Posts Tagged ‘truck drivers’

How The Hot Weather Can Take A Toll On Long-Haul Drivers

Friday, July 7th, 2017
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The humid summer heat can take a toll on long-haul truck drivers.

Summer is in full swing, and the hot and humid weather is taking a toll on just about everyone working outside. Long-haul truck drivers are no different, and hot weather can make days and nights on the road pretty miserable. How can hot weather take a toll on long-haul drivers? (more…)

Fun Truck Driving Facts You Didn’t Expect

Friday, October 14th, 2016
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Truck drivers can be a mysterious bunch, because their lifestyle isn’t often publicized. It’s common for misconceptions to arise, and it’s also important to conquer these misconceptions with facts.

Ever wonder about the mysterious truck drivers you see on the highway?  Truck drivers can be a mysterious bunch, because their lifestyle isn’t often publicized.  It’s common for misconceptions to arise, and it’s also important to conquer these misconceptions with facts.  Because if we don’t it’s possible that drivers will make decisions based on what they believe, false or not.  So, here are some truck driving facts you probably didn’t know!


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Hypertension and the Effect on Truck Drivers

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Trucking Shipping SeasonsHypertension is an ailment that many Americans deal with on a daily basis. However, hypertension and high blood pressure can have an effect on truck drivers. In order to better handle their hypertension, truck drivers should be aware about a number of things dealing with hypertension:

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The Truck Drivers Guide To Surviving Severe Winter Weather

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Fleet Management tips for Surviving Winter Weather

As we all have noticed, this winter has been a rough winter for many truck drivers. From freezing rain to heavy snowfall, the winter weather can make managing your company truck fleets an expensive and challenging task.

How can you help your truck drivers survive winter weather?

You can start by making them aware of Maryland’s 511 systems.

What are the Maryland 511 systems?

The Maryland 511 systems were created to give truck drivers real-time information about severe weather. The Maryland 511 system is especially important for winter weather truck driving because the Maryland 511 can inform short distance and long distance truck drivers about current traffic conditions on their route as well as any potential dangerous weather conditions. The 511 systems are definitely a traveling necessity for truck drivers and this year the 511 system was enhanced for commercial drivers by the addition of route restrictions, locations of weighing/ truck inspection stations, as well as emergency truck parking information and hauling permits data.

Your truck drivers can sign up for the 511 system notifications with email and a mobile phone number to receive text messages.

The mass notifications can include driving time, traffic patterns, and weather conditions. Every commercial driver will have the opportunity to customize his/her route preferences. The Maryland 511 is a very reliable winter weather-driving tool because it is designated as Maryland’s official travel information service system. Sign up for the Maryland 511 travel alerts now to receive your personalized daily commute travel guide.

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.mmtanet.com/files/ENews021714.pdf

http://www.md511.org/

New Tolls for Port of Virginia And Winter Safety Tips

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

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This week we are experiencing another winter blast. When winter storms hit the area, it’s important that your truck drivers stay in the know about changes to their travel routes and overall sound winter safety/drivers safety.

A  modification to travel routes your truck drivers should keep in mind are the New Tolls for the Port of Virginia. Your truck drivers will notice new tolls around the Port of Virginia as early as February 1st, 2014. The series of tolls around the Port of Virginia will start  with one route accessing the Port of Virginia at Norfolk.

Out of the New Tolls for the Port of Virginia, The Elizabeth River Tunnels( located in between the two cities of Portsmouth and Norfolk at Hampton Roads), there will be no cash option. It’s recommended that truck drivers pay tolls electronically or through the mail for utmost convenience using the New Tolls for Port of Virginia. Truck drivers that use E-ZPass ( electronic payment), will receive great discounts by paying electronically. Drivers enrolled in MMTA’s toll program will not need to take any further action, if they already are E-ZPass users.

What are the best tips for driving in the snow?

For most drivers, it would be to not drive at all,but in the world of truck driving that’s not always a possibility.

When driving in the snow is the only option, your drivers should do their best to drive on  roads that have been snow plowed and sanded. No matter how short or far the final destination may be, truck drivers should always allow themselves extra time to reach the destination.

Your best strategy for keeping  your drivers safe on the road is to have a professional auto technician handle your fleet management services. Truck fleet management services will ensure your truck drivers have good truck maintenance.

