, July 5th, 2013

When managing a school bus fleet, it’s important to keep the fleet in the best condition as possible for both cost savings and liability reasons.

One way to keep the bus fleet in good condition is to maintain quality headlights.

Middleton & Meads is the one-stop shop for your bus solutions.

We can assure you that your bus fleet flashing lights are in good condition, that the seating is safe for passengers and window screens are properly installed.

Leather ergonomic seating is the best for navigator seating and passenger seating.

If you want to save on cost, it’s perfectly okay to replace leather seating with fabric seating.

As for protecting the bus fleet from water damage, it’s important to have quality bus windows installed. Middleton & Meads can install all new aluminum tracks for your entire bus fleet to assure all buses have windows that latch and fully close during rainy or snowy days.

Water damage is one of the top reasons bus fleets age quickly.

For extra protection, we recommend installing screens on the bus windows.

Black screens go with just about any type of bus.

Middleton & Meads can also provide bus solutions that help you have a greener and safer bus fleet by reducing pollution emits per mile similar to the way trucks are made to function greener.

Healthier bus fleets reduce the risk of children develop respiratory problems such as asthma.

Asthma affects more than 6.3 million American children a year, making the need for cleaner bus fleets urgent.

You can make your fleet greener with the following services Middleton & Meads provides:

 

•     Mechanical Repairs

•     Collision Repairs

•     Diagnostic Equipment

•     Fleet Management

•     And much more!

With our bus solutions you will:

•     Have reliable fleet preventative maintenance

•     Lower breakdown costs

•     Better fuel efficiency

•     Reduced tire replacement costs

Learn more about our Fleet Management services today.

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!

Source:

http://www.vonslatt.com/bus-body.shtml

http://www.epa.gov/cleanschoolbus/replacement.htm

Enter The June Maryland SuperTech And Truck Driving Championships

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

 

The Maryland Truck Driving Championships & SuperTech Competition will be held on Saturday June 8, 2013.This competition is an annual Maryland State Truck Driving Championship held at the Timonium Fairgrounds.

But this year’s event is very special. This will be the very first Maryland SuperTech competition.

Middleton & Meads encourages truck drivers and technicians to enroll in this fun, educational event. If you are not a truck driver or technician, you can still actively participate in the event by volunteering, sponsoring or donating equipment.

Truck drivers participating in the Maryland state truck driving championship will have their knowledge tested and truck driving skills assessed. The finest truck drivers will compete for the Grand Champion title during the Maryland State Driving Championships.

If you are a truck driver that wants to enroll in the Maryland State Truck Driving Championships, you must enroll by Monday May 24, 2013.

Complete the driver enrollment form now to guarantee your spot to show off your skills.

If you want to be a volunteer, complete this volunteer enrollment form and return it to the MMTA as soon as possible. The Maryland State Truck Driving Championships needs over 100 volunteers.

Here are some of the volunteer roles:

  • Judges
  • Scorekeepers
  • Timekeepers
  • Driver Coordinators

No experience required. You will be trained.

To donate equipment, complete the equipment donation form.

There are at least 11 driving classes truck drivers will need to complete in the competition. Every class needs at least 2 pieces of equipment and vehicles for pre-trip inspections.

The following are acceptable equipment donations:

  • Tractors
  • Straight Trucks
  • Dumps
  • Mixers
  • Pup Trailers
  • Flatbeds
  • Tankers

To sponsor, please complete this flyer and return it to MMTA by May 31st. Sponsorships help reduce the costs of food, trophies, giveaways and more at the big event.

To register for the SuperTech competition,  complete the registration form by May 22.

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!

Truck Technicians: About The Registration for Maryland First Super Tech Competition

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Get excited! On Saturday June 8th, Maryland’s First Super Tech competition will take place at the Timonium Fairgrounds.

Neil Middleton is the chairman for Maryland’s First Super Tech competition.

What will happen at Maryland’s First Super Tech competition?

The Super Tech competition will spotlight the most highly skilled technicians in the trucking industry.

We highly recommend all Maintenance Council Members sign up their top truck technicians by Wednesday May 22nd.

The best truck technicians will win iPads and a trip to the national Super Tech competition that will be held in Pittsburgh.

Complete the registration for the Super Tech competition now.

If you prefer volunteers and sponsorships, the Super Tech competition is in search of 50 volunteers and sponsors. The volunteers and sponsors will assist in handing out competition t-shirts, lunches and prizes.

Here are the sponsorship form and the volunteers’ form for the Maryland Super Tech competition.

This fun and educational event starts 7am Wednesday May 22,2013.

Be there!

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!

Truck Repair Solutions: Addressing Common Truck Mechanical Problems

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Did you purchase a truck under market value? Is it not working as well as you thought it would? If yes to one or both, it is time to pay a visit to Middleton & Meads for truck repair solutions.

As a truck driver, you get what you pay for. If you purchase a truck cheap, you can expect that expensive mechanical problems and more will arise.

What are the most common problems that come with a cheap truck /used truck?

