Posts Tagged ‘truck fleet’

3 Tips to Help Prepare Your Fleet For Winter

Friday, December 16th, 2016
winter

Driving a fleet through snow and ice is an entirely different experience from driving through sunny, dry days. And, as such, you need to modify your fleet accordingly.

Driving a fleet through snow and ice is an entirely different experience from driving through sunny, dry days.  And, as such, you need to modify your fleet accordingly.  Keeping your trucks in top shape is an important part of safely navigating your journeys.  Traveling becomes safer and more reliable when you’re prepared for what lies ahead.  Read on for a few tips for preparing your fleet for winter weather.


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Easy Ways to Prevent a Tire Blowout

Friday, November 4th, 2016
tire blowout

Not only can you lose control of your vehicle when this happens, but the pressure from the tire blowout can be extremely dangerous for anyone nearby.

It’s every trucker’s worst nightmare: you’re driving along, minding your own business, when a deadly tire blowout occurs.  Not only can you lose control of your vehicle when this happens, but the pressure from the tire blowout can be extremely dangerous for anyone nearby.  Not to mention, a tire moving at high speeds can completely total a car.  But tire blowouts are easily preventable, and don’t have to be a common problem.  Here are some easy ways to ensure your tires will all stay exactly where they are.

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The Importance of Brake Maintenance for Truck Fleets

Friday, October 28th, 2016
Truck Fleet Maintenance

While truck maintenance is easy to put off, there is never a better time than today when it comes to truck and brake maintenance. A truck weighing tens of thousands of pounds that needs to stop quickly.

Whether your truck fleet is large or small, brake maintenance is crucial for driver safety, product safety, and the safety of everyone around you on the road. While truck maintenance is easy to put off, there is never a better time than today when it comes to truck and brake maintenance. A truck weighing tens of thousands of pounds that needs to stop quickly to prevent an accident definitely can’t do so without proper brake maintenance. Here are some of the reasons why brake maintenance is so important for your truck fleet.

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Maintaining your Truck Fleet

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Truck Fleet MaintenanceWhen you are in charge of maintaining a truck fleet, the weight of the world feels as though it rests on your shoulders. Maintaining only one truck can be difficult at times, so maintaining a full truck fleet can be a stressful job. For major maintenance, a truck fleet should be trusted to Middleton & Meads to ensure nothing is missed. However, there are some simple ways that truck drivers can assist in truck fleet maintenance to help preserve the life of your fleet.

So how can truck drivers help to maintain their own truck?

  • Before any travel commences, drivers should check the fluid levels in their truck. This includes oil, windshield wiper fluid, steering wheel fluid, and transmission fluid. If they notice any leaks, drivers should not take the truck on the road and instead call Middleton & Meads for further maintenance.
  • Drivers should check their mirrors, windows, and windshields for any potential cracks before travel. This will help prevent severe damage or accidents while driving.
  • Drivers should be mindful of annual maintenance that must be done. Being aware of when oil changes and other regular maintenance are due will help keep your truck fleet running smoothly.

 

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 Bus Collision Repairs
  5. Custom Bus Paints
  6. Dent/Scratch Bus 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!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

 

Why are Roadside Services Important for Truck Maintenance?

Friday, May 30th, 2014
Road Rescue Service by Middleton & Meads

Be on the Look out for our Road Rescue Service Trucks!

In the Truck Industry, breakdowns can happen for truck fleets at anytime and any location. When your trucks experience breakdowns, you will want to get those trucks back on the road as soon as possible. With reliable roadside service, your truck repairs and overall  fleet management needs can be covered by highly skilled and professional commercial automotive technicians.

The ideal Roadside service will offer 24-hour emergency roadside service that will handle truck repairs and guarantee your trucks have the right truck equipment for the road. Trailer repairs should also be included in the full roadside service plan.

When your truck fleet experiences breakdowns, you want to know a reliable commercial automotive company is ready to provide you fast, accurate and highly professional truck maintenance service.

Truck Emergency Roadside Service will save you both time and money because you will have peace of mind that automotive technicians with years of truck maintenance/ truck repair services are  effectively handling your truck emergencies with live 24 hour roadside assistance.

Here at Middleton & Meads, we understand the importance of efficient truck fleet management. Our Roadside Rescue program will offer you truck solutions that truly address your roadside breakdown needs. Truck driver safety and excellent overall truck fleet productivity. We will take care of your truck fleet during work hours, after hours as well as weekends.

When trucks breakdown, overall production reduces and truck driver safety declines.

You can take advantage of our New Road Rescue Service to see how we can keep your truck fleet on the road. Read Middleton & Meads Introduces New Road Rescue Service to see how we can serve your fleet when urgent road rescue service and assistance is needed.

