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Safe Solutions To The Truck Parking Problem

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017
truck parking

It is important for all truck drivers to have simple ways to find safe truck parking on the road.

Within the trucking industry, it is common knowledge that taking breaks in parking lots can be quite a difficult process. In fact, finding a safe location to park while simultaneously considering the time it takes to park can be quite the obstacle for even the most experienced truck drivers out there. (more…)

3 Tips to Help Prepare Your Fleet For Winter

Friday, December 16th, 2016
winter

Driving a fleet through snow and ice is an entirely different experience from driving through sunny, dry days. And, as such, you need to modify your fleet accordingly.

Driving a fleet through snow and ice is an entirely different experience from driving through sunny, dry days.  And, as such, you need to modify your fleet accordingly.  Keeping your trucks in top shape is an important part of safely navigating your journeys.  Traveling becomes safer and more reliable when you’re prepared for what lies ahead.  Read on for a few tips for preparing your fleet for winter weather.


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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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Fun Truck Driving Facts You Didn’t Expect

Friday, October 14th, 2016
Bad-Habits

Truck drivers can be a mysterious bunch, because their lifestyle isn’t often publicized. It’s common for misconceptions to arise, and it’s also important to conquer these misconceptions with facts.

Ever wonder about the mysterious truck drivers you see on the highway?  Truck drivers can be a mysterious bunch, because their lifestyle isn’t often publicized.  It’s common for misconceptions to arise, and it’s also important to conquer these misconceptions with facts.  Because if we don’t it’s possible that drivers will make decisions based on what they believe, false or not.  So, here are some truck driving facts you probably didn’t know!


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Maintaining your Truck Fleet

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Truck Fleet MaintenanceWhen you are in charge of maintaining a truck fleet, the weight of the world feels as though it rests on your shoulders. Maintaining only one truck can be difficult at times, so maintaining a full truck fleet can be a stressful job. For major maintenance, a truck fleet should be trusted to Middleton & Meads to ensure nothing is missed. However, there are some simple ways that truck drivers can assist in truck fleet maintenance to help preserve the life of your fleet.

So how can truck drivers help to maintain their own truck?

  • Before any travel commences, drivers should check the fluid levels in their truck. This includes oil, windshield wiper fluid, steering wheel fluid, and transmission fluid. If they notice any leaks, drivers should not take the truck on the road and instead call Middleton & Meads for further maintenance.
  • Drivers should check their mirrors, windows, and windshields for any potential cracks before travel. This will help prevent severe damage or accidents while driving.
  • Drivers should be mindful of annual maintenance that must be done. Being aware of when oil changes and other regular maintenance are due will help keep your truck fleet running smoothly.

 

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 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!

 

Middleton & Meads Recently Awarded Several Lucrative Contracts Throughout Maryland and Washington D.C.

Friday, November 11th, 2011

The Middleton & Meads Company is proud to announce that we were recently awarded several big contracts by the city of Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Howard County (MD). These contracts include:

City of Baltimore: Spring and Suspension Repairs for city vehicles – $2,500,000. The contract is for three (3) years, with two (2) additional one-year extensions.

Howard County: Services Contract for Heavy Equipment Parts and Service – $2,930,150.  This contract expires April 30, 2012, with four (4) additional one-year extensions.

Howard County: Automotive, Light Truck and Heavy Equipment Body Repair – $249,593. This contract expires May 31, 2012, with four (4) additional one-year extensions.

District of Columbia: School Bus Maintenance Services, $500,000, 90 days.

The Middleton and 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.

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 and organizations of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

If you have any questions, please contact Middleton & Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Benefits of Stertil-Koni Truck and Bus Lifts

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Quick preventative maintenance is not always the easiest task when it comes to tractor-trailers (also known as 18 wheelers, big rigs, or semis) and busses. While that may be true for most companies, it is not for Middleton & Meads. Here we use Stertil-Koni mobile lifts. These lifts allow Middleton & Meads to raise any vehicle that we service, anywhere in our shops, as well as outside our shop.

Each lift is individually positioned under the vehicle’s tires and through the use of a control panel on each lift the vehicle is raised. The setup time of the lifts is much quicker than the setup of jack stands, which improves the efficiency of the repair.

The Stertil-Koni EARTHLIFT features/ benefits include:

•      Self-regenerative feature extends recharging intervals to 27 cycles at full load

•      Columns are made from 98% recyclable components

•      All electronics meet RoHS (Restriction of Use of Hazardous Substances) norms

•     Batteries are 100% recyclable

•     Operates using biodegradable oil

EARTHLIFT is also one of the first truly green, wheel-engaging mobile lifting columns in the industry. Lift columns return electrical charge to the on-board batteries through a unique AERS (Active Energy Retrieval System), which uses the force of gravity to generate energy that recharges the batteries during each lowering cycle.