  1. Your cheap truck/ used truck experiences frequent oil leakage and burning. This occurs because the engine is old and needs motor oil continuously put in it because the motor oil drips on the road as you truck drive. The more oil you burn, the more expensive your truck maintenance cost/ truck repair solutions will become.
  2. Rust build up on the truck body. If there is rust on the truck body, there is rust on the truck gram. If rust eats away at your truck for a long period of time, you could put your life and the lives of others in danger. A rusted truck is never a safe truck to operate.
  3. Faulty Fuel Line/ Sealing. This truck problem can make long truck driving travels very dangerous because you could experience frequent break downs at anytime.
  4. Truck Transmission problems. This is a repair you want to immediately address when it occurs because it will simply get more and more expensive overtime. You may get to a point where it won’t even be worth repairing because the truck is totaled from truck expenses.

For common truck problems, such as truck brake repairs, come to Middleton & Meads.

Repairs such as truck brake repairs can really slow down your truck driving and work productivity. Middleton & Meads can handle repairs for air brakes, worn pads, leaking cylinders and more.

Never should you have to worry whether your truck can handle mountainside hauling because your truck lacks proper truck repair solutions.

Learn in depth about our truck repair solutions now.

Middleton & Meads is here to provide truck repair solutions for all your transportation needs – preventative maintenance, breakdowns, truck major issue diagnosis, mechanical repairs, collision repairs and more.

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!

Source: http://www.carsdirect.com/used-car-buying/5-most-common-problems-associated-with-cheap-used-trucks

http://www.carsdirect.com/car-repair/common-truck-brake-repairs

The Best Fleet Management Solutions

Saturday, April 20th, 2013
Are you new to the fleet industry? If you are new, it is time to get familiar with the best fleet management practices.
What happens in modern fleet operations?
Predominately modern fleet operations are focused on external suppliers.
Vehicles are sourced and supplier relationships are made top priorities.
When your fleet management is outsourced, it is important that engagement with suppliers remains.
This engagement with suppliers is crucial because day to day fleet management cannot be successful  without supplier engagement.
Fleet management includes carrying out supplier audits and reviewing and processing KPI’s.
Top fleet management should support fleet policy and understand the company’s overall company strategy.
Here are some best fleet management practices:
  1. GPS tracking to monitor multiple assets.
  2. Hire safe drivers. These are drivers that drive the speed limit, safely change lanes, signal and follow other traffic laws.
  3. Have a good fleet manager that is comfortable working in fast paced, high stress environments. The fleet manager should collect and store all vehicle data and driver data.
Maintain a competitive edge in the fleet business and develop your fleet management with Middleton & Meads Baltimore fleet management solutions.
We will provide you with technology solutions that locate the route of your fleet, the original route of the fleet as well as time halts/place halts and speed of fleet, fuel usage.

Learn about the Middleton & Meads’ fleet management.

Let us manage and monitor your fleet as you run your business.
Middleton & Meads offers a state of the art Fleet Management System to help maintain your fleet. Allow Middleton & Meads to customize a plan to minimize costly breakdowns. From cost reports to scheduling notifications, the Middleton & Meads Fleet Management System can help track your vehicle’s maintenance history as well as the costs to maintain your fleet.

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!

Source: http://www.fleeteurope.com/10_fleet_management_tips_from_the_winners_of_the_fleet_europe_awards-en-146-183117.html

http://www.rmtracking.com/blog/2010/01/27/the-best-fleet-management-tips/

 

About Port Of Baltimore Safety For Truck Drivers

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Are you a truck driver that frequently goes in and out of the Port of Baltimore?

The Port of Baltimore is a high traffic atmosphere. Over 400,000 containers a year are unloaded with products that are shipped throughout the United States. More than 11 million people come in American ports.

Port of Baltimore processes are complicated even for containers full of truck tires from overseas.

It is important to acknowledge that Port of Baltimore Contractors are not in charge of Port of Baltimore Security.

The Maryland Port Administration provides its own Port of Baltimore Security. Port of Baltimore contractors must follow rules and regulations the Maryland Port Administration enforces – unloading ships, transferring cargo, screening truck drivers and more.

The Port of Baltimore is a waterway to the U.S. economy. Proper Port of Baltimore Security is crucial because a steady stream of trucks hauling containers of valuable goods are at risk of terrorists attacks.

Over two billion tons of domestic and import/export cargo come through 360 commercial sea and river ports every year.

The Port of Baltimore is both a public and private terminal that handles over 22.3 million tons of cargo valued around $30.2 billion.

The Port of Baltimore is number one in the U.S. for imported roll on/ roll off farm and construction equipment.

As a truck driver coming in and out the Port of Baltimore, make sure all is right with your license plate numbers and cargo container numbers.

The Port of Baltimore security program is in place to maintain its excellent loss prevention record and to protect workers such as Truck Drivers at all times. Make sure your TWIC card and any other documentation are up to date. TWIC cards are required to enter the Port of Baltimore.

