Posts Tagged ‘bus fleet’

How can I keep school buses running during cold temperatures?

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Baltimore bus repair services

This week the region experienced life threatening cold temperatures as the polar vortex wind chills set in. Although we all want to stay warm in our cozy homes during these cold days, life goes on.

Students have to go to school and parents have to go to work.

During days when school buses  are not operating because of school closings or mandatory bus repairs,  you need to hire a professional for bus fleet management services. A professional automotive service company will guarantee your bus fleet can properly operate during extreme cold weather like we experienced this week with the polar vortex.

Nationwide bus drivers know cold weather means bus repairs and hefty expenses for bus fleet management services.

School buses need time to really warm up to make sure they bring students safely to and from school. School bus windshields need bus maintenance to make sure school bus drivers have good visibility when the weather brings snow and ice to the region.

With full bus fleet management services, your school buses can have heated mirrors installed to maximize visibility during severe weather.

You can count on Middleton & Meads as your bus fleet manager. Yes,Middleton & Meads can setup good traction for school bus tires. This will give you peace of mind that your school buses are prepared for emergency braking at stop lights, stop signs as well as the highway. To put it simple, Middleton & Meads is here to help you bus drivers become better defensive drivers while preparing your bus fleet for anything the winter throws at your fleet.

Anytime your buses are running sluggish or you have bus problems, we will identify bus solutions for you.

We know how the bitter cold can cause school buses to stop running.

Never again will your bus fleet have to call customers to notify them last minute that school bus services have been canceled because cold weather disabled your fleet. School bus services are available to the community; don’t let them down.

We are always here to handle your bus repairs and overall bus maintenance. We are always here to help you identify the best snow routes for your busy fleet.

Learn more about our Fleet Management today to experience premier bus repair solutions and excellent fleet preventative maintenance this winter.

For more information on effective fleet management, contact Middleton & Meads, call 410-752-5588 or click here today for information.

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington DC and Virginia, Middleton & 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!

 

Source:

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=9385611

http://www.kmot.com/story/24384879/school-buses-keep-running-in-cold-temperatures?config=H264

http://trimet.org/alerts/winterweather.htm

How should you prepare your bus fleet for winter driving?

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Baltimore Bus maintenance services

By the end of the week or early next week, we can expect to see our first winter storm. How will you prepare your bus fleet for the winter weather? If you haven’t thought out a plan, you still have time to get your bus fleet in shape with bus solutions and repairs.

Before severe winter weather sets in, it’s essential to your bus fleet to have braking systems inspected and repaired to prevent bus collisions. Preventing bus driving accidents means training your bus drivers on driver safety for winter and keeping up with bus maintenance and solutions throughout the winter months.

You can start training your bus drivers on how to drive in winter weather by having the most experienced bus drivers work train beginner bus drivers on how to drive on icy and snowy roads. Your more experienced bus drivers should also map out safer, alternate routes for winter weather driving to lower the risks of bus collisions for your entire fleet.

To maintain a healthy bus fleet for winter, you should have a professional mechanic winter proof your entire bus fleet. A professional mechanic from Middleton & Meads can equip your entire bus fleet with bus solutions that effectively help your buses maintain traction on road, including the slickest road surfaces. Our professional mechanics will provide your bus fleet with window treatments to protect your buses from fog and ice accumulation throughout the winter. Having clear windshields and door windows are crucial to bus driving safety. Yes, that includes us replacing inadequate wipers for your buses when required. We can even install chains to the wheels of your bus fleet to provide better traction.

You can count on Middleton & Meads mechanics to fully assess your bus safety through inspections and repairs, no matter how old or new your bus fleet may be. Teach your bus drivers to drive defensively and we will handle the rest – Mechanical Repairs, Collision Repairs and overall Fleet Management services.

For more information on effective fleet management, contact Middleton & Meads, call 410-752-5588 or click here today for information.

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington DC and Virginia, Middleton & 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!

