Posts Tagged ‘Fleet Maintenance’

The Importance of Brake Maintenance for Truck Fleets

Friday, October 28th, 2016
Truck Fleet Maintenance

While truck maintenance is easy to put off, there is never a better time than today when it comes to truck and brake maintenance. A truck weighing tens of thousands of pounds that needs to stop quickly.

Whether your truck fleet is large or small, brake maintenance is crucial for driver safety, product safety, and the safety of everyone around you on the road. While truck maintenance is easy to put off, there is never a better time than today when it comes to truck and brake maintenance. A truck weighing tens of thousands of pounds that needs to stop quickly to prevent an accident definitely can’t do so without proper brake maintenance. Here are some of the reasons why brake maintenance is so important for your truck fleet.

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Is your Truck Fleet Efficient?

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Are you in charge of a truck fleet? If you are, then you understand the stress and pressure that comes from maintaining a large number of vehicles at a time. Attempting to maintain an entire truck fleet on your own could cause different vehicles to be neglected, causing your fleet to lack in efficiency. To ensure your truck fleet is efficient, trust them with a maintenance company that specializes in fleets. Along with that, encourage your drivers to be aware of different parts on their truck that help with efficiency.

Truck-Fleet

  1. Regular oil changes are essential in keeping vehicles running not only efficiently, but properly. Neglecting to change the oil of your truck on a regular basis could result in malfunctions on the road and damage to your engine.
  2. Air filters help to circulate air and pressure throughout the engine of your truck. Proper air flow helps your truck run efficiently while also increasing your fuel efficiency.
  3. Tires and their pressure can either help or harm your truck efficiency. Proper pressure and tread will help your truck run more efficiently because it will require less fuel to run. Low pressure requires more energy from your fuel to move your truck.
  4. Helper springs are also imperative for efficiency when looking at tires. Helper springs work with tire suspension. Too much or too little pressure placed on the helper springs can cause your truck to use more fuel than necessary.

 

At Middleton & Meads, we are ready to help maintain and repair your truck fleet during your season. While many accidents can be prevented, we know that others are unavoidable. We specialize in the following repair and maintenance services:

 

  1. Frame Straightening
  2. Panel and Component Replacement
  3. Cab and Body Replacement
  4. Complete Truck Collision Repairs
  5. Custom Truck Paints
  6. Dent/Scratch Truck 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!

 

 

The Characteristics of Reliable Mechanic

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Reliable Mechanic

When you are managing an entire fleet of trucks or buses, chances are you won’t trust their maintenance with just anyone. An entire fleet of vehicles requires a reliable and responsible mechanic to conduct maintenance and repairs. If your fleet is mistreated, your business will then suffer. Here are some characteristics to look for in a reliable mechanic for your fleet.

  1. A reliable mechanic should be able to answer any and all of your maintenance and repair questions. Their ability to answer shows they have experience and training while also showing their attentiveness to your vehicles. If a mechanic is unable to answer your questions, they are probably not a reliable mechanic.
  2. You should be given an accurate finish date for your vehicles. Should problems occur, your mechanic should alert you in a timely manner. If your vehicle fails to be ready by the time given without any prior warning, your mechanic should be questioned.
  3. If you bring a vehicle in for specific repair work, a reliable mechanic will be able to identify the problem quickly and efficiently. A mechanic that takes a day or two to identify a simple problem most likely lacks the education needed to be a reliable mechanic.
  4. Your mechanic should be able to provide you with an itemized list of maintenance performed on your vehicles. They should be able to provide documented notes and maintenance history for your vehicles as well.

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!

 

Maintaining your Truck Fleet

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

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

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

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

 

At Middleton & Meads, we are ready to help maintain and repair your truck fleet during your season. While many accidents can be prevented, we know that others are unavoidable. We specialize in the following repair and maintenance services:

 

  1. Frame Straightening
  2. Panel and Component Replacement
  3. Cab and Body Replacement
  4. Complete Bus Collision Repairs
  5. Custom Bus Paints
  6. Dent/Scratch Bus Repairs
  7. Window-shield Replacement

 

If you feel your business could benefit from Middleton & Meads’ Fleet Management service or if you have any questions, please contact Middleton & Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

The Middleton & Meads Company, based out of Baltimore, Maryland, has a long and respected history in the transportation industry. We are a family owned and operated company through four generations, celebrating over 90 years quality of truck, bus and equipment repair and service. We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

 

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!