You will also need to complete Port of Baltimore security awareness training to receive your photo ID badge.

Here are topics Port of Baltimore security awareness training will cover:

  • Preventing Collisions and Automation of Container Handling.
  • Sensor Technology for Boom Collision Prevention.
  • Sensor Technology for Path Way Collision Prevention.
  • Sensor Technology for Anti Truck Lifting
  • And more Truck Solutions.

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!

Source: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/terrorism/jan-june06/baltimoreharbor_3-10.html

http://www.securitas.com/Global/United%20States/Port%20of%20Baltimore.pdf

http://www.sick.com/group/EN/home/solutions/industries/port/Pages/port_safety.aspx

5 Essential Winter Truck Driving Safety Tips

Friday, January 25th, 2013


Driving a truck on a dry road is no easy task and it is definitely a challenge to truck drive on snow and ice. This article will provide winter truck driving safety tips to help you prevent a truck crash.

Sometimes snow plows and sanding crews won’t be able to clear all the roads you’ll travel in the truck.

Snow and ice highways are common winter challenges you’ll face in an 18 wheeler.

Here are some driving safety tips to help you with your winter trucking:

  • Have deep tread tires for winter truck driving. They are known as winter tires and designated with a snowflake on a mountain.
  • Always replace your windshield wiper blades during the winter. You should also make sure your windshield washer system has anti-icing fluid.
  • Have your brakes inspected and practice stomp-stay-steer during break emergencies.
  • Be gentle with winter truck driving. Don’t press down on the accelerator pedal hard to make sure the truck doesn’t spin out. Be gentle with the brake pedal to prevent the truck from going into a skid.
  • Last but not least make sure all snow and ice are removed from the windows, lights and wipers of your truck before travelling.

Middleton & Meads is here to provide you preventative truck maintenance, mechanical repairs, collision repairs and more for proper truck maintenance.

For more information, 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: http://www.edmunds.com/car-safety/driving-on-snow-and-ice-10-safety-tips.html

http://www.carandtrucktips.com/article39/winter-driving-safety-prepare-for-snow-and-ice

About The New Hazard Communication GHS Container Labels

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

There’s a new 1910.1200 Hazard Communication GHS Container Labels.

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) or (SDS) have been used for 30 years to inform workers of the physical health hazards of hazardous chemicals they could be potentially exposed to.

In the United States of America, MSDS is codified under the 29 CFR 1910.1200 – Hazard Communication system.

In March of this year, the OSHA modified 1910.1200 so that the code may align with the United Nations Global Harmonization System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.

The alignment of the two systems will reduce the burden companies have with the care of hazardous chemicals by increasing the quality and consistency of information about chemical hazards and the protective measures that go along with workplace management and transportation of hazardous materials.

In the new 1910.1200 regulations, there are three information communication ways to inform workers of chemical hazards: Labels, Written Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and Training.

The Container Labels have the following six components: Product identifier (name or number), Signal words of danger or warning, Hazard Statement, Red Bordered diamond shaped pictograms, Precautionary Statement and Identity of Distributor/ Manufacturer/ Importer by name, address and telephone number.

The SDS consist of 16 sections and 12 out of 16 sections are mandatory:

Section 1 Identification
Section 2 Hazard(s) Identification
Section 3 Composition / Information on Ingredients
Section 4 First-aid measures
Section 5 Fire-fighting measures
Section 6 Accidental release measures
Section 7 Handling and storage
Section 8 Exposure controls / Personal protection
Section 9 Physical and chemical properties
Section 10 Stability and reactivity
Section 11 Toxicology information
Section 12 Ecological information (non-mandatory)
Section 13 Disposal considerations (non-mandatory)
Section 14 Transport information (non-mandatory)
Section 15 Regulatory information (non-mandatory)
Section 16 Other information including date of preparation of last revision.

The Training has the new Hazard Communication Labeling information and SDS new mandatory format. The biggest change is the new container information for the hazard communication labels. This is good news for workers because the label information contains standardized information (exact same information) no matter the provider.

If you have any questions about Transporting Hazardous Chemicals, 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: The New 1910.1200 Hazard Communication
GHS Container Labels

Maryland Trucking Industry News: Port Truck Ban Removed from CAP

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

As we addressed a little more than a month ago in our blog, Will Baltimore City Ban Older Port Trucks?, the Baltimore Office of Sustainability recommended banning older trucks from the Port of Baltimore as part of organization’s Climate Action Plan (CAP). This proposition was made in an effort to help reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

As you might imagine, members of the trucking industry, most notably the MMTA and Maryland Port Administration, strongly opposed the truck ban. A copy of MMTA’s comments can be viewed at www.mmtanet.com/Baltimore-City-Climate-Action-Plan-Comments.pdf.

Because of this strong opposition to the ban, Baltimore Office of Sustainability officials revisited its proposal. And the most recent CAP draft excludes any mention of a truck ban.

If you have any questions about the Maryland Trucking Industry, 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!

Sources:

Maryland Motor Truck Association – MMTA E-News