Source:

http://www.schoolbusfleet.com/Channel/School-Bus-Safety/Articles/Print/Story/2007/09/Tips-for-Preparing-Drivers-for-Winter-Weather.aspx

http://www.ncbussafety.org/SchoolBusSafety/documents/TipsWinter.pdf

The Benefits of Professional Bus Collision Repairs

Monday, November 18th, 2013

bus fleet management services

Distracted driving can happen at any time for bus drivers or other drivers on the road. It only takes one distraction to result in a bus collision where people are seriously injured. When a bus crash happens, what will you do? Do you have enough room in your budget to properly restore your  bus? These are questions you have to ask yourself. Having a reliable automotive technician handle your bus collision repairs is important to the health condition of your school bus fleet.

According to the National Safety Council, there are nearly 310,000 school buses on the road every year. On average these school buses travel 2,500,000 miles every year. It’s important for you to train your bus drivers about fleet safety prior to going behind the wheel.

Bus collisions primarily occur from rear ending or sideswiping. Although these accidents may seem like minor accidents, they can be life threatening when a high-speed vehicle collides with a bus. Reckless drivers put bus drivers in dangerous circumstances where they must unsafely maneuver  to prevent deadly crashes.

Having good bus drivers and excellent bus fleet management services can prevent school bus accidents.

Here at Middleton & Meads we offer complete in-house bus collision repairs for all makes and models of buses (as well as trucks and trailers). In fact, Middleton & Meads is a Dupont certified shop.

You can count on our automotive repair technicians for the best of the best bus repairs in the industry. We can complete bus collision repairs for both new and old vehicles.

Here are some of the bus collision repair services we can complete for your bus fleet:

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

You can count on Middleton & Meads high quality bus collision repair services and well as bus fleet management services anytime of the year. Keep your bus fleet in top shape by allowing us to handle your bus inspections and overall bus maintenance all year round.

The Middleton & Meads collision repair shop is located at the Hanover Street Collision Service Center. We are a DuPont, PPG and Sherwin Williams Certified Facility.

Learn about our Collision Repairs and bus fleet management services today.

For more information on effective fleet management, contact Middleton & Meads, call 410-752-5588 or click here today for information.

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington DC and Virginia, Middleton & 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!

Source:

https://www.firstcomp.com/firstComp/assets/Loss%20Control%20Fleet%20Safety%20Series/FSS-%20School%20Bus%20Safety.pdf

http://www.dattco.com/sales-service-division/collision-repair/

http://www.autobodyworkshop.com/auto-collision-repair.html

School Bus Fleet Management: How to keep your bus fleet safe on the road

Monday, November 18th, 2013

bus repair  services

School bus fleet management is never a task you want to perform in-house. In-house fleet management services are time consuming and very expensive. Your best option to keep your bus fleet in top-notch shape is to have a professional automotive repair shop handle your bus fleet management services.

Professional bus fleet management services will allow you to streamline your bus maintenance and keep your fleet safe on the road without extensive down times.

With regular bus maintenance, you will be able to enhance the reliability and life span of your buses year by year. When you have a health bus fleet, you can always sell older buses to receive sufficient capital replacement. This will benefit your business because you will not have to replace vehicles until you have full taken advantage of the life usage of your vehicles.

You can reap a great deal of benefits from professional bus fleet management services because you will experience a fully customized fleet management services from Middleton & Meads. Our bus maintenance service will monitor your bus fleet usage while keeping environmental needs in mind. Never will you have to worry about your bus fleet complying with federal and state laws with Middleton & Meads. We stay up on the latest technology and information related to the bus industry. We are here to lower your fleet transportation costs.

All parts used to make repairs on your bus fleet will be of the best quality and our automotive techniques are dedicated to providing excellent bus fleet management services at a fair market price. Let us help you lengthen your bus fleet life cycle today by improving the productivity of your bus fleet and lowering your risks of expensive/ inconvenient breakdowns.

We want to help you keep your bus passengers satisfied with your services by keeping them safe and out of harms way. The primary danger of bus fleets on the road is reckless drivers. Buses get rear-ended and sideswipe, year after year. These accidents can result in serious injuries for passengers and hefty bus repair costs. Let us handle your bus inspections and repairs to keep your bus fleet in service.

Learn about our bus fleet management services today.

For more information on effective fleet management, contact Middleton & Meads, call 410-752-5588 or click here today for information.

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington DC and Virginia, Middleton & 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!

