Posts Tagged ‘transportation industry’

Safety Tips and Trades for Off-Road Truck Drivers

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

When you drive off-road it’s best to know safety etiquette and driving techniques for any and all off-road outings. Without knowing these tips, your next trip may be fraught with hazardous disasters. Knowledge is key when it comes to taking on different terrain and venturing into unique off-road areas.

Here are tips and trades that can set you on the right course when you take off on your next off-road expedition.

Safety Tips for Off-Road Truck Drivers

1.Always drive within your own ability. Though daunting roads may seem adventurous at first, it’s best to remember that you need to moderate your speed given off-road conditions. It’s well advised to venture into the area you are about to drive in first so you can scour the off-road conditions for terrain that is safe enough to drive through. Driving within your own ability will prevent future accidents and truck damage that may occur from your next expedition.

2.Survey the road ahead time. Survey the road for potential obstacles. Imagine having your tire flattened from a huge rock or dealing with trees blockading your next route. Best to be prepared.

3.Drive diagonally = Rollover. Always drive straight down hills or steep terrain. Know your approach and departure angles, the bumper to tire distance. Some trails will require off-camber driving. In situations like this it’s best to go slow, keeping the tires in the tracks. If you want to learn more about this technique, in-depth, contact Middleton &Mead. We can illustrate this technique in simplest terms.

4. Make sure you reduce tire pressure  when driving through gravel and sand.  It’s the best way to increase traction.Depending on the weight of the loaded vehicle and the size of tire, a tire pressure of between 28 and 35psi works in most on-highway applications. Remember to pay extra attention to the manufacturer’s label.  They are the experts and have tested/ re-tested the durability of your tires.

5. Cross ditches or logs at an angle. so that one wheel at a time goes over the obstacle; the other three help the one wheel to climb over. Dropping the tire into a ditch or crack in a rock can put you and your truck in a vulnerable position. Sometimes the vehicle pitches and one or more tires will catch air. Turn the vehicle at an angle to facilitate the one tire at a time approach. Be careful when using crossing areas like this and make sure your  tires are in top shape.

6.) Know your tire pressure. This is a crucial point that I cannot stress enough.When venturing into different terrains, know how much your truck tires can take. Get your tires double checked before embarking on a new off-road adventure.

If you have any questions about Off-Road Truck Driving Techniques and Safety, 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!

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Off-Road Truck Driving Techniques and Safety

Click It or Ticket: Seatbelts Save Lives :: Maryland Transportation News

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

The Maryland Transportation Authority’s (MDTA) annual Click It or Ticket campaign is currently underway. The two-week crack down on seatbelt enforcement will run through June 3rd.

Interesting Click It or Ticket Facts and Statistics

  • Most fatal crashes happen within 25 miles from home and at speeds of less than 40 mph.
  • Of all passenger vehicle occupants ejected from their vehicles, 78% suffered fatal injuries.
  • If all passenger vehicle occupants (ages 5 and older) had worn their seatbelts in 2010, and additional 3,341 lives could have been saved.
  • 70% of 18-34 year old passenger vehicle occupants killed in rural crashes at night were unbuckled.
  • For SUV, pickup, and van occupants, seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 60 percent.
  • Young men are most at risk. Among passenger vehicle occupants, men ages 18-34, who were killed in fatal crashes, 66% were not buckled – the highest of any age group.
  • The 2-week Click It or Ticket campaign has resulted in more than 3 million seatbelt violations over the last five years.
  • The Click It or Ticket campaign averages a ticket every other second!

 

You can help protect your friends and family when you lead by example and remind others to buckle up. It turns out 9 out of 10 people fasten their seatbelt when asked to do so. So speak up and buckle up, every time on every trip.

If you have any questions about Click It or Ticket, 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!

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Click It or Ticket

 

The Maryland 2012 Truck Driving Championships are less than a Month away!

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Next month, on Saturday June 9th at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, the most skilled truck drivers in Maryland will compete for the prestigious title of grand champion at the 2012 Maryland Truck Driving Championships. The winner will advance to the National Truck Driving Championships.

Think you are worthy? The enrollment deadline is this Friday, May 25th, so hurry! Space is limited and is filling up quickly.

Driver enrollment form

Only the most skilled Maryland drivers need apply!

Middleton & Meads: Supporting the Maryland Trucking Industry

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.

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.

If you have any questions about the Maryland 2012 Truck Driving Championships, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588or click here today!

Baltimore-Washington’s Premier Truck and Bus Repair Solutions Company!

We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

 

Women in Trucking Association Celebrates 5-Year Anniversary

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Formed in March 2007 to encourage women to seek careers in the trucking industry and support those already in the industry, the Women in Trucking association recently celebrates its 5th anniversary. The association’s accomplishments include:

  • The annual salute to Women Behind the Wheel, honoring professional female drivers
  • The Influential Woman in Trucking Award
  • An anti-harassment employment guide
  • The formation of a scholarship foundation

Mission: Women In Trucking was established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry.