You should also consult with your professional auto technician on the best winter driving techniques when it comes to driving in the snow. The auto technician will identify how well your truck fleet can handle snow and icy roads.

No matter quality of maintenance your trucks receive, your truck drivers should always decrease speed and give themselves plenty of room for emergency stops. They should also gently tap their brakes to prevent skidding. Anytime truck wheels lock up, it’s a sign to ease off on braking.

Below is a list of other truck safety tips:

Always have headlights on to improve visibility in the snow.

Have your professional auto technician provide you tips on keeping your windshield clean as well as your lights.

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.mmtanet.com/files/ENews011714.pdf

http://www.weather.com/activities/driving/drivingsafety/drivingsafetytips/snow.html

Truck Services: Improving your Bay Bridge Truck Driving safety

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Driving over a bridge is one of the most dangerous tasks truck drivers take on. A bridge truck drivers and overall commuters dread is the Maryland Bay Bridge also known as the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

Gephyrophobia, also known as high anxiety or fear of bridges, is very common for Truck drivers and the average commuter.

Each day thousands of drivers cross the Bay Bridge to pass over the Chesapeake Bay.

The Bay Bridge is one of the longest, highest bridges in America. So there’s no surprise why the Bay Bridge is one Truck drivers fear to cross with heavy loads or empties.

Deadly accidents can occur when drivers feel dizzy from the height.

The Bay Bridge in its self is very oddly constructed – from the sharp turn to the wide-open, long distance. The Bay Bridge can even sway at times of high winds.

The number one reason drivers fear the bay bridge is due to the sensation of passing out/ having a heart attack or other medical emergency while crossing the bridge.

In previous years, The Maryland Transportation Authority provided a service to drive people across the bridge. This service is no longer provided.

Some bridges can give way and plunge trucks and cars alike into frigid waters.

Although there is no way you can identify how safe a bridge is to drive over, there are driving safety measure you can consider:

  • Be cautious of your surrounding. The last thing you want a tractor-trailer to do is strike an overhead beam.
  • Know how old bridges are in the area. The average bridge in America is about 42 years old. The government requires bridges to be inspected every two years to identify if emergency repairs are necessary.
  • Keep in mind that bridges and overpasses exposed to air during rainy and cold days create black ice. The element of surprise can be deadly if the truck loses control.

To make sure your truck is in the best condition to travel bridges such as the Bay Bridge, schedule a truck maintenance check up with Middleton & Meads.

Take a look at our truck solutions/ services to see what we can do for you.

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://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2013/07/08/gephyrophobia-is-common-in-maryland-thanks-to-the-bay-bridge/

http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/24/travel/us-bridge-safety

http://icyroadsafety.com/icybridges.shtml

http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/about/outreach/education/bridge-strikes.aspx

Enter The June Maryland SuperTech And Truck Driving Championships

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

 

The Maryland Truck Driving Championships & SuperTech Competition will be held on Saturday June 8, 2013.This competition is an annual Maryland State Truck Driving Championship held at the Timonium Fairgrounds.

But this year’s event is very special. This will be the very first Maryland SuperTech competition.

Middleton & Meads encourages truck drivers and technicians to enroll in this fun, educational event. If you are not a truck driver or technician, you can still actively participate in the event by volunteering, sponsoring or donating equipment.

Truck drivers participating in the Maryland state truck driving championship will have their knowledge tested and truck driving skills assessed. The finest truck drivers will compete for the Grand Champion title during the Maryland State Driving Championships.

If you are a truck driver that wants to enroll in the Maryland State Truck Driving Championships, you must enroll by Monday May 24, 2013.

Complete the driver enrollment form now to guarantee your spot to show off your skills.

If you want to be a volunteer, complete this volunteer enrollment form and return it to the MMTA as soon as possible. The Maryland State Truck Driving Championships needs over 100 volunteers.

Here are some of the volunteer roles:

  • Judges
  • Scorekeepers
  • Timekeepers
  • Driver Coordinators

No experience required. You will be trained.

To donate equipment, complete the equipment donation form.

There are at least 11 driving classes truck drivers will need to complete in the competition. Every class needs at least 2 pieces of equipment and vehicles for pre-trip inspections.