Source:

http://firststudentinc.com/transportation-management/fleet-management

http://www.gofleet.com/new-york-emphasizes-school-bus-fleet-safety/

 

Is it a good idea to outsource for bus fleet management services?

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Do you have your bus fleet serviced In-house? Is it interfering with your business productivity? Then it’s time to hire Middleton & Meads to handle your bus maintenance services and overall Fleet Management services.

Middleton & Meads is not your ordinary outsourced fleet management/ maintenance service provider. Take us as an extension of your business. We are a one-stop repair shop that’s 100% dedicated to cutting costs for our clients while keeping their fleets safe on the road.

Outsourced fleet management/ bus maintenance service is a great way for a company to analyze their business budget and find ways to directly/ indirectly save on fleet maintenance cost.
Here at Middleton & Meads we want you to focus on running your business as we keep your fleet in good condition.

With our upkeep and repair services, we can increase the efficiency of your fleet in no time. We will also increase the profitability you reap from your fleet.

With our preventative maintenance will improve the safety of your bus drivers, the satisfaction of your bus riders and the accuracy of your fleet operations.

You can have peace of mind that we are doing everything to reduce the risk that come with improper fleet management.

With our fleet management services, your bus fleet bodies will not rust, corrode or experience road shock. This level of maintenance will extend the life of your fleet. We do paint jobs; tire replacements and other commercial bus solutions.

Our state of the art fleet management system is the best decision you can make for your fleet. We will tailor a fleet management plan to help minimize expensive breakdowns and we will accurately keep track of all vehicle maintenance history and costs. Our fleet management services include PM Service to ensure your fleet has the proper preventative maintenance at all times.

Yes this includes oil changes, top off windshield washer fluid, brake fluid check/ top off and fuel filter replacement.

Middleton and Meads is here to keep you fleet safe and sound with our Mechanical Repairs and  Fleet Management services.

To contact Middleton and Meads, call 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!

Source:

http://www.firstvehicleservices.com/why-outsource-maintenance

http://ks.enconline.com/faqs_products.aspx

How to prevent fatal bus accidents with fleet management services

Friday, September 13th, 2013

bus fleet management

This Friday September 13, 5 adults were injured in a Wheaton school bus crash. Out of the five injured, one person is seriously injured.

At the scene of the accident, the front end of a car and school bus are severely damaged. So far the police are unclear what caused the bus accident. Often bus accidents do not have a particular reason why a crash occurs. The police and fire officials have not stated whether students were on board the bus.

Based upon bus accident statistics, here are common causes of bus accidents:

  • Driver negligence
  • Inclement weather conditions
  • Defective brakes on the bus
  • Challenging road ways (difficult to see or navigate)
  • Lack of bus maintenance

How can you prevent bus accidents for your bus fleet?

Middleton & Meads can handle your Fleet Management services.  We understand how challenging it can be to monitor a bus fleet. With our bus fleet management system, we can develop a custom plan that will minimize the costly breakdowns of your bus fleet. We will also keep track of all vehicle maintenance history and costs to properly maintain your bus fleet annually.

Our fleet management plan includes a PM service plan that keeps your fleet current on oil changes, oil filter changes, top-off windshield washer fluid, coolant level/ top-off, check/ top-off brake fluid and much more!
Your drivers can also be pro-active at preventing bus crashes by practicing driving safety, refraining from cell phone usage while driving and not driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Remember alert bus drivers are key to preventing bus collisions.Middleton & Meads is here to not only keep your fleet in good shape. We are also here to help you prevent fatal bus crashes.

Operator fatigue and the poor maintenance of a bus fleet are the two most common reasons fatal bus crashes happen.

Our mechanical repairs and regular bus maintenance are designed to address poor occupant protection; poor bus maintenance and fatigued driver concern.

You can count on Middleton & Meads to ensure your bus fleet safety, from improved seating to better window emergency exits.

Learn about our bus solutions.

To contact Middleton and Meads, call 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!

Source:

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Five-Adults-Injured-in-Wheaton-School-Bus-Crash-223610201.html?_osource=SocialFlowFB_DCBrand

http://www.tomkileylaw.com/library/boston-accident-attorney-public-transportation-mbta-accident-lawyer1.html

http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2011-06-16/opinions/35235138_1_bus-operators-bus-driver-and-six-bus-crashes

The Importance of Post Labor Day Bus Fleet Management Services

Friday, September 6th, 2013

bus repairs

School has started but some changes may happen in Maryland after this school year.