Pretty neat, huh?

If you have any questions, please contact Middleton & Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or 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:

Heavy Duty Vehicle Lifts From Stertil-Koni

Preventative Maintenance Standard for Tractor Trailers: Is Your Truck Ready for Winter?

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Last week we addressed preventative maintenance and your bus. This week will address tractor-trailers, also known as big rigs, semis, and 18-wheelers. Whatever you call your truck, is it ready for the icy winter conditions on the way?

It is only October, and already we are slated for the first snowfall of the year. It is shaping up to be a harsh winter. Can your truck handle it?

Title 11, subtitle 22, chapter 02 of the Maryland PM Handbook – Preventive Maintenance Standards for Trucks and Truck Tractors – outlines the minimum preventative maintenance requirements for vehicle registered as Class E (truck) with a registered gross vehicle weight or gross combination weight greater than 10,000 pounds, or Class F (tractor).

Maintenance requirements include:

Alignment: Inspect axles, beams, spindles, and mountings for broken, damaged, worn, rusted, bent, or modified conditions.

Suspension: Unequal vehicle height, broken or damaged spring leaves, spring shackles, bushings, center bolts, U-bolts, control arms, torque arms, torsion bars or equalizers can affect vehicle steering, alignment, tracking, handling, and stability.

Steering: Inspection of vehicles equipped with power steering shall be conducted with the engine running, power steering fluid at the proper level, and belts in proper condition and tension.

And much, much more!

Title 11, subtitle 22, chapter 02 of the Maryland PM Handbook outlines the minimum maintenance requirements for your truck. More frequent maintenance, service, and repairs is recommended.

So rely on Middleton and Meads Company to make certain your truck or fleet is prepared for the cold days and nights. We have all the winter products that you’ll need to be safe AND profitable this winter.

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.

If you have any questions, 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!

Preventative Maintenance: Making sure Your Bus is Ready for Winter

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Title 11, subtitle 22, chapter 03 of the Maryland PM Handbook – Preventive Maintenance Standards for Multipurpose Passenger Vehicles and Passenger Buses – outlines the maintenance requirements for Class M (multipurpose) passenger vehicles with a seating capacity of 16 or more, or vehicles previously registered as Class H (school bus) or Class P (passenger bus).

While you are only required to have your bus inspected and serviced every 12 months or 25,000 miles (whichever occurs first), more frequent maintenance, service, and repair is recommended. This is especially true with winter right around the corner. So if you have vehicle that falls into one of the three categories above, be sure that your bus is up to code before the harsh winter weather sets in.

Play it safe this year and make sure your busses are ready for old man winter. Rely on Middleton and Meads Company to make certain your bus or fleet is prepared for the cold days and nights. We have all the winter products that you’ll need to be safe AND profitable too. Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.”

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!

Bus Inspections: Is Your Motor Coach, School Bus, Transit Bus, or Shuttle Bus up to Code?

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Every day, about 500,000 school buses transport more than 25 million students to and from school. But how many of these busses are up to code?

Article 11.19.04.01 of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration states that, “At any time during regular Administration or school business hours, the Administration may: (1) Audit school vehicle inspection operations and records; and (2) Conduct school vehicle inspections.”

What would they find?

To ensure that your bus meets state regulations, bring it to Middleton & Meads. We are a Maryland state certified inspection station for all your motor vehicles needs expect motorcycles. For our school buses we follow the type A and B inspection forms, which are outlined in Motor Vehicle Administration form (07-07).

Type A Inspection: is bumper-to-bumper inspection that includes pulling wheels and checking brakes. This inspection is done once every year. A licensed state inspection station or a school vehicle inspection station that is certified by the Motor Vehicle Administration must do this inspection. These stations are subject to follow annual inspection requirements, which here at Middleton & Meads Co. we are happy to comply with.

Type B Inspection: is a Type A inspection but with out pulling wheels and checking the brakes. Type B inspection on school buses must be performed 2 times a year. The inspections must be scheduled 60 days apart and must be performed by a licensed state inspection station or a school vehicle inspection station that is certified by the Motor Vehicle Administration.

Hopefully this helps you better understand the school bus inspection requirements. But what about those drivers who own a motor coach, transit bus, or shuttle bus? Don’t worry; we at Middleton and Meads can help you too!

Here at Middleton & Meads co. we are happy to help you determine what you need to get your school bus, motor coach, transit bus, or shuttle bus inspected. So 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.

Middleton & Meads is licensed to perform state inspections on any vehicle (except motorcycles) we service at our Baltimore & Beltsville locations. Middleton & Meads employs multiple state inspectors to help provide correct and efficient inspections.

We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Sources:

School Bus Safety MidAtlantic.AAA.com

Office of the Secretary of the State DSD.State.MD.US