Archive for the ‘Virginia Maryland Tractor Trailer Collision Repair Services’ Category

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 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!

 

Easy Truck Maintenance Tips

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Truck Maintenance

When it comes to maintaining an entire truck fleet, maintenance is essential. However, keeping up with trucking maintenance can be hard work. When it comes to major repairs and maintenance, trust Middleton & Meads to handle your fleet of trucks. However, there are some simple ways for your drivers to assist in the overall maintenance of your truck fleet. Simple driver maintenance will help your fleet run efficiently while also catching possible damage and problem areas sooner.

  1. Check your engine belt after travel for cracks and damage. Without your engine belt, your truck will not be able to function.
  2. Schedule regular oil changes for your truck. Fresh oil will ensure your truck runs smoothly for longer. This also helps with your truck’s fuel efficiency.
  3. Determine if your air filter is experiencing a clog.
  4. Check all of your lights before travel. This will include your brake lights, head lights, fog lights, turning signals, and tail lights. Your vehicle lights are essential when traveling at night or in poor weather.
  5. Check the tire pressure and tread of your vehicle before travel. This will prevent you from blowing a tire while on the road. This will also help increase your overall fuel efficiency.
  6. Checking your vehicle’s windshield wipers is a subtle way to maintain your vehicle. Your wipers help your visibility while driving in poor weather, which ultimately prevents drivers from having an accident.

 

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 Accident Causes

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Distractions while Driving

Truck driving accidents are common on the road, especially on highways. Highways and major roadways are known for their congestion during certain times of the day. This means that trucking accidents are inevitable. However, there are some causes of trucking accidents that could potentially be avoided. If you are managing a fleet of trucks and truck drivers, be sure your drivers are aware of ways to avoid trucking accidents.

  1. Speed- Speeding is never a smart idea for any drivers, especially truck drivers. Trucks, especially those carrying freight, take longer to stop once the brakes are engaged. If they are traveling at a fast speed, the truck will take even longer to stop.
  2. Distractions- There is a number of scenarios that can occur while on the road. Drivers never know when a car will stop suddenly in front of them, cut in front of them, or possible debris could fly on the road. Because of this, the road needs a driver’s full attention. Removing outside distractions like food, passengers, and the use of cell phones can help drivers stay more focused on the road.
  3. Aggressive Driving- Aggressive driving is never ok, especially coming from a truck driver. The acts of tailgating, brake-checking, speeding, and cutting other vehicles off are sure ways to cause an accident out on the road.
  4. Under the Influence- Drivers should never get behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Impaired coordination, reflexes, and overall motor skills will cause drivers to be extremely dangerous on the road.

 

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!

 

Truck Exhaust System Maintenance

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Exhaust SystemWhen it comes to truck repairs that are commonly seen, the exhaust system is a major find. The exhaust system of your truck is one of the most important systems of your vehicle, as well as one of the most vulnerable. In order to keep your truck running in proper order, be sure to observe your exhaust system. Consider these tips when dealing with your exhaust system:

  • Be aware of the amount and type of smoke being released from your vehicle. Should the smoke be thick and dark, your exhaust system is probably in need of major maintenance.
  • A rattling noise coming from the underneath of your truck is a major indication of a loose muffler. If your muffler is loose, it is often that your overall exhaust system is in need of maintenance.
  • Check your system for holes and rust regularly. Holes can allow carbon monoxide to seep through into your truck cabin, which could be fatal. Rust could cause your muffler to become loose and break away from your truck.
  • Place the components of your exhaust system away from different elements of your vehicle like the breaks and fuel.
  • Upgrade your exhaust system to a high air flow system. These new systems allow better air circulation and are known to increase the overall function of your truck and exhaust system.

 

Maintaining one truck can be difficult enough, but an entire fleet can be a tough job to handle. That is why your trucking business needs Middleton & Meads.

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!

 

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!