The Bureau of Revenue Estimates has released information that states can reap economic benefits from public school starting after Labor Day.

How can an after Labor Day school start bring in more economic benefits for states like Maryland?

It all comes down to two things: Tourism and recreational activities by families.

If Maryland public schools start after Labor Day, the state can receive roughly $74.3 million a year from tourism and family recreational activities.

From that figure, there will be $3.7 million in new wages and $7.7 million for state and local revenues related to the following vacation destinations:

  • Ocean City
  • Deep Creek lake
  • Historic Annapolis
  • Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

Tourism is the 4th most profitable industry in Maryland.

Currently the Maryland Chamber is working on policies that will assist tourism in Maryland to grow.

The SB 963/HB 1502 – Task Force is doing a Post-Labor Day Start date sturdy for Maryland Public schools.

The Maryland Legislature will reveal information from this study June 2014.

As your bus fleet starts a busy school year, it’s important that you have a good fleet maintenance schedule set in place with Middleton & Meads.

Here at our one-stop mechanical repairs and maintenance facility, Middleton & Meads offers total fleet management services. Yes, this includes all mechanical, collision and painting needs for your fleet.

With over 90 years in bus repairs and services, you can count on us to prepare your bus fleet to take on hot days as well as harsh, cold days. Yes, snow and ice will be on the way in no time.

It is highly recommended that you schedule maintenance and complete any bus repairs needed before snow and ice come. It’s the days when inclement weather conditions come that you will need your buses to operate very efficiently.

With our bus maintenance services and bus repairs, we recommend that your bus drivers prepare to leave earlier to avoid traffic delays and weather delays that come throughout the school season.

One of the most important things you can have completed for your bus fleet are tire replacements. You can never go wrong with tire replacements.

Middleton & Meads is dedicated to providing your fleet optimum performance no matter the weather conditions or the season.

With our high quality preventive maintenance services, you will say operation cost for your bus fleet and ensure safety of your bus drivers and passengers.

Learn about our bus solutions.

To contact Middleton and Meads, call 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!

Source:

http://www.chamberactionnetwork.com/2013/08/economic-impact-report-released-on-benefits-of-post-labor-day-school-start-date/

http://www.schoolbusfleet.com/Channel/Bus-Maintenance/Articles/Print/Story/2001/09/Preparing-Your-Fleet-for-Wintry-Conditions.aspx

Back to School: The importance of Bus Fleet Repairs

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

bus fleet repairs

The back to school season is quickly approaching. It’s time to have your bus fleet inspected and have bus repairs completed to ensure the safety of students and school bus drivers alike.

Here at Middleton & Meads, our mechanics are well trained to perform bus repairs for all makes and models. Best of all we perform bus repairs at an affordable price.

In the United States of America there are roughly 450,000 school buses on the road every school year. The school transportation industry spends more than $15 billion dollars a year on bus maintenance.

It’s important that buses are up to date on bus repairs because bus fleets transport more than 25,000,000 million children to and from school. More than 50 percent of students K-12 are school bus transportation passengers.

What are the top concerns for school bus transportation safety?

  1. A good school bus paint job. Yes, a paint job is important because school bus fleets should have uniform look to help children recognize them nationwide. Yellow is a color students and parents alike can recognize in any bad weather condition, including fog. If your bus fleet has a good paint job, you will help improve the safety of students no matter the geographic location.

  2. High quality seat belts. The average school bus can safely transport two high school age students or three young children per bus seat unit. No children should seat in the bus aisle or sit partially in a seat. Our mechanics can repair any inadequate seat-belts for your bus fleet.

Bottom line: Middleton & Meads is here to reduce school bus injuries and keep your fleet safe on the road.

When children cross the street to board your school buses, you want to assure parents that your drivers can abruptly brake during any emergency. We can assure you this with our exceptional mechanical repairs.