Women in Trucking is quickly nearing 2,000 members, which includes both individuals and organizations.

“We represent the women who design and build trucks, sell the trucks, fix the trucks, and own the trucks, as well as those who drive them,” said Ellen Voie, president and CEO of Women in Trucking.

For more information on Women in Trucking, visit http://www.womenintrucking.org! Or, if you are interested in becoming a member, you can do so by completing the application.

If you have any questions about the Women in Trucking Association, 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!

Leadership Through Athletics: 5th Annual Celebrity Legends Golf Tournament

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Please help Middleton & Meads both support and promote the 5th Annual Celebrity Legends Golf Tournament. Middleton & Meads is a proud sponsor and Middleton & Meads CEO Neil Middleton is on the board of directors (BOD) for this great event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leadership Through Athletics is excited to announce that our 5th Annual Celebrity Legends Golf Tournament has been scheduled to Monday May 7, 2012 at the beautiful Chartwell Golf and Country Club in Severna Park, Maryland.

We hope that you will consider sponsoring this important event that provides for nearly 15% of the annual operating budget at Leadership Through Athletics. Below you will find different sponsorship opportunities. All donations are tax-deductable.

Corporate Sponsor – $1,500 Donation

  • Golf for four (4) at Chartwell Golf and Country Club on May 7th
  • Corporate Sign at a Tee Box
  • Recognition in the Golf Program
  • Recognition on a group 2012 Golf “Thank you” sign in the LTA gym

Leadership Sponsor – $2,500 Donation

  • Golf for four (4) at Chartwell Golf and Country Club on May 16th
  • Corporate Sign at a Tee Box
  • Recognition in the Golf Program
  • Recognition on a group 2012 Golf “Thank you” sign in the LTA gym
  • Corporate Sign in the LTA gym for one year (September 2012 – June 2013)

Event Title Sponsor – $5,000 Donation

  • Golf for four (4) at Chartwell Golf and Country Club on May 7th
  • Corporate Sign at entrance to Chartwell Golf and Country Club
  • Recognition in the Golf Program
  • Recognition on a group 2012 Golf “Thank you” sign in the LTA gym
  • Corporate Sign in the LTA gym for two years (September 2012 –  September 2014)

 

Registration will begin at 9;00AM with a shotgun start at 10:00 AM. There will be a coffee & tea served from 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM. There will be box lunch given out to all golfers at the start, and cook-out on the patio, drinks, and prizes awarded after all rounds are completed.

Please fill out the information below. We will also need proper artwork to be included in signs and other media. Thank you for supporting Leadership Through Athletics.

PAYMENT IN FULL NEEDED NO LATER THAN APRIL 23, 2012 TO SECURE YOUR SPACE

For more information: bgreene305@google.com

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Company Name: _______________________________________

Contact Name: ________________________________________

Address: _____________________________________________

Phone Number: ________________________________________

E-Mail Address: _______________________________________

We would like to be a:

___ Corporate Sponsor ($1,500)

___ Leadership Sponsor ($2,500)

___ Event Title Sponsor ($5,000)

Check Amount: $_________________ Check #_________

 

If you have any questions about the 5th Annual Celebrity Legends Golf Tournament, 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!

 

Middleton & Meads Vehicle Repair Technology: Hunter Alignment Systems

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Middleton & Meads prides itself on being at the forefront of the vehicle repair technology wave. As vehicles become more reliant on technology to maximize their efficiency, Middleton & Meads has embraced technology as a way to maximize the success of repairs. This is why Middleton & Meads features the Hunter Alignment Systems in our Baltimore and Beltsville shops.

The Hunter Alignment Systems can diagnose problems with a vehicle’s caster, camber, and toe so that the correct adjustments can be made to the vehicle.

Benefits of the Hunter Alignment Systems

  • Optimized for speed and efficiency.
  • Hunter Alignment Systems significantly reduce service time.
  • Having a correctly adjusted alignment can help improve fuel economy and life expectancy of a vehicle’s tires.
  • Hunter Alignment Systems significantly reduce the distance required from the front turnplates to the front bay wall to secure accurate alignment readings.
  • The Hunter Alignment System provides detailed documentation of alignment issues and their adjustments.
  • The Hunter Alignment Systems use a minimum amount of bay space. 

 

If you have any questions about the Hunter Alignment Systems, 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!

House Bill 1051: Increasing Driving Costs for Maryland Motorists

Monday, March 5th, 2012

In an effort to increase revenue, Maryland House Ways & Means Committee Chair, Sheila Hixson (D-20) and Delegate James Gilchrist (D-17) recently introduced House Bill 1051.

Synopsis: Altering the definition of a “taxable service” under the sales and use tax to impose the tax on specified services; exempting from the sales tax the sale of a parking facility or service by a political subdivision of the State; etc.

If passed, House Bill 1051 will expand sales tax to incur motor vehicle repairs and services, including:

•      Service contracts

•      Extended warranty contracts

•      Road service

•      Towing

House Bill 1051 will be costly for every Maryland car owner, and will also raise insurance premiums for all drivers.