Port of Baltimore: The Benefits of Automotive Repairs

Saturday, May 4th, 2013
Keeping up with good truck maintenance is important for truck safety as well as business profit. Automotive repairs can keep your freight maintained for short and long hauls.
Middleton & Meads understands that a truck breakdown can happen any day, any hour. You don’t want to get stranded. Middleton & Meads is well prepared to handle your automotive repairs.
With multiple trucks, it is important to have a reliable automotive repairs shop at hand for your company.
Middleton & Meads as a reliable automotive repairs shop will always ensure your business has high quality repairs. Our automotive repairs are quick and set repairs at a fair price so your trucks can get back to trucking in no time.
Middleton & Meads is known for its excellent automotive repairs. 

Our auto mechanics are highly skilled and provide excellent customer service. The auto mechanics at Middleton & Meads always maintenance their own tools to provide you the best replacement parts, warranties and more.

You can’t experience that type of maintenance convenience anywhere else.
Learn about our automotive repairs today:

Mechanical Repairs

Brakes, clutches, air dryers, starters, alternators and air conditioning work are just a few of the mechanical repairs performed at our shop.

Collision Repairs

Complete in house collision repairs of all makes and models of trucks and trailers. Middleton and Meads is a Dupont certified shop.

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!

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

How To Do Preventive Maintenance On A Truck Exhaust System

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Preventive Maintenance for Trucks and Truck Tractors is an important component of life safety.

This article will provide you information on how to complete preventive maintenance for a truck exhaust system.

A truck exhaust system originates under the hood of your truck but most of its components are located under the frame such as the exhaust pipe, muffler, and tailpipe.

The truck exhaust system can become severely damaged fro road elements of water, mud, slush, salt and gravel.

These elements will eventually rust and corrode your exhaust system because the exhaust system is made from steel.

The following are few preventative maintenance tips to keep your truck exhaust system in good condition:

  1. Inspect the muffler for any holes and make sure the clamps and hangers are not rusting because they could break while you’re driving or it could make the truck exhaust system drag against the pavement.
  2. Inspect the heat shield. The heat shield should have no dent/dings to keep repair costs as low as possible.
  3. Make sure all components of the exhaust system are at least 1½ inches from the fuel system, brake system and any other potential unprotected combustible material.
  4. Inspect universal joints to assure there are no loose or missing bolts.

Stay safe on the road with Middleton & Meads mechanical repairs and diagnostic equipment services and preventive maintenance solutions.

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!

Maryland Truck Company Forced to Shut Down by FMCSA

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

A Maryland trucking company, Gunthers Transport, LLC, was forced to close last year after it was issued an “imminent hazard out-of-service order” by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This was after a FMCSA safety review of the company’s operations found several hours-of-service and vehicle maintenance violations. It was determined that these violations substantially increased the likelihood of serious injury or death to the motoring public.

  1. Gunthers Transport allowed its drivers to falsify their hours-of-service records and exceed the 11-hour limit for daily driving.
  2. Gunthers Transport did not require its drivers to perform pre-trip vehicle safety inspections.

“Safety is our number-one priority,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Commercial truck companies that recklessly disregard federal safety regulations will be shut down and removed from our roadways.”

A copy of the imminent hazard out-of-service order can be viewed at  http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/about/news/2011/GUNTHERS-TRANSPORTS-LLC.pdf.

“FMCSA has zero tolerance for unsafe trucking companies that place the traveling public at risk. If they do not play by the safety rules of the road, we will take away their ability to operate,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro.

Don’t let the same thing happen to your company!

Trust your fleet’s maintenance to Middleton & Meads.

Monitoring a fleet can be a difficult task, while you are running your business. That’s why 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. A well-managed fleet with well-maintained vehicles is sure to help boost the fuel economy of your trucks!

Middleton & Meads: We keep your Vehicle on the Road and you in Business!

If you have any questions about Fleet Management, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588or 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:

Maryland trucking company declared “imminent hazard to the public”