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Keeping a Balanced Diet when Eating at Truck Stops

Friday, January 25th, 2019
Keeping a Balanced Diet when Eating at Truck Stops
While these facilities were designed to meet the basic needs of truckers everywhere, they don’t always offer the healthiest choices.

Throughout your trucking career, you’re probably going to see hundreds of truck stops. While these facilities were designed to meet the basic needs of truckers everywhere, they don’t always offer the healthiest choices. Here are some tips that can help you maintain some balance in your diet when eating at truck stops is your only option.

Plan Your Meals around Your Schedule

For many average shift-workers, it’s easy to plan breakfast, lunch, and dinner is at pretty much the same times each day. However, when you’re a trucker, mealtimes can vary based on the job. A good time to think about mealtimes is when you’re planning your route. Plan to eat every few hours, so that you’re not depriving yourself of necessary sustenance. For a long-haul or overnight job, this may mean that you have four meals in a day or that they are at “odd” hours. There’s nothing wrong with that as long as you’re eating when you need to. Building mealtimes into your travel plans also helps to cut down on last-minute stops where you just grab the first thing you see out of desperation and hunger. If you’re someone who likes to snack, then pack yourself something healthy to munch on between meals.

Keep an Eye on Portion Sizes

Truck stops across the country are famous for their diners, and the typical American diner serves colossal portions. Keep in mind that there is nothing wrong with having leftovers. Eating too much at once can make you sluggish and tired, neither of which are good things when you’re trying to drive safely. Eat until you feel satisfied and then stop. You can save the leftovers for your next meal, and probably save yourself some time!

Keep Proper Nutrition in Mind

It’s important to remember that there are nutrients that your body needs. Many years ago, it was almost impossible to get anything that wasn’t full of sugar or deep fried at truck stops. Fortunately, most truck stops nowadays have significantly more healthy options. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are crucial for maintaining a balanced diet. While all that fried stuff may look appetizing, it is essential that you choose to prioritize your health.   

Middleton & Meads is Your ONE STOP Shop for ALL of Your Vehicle’s NEEDS.

Need to repair your truck or bus? Contact Middleton & Meads today! Middleton & Meads provides quality truck and bus repair, service, and fleet management for the Baltimore, MD area. We have over 90 years of experience in the trucking industry and will provide you with customer service like you have never experienced before! If you are interested in seeing how we can help your business, give us a call at (410) 752-5588 or visit us online today! For more articles and trucking tips, follow us on FacebookTwitterFlickr, and LinkedIn.

Questions to Ask when Shopping for a Refrigerated Trailer

Friday, January 11th, 2019
Shopping for a refrigerated trailer does require some extra consideration.

There are many different types of trailers used to haul freight, mainly flatbeds, closed trailers, vehicle carriers, and refrigerated trailers. Most of these are pretty standard. However, shopping for a refrigerated trailer does require some extra consideration. There is a lot more that goes into making them functional than other types of trailers. Here are a couple of important questions you should ask when you’re shopping for a refrigerated trailer.

How strong is the refrigeration system?

One of the most important elements of your refrigerated trailer is the actual refrigeration system. This system is responsible for ensuring your cargo stays properly preserved until you’ve reached your final destination. Most refrigeration systems run on their own diesel engine, separate from your truck. Look carefully at the specifications of the refrigeration system you’re considering. It should be rated to cool a space the same size as or slightly larger than the interior of the trailer. Longer trailers will need ductwork to ensure that everything stays cool.

Is the trailer insulated well enough?

Perhaps nearly as important as the refrigeration system itself is how well the trailer is insulated. Much like your home, your refrigerated trailer needs quality insulation in order to function efficiently. When you’re driving down the highway during the day, there is little to no shade. With the black asphalt attracting sunlight, the heat produced by vehicle engines, and friction from tires, there is quite a bit of heat that gets created. The trailer’s insulation should be able to block all of that out so that the refrigeration system doesn’t have to work harder to compensate.

How does it open?

The door of the trailer also makes a lot of seemingly insignificant differences. Depending on the type of door on the trailer, it can increase or decrease efficiency of the cooling system. For example: roll-up doors are easier to open and close, but harder to seal and insulate. Rubber curtains in the back of the trailer can help to keep the cold air in, but these do need to be replaced periodically because they do break.

Middleton & Meads is Your ONE STOP Shop for ALL of Your Vehicle’s NEEDS.

Need to repair your truck or bus? Contact Middleton & Meads today! Middleton & Meads provides quality truck and bus repair, service, and fleet management for the Baltimore, MD area. We have over 90 years of experience in the trucking industry and will provide you with customer service like you have never experienced before! If you are interested in seeing how we can help your business, give us a call at (410) 752-5588 or visit us online today! For more articles and trucking tips, follow us on FacebookTwitterFlickr, and LinkedIn.