For the above reasons, AAA is urging you to ACT NOW and write your personal General Assembly representatives (House and Senate) as well as members of the Ways & Means Committee to voice your strong opposition to taxing motor vehicle repairs and towing in House Bill 1051 through the AAA Issues Action Center.

If you have any questions about the House Bill 1051, 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!

Maryland Crime Rises with Gas Prices

Friday, February 24th, 2012

We saw similar crimes during the U.S. oil crisis of the 1970’, when people began to siphon gas from other cars. Today, with gas prices constantly rising, thieves in Maryland have devised a new way to get free gas. They’re drilling holes in fuel tanks! And, according to Takoma Park Police, this trend is expected to continue.

“We’re going to keep an eye on it, especially as we’re expecting gas to go over $4 per gallon,” said Andrew Gucciardo, a crime analyst with Takoma Park police. “We’re thinking this is going to be a trend.”

There have been well over a dozen separate reported incidents since November. In one such instance, a thief drilled holes in 14 separate trucks at a Toyota dealership in Annapolis, stealing just 3 gallons of gas per truck, but causing over $8,000 in damages.

“This crime could put motorists into harm’s way,” Townsend said in a statement. “A leaking gas tank can be extremely dangerous. What’s worse is the costly damages gas thefts leave. In the end, drivers aren’t only left with an empty tank but also with empty pockets after spending hundreds of dollars in repair costs.”

To view the full article, please go to http://washingtonexaminer.com/local/maryland/2012/01/md-thieves-drill-fuel-tanks-gas/208931.

If you have any questions about the Maryland Thieves Drilling Fuel Tanks for Gas, 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!

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Md. thieves drill fuel tanks for gas

Trucking Industry News: Sales Tax to be Added on Motor Fuels

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

One of the hottest topics of the Maryland General Assembly has been the numerous taxes and other fees proposed by the Governor in his annual budget. These include:

  • - Reducing itemized mortgage deductions
  • - Lowering citizens’ income tax exemptions
  • - Increasing the tax on certain tobacco products
  • - Adding a sales tax for online purchases
  • - Applying Maryland’s 6% sales tax to motor fuels

 

The last proposed tax hike rose more than a few eyebrows, as it would raise the cost of fuel anywhere from 18 to 23 cents per gallon. However, there are still several questions that have not been answered. These questions include:

  1. Will it be applied at the wholesale or retail level?
  2. Does the proposal include diesel fuel or only gasoline?
  3. How will it impact filings under the International Fuel Tax Agreement?
  4. Will there be a phase-in (expected to be 2% per year over 3 years)?
  5. Will the money go to support the Transportation Trust Fund since the sales tax normally goes to support the General Fund?

Until the Governor formerly introduces his plan, speculation will continue.

Other bills that have been introduced this session that may impact the transportation industry include bills that would:

  • Require legislative approval before a toll increase.
  • Change the off-load policy for perishable products on overweight trucks.
  • Expand the MD State Police’s authority to mirror a portion of Parts 385 and 386 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
  • Prohibit trucks over 48 feet total length from traveling on Maryland Route 212.
  • Prevent transfers of monies out of the Transportation Trust Fund.
  • Remove the presumption that a paid worker is an employee rather than, perhaps, an independent contractor.
  • Use vehicle height detectors in Baltimore City to enforce truck time-of-day restrictions.
  • Redefine those Class E trucks and Class F tractors that are eligible for historic vehicle registrations.

A full list of bills impacting the industry is available at www.mmtanet.com.

If you have any questions about the Governors’ Budget Proposal or any other Bills Affecting 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

Middleton and Meads Receives Manufacturer Dealer License from the Motor Vehicle Association to Perform Lift Axle Certifications in Maryland

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Middleton and Meads recently received a new Manufacturer Dealer License from the Maryland Motor Vehicle Association (MVA) to perform Lift Axel Certifications. This MVA license is good for two years and makes Middleton & Meads just one of two shops in Maryland that can perform these certifications.

“The lift axle certifications we perform at Middleton & Meads provide a valuable service to the trucking industry,” said Middleton and Meads CEO Neil Middleton. “After all, there are only 2 companies licensed to perform these certification in all of Maryland!”

Middleton & Meads can certify your lift axle and help you avoid any issues with the bridge law. In addition, we can service, replace, or add lift axles as well as their control boxes.

Middleton & Meads is an Authorized Dealer licensed to perform state inspections on any vehicle we service at our Baltimore & Beltsville locations and employs multiple state inspectors who are ready to help provide correct and efficient inspections. So if you are in need of a lift axel certification, Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) inspection, or Chassis inspection, Middleton & Meads is here to meet all of your transportation needs.

Each vehicle that is brought to Middleton & Meads is given a complete Chassis Inspection that checks over 50 different components of the vehicle. Once the chassis inspection form is completed, Middleton & Meads can provide a complete diagnosis of the heavy duty truck.

If you have any questions about Maryland Lift Axel Certifications, 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 bus and truck 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!