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How to prepare your truck fleet for winter

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Mechanical Repairs

This week in Baltimore we may see our very first snow showers of the season. Yes, it’s not quite winter but preparing your commercial trucks for winter driving is crucial to keeping your fleet healthy. Between Tuesday and Wednesday, we are expected to receive 1- 2 inches of a rain and snow mix. The weather advisory extends from the Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic.

Last November in Maryland we had an average snow fall of 0.4 inches and saw traces of snow as early as November 13th. Whether we have a winter with very little snow or a severe winter, there are mechanical repairs you can have completed for your truck fleet to prepare your truck drivers for a safe and easy winter.

What’s the best way to prepare your commercial trucks for winter? For starters, you should have a professional mechanic inspect your fleet and provide you a list of survival supplies your drivers will need in the case of an emergency. For example, truck drivers should always have on hand non-perishable goods, blankets and a first aid kit.

You know your fleet is well inspected when the mechanic starts the truck inspection from the front of your commercial trucks and works around each of your commercial vehicles to perform pre-trip and post-trip inspections.

Something that’s essential to fleet maintenance is the inspection of the radiators of your commercial trucks for leaks and prepare your trucks for anti-freeze.

The mechanic should also perform the following truck maintenance tasks:

  • Perform a freeze point
  • Have the belts inspected and replaced if necessary
  • Have the oil changed
  • Have the mechanic put in wiper fluid for winter weather
  • Have wiper blades replaced

Here at Middleton & Meads we will perform full truck inspections and mechanical repairs for your fleet. Yes, that means inspecting your heater system. Yes, we will inspect your electrical systems as well as your fuel systems and exhaust systems. We will test your commercial trucks’ air brakes. Having reliable breaks are important. And more importantly we will have your tires inspected and replaced if necessary.

Let us help you get your trucks ready for winter with our Mechanical Repairs and 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://articles.baltimoresun.com/2013-11-07/news/bal-wx-snow-showers-make-seasons-first-forecast-appearance-a-week-out-20131106_1_snow-showers-rain-snow-mix-forecast

http://www.abc2news.com/dpp/news/state/counties-state-ready-for-severe-winter

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!