Safe Solutions To The Truck Parking Problem

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

truck parking

It is important for all truck drivers to have simple ways to find safe truck parking on the road.

Within the trucking industry, it is common knowledge that taking breaks in parking lots can be quite a difficult process. In fact, finding a safe location to park while simultaneously considering the time it takes to park can be quite the obstacle for even the most experienced truck drivers out there. (more…)

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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Fun Truck Driving Facts You Didn’t Expect

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Bad-Habits

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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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!

 

Middleton & Meads Recently Awarded Several Lucrative Contracts Throughout Maryland and Washington D.C.

Friday, November 11th, 2011

The Middleton & Meads Company is proud to announce that we were recently awarded several big contracts by the city of Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Howard County (MD). These contracts include:

City of Baltimore: Spring and Suspension Repairs for city vehicles – $2,500,000. The contract is for three (3) years, with two (2) additional one-year extensions.

Howard County: Services Contract for Heavy Equipment Parts and Service – $2,930,150.  This contract expires April 30, 2012, with four (4) additional one-year extensions.

Howard County: Automotive, Light Truck and Heavy Equipment Body Repair – $249,593. This contract expires May 31, 2012, with four (4) additional one-year extensions.

District of Columbia: School Bus Maintenance Services, $500,000, 90 days.

The Middleton and 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.

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 and organizations of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

If you have any questions, please contact Middleton & Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Benefits of Stertil-Koni Truck and Bus Lifts

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Quick preventative maintenance is not always the easiest task when it comes to tractor-trailers (also known as 18 wheelers, big rigs, or semis) and busses. While that may be true for most companies, it is not for Middleton & Meads. Here we use Stertil-Koni mobile lifts. These lifts allow Middleton & Meads to raise any vehicle that we service, anywhere in our shops, as well as outside our shop.

Each lift is individually positioned under the vehicle’s tires and through the use of a control panel on each lift the vehicle is raised. The setup time of the lifts is much quicker than the setup of jack stands, which improves the efficiency of the repair.

The Stertil-Koni EARTHLIFT features/ benefits include:

•      Self-regenerative feature extends recharging intervals to 27 cycles at full load

•      Columns are made from 98% recyclable components

•      All electronics meet RoHS (Restriction of Use of Hazardous Substances) norms

•     Batteries are 100% recyclable

•     Operates using biodegradable oil

EARTHLIFT is also one of the first truly green, wheel-engaging mobile lifting columns in the industry. Lift columns return electrical charge to the on-board batteries through a unique AERS (Active Energy Retrieval System), which uses the force of gravity to generate energy that recharges the batteries during each lowering cycle.

Pretty neat, huh?

If you have any questions, please contact Middleton & 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!

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Heavy Duty Vehicle Lifts From Stertil-Koni

Preventative Maintenance Standard for Tractor Trailers: Is Your Truck Ready for Winter?

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Last week we addressed preventative maintenance and your bus. This week will address tractor-trailers, also known as big rigs, semis, and 18-wheelers. Whatever you call your truck, is it ready for the icy winter conditions on the way?

It is only October, and already we are slated for the first snowfall of the year. It is shaping up to be a harsh winter. Can your truck handle it?

Title 11, subtitle 22, chapter 02 of the Maryland PM Handbook – Preventive Maintenance Standards for Trucks and Truck Tractors – outlines the minimum preventative maintenance requirements for vehicle registered as Class E (truck) with a registered gross vehicle weight or gross combination weight greater than 10,000 pounds, or Class F (tractor).

Maintenance requirements include:

Alignment: Inspect axles, beams, spindles, and mountings for broken, damaged, worn, rusted, bent, or modified conditions.

Suspension: Unequal vehicle height, broken or damaged spring leaves, spring shackles, bushings, center bolts, U-bolts, control arms, torque arms, torsion bars or equalizers can affect vehicle steering, alignment, tracking, handling, and stability.

Steering: Inspection of vehicles equipped with power steering shall be conducted with the engine running, power steering fluid at the proper level, and belts in proper condition and tension.

And much, much more!

Title 11, subtitle 22, chapter 02 of the Maryland PM Handbook outlines the minimum maintenance requirements for your truck. More frequent maintenance, service, and repairs is recommended.

So rely on Middleton and Meads Company to make certain your truck or fleet is prepared for the cold days and nights. We have all the winter products that you’ll need to be safe AND profitable this winter.

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.

If you have any questions, please contact Middleton & Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

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!