Posts Tagged ‘truck maintenance’

The Importance of Keeping Your Air Filter in Great Condition

Friday, December 2nd, 2016
truck maintenance

Air filters are an important part of your truck that keep it running smoothly, and without it, you’re putting your truck at serious risk.

Oil changes are par for the course.  And it’s normal to get engine checks now and then–but what about your air filter?  Air filters are an important part of your truck that keep it running smoothly, and without it, you’re putting your truck at serious risk.  And while you shouldn’t be fooled by a filter that only looks dirty but is running fine, it’s still a good idea to practice proper care for your air filter and its replacements.  To find out how to keep everything in top shape, read on.

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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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Safe Driving Practices to Adopt

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Safe Driving Most pedestrian drivers think nothing of driving a large truck. Unless you have ever been behind the wheel of one of those trucks, it’s hard to comprehend how difficult the job can be. Truck driving requires safe driving practices to keep the roadways safe. To understand the dangers of truck driving, consider this:

  • In 2012, 300,000 accidents across the nation involved large trucks
  • In 2014, Time magazine named truck driving one of the most dangerous jobs on their top 10 list

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The Characteristics of Reliable Mechanic

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Reliable Mechanic

When you are managing an entire fleet of trucks or buses, chances are you won’t trust their maintenance with just anyone. An entire fleet of vehicles requires a reliable and responsible mechanic to conduct maintenance and repairs. If your fleet is mistreated, your business will then suffer. Here are some characteristics to look for in a reliable mechanic for your fleet.

  1. A reliable mechanic should be able to answer any and all of your maintenance and repair questions. Their ability to answer shows they have experience and training while also showing their attentiveness to your vehicles. If a mechanic is unable to answer your questions, they are probably not a reliable mechanic.
  2. You should be given an accurate finish date for your vehicles. Should problems occur, your mechanic should alert you in a timely manner. If your vehicle fails to be ready by the time given without any prior warning, your mechanic should be questioned.
  3. If you bring a vehicle in for specific repair work, a reliable mechanic will be able to identify the problem quickly and efficiently. A mechanic that takes a day or two to identify a simple problem most likely lacks the education needed to be a reliable mechanic.
  4. Your mechanic should be able to provide you with an itemized list of maintenance performed on your vehicles. They should be able to provide documented notes and maintenance history for your vehicles as well.

At Middleton & Meads, we are ready to help maintain and repair your truck fleet during the winter season. While many accidents can be prevented, we know that others are unavoidable. We also understand how the cold weather likes to cause issues for drives. 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. Dent/Scratch Truck Repairs
  6. 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!

 

Common Truck Maintenance Mistakes

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Truck Maintenance MistakesWhen it comes to maintaining your truck fleet, mistakes are bound to occur. With so many vehicles to manage at a time, there are times when drivers and fleet managers alike are sure to make maintenance mistakes. While mistakes happen, they can cause serious problems for your fleet. This is why managers and drivers alike should be aware of the common maintenance mistakes made when dealing with a truck fleet.

  1. When a warning light appears on the dash of your truck, a driver should immediately take note and work to have the problem resolved once they have reached their destination. Instead, many drivers tend to ignore the warning lights that appear on the dashboard. While there are occasions when the warning lights mean nothing and appear because of weather or a faulty sensor, neglecting a warning light could lead to serious damage to your truck.
  2. Neglecting to have routine maintenance performed on your vehicle is a very common maintenance mistake. While allowing an oil change or two to fall by the wayside may not seem like a big deal, failing to have these regular maintenance jobs performed could lead to serious problems for drivers.
  3. Failing to communicate with your mechanic is another maintenance mistake made by drivers and fleet managers. When talking with your mechanic, the driver or manager should be as specific as possible when describing a problem that is occurring. Never try to tell your mechanic what is wrong, that is for the mechanic to determine after observation and evaluation.

 

At Middleton & Meads, we are ready to help maintain and repair your truck fleet during the winter season. While many accidents can be prevented, we know that others are unavoidable. We also understand how the cold weather likes to cause issues for drives. 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. Dent/Scratch Truck Repairs
  6. 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!

 

Winter Maintenance Tips

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Winter Maintenance

As the weather continues to grow colder, winter will be on its way. With the winter season comes harsh weather and dangerous road conditions. In order to travel safely, bus and truck drivers should be cautious when maneuvering the roads this season.

There are some simple steps for drivers to take in order to ensure proper winter maintenance:

 

  1. Before road travel, check road conditions, weather conditions, and traffic reports. This will allow you to plan out your trip properly.
  2. Determine at least one main route of travel along with two alternative routes. Once the routes are determined, let a few people know your plans. Let them also know your departure and arrival times as well.
  3. Check your tire tread and tire pressure before any road travel. This will not only help with travel safety, but fuel efficiency as well.
  4. Ensure all fluid levels are full before any road travel. Any low levels during travel could cause breakdowns.

 

When it comes to winter maintenance, look to Middleton & Meads. Our bus maintenance and repair services will ensure your buses are safe on the road this winter season. Should your bus experience a breakdown, let our repair services fix your vehicle and send you back on the road quickly.

Our bus maintenance and repair services include:

  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!

