Posts Tagged ‘Baltimore’

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!

 

Bus Maintenance and Repairs

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Public transportation is a key function in Baltimore society. Without buses, many hard working residents throughout Baltimore would be unable to reach their jobs on a daily basis. They would also be unable to see family, shop for groceries, or visit their doctor’s regularly.

This is why bus maintenance and repair in the Baltimore area is essential.  Without the working buses of Baltimore, our city would not have the economy that it does today. With so many buses on the roads of Baltimore, as well as residential traffic, bus accidents are sure to occur from one time to another. When bus accidents occur, your fleet will need repairs quickly. While these repairs are needed quickly, they should also be done correctly and efficiently. Middleton & Meads understands how imperative bus fleets are to the Baltimore community. That is why we offer bus accident repair services to have your fleet back on the road in no time. Our repair services will ensure that your buses will run good as new once they are returned to service. If repairs are done poorly, future accidents will be more likely due to faulty equipment or a bus breakdown.

Bus Maintenance

Our bus maintenance and repair services include:

  • Frame Straightening
  • Panel and Component Replacement
  • Cab and Body Replacement
  • Complete Bus Collision Repairs
  • Custom Bus Paints
  • Dent/Scratch Bus Repairs
  • 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!

 

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!

 

Increasing Fuel Efficiency

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

If you’re in charge of a fleet of tractor-trailers or semi-trucks, you’re constantly looking for ways to conserve fuel. By making small changes, you can increase fuel efficiency, allowing the trucks to run longer and smoother, and ultimately saving money within your company. Check out these tips for increasing fuel efficiently in your truck fleet.

  1. Oil changes- Keeping new oil in your truck will ensure optimal engine performance and keep your truck running smoothly overall. This will also minimize breakdowns and repairs down the line.
  2. A high-flow exhaust system and a high-flow air filter- This allows your truck motor to breathe. Not replacing these systems for years could mean rust and debris build up, which hinders the overall performance of your truck.  Have your trucks inspected to see if replacement of the muffler and pipes is necessary. By installing high-flow parts, you will increase the efficiency of the motor, and your overall truck.
  3. Tires & tire pressure-Tire pressure should be checked often to make sure that there are no air leaks, which can affect fuel efficiency. Tires that lack proper pressure use more fuel overall to function. Invest in quality tires and regularly check your tire pressure.
  4. Helper springs- These springs help support and suspend the tires of your truck. If your tires are experiencing too much pressure, they will use more fuel to function.
  5. Spark plugs- Discolored spark plugs means a leak or deficiency of some sort in your truck. Should you see discoloration, bring your trucks to Middleton & Meads.

 

Fuel Efficiency

 

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!

 

Why Do You Need Truck Maintenance

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

If your business relies on your full fleet of trucks, maintenance is imperative. Should a number of your trucks continuously break down, your business will begin to suffer. Having unreliable trucks could turn into having an unreliable business overall. When managing a large fleet of trucks, you need an outsourced maintenance company to get the job done.

Truck Maintenance

This is why you should trust your fleet to a company with a proven track record of success and professionalism, like Middleton & Meads. We offer a state of the art Fleet Management System to help maintain your fleet. Allow Middleton & Meads to customize a plan to minimize your truck 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. The centerpiece of our Fleet Management System is our PM Service Plan.

This plan makes sure that your fleet receives the proper preventative maintenance.

Services Include:

  • Change Oil
  • Change Oil Filter
  • Top-Off Windshield Washer Fluid
  • Check Coolant Level and Top-Off
  • Check and Top-Off Brake Fluid
  • Inspect Air Filter
  • Replace Fuel Filter
  • Lubricate all Fittings
  • Check Brakes
  • Check Tire Pressure
  • Check Transmission Fluid Level
  • Check Differential Fluid Level
  • Check Battery
  • Check Operation and Lube Overhead Door
  • Check Operation and Lube Lift Gate
  • Check Anti-Freeze Protection Level
  • Full DOT Inspection
  • Engine, Transmission, and Differential Oil Sent for Analysis

 

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!

 

Tips for Safe Driving at Night

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Traffic deaths are three times more likely to occur than during the day. So, why is night driving so dangerous? Ninety percent of drivers’ reaction time depends on vision which is dependent on light. Fatigue and drowsiness are also factors that are common at night. Alcohol abuse use while driving is more prevalent at night as well.  Fortunately, there are some steps to help protect you and your loved ones at night.

