Posts Tagged ‘winter weather’

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/

How should you prepare your bus fleet for winter driving?

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Baltimore Bus maintenance services

By the end of the week or early next week, we can expect to see our first winter storm. How will you prepare your bus fleet for the winter weather? If you haven’t thought out a plan, you still have time to get your bus fleet in shape with bus solutions and repairs.

Before severe winter weather sets in, it’s essential to your bus fleet to have braking systems inspected and repaired to prevent bus collisions. Preventing bus driving accidents means training your bus drivers on driver safety for winter and keeping up with bus maintenance and solutions throughout the winter months.

You can start training your bus drivers on how to drive in winter weather by having the most experienced bus drivers work train beginner bus drivers on how to drive on icy and snowy roads. Your more experienced bus drivers should also map out safer, alternate routes for winter weather driving to lower the risks of bus collisions for your entire fleet.

To maintain a healthy bus fleet for winter, you should have a professional mechanic winter proof your entire bus fleet. A professional mechanic from Middleton & Meads can equip your entire bus fleet with bus solutions that effectively help your buses maintain traction on road, including the slickest road surfaces. Our professional mechanics will provide your bus fleet with window treatments to protect your buses from fog and ice accumulation throughout the winter. Having clear windshields and door windows are crucial to bus driving safety. Yes, that includes us replacing inadequate wipers for your buses when required. We can even install chains to the wheels of your bus fleet to provide better traction.

You can count on Middleton & Meads mechanics to fully assess your bus safety through inspections and repairs, no matter how old or new your bus fleet may be. Teach your bus drivers to drive defensively and we will handle the rest – Mechanical Repairs, Collision Repairs and overall Fleet Management services.

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.schoolbusfleet.com/Channel/School-Bus-Safety/Articles/Print/Story/2007/09/Tips-for-Preparing-Drivers-for-Winter-Weather.aspx

http://www.ncbussafety.org/SchoolBusSafety/documents/TipsWinter.pdf