Posts Tagged ‘Truck driving’

Qualities of a Successful Truck Driver

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017
Qualities of a Successful Truck Driver

So how can you measure success if you drive long haul trucks for a living?

How do you know you are a successful truck driver? In many professions, success can be easily measured: sports records set by an athlete, or number of albums sold by a singer, for instance. So how can you measure success if you drive long haul trucks for a living? You might know if you agree that you exhibit the following qualities. (more…)

Answering Common Questions Motorists Have For Truck Drivers

Friday, December 30th, 2016
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More often than not, these drivers find themselves inconvenienced by the maneuvers truckers make on the road, and have probably cursed the driver for making such a move.

It’s not exactly uncommon for a car motorist to claim they hate truck drivers.  More often than not, these drivers find themselves inconvenienced by the maneuvers truckers make on the road, and have probably cursed the driver for making such a move.  But every truck driver is constantly calculating the best moves, and has the important conviction to keep everyone safe.  If you’ve ever wanted to ask a trucker, “Why on Earth do you do that?” then this blog is for you.


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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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Truck Blind Spots are Bigger than Most Drivers Think

Friday, October 7th, 2016
Recent studies have shown that many drivers greatly underestimate how large truck blind spots are, creating unsafe situations for both the drivers and the truck driver.

Recent studies have shown that many drivers greatly underestimate how large truck blind spots are, creating unsafe situations for both the drivers and the truck driver.

When it comes to driving your truck safely, you rely on your own judgment as much as you rely on the judgment of all the other cars and vehicles on the road. Recent studies have shown that many drivers greatly underestimate how large truck blind spots are, creating unsafe situations for both the drivers and the truck driver. How big are truck blind spots and how can you minimize no zones when you are driving?

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Distracted Driving and the Risks

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Truck MaintenanceIt is no surprise that truck drivers can become easily distracted while on the road. However, new rules are constantly being implemented that hold truck drivers accountable when it comes to distracted driving. Along with these new rules, new information is being brought to light every day about how distracted driving can affect truck drivers.

So what should truck drivers keep in mind about distracted driving?

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Staying Awake Tips for Truck Drivers

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Night.TravelWhile many of us are used to working normal 9 to 5 jobs, truck drivers are forced to work erratic and long hours. While these hours may be long, they are also typically spent during the evening hours. Because of these schedules, truck drivers are left vulnerable to falling asleep behind the wheel. Here are some tips for truck drivers to remain awake while on the road.

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Vehicle Laser Alignment: How To Keep Your Fleet Safe On The Road

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

The Maryland SuperTech And Truck Driving Championships is Saturday June 8,2013. If you entered the Maryland Super Tech And Truck Driving competition or know someone that will be participating, you should have vehicle laser alignment completed prior to the Maryland SuperTech And Truck Driving Championships event.

What is vehicle laser alignment?

It is a highly innovative way to perform alignment on truck parts such as wheel alignment.

It is important to have vehicle laser alignment completed for your truck because proper vehicle laser alignment helps enhance truck performance.

There are two options you can choose from for laser wheel alignment:

  1. Wheel Mounted Laser Alignment. This type of laser wheel alignment is not as accurate as the chassis mounted lasers. For the utmost accuracy for wheel mounted laser alignment, the axle tube needs to be examined for straightness. This task should be completed prior to checking the rear end placement or wheel alignment. The further the laser is from the wheel, the better laser alignment accuracy.
  2. Chassis Mounted Laser Alignment. This form of laser alignment has the wheel fixtures off and the laser on to make the chassis the master of the wheel. The chassis allows us to measure the straightness of the axle tube; the rear end placement and front tire rear alignment. In other words, the chassis mounted laser alignment method will reduce downtime on truck repairs because the chassis allows suspension adjustments to be completed with ease.

Have your vehicle laser alignment completed by Middleton & Meads to keep your truck in top shape from the Port of Baltimore to the Maryland SuperTech And Truck Driving Championships.

Poor wheel alignment makes truck engines work harder and fuel expenses go up as tires wear down fast.

Have your fleets sent to Middleton & Meads for regular vehicle laser alignment services and other annual truck maintenance services.

Middleton & Meads is here to reduce your carbon emissions, improve truck driver comfort by preventing the need for frequent steering fighting and make your fleets safer for towing heavy trailer loads.

Learn about our mechanical repairs as well as more information on The June Maryland SuperTech And Truck Driving Championships today.

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://www.drpperformance.com/laser-wheel-alignment-chassis-mounted-vs-wheel-mounted/

http://www.steertrak.co.uk/benefits.html

Truck Driving Safety: The Through Truck Ban

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Truck driving is a challenging and dangerous profession. Every year roughly 600 truck drivers die in highway accidents in the U.S.

The most dangerous types of trucks to drive are rigs such as tankers and flatbeds. About 55 percent of all class 8 driver fatalities happen from a rollover accidents and 10 percent occur from fuel oil fires.

Recently in Maryland there was a fatal crash and explosion of a gasoline tank truck.  Since the fatal crash in August, The Maryland State Police and The Town of Port Deposit have created a Through Truck Ban.

This ban is a plan to aggressively enforce an ordinance designed to prevent trucks from using  the town as a pass through option to avoid I-95 and Route 40 toll plazas.

This ban prohibits trucks over five tons to enter town unless making local deliveries. The sweeping curves on these routes such as Route 222 are located steep hills coming west from I-95 into the town. This is risky territory for trucks because it increases the chances of truck rollovers.

If precautions are taken to reduce the chances of truck rollovers, truck drivers getting killed on the job can be reduced by almost 2/3rds.

Here are some tips on preventing truck rollovers:

1. Try not to drive a tanker with bad suspension  half empty. The tendency for that vehicle to rollover is very high because it takes a truck driver a variety of maneuvers in steering to take full control around corners. If a truck goes around a curve too fast, it will go over.

2. A rollover can happen around a curve without going too fast, if rear tires strike any object while cornering. It can be as simple as a slight hit of a curb. Be mindful of your surroundings.

3. You don’t have to be a bad driver for a rig to rollover. A rig can rollover at speeds as low as 5 mph. This can happen especially on slopes. Do your best not to put a wheel off the pavement or a paved shoulder that has separations. You don’t want to catch or trip a tire. When in doubt, go as slow as possible and go for shallow angles when possible. The more steer you put in, the easier it is to rollover.

4. Always know how your seat belt is set and how to release it in the case of an emergency.

In the majority of truck driving accidents, seat belt can save lives but rollover accidents greater than 90 degrees could impede efforts for drivers to get out alive. During these accidents it’s best to find a way to slip out the shoulder harness or disconnect the belt. Learn where the buckle is at all times and practice reaching for it with your right hand. Teach yourself to quickly release it and pull yourself down with your left hand to get out to safety. Straight and level is key to truck driving safety.

If you have any questions about Safe Truck 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!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Source: MMTA’s E-News – FREE Commercial Vehicle Safety Summit