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The Difference Between Night Trucking and Day Trucking

Friday, September 8th, 2017
The Difference Between Night Trucking and Day Trucking

There are several differences between trucking during the day versus at night.

There are several differences between trucking during the day versus at night. Which one is right for you will depend heavily on your delivery schedule and its flexibility. Finding a place to park your truck can also be a deciding factor. Regardless, just remember that your body will need plenty of time to adjust to the new schedule. Whether you’re driving at night or during the day, it’s important to not take on more than you can handle. Let’s explore a few of the differences between night trucking and day trucking. (more…)

Bad Habits to Avoid for Drivers

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Bad-Habits

Whether you are driving a truck or a bus for a living, it is important to realize the size vehicle you are handling at all times. While there are plenty of good habits for drivers to practice, there are plenty of bad habits for drivers to avoid. Bad habits can lead to a decrease in fleet productivity as well as put drivers and other drivers at risk for accidents.

Bad habits for drivers to avoid include:

  • Never attempt a trip without planning first. Map out two or three routes to prevent becoming lost. Choose the most efficient routes and check traffic reports to avoid congestion. Always check weather reports as well to prevent problems.
  • Never use electronic devices during your travels. All phone calls should be made prior to entering the road, and calls in between travel should always be made at rest stations.
  • Avoid eating and drinking while traveling. Spills can cause drivers to take their attention from the road, which could then lead to serious accidents.
  • Never get behind the wheel of a vehicle if under the influence of any alcohol, drugs, or other medications.
  • Never get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you have failed to sleep enough the night before. Fatigued drivers is one of the leading causes of truck accidents.
  • Never practice aggressive driving such as speeding, tailgating, and swerving.

 

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!

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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!

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Driving at Night