Archive for the ‘Truck and Bus Mecahnical Repair in Washington D.C.’ Category

Helpful Tips For Decreasing Incidents Of Unscheduled Maintenance Due To Overloading

Friday, March 31st, 2017
overload trucks

Overloading your trucks can be very hazardous.

Overloading trucks is a common reason for maintenance repairs. As many companies look to lower acquisition costs of their fleets by selecting lower-GVW trucks, potential for overloading increases.  However, an overloaded truck results in significantly higher maintenance costs.  Money is saved on the front end is quickly spent on the back end, and then some! (more…)

Everything You Wanted To Know About Lift Axles

Friday, March 10th, 2017
lift axles

Understanding the regulations for lift axles is important.

Lift axles are auxiliary axles that are added to a truck to increase its weight carrying capacity.  One concern regarding lift axles are the state laws surrounding them.  Most states have used weight limits that are extremely similar to the Federal regulations. These regulations encourage spreading truck poundage over additional axles, which allows for the protection of large bridges and road pavements.    (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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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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Common Truck Maintenance Mistakes

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Truck Maintenance MistakesWhen it comes to maintaining your truck fleet, mistakes are bound to occur. With so many vehicles to manage at a time, there are times when drivers and fleet managers alike are sure to make maintenance mistakes. While mistakes happen, they can cause serious problems for your fleet. This is why managers and drivers alike should be aware of the common maintenance mistakes made when dealing with a truck fleet.

  1. When a warning light appears on the dash of your truck, a driver should immediately take note and work to have the problem resolved once they have reached their destination. Instead, many drivers tend to ignore the warning lights that appear on the dashboard. While there are occasions when the warning lights mean nothing and appear because of weather or a faulty sensor, neglecting a warning light could lead to serious damage to your truck.
  2. Neglecting to have routine maintenance performed on your vehicle is a very common maintenance mistake. While allowing an oil change or two to fall by the wayside may not seem like a big deal, failing to have these regular maintenance jobs performed could lead to serious problems for drivers.
  3. Failing to communicate with your mechanic is another maintenance mistake made by drivers and fleet managers. When talking with your mechanic, the driver or manager should be as specific as possible when describing a problem that is occurring. Never try to tell your mechanic what is wrong, that is for the mechanic to determine after observation and evaluation.

 

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!

 

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!

 

Maintenance Management for your Bus Fleet

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Do you operate a full fleet of buses, whether it is for a school, church, or other organization? If so, you are faced with plenty of upkeep and maintenance. Maintaining your fleet is essential in order to keep your buses working properly and safely. However, maintaining a full bus fleet can be stressful for business owners.

Bus Fleet

Attempting to maintain your bus fleet alone can take away from your actual business or organization. Time and money is needed when maintaining a full bus fleet. That means less time and money to put towards maintaining the business end of things. This is why your bus fleet needs an outsourced maintenance company like Middleton & Meads.

 

At Middleton & Meads, we specialize in bus fleet maintenance and repairs. Our trained team specializes in bus maintenance and repairs to save your business time and money. Let our team maintain your fleet while you focus on the business side of things. Regular maintenance through Middleton & Meads will help your bus fleet run safely and efficiently. Damage caused by daily wear and tear along with accidents along the way will cause your bus fleet to be in need of more focused repairs.

 

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!

 

 

Avoiding Bus Accidents

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Bus Accidents

With so many buses on the roadways today, plenty of bus accidents occur every day. While some of these bus accidents are unavoidable, other bus accidents are avoidable through safe driving and efficient bus maintenance. Some common causes for bus accidents include:

  1. Distracted Driving- There are plenty of distractions for drivers on the road today. While some distractions that occur on the road are inevitable, other distractions can be avoided. These distractions include food, music, and electronic devices such as cellphones.
  2. Speeding- Everyone seems to be in a hurry these days. This means that it is easy for drivers to increase their speed to keep up with the vehicles around them.
  3. Poor Maintenance- Accidents often occur when buses break down due to poor maintenance. Should an engine or other system fail in your vehicle, a break down will occur, leaving you vulnerable to the traffic that surrounds you.

 

To prevent breakdowns and bus accidents, look to Middleton & Meads for your bus maintenance and repair needs. Our maintenance and repair services are here to keep your bus fleet in proper working order at all times.

 

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!