Middleton  & Meads is dedicated to providing you high quality bus fleet solutions to meet your transportation needs. Our mechanics will:

  • Schedule fleet preventative maintenance.
  • Minimize the cost for  breakdown repairs.
  • Increase your fuel efficiency.
  • Decrease downtime for your bus fleet.
  • Diagnose major issues before they become major issues.
  • Decrease insurance costs.
  • Assist with state and federal regulations.
  • Help you manage any post-accident process.
  • Customize the appearance of your bus fleet.
  • Prepare your fleet for seasonal changes.
  • Decrease your tire replacement costs.
  • And much more!

We can do repairs on brakes, starters, air conditioning 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!

Source:

http://www.schmittyandsons.com/school_bus_faqs.cfm

http://www.stnonline.com/faqs

http://www.schoolbusfleet.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=21013

 

How to slow down the aging of your bus fleet with preventative maintenance

Friday, July 5th, 2013

When managing a school bus fleet, it’s important to keep the fleet in the best condition as possible for both cost savings and liability reasons.

One way to keep the bus fleet in good condition is to maintain quality headlights.

Middleton & Meads is the one-stop shop for your bus solutions.

We can assure you that your bus fleet flashing lights are in good condition, that the seating is safe for passengers and window screens are properly installed.

Leather ergonomic seating is the best for navigator seating and passenger seating.

If you want to save on cost, it’s perfectly okay to replace leather seating with fabric seating.

As for protecting the bus fleet from water damage, it’s important to have quality bus windows installed. Middleton & Meads can install all new aluminum tracks for your entire bus fleet to assure all buses have windows that latch and fully close during rainy or snowy days.

Water damage is one of the top reasons bus fleets age quickly.

For extra protection, we recommend installing screens on the bus windows.

Black screens go with just about any type of bus.

Middleton & Meads can also provide bus solutions that help you have a greener and safer bus fleet by reducing pollution emits per mile similar to the way trucks are made to function greener.

Healthier bus fleets reduce the risk of children develop respiratory problems such as asthma.

Asthma affects more than 6.3 million American children a year, making the need for cleaner bus fleets urgent.

You can make your fleet greener with the following services Middleton & Meads provides:

 

•     Mechanical Repairs

•     Collision Repairs

•     Diagnostic Equipment

•     Fleet Management

•     And much more!

With our bus solutions you will:

•     Have reliable fleet preventative maintenance

•     Lower breakdown costs

•     Better fuel efficiency

•     Reduced tire replacement costs

Learn more about our Fleet Management services today.

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!

Source:

http://www.vonslatt.com/bus-body.shtml

http://www.epa.gov/cleanschoolbus/replacement.htm

Bus Repair Services: Preventative Maintenance For Your Charter Bus Fleet

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Do you run a charter bus service? It is important that you have reliable bus transportation for your clients.

Here at Middleton & Meads, we understand how challenging the process can be to replace an aging fleet of charter buses.

To help you stay in business and save money, we offer Bus repair services for transit buses, school buses, shuttle buses and tour buses.

Never again will you have to worry about when your fleet’s preventative maintenance will occur. We will create a schedule for bus inspections and make sure you stick to it.

When you run a dependable bus service, you add a touch of class that inspires potential clients to close the deal with your charter bus company.

Private bus transportation is a competitive industry, it’s important that you keep your bus fleet in the best condition possible to maintain an elite advantage.

With quality bus transportation and excellent customer service, clients will do business with you year after year. They will also increase the referrals coming into your business.

Middleton & Meads is a world-class transit bus repair service company.

From general bus care to refurbishment services, we do it all.

Come to us for Major Collision and body repair services.

Call on us for bus towing services.

Maintaining an up-to-date fleet is the best way for your charter bus company to become reputable for safe, reliable bus transportation.

Take advantage of the following bus solutions we offer:

•     Mechanical Repairs

•     Diagnostic Equipment

•     Alignment System services

•     Fleet Management

•     And more!

Middleton & Meads is here to:

  • Increase your fleet fuel efficiency
  • Reduce your insurance costs
  • Customize the look of your fleet
  • Reduce tire replacement costs
  • And much more bus solutions.

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!

Source:

http://www.elitecoach.com/

http://www.abc-companies.com/bus_repair_and_maintenance_services.asp

http://www.grantcapitalmgmt.com/blog/grant-capital-management/procurement-of-school-buses-the-advantages-of-lease-financing/