Archive for the ‘Protecting the Environment’ Category

The Importance of Keeping Your Air Filter in Great Condition

Friday, December 2nd, 2016
truck maintenance

Air filters are an important part of your truck that keep it running smoothly, and without it, you’re putting your truck at serious risk.

Oil changes are par for the course.  And it’s normal to get engine checks now and then–but what about your air filter?  Air filters are an important part of your truck that keep it running smoothly, and without it, you’re putting your truck at serious risk.  And while you shouldn’t be fooled by a filter that only looks dirty but is running fine, it’s still a good idea to practice proper care for your air filter and its replacements.  To find out how to keep everything in top shape, read on.

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3 Fuel Efficiency Tips for Truck Drivers

Thursday, October 20th, 2016
Fuel Prices

By being smart about how you drive your vehicle, you can get the most out of your money, help the environment, and lower your bottom line.

Whether fuel prices are rising or falling, every truck driver is concerned about getting the most out of every last gallon. By being smart about how you drive your vehicle, you can get the most out of your money, help the environment, and lower your bottom line. Here are three excellent fuel efficiency tips for truck drivers that you can start using today.

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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

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

Professional Auto Mechanic: How To Repair Drum Brakes

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

You need to repair your drum brake. What goes into repairing drum brakes?

Before we can answer that question, we have to tell you how drum brakes work.

Drum brakes function from shoes pressing on a spinning surface/ drum.

In most cars the drum brakes are installed on rear wheels. The drum  brakes are very essential to the emergency brake mechanism.

The drum brakes include two brake shoes and a piston. The drum brakes have two kinds of mechanisms – the adjuster mechanism and the emergency brake mechanism.

Drum brakes can only function properly when they are close to the drum but not touching the drum.

When the shoes of the drum brakes wear down, the piston needs more fluid to reduce the distance between the drum and the shoes.

During emergency brake situations, the drum brake design must work as a simple cable actuation mechanism.

If the seals of drum brakes wear down, the emergency break will fail.

To avoid this danger, break seals should be immediately replaced.

Middleton & Meads as a professional auto mechanic can repair your drum breaks.

This is accomplished by lifting the vehicle to examine the drum brake damage at the brake seals.

Next the brake wheel must be removed with a lug wrench and the brake drum must be detached.

Afterwards wheel cylinders are removed and new ones added.

Reattach the break drums and break wheel to complete the repair.

The repair of break drums should always be completed when the vehicle is cool.

For best repairs,hire Middleton  & Meads for drum brake repairs.

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://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-types/drum-brake.htm
http://www.wikihow.com/Replace-Brake-Seals-on-Drum-Brakes

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

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!

 

Hurricane Sandy: How Truck Drivers Can Find Safe Parking During Tropical Storms

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Hurricane Sandy is on the way. As a trucking company, it is important that your truck drivers have safe parking during the tropical storms.

Hurricane Sandy will  be hitting the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Corridors starting today. During this highly publicized storm, your truck drivers need to make driving safety a top priority.

It is your responsibility to make sure all your drivers out on the road have a safe haven for parking in Maryland  during this severe tropical storm.

MMTA members can find safe parking during Hurricane Sandy by using the State Highway Administration’s Emergency truck parking portal here.

The emergency truck parking portal includes a mobile app that can be easily downloaded from any smartphone. The mobile app will help keep your drivers out of harm’s way by helping them locate safe parking nearby rather than struggling to find parking on dangerous ramps and roadsides.

The Maryland Motor Truck Association rather your drivers be safe than sorry. It’s your duty to do your best to keep your hardworking drivers safe. Give them the right information.

If you have any questions about safe truck parking, 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!

About the eManifest Program

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

If you’re a truck driver that makes frequent to Canada, you need to get familiar with Canada’s new border rules.

Starting Thursday November 1,2012,  the United States of America’s truck drivers that haul low-risk cargo into Canada must register and submit an eManifest an hour or more prior to arriving at Canada’s border.

If truck drivers do not register and submit to an eManifest, they cannot enter Canada.

What is the eManifest? It’s an electronic document that provides information on the shipper, cosignee address, delivery name, delivery address, cargo description, package type, gross weight, and customs data.

To register for the eManifest program, truck drivers need to visit the Canada Border Services Agency ( CBSA) website at www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/ .

After registration,  the eManifest has to be electronically sent through Electronic Data Interchange or a web based portal from the CBSA website.

Truck drivers can only use the portal if they obtain a portal business account from CBSA and enter a carrier code.

If you have any questions about Truck Transportation, 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! – eManifest Program

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