All Middleton & Meads Account Holders and Customer Base on-the-spot road rescue service. The Road Rescue Service is not the typical road rescue service. We offer only high quality road rescue services such as full service roadside repairs. Anytime truck from your fleet experiences a breakdown, we will provide towing services in addition to offer your entire truck fleet  full service truck maintenance.

No matter where your trucks are on the road, we are only one call away to providing your trucks high quality roadside assistance. Our direct Road Rescue phone line is 410-935-7813.

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 for your transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Source:

http://www.bauertruckrepair.com/roadside-service.html

http://www.nationaltruckservice.com/about-emergency-road-side-service-usa-canada-puerto-rico/

What are the benefits of in-house collision repairs?

Friday, January 17th, 2014

The advantages of in-house collisions repairs technicians

Anytime your fleet experiences a collision, it’s never easy on your wallet or your vehicles. However, finding a good Baltimore in-house collision repairs technician could be your best bet for saving money and preventing future accidents for your truck fleet.

What benefits can I reap from Baltimore in-house collision repairs services?

Your truck fleet is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make over the course of your lifetime. It’s important that you have a professional Baltimore collision repairs technician on hand that you trust will preserve the safety of your fleet as best as possible. When you can secure the safety of your trucks on the road, you can improve the value of your truck fleet. Truck accidents come with major and minor vehicle damage. You never know what type of accidents your truck drivers can experience any given day. This is why it’s crucial to the health of your truck fleet that you hire the best Baltimore collision repairs technician in your area.

What can a professional collision repairs technician offer you in service?

For one, a Baltimore collisions repairs technician can install high-tech equipment to your trucks to help you avoid common collision damage such as engine problems. The certified collisions repairs technicians can protect your truck fleet better than any foreign auto shop because the Baltimore in-house auto technician will get to know your truck fleet well through diagnostics and mechanical repairs. You’ll have peace of mind that your Baltimore in-house collision repairs technician will always install excellent quality replacement parts any time your truck fleet experiences an accident.

When you select a Baltimore collisions repairs technician, always interview the technician on how knowledgeable he/she is about truck auto body repairs and custom refinishing and request client referrals.

A well-qualified collisions repair technician can repair the bodies of all types of vehicles – cars, vans, buses, trucks and even trailers. Thee in-house technician will also help provide you an estimate cost prior to performing the repairs. Fenders can be replaced. Dents can be removed from doors. Wheels can be aligned.

Middleton & Meads is here to serve as your Dupont certified shop in house Collision Repairs technician today.

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.friendlycollision.com/auto-collision/dealership-collision-center/

http://www.lcc.edu/transportation/collision_repair/careers/

How can I prepare my truck fleet for winter weather?

Monday, December 9th, 2013

truck solutions for  winter driving

As we are in the midst of winter storms, it’s time to winterize your truck fleet. From a light snow to severe winter weather, truck drivers can experience very hash and dangerous winter driving conditions. The dangerous roads could result in truck accidents as well as extended downtime for truck repairs.

How can you prepare your truck fleet for winter? You can hire a professional mechanic to handle your fleet management so you can rest assure that your fleet has proper truck maintenance and repairs.

What are the most crucial truck maintenance services for winter?

Anytime a winter weather warning occurs, you should have your fleet well prepared to drive safe on the roads specifically for winter weather.

The following is a list of services a good truck mechanic will provide you via truck fleet management services:

  • DEF system inspections. The DEF system inspections are required for trucks that have diesel engines and use urea-base diesel exhaust to meet emissions regulations. If the winter weather is at freezing temperatures, you can count on proper DEF systems to keep your emissions systems thawed after operating your diesel engines for 45 minutes. The DEF system inspection should happen periodically throughout the winter.
  • Have your truck fleet engine heaters inspected. This type of truck maintenance is especially important for medium duty trucks. Properly maintenance engine heaters help trucks work more efficiently because the engine heaters help trucks easily start up in cold weather.
  • Have truck batteries tested. During the winter it’s important that all truck batteries have a clean connection to slow the pace of battery degradation. Truck batteries frequently fail in the wintertime because it takes a great deal of energy for trucks to start up against cold, winter weather.
  • Next, you should have new windshield wipers installed for your truck fleet. The windshield wipers will reduce the stress cold temperatures put on your window shields. When window shields are stressed, you will notice chips and pitting on the window shields. By having any chips or pitting repaired, you will prevent your trucks from needing full windshield replacements.

You can count on Middleton and Meads to keep your truck fleet in good condition. We will make sure your trucks have good traction. We will install reliable truck tire chains on your vehicles to make snowy and icy roads easier to maneuver. We will take care of your truck brake maintenance.

Here at Middleton & Meads we will also monitor your tire pressure and pre winter your trucks so you won’t have to worry about fluid transfusion, leaks and other truck maintenance needs. We have the truck solutions you need.

Learn more about our Fleet Management today to experience premier truck repair solutions and excellent fleet preventative maintenance this winter.

