Posts Tagged ‘Baltimore’

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!

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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!

 

Planning for the Future: Eliminating Costly Breakdowns and Repairs

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Telling the future is impossible. Planning for the future is easy. But with so many variables to keep track of, sometimes it is difficult for business owners to run their business and monitor their entire fleet of trucks. Because of this, Middleton & Meads offers several maintenance services to help keep your fleet running as efficiently as possible!

Middleton & Meads: Keeping you on the Road!

  • Diagnostic Equipment: Technical evaluation of Engine, ABS, and Transmission repairs is always a difficult task. To aid in our diagnoses and evaluation, Middleton & Meads has purchased and utilizes both Genisys and Pro-Link computer systems. These systems allow us to read the electronic data and determine the correct repair.
  • Mechanical Repair: Brakes, clutches, air dryers, starters, alternators and air conditioning work are just a few of the mechanical repairs performed at our shop.
  • 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 Mechanical Repair or 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!

 

Maryland Expands its Use of Virtual Weigh Stations (VWS) :: Trucking News

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

The state of Maryland began using virtual weigh stations (VWS) in 2009 in Howard County. These VWS checkpoints consist of sensors in the road to determine a truck’s weight, working in conjunction with an overhead camera used to identify the carrier. The VWS computes the truck’s weight and determines whether a safety inspection is needed, based on the compliance record of the truck carrier.

Expanding the use of Virtual Weight Stations in Maryland

Over the past several years, the State Highway Administration has expanded its uses of VWS, installing virtual scales on Route 50/301 approaching the Bay Bridge, Route 301 North about 2 miles south of Route 227, along MD 213 near Delaware, and on I-95 at Caton Avenue in Baltimore, with a future site planned at I-83 North near Pennsylvania. And there appears to be no end in sight for the expansion of the VWS program.

If you have any questions about Virtual Weigh Stations or The Trucking Industry, 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

 

$105.2 Billion Highway Reauthorization Passed by Congress

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Recently, on 29 June 2012, Congress passed the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act,” a $105.2 billion highway reauthorization bill. The bill includes the following:

  • Tolls: The bill maintains the status quo on allowing states to toll existing Interstates, but makes it easier to build new Interstate lanes with toll financing.
  • Truck Size: There is no increase in size and weight limits.
  • Freight Policy: The bill established a new National Freight Network and requires the Department of Transportation (DOT) to create a national freight plan.
  • Broker Bond: Increased the broker bond to $75k.
  • Wetliness: DOT is prohibited from publishing a wetlines rule for 2 years or until a GAO study determines whether such a rule will be necessary.
  • Entrant Testing: New entrant motor carriers must complete a proficiency test on safety regulations and complete a DOT safety review within one year.
  • Employer Notification: Within 1 year, FMCSA must establish standards for state systems that automatically notify motor carriers of drivers’ moving violations and other changes.
  • Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse: Within 2 years, DOT will establish a clearinghouse to capture drivers’ positive drug/alcohol test results. 
  • 34 Hour Restart: DOT must complete a field study by March 31, 2013 of the changes to the  hours of service 34 hour restart provision, which is due to go into effect in July 2013.
  • Electronic Truck Logs: Within 1 year, DOT must establish guidelines for electronic logs (EOBRs) for motor carriers, who will have 2 years to install the new devices. 

The bill provides a continuation of existing federal transportation funding levels through Sept. 30, 2014.

If you have any questions about The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act or The Trucking Industry, 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.” 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 Motor Truck Association – MMTA E-News

 

Trucking Industry News: Expect Major Delays on I-895 through Mid-October

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

The I-895 K-Truss Bridge Repair Project commences tomorrow, June 20, 2012, and the delays are expected to begin immediately. The project will include the resurfacing of the bridge deck, median barrier work, as well as additional work scheduled to be performed on approach roadways between Shell Road/Hanover Street and Potee Street.

The I-895 K-Truss Bridge Repair Project Timeline and Lane Closures

  • Stage 1: Begins June 20 and is scheduled to last approximately 30 days. One northbound lane closed (left lane).  Two southbound (SB) lanes open.
  • Stage 2: Begins Mid-July and is scheduled to last approximately 2 weeks. One NB lane closed (right lane).  Two SB lanes open.
  • Stage 3: Begins early August and is scheduled to last approximately 2 weeks. Two SB lanes closed, two-way traffic (one lane for NB traffic, one lane for SB traffic) on NB bridge.
  • Stage 4: Begins mid-August and is scheduled to last approximately 45 days. Both lanes open in each direction, traffic shifted to outside lanes for work in left median, with reduced lane widths.

Major delays are to be expected during the morning and evening rush hours, Saturdays starting at noon (southbound), and Sundays starting at 4 p.m. (northbound).

Because of this, we highly encourage truck drivers to avoid I-895 if at all possible. Use I-95 and I-695/Key Bridge as alternate routes.

If you have any questions about The I-895 K-Truss Bridge Repair Project or The Trucking Industry, please contact Middleton and 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:

Maryland Motor Truck Association – MMTA E-News

 

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”