The National Safety Council recommends these steps:

  • Prepare your car for night driving. Keep headlights, tail lights, signal lights and windows (inside and out) clean.
  • Have your headlights properly aimed. Mis-aimed headlights blind other drivers and reduce your ability to see the road.
  • Don’t drink and drive. Not only does alcohol severely impair your driving ability, it also acts as a depressant. Just one drink can induce fatigue.
  • Avoid smoking when you drive. Smoke’s nicotine and carbon monoxide hamper night vision.
  • If there is any doubt, turn your headlights on. Lights will not help you see better in early twilight, but they’ll make it easier for other drivers to see you. Being seen is as important as seeing.
  • Reduce your speed and increase your following distances. It is more difficult to judge other vehicle’s speeds and distances at night.
  • Don’t overdrive your headlights. You should be able to stop inside the illuminated area. If you’re not, you are creating a blind crash area in front of your vehicle.
  • When following another vehicle, keep your headlights on low beams so you don’t blind the driver ahead of you.
  • If an oncoming vehicle doesn’t lower beams from high to low, avoid glare by watching the right edge of the road and using it as a steering guide.
  • Make frequent stops for light snacks and exercise. If you’re too tired to drive, stop and get rest.
  • If you have car trouble, pull off the road as far as possible. Warn approaching traffic at once by setting up reflecting triangles near your vehicle and 300 feet behind it. Turn on flashers and the dome light. Stay off the roadway and get passengers away from the area.

If you have any questions about Safe Night Driving, 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!

Sources:

Driving at Night

Truck Fleet Maintenance Tips: Getting the most out of your Tires

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

As any fleet manager knows, tires represent the number one maintenance cost for truck fleets. But what really makes tire maintenance such a burden for fleet managers is the fact that it is so reliant on outside factors, such as driver attention.

Pressure Systems International (PSI) executive vice president Frank Sonzala noted these  reasons for poor tire maintenance:

  • 58% of drivers don’t pay attention
  • 52% of drivers don’t think it’s their job
  • 42% of drivers lack motivation
  • 32% of drivers lack education about tire maintenance

Reasons for improper inflation pressure:

  • Takes too long to check.
  • It’s a dirty task.
  • Inside duals difficult to reach.
  • Inflation gauges are inaccurate.
  • Lose valve caps after pressure checks.
  • Valve cores stick in the cold and lose air.

Middleton & Meads Fleet Management

Monitoring a fleet of trucks 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 – from cost reports to scheduling notifications – to minimize costly breakdowns.

If you have any questions about Fleet Management, 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!

 

Youth Driving Guidelines: What you need to know to avoid problems

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

As a business owner, you have a lot on your plate. You are trying to run your company, remain profitable, and expand. And you are trying to do all of this while keeping up with industry, state, and federal regulations.

Luckily, we can help you understand the last part.

Youth Driving Guidelines

If you hire individuals under the age of 18, then you are required by law to follow the federal youth employment provisions. And trust us, there are a lot of provisions! But today, we are just going to focus on those guidelines regarding minors and driving while on the job.

  • No one under the age of 17 is permitted to drive any vehicle in the course of employment.
  • Hazardous Occupations Order No.2 (HO 2) generally prohibits minors under 18 years of age from serving as an outside helper whose work includes riding on a motor vehicle outside the cab for the purpose of assisting in transporting or delivering goods.
  • Employees who are 17 years of age or older may drive a motor vehicle below 10,001 lbs., but only if certain conditions are met. Visit http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs34.htm for a full list of those conditions.

When state youth employment laws differ from the federal provisions, an employer must comply with the higher standard.

If you have any questions about the Youth Driving Guidelines, 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!

Sources:

Maryland Motor Truck Association – MMTA E-News

 

MMTA Maintenance Council Brake Adjustment & Certification Class

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Back by popular demand, the Maryland Motor Truck Association (MMTA) has scheduled a brake adjustment & certification class for August 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm. Brake inspectors will required to demonstrate sufficient training, knowledge, and experience under FMCSA 396.25.

Place: Middleton & Meads, 1900 S. Hanover Street Baltimore MD 21230

Cost: $10 per person

Brake qualification cards & training certificates will be issued!

This federal brake inspection certification course is part of the Maryland Motor Truck Association’s Maintenance Council, which Middleton & Meads is proud to lead. The Maintenance Council provides training to fleet managers and first-line supervisors to improve their knowledge of maintenance personnel and assist them with compliance of regulatory requirements.

If you have any questions about the MMTA Maintenance Council Brake Adjustment & Certification Class, 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!

 

Leadership Through Athletics: Annual Coaching Clinic featuring Mark Turgeon

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Leadership Through Athletics – located in Lansdowne, Maryland – will hold its annual coaching clinic September 29th from 9:30 am to noon. This year’s clinic will feature University of Maryland head basketball coach Mark Turgeon!

Cost: $25.

Tickets: Call 410-737-2117

Designed for coaches of all levels, the LTA Annual Coaching Clinic is poised to be a great event, designed to educate coaches on ways to not only improve their players, but also themselves.

Just like the athletes they inspire, coaches also need work at what they do!

If you have any questions about the Leadership Through Athletics: Annual Coaching Clinic featuring Mark Turgeon, 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!