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.truckinginfo.com/channel/maintenance/article/story/2012/11/getting-your-work-truck-ready-for-winter.aspx

http://www.dieselpowermag.com/tech/1211dp_get_your_diesel_ready_for_winter/

Can fleet management services cut down operating costs?

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Truck Fleet Maintenance

Are your truck fleet cost rising? Are you constantly searching for  ways to cut down your operating costs? You can lower your fleet management bill by having regular truck maintenance performed for your vehicles.

With regular truck maintenance you can reduce your fleet management costs, including a lower fleet  fuel cost.
How do you lower your fuel cost? You can with regular tire maintenance because tires with a long life span can  reduce the fuel cost by helping your fleet not work as hard.
There are other ways regular truck maintenance can help cut down your fleet management costs. Here are some benefits of regular truck maintenance:

– Have alignment checks completed to prevent your tires from rapidly wearing down. This will not only keep your truck drivers safe on the road but it will make the truck fleet more fuel efficient.
– Have your tires balanced to remove cab vibrations.
– Have valve caps installed for your tire valve stems to protect your tires from road dirt that eventually makes your tires leak air.
Bottom line: Preventative maintenance will  reduce your chances of having expensive fleet repairs because your fleet will be regularly inspected and repaired for automotive problems. This means no extensive downtime,  more fuel savings and more cash flow for your company.
Let us help you save lives and money with our Fleet Management services.  We are ready to monitor your fleet while you focus on running your company.
Routine checks and overall preventative maintenance are crucial to having a healthy fleet and saving money on operating costs. Middleton & Meads will help you accurately identify what equipment and repairs your fleet needs throughout the year, from fluid leaks to emission maintenance we have you covered. The preventative maintenance schedule we tailor to your fleet will help you protect your truck fleet from wear and tear on a monthly basis.If it comes to a point where you are better off trading in trucks or buying new trucks, we will let you know. We are always here to save you time and money.

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.worktruckonline.com/article/story/2007/07/40-ways-to-reduce-truck-fleet-costs.aspx

http://www.selectrucks.com/truckingtips/maintenance.aspx

Truck Fleet Maintenance Tips: Getting the most out of your Tires

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

As any fleet manager knows, tires represent the number one maintenance cost for truck fleets. But what really makes tire maintenance such a burden for fleet managers is the fact that it is so reliant on outside factors, such as driver attention.

Pressure Systems International (PSI) executive vice president Frank Sonzala noted these  reasons for poor tire maintenance:

  • 58% of drivers don’t pay attention
  • 52% of drivers don’t think it’s their job
  • 42% of drivers lack motivation
  • 32% of drivers lack education about tire maintenance

Reasons for improper inflation pressure:

  • Takes too long to check.
  • It’s a dirty task.
  • Inside duals difficult to reach.
  • Inflation gauges are inaccurate.
  • Lose valve caps after pressure checks.
  • Valve cores stick in the cold and lose air.

Middleton & Meads Fleet Management

Monitoring a fleet of trucks can be a difficult task, while you are running your business. That’s why Middleton & Meads offers a state of the art Fleet Management System to help maintain your fleet. Allow Middleton & Meads to customize a plan – from cost reports to scheduling notifications – to minimize costly breakdowns.

If you have any questions about Fleet Management, 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!

 

Fuel Economy: How to Save Fuel and Money! :: Trucking Industry News

Friday, June 8th, 2012

As a truck driver or fleet manager, you know that fuel is one of the largest expenses incurred by each and every truck fleet, accounting for as much as 25% of total operating costs. Because of this, exceptional fuel economy is incredibly important.

Improving Fuel Economy: Consuming Fuel as Efficiently as Possible

  • Overcoming Forces: Fuel is consumed to produce horsepower to overcome all of the forces acting upon the truck. Thus, a truck that travels down the road with minimum resistance will use less horsepower and consume less fuel.
  • Key Factors: Aerodynamics, truck equipment – engine and accessories – powertrain efficiency; tire rolling resistance; environmental conditions; fleet management technology and telematics; driver behavior; and vehicle maintenance all play a role in fuel economy. Addressing these issues and staying current with the latest technologies will help improve fuel economy.
  • Middleton & Meads: Monitoring a fleet can be a difficult task, while you are running your business. That’s why Middleton & Meads offers a state of the art Fleet Management System to help maintain your fleet. Allow Middleton & Meads to customize a plan to minimize costly breakdowns. From cost reports to scheduling notifications, the Middleton & Meads Fleet Management System can help track your vehicle’s maintenance history as well as the costs to maintain your fleet. A well-managed fleet with well-maintained vehicles is sure to help boost the fuel economy of your trucks!

We keep your Vehicle on the Road and you in Business!

If you have any questions about Fuel Economy or Fleet Management, 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!