Archive for the ‘Truck and Bus Mecahnical Repair in Maryland’ Category

Proper Repair And Maintenance For Trucks And Buses

Thursday, May 18th, 2017
trucks

Follow protocol for repairing your truck or bus.

As one of the most used vehicles in the world, commercial vehicles are extremely common and widely popular. As a result, understanding the nuances among the various commercial vehicles on the road requires skill and expertise. There are some very crucial distinctions that should always be made when repairing and maintaining specific commercial vehicles such as trucks and buses. Here, we take a look at the differences between trucks and buses as well as the best repair and maintenance protocols for each. (more…)

The Best Way To Check Your Brakes For Safety

Friday, May 12th, 2017
brake

Checking your trucks brakes regularly can be a life-saver.

Every pre-trip inspection includes a detailed brake check. In fact, there are a lot of different factors that go into creating a safe truck to drive. (more…)

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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Easy Ways to Prevent a Tire Blowout

Friday, November 4th, 2016
tire blowout

Not only can you lose control of your vehicle when this happens, but the pressure from the tire blowout can be extremely dangerous for anyone nearby.

It’s every trucker’s worst nightmare: you’re driving along, minding your own business, when a deadly tire blowout occurs.  Not only can you lose control of your vehicle when this happens, but the pressure from the tire blowout can be extremely dangerous for anyone nearby.  Not to mention, a tire moving at high speeds can completely total a car.  But tire blowouts are easily preventable, and don’t have to be a common problem.  Here are some easy ways to ensure your tires will all stay exactly where they are.

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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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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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Construction Equals Traffic for I-95

Friday, March 27th, 2015

I-95Trucks and other vehicles that count on I-95 as their main highway to reach their destinations are in for an abrupt halt come Sunday, March 29th. Starting Sunday, construction will begin once again for a 4.4 mile portion of I-95 that will conclude a two year project for the highway. The $60 million project on the interstate is predicted to bring serious traffic jams and a number of headaches for commuters during high traffic hours.

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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!

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Preventing School Bus Accidents

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

With more and more students attending local schools, more school buses are thrown among the early morning and afternoon traffic. Because of this increase in traffic, it has become increasingly more common to find school bus accidents in the news. In order to stop these accidents, we must first understand the causes.

School-Bus-Accidents

Accident statistics have shown that the most common causes of bus accidents include the following:

  • Driver negligence
  • Inclement weather conditions
  • Defective brakes on the bus
  • Challenging road ways (difficult to see or navigate)
  • Lack of bus maintenance

 

Do you know how you can help prevent school bus accidents?

Middleton & Meads can handle your Fleet Management services.  Managing an entire school bus fleet can become challenging and frustrating, which can lead to oversights in maintenance.

Our fleet management plan includes a PM service plan that keeps your fleet current on the following:

  • Oil changes
  • Windshield wiper fluid checks
  • Oil filter changes
  • Coolant level checks
  • Brake fluid checks

 
Encourage your drivers to be proactive in maintaining their own vehicle before and after travel. Also encourage your drivers to practice safe driving in every situation to prevent school bus accidents. Safe driving includes eliminating distractions while driving and never driving without enough sleep. As soon as a problem is found among your fleet, contact us immediately to have the issue resolved. Leaving problems for later can lead to malfunctions on the road, which can then translate to school bus accidents.

You can count on Middleton & Meads to ensure your bus fleet safety, from improved seating to better window emergency exits.

Learn about our bus solutions today.

To contact Middleton and Meads, call 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!

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