 

Lower Fuel Prices

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

With fuel prices hitting many drivers right in the wallet this summer season, a recent drop is sure to bring relief across most of the nation. As of August 19th, the average fuel price is currently $3.835. This makes the national average price about 6.5 cents lower than it was around this time last year. For those who rely on fuel for their business, especially trucking companies and fleets, now is a great time to educate your drivers on the price of fuel in the nation.

Here are some areas that are seeing fuel price decreases:

  • Central Atlantic: 1.4 cent decrease
  • Lower Atlantic: 1.2 cent decrease
  • East Coast: 1.2 cent decrease
  • Gulf Coast: 1.1 cent decrease

Unfortunately, California saw a .2 of a cent increase in price of diesel fuel.

As of August 19th, 2014, the average costs of diesel in some of the US regions are as follows:

  • West Coast: $4.015
  • Gulf Coast: $3.739
  • Midwest: $3.78

While many of these prices bring relief, it is important for drivers to keep in mind that prices vary from state to state. Do your homework before fueling up this summer to find the best prices in your area. One way to get the most of your lower priced fuel is to maintain your truck fleet for improved fuel efficiency. Proper truck maintenance will ensure that your fuel goes farther, which is better for your budget.

Fuel Prices

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!

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Source: http://www.overdriveonline.com/diesel-price-hits-9-month-low/

 

Easy Truck Maintenance Tips

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Truck Maintenance

When it comes to maintaining an entire truck fleet, maintenance is essential. However, keeping up with trucking maintenance can be hard work. When it comes to major repairs and maintenance, trust Middleton & Meads to handle your fleet of trucks. However, there are some simple ways for your drivers to assist in the overall maintenance of your truck fleet. Simple driver maintenance will help your fleet run efficiently while also catching possible damage and problem areas sooner.

  1. Check your engine belt after travel for cracks and damage. Without your engine belt, your truck will not be able to function.
  2. Schedule regular oil changes for your truck. Fresh oil will ensure your truck runs smoothly for longer. This also helps with your truck’s fuel efficiency.
  3. Determine if your air filter is experiencing a clog.
  4. Check all of your lights before travel. This will include your brake lights, head lights, fog lights, turning signals, and tail lights. Your vehicle lights are essential when traveling at night or in poor weather.
  5. Check the tire pressure and tread of your vehicle before travel. This will prevent you from blowing a tire while on the road. This will also help increase your overall fuel efficiency.
  6. Checking your vehicle’s windshield wipers is a subtle way to maintain your vehicle. Your wipers help your visibility while driving in poor weather, which ultimately prevents drivers from having an accident.

 

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!

 

Truck Exhaust System Maintenance

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Exhaust SystemWhen it comes to truck repairs that are commonly seen, the exhaust system is a major find. The exhaust system of your truck is one of the most important systems of your vehicle, as well as one of the most vulnerable. In order to keep your truck running in proper order, be sure to observe your exhaust system. Consider these tips when dealing with your exhaust system:

  • Be aware of the amount and type of smoke being released from your vehicle. Should the smoke be thick and dark, your exhaust system is probably in need of major maintenance.
  • A rattling noise coming from the underneath of your truck is a major indication of a loose muffler. If your muffler is loose, it is often that your overall exhaust system is in need of maintenance.
  • Check your system for holes and rust regularly. Holes can allow carbon monoxide to seep through into your truck cabin, which could be fatal. Rust could cause your muffler to become loose and break away from your truck.
  • Place the components of your exhaust system away from different elements of your vehicle like the breaks and fuel.
  • Upgrade your exhaust system to a high air flow system. These new systems allow better air circulation and are known to increase the overall function of your truck and exhaust system.

 

Maintaining one truck can be difficult enough, but an entire fleet can be a tough job to handle. That is why your trucking business needs Middleton & Meads.

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!

 

Increasing Fuel Efficiency

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

If you’re in charge of a fleet of tractor-trailers or semi-trucks, you’re constantly looking for ways to conserve fuel. By making small changes, you can increase fuel efficiency, allowing the trucks to run longer and smoother, and ultimately saving money within your company. Check out these tips for increasing fuel efficiently in your truck fleet.

  1. Oil changes- Keeping new oil in your truck will ensure optimal engine performance and keep your truck running smoothly overall. This will also minimize breakdowns and repairs down the line.
  2. A high-flow exhaust system and a high-flow air filter- This allows your truck motor to breathe. Not replacing these systems for years could mean rust and debris build up, which hinders the overall performance of your truck.  Have your trucks inspected to see if replacement of the muffler and pipes is necessary. By installing high-flow parts, you will increase the efficiency of the motor, and your overall truck.
  3. Tires & tire pressure-Tire pressure should be checked often to make sure that there are no air leaks, which can affect fuel efficiency. Tires that lack proper pressure use more fuel overall to function. Invest in quality tires and regularly check your tire pressure.
  4. Helper springs- These springs help support and suspend the tires of your truck. If your tires are experiencing too much pressure, they will use more fuel to function.
  5. Spark plugs- Discolored spark plugs means a leak or deficiency of some sort in your truck. Should you see discoloration, bring your trucks to Middleton & Meads.

 

Fuel Efficiency

 

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!