The following are acceptable equipment donations:

  • Tractors
  • Straight Trucks
  • Dumps
  • Mixers
  • Pup Trailers
  • Flatbeds
  • Tankers

To sponsor, please complete this flyer and return it to MMTA by May 31st. Sponsorships help reduce the costs of food, trophies, giveaways and more at the big event.

To register for the SuperTech competition,  complete the registration form by May 22.

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!

October 1st New Maryland Law Will Force Overweight Trucks To Off Load

Friday, September 28th, 2012

October is only a few days away and a New Maryland Law will be in full effect for Truck Drivers. What is this new law? The New Maryland Law revolves around Overweight Vehicles with perishable products.

Starting October 1st, if you are a truck driver carrying an overweight perishable products load, you will automatically be off-loaded.

This change in Maryland law will affect all truck drivers whom exceed the gross vehicle weight limit by more than 5,000 lbs.

Prior to this new Maryland law, overweight vehicles were simply issued a citation rather than being forced to off-load.

Trucks are always more of a hazard when they are overweight and overloaded because the trucks can lose control by making any sudden moves. Here are a few tips on how to prevent overloaded truck accidents:

–      Make sure your commercial truck weight distribution is appropriate. It helps the truck handle itself in a number of circumstances.

–      Know how heavy your load can be, the combined weight of the load and truck and how much weight can each axle endure ( and don’t forget how much weight your truck tires can endure). This will help your truck not be forced to unload at checkpoints and most importantly you can be assured you are safe on the road.

–      Do your best to create distance in front and behind you, so your truck can stop properly and safely when necessary. Too much weight creates an unsafe shift in your load and increases the possibility of you losing control of steering capabilities. Remember big rigs and overloaded trucks are more likely to roll over.

If you have any questions about Safe Truck Loads, 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: MMTA’s E-News!- New Maryland Law for Overweight Vehicles with Perishable Products Takes Effect October 1st

About I-83 Parking On The Shoulder Citation For Truck Drivers

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012
Just this month, the Maryland State Police announced  they will be aggressively giving out ticketing of trucks parked on the Shoulder of I-83. The fine for parking on the shoulder for trucks is $70.

Truck Drivers that are out of available hours of service cannot be forced to move trucks after the citation is issued.

This new I-83 Parking on The Shoulder policy makes it clear to all truck drivers that they should plan in advance where to park when they need a break.

The ban on parking on the shoulder was made because shoulder parking of trucks leads to extremely dangerous conditions because there’s insufficient truck parking in Maryland. In fact, there are no truck parking facilities along I-83 in Baltimore County. To learn about the I-83 Parking on the Shoulder click here.

If you have any questions about Safe Truck Driving, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click heretoday!

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: MMTA’s E-News! –I-83 Parking on the Shoulder

Trucking Industry News: Expect Major Delays on I-895 through Mid-October

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

The I-895 K-Truss Bridge Repair Project commences tomorrow, June 20, 2012, and the delays are expected to begin immediately. The project will include the resurfacing of the bridge deck, median barrier work, as well as additional work scheduled to be performed on approach roadways between Shell Road/Hanover Street and Potee Street.

The I-895 K-Truss Bridge Repair Project Timeline and Lane Closures

  • Stage 1: Begins June 20 and is scheduled to last approximately 30 days. One northbound lane closed (left lane).  Two southbound (SB) lanes open.
  • Stage 2: Begins Mid-July and is scheduled to last approximately 2 weeks. One NB lane closed (right lane).  Two SB lanes open.
  • Stage 3: Begins early August and is scheduled to last approximately 2 weeks. Two SB lanes closed, two-way traffic (one lane for NB traffic, one lane for SB traffic) on NB bridge.
  • Stage 4: Begins mid-August and is scheduled to last approximately 45 days. Both lanes open in each direction, traffic shifted to outside lanes for work in left median, with reduced lane widths.

Major delays are to be expected during the morning and evening rush hours, Saturdays starting at noon (southbound), and Sundays starting at 4 p.m. (northbound).

Because of this, we highly encourage truck drivers to avoid I-895 if at all possible. Use I-95 and I-695/Key Bridge as alternate routes.

If you have any questions about The I-895 K-Truss Bridge Repair Project or 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