Posts Tagged ‘trucking-tips’

How to Avoid Distracted Driving

Friday, May 10th, 2019
How to Avoid Distracted Driving
Distracted driving presents a danger to everyone.

Distracted driving presents a danger to everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re behind the wheel of your rig or if someone else speeds through an intersection because there are not paying attention. When it comes to driving a truck, however, it is much more important to avoid the pitfalls of distracted driving.

Put Your Phone Away

Although smartphones are our lifeline in this day and age, they can also be dangerous. That’s because the leading cause of distracted driving isn’t driving to eat on the go or falling asleep because you’re tired. As prevalent as those problems are, the phone remains the number one cause of distracted driving. Avoid texting and don’t look at your phone unless you need it to help you guide yourself to your next destination. Keeping your phone off while you drive is the best policy.

Stay Organized

A cluttered cabin can be uncomfortable, especially if it makes your anxiety go up. Driving while anxious is not conducive to doing it safely and responsibly. So, that means you need to stay organized. Clear the trash out of your truck’s cabin every time you stop, whether it’s to rest or to refuel. Plan your route before you ever hit the road. That way, you won’t have to worry about checking and double checking your maps in case you get lost.

Take Time to Relax

Relaxing is also important. While you should strive to meet all of your shipment deadlines on time, driving in silence can help you do that. Sometimes,it’s best for you sanity if you take things at your own pace instead of rushing. Distracted driving, speeding, and road rage will all cause more problems than they will solve. AS long as you get to where you need to go and not be late, then you shouldn’t feel bad about doing it slower than other truck drivers that you know. After all, everyone has their own process. Listening to music, podcasts, or talk radio while you drive can help you fight boredom, but it can also be a source of distraction if you’re not careful.

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Important Trucking Safety Tips

Friday, May 3rd, 2019
Important Trucking Safety Tips
Whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned trucker, it’s important to keep safety a top priority.

When you’re first starting out in your trucking career, you might not know what to expect. After all, driving a truck for a living is much more difficult than commuting to work in a normal passenger vehicle. You need to stay awake for long stretches of empty road and deal with traffic and also make sure your cargo doesn’t go missing. Here are some of the ways that you can stay safe while you’re out on the road.

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Tips for Preventing Cargo Theft During a Haul

Friday, April 19th, 2019
Tips for Preventing Cargo Theft During a Haul
As a trucker, you are responsible for whatever you are hauling from the time you pull away from the loading dock until you get to your final destination.

As a trucker, you are responsible for whatever you are hauling from the time you pull away from the loading dock until you get to your final destination. Unfortunately, there are people out there that take advantage of truckers who are resting or taking a break and try to steal their cargo. Fortunately, there are some steps that can be taken to prevent cargo theft. 

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How to Make Your Truck More Comfortable

Friday, April 12th, 2019

When you work a typical 9 to 5 job, you’re usually in your comfortable office surrounded by your chosen office decorations. Well, a trucking career is vastly different from your typical office job! Most trucking jobs will have you working far more than the 9 to 5 schedule. Your truck cab is going to become your “home away from home,” so how do you make it more comfortable? Here are some helpful tips for making your truck more comfortable.  

How to Make Your Truck More Comfortable
Your truck cab is going to become your “home away from home,” so how do you make it more comfortable?

Start with the Driver’s Seat

Since you’re going to spend the vast majority of your time in the driver’s seat of your truck, it is the most logical place to start. With some shopping around in local stores and online, you can find the perfect seat cushion or a cushion and cover combination that will suit your taste. There are hundreds of different types of seat cushions and covers available, so it shouldn’t be hard to find something that’s right for you.

For a Truck with a Sleeper Cab

Not all trucks have them, but those used for long hauls will often have sleeper cabs. A sleeper cab can save you lots of money on lodging, but they aren’t always super comfortable. Fortunately, there are some small adjustments you can make there too. Purchase some super nice bedding and pillows for the bed, and you can even get a mattress pad for extra comfort. If you sleep during the day and drive at night, you can get curtains that block out the sun so you can get the rest you need! 

What You Eat is Important Too

It can be difficult to keep your diet healthy and balanced when you spend a lot of time on the road. You can avoid hitting the fast food by preparing meals and snacks ahead of time and keeping them in your truck. Most truck stops have microwaves that you can use to heat your food. If you have food that needs to be kept cold, you can easily use ice packs and a cooler for those items if you don’t have access to a mini-fridge. 

Staying Entertained in Your Downtime

If you don’t already have a tablet or even just a laptop, you should consider investing in one. Many places have Wi-Fi hotspots so that you can access streaming sites for music, TV, and movies or keep in contact with loved ones. 

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.

Maintaining Your Truck Tires

Friday, April 5th, 2019
Maintaining Your Truck Tires
When you work as a trucker, maintaining your truck tires is one of the most critical tasks that you are responsible for.

How often do you think about the wheels on your truck? Most of the time, you probably don’t until they need air or need to be rotated. When you work as a trucker, maintaining your truck tires is one of the most critical tasks that you are responsible for. Here’s a closer look at how to do this.

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Purchasing a Truck: To Buy Brand New or Used?

Friday, March 15th, 2019
Purchasing a Truck: To Buy Brand New or Used?
When you start shopping, the first big question you’ll need to figure out is if you will be purchasing a new or used truck.

Buying a new truck is a significant investment. As a trucker, your truck is your livelihood. When you start shopping, the first big question you’ll need to figure out is if you will be purchasing a new or used truck. Both of these options have their own advantages and disadvantages, and it is important to do as much research as you can before making your decision. 

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Tips for Driving a Truck through a City Safely

Friday, March 8th, 2019
Tips for Driving a Truck through a City Safely
Large cities are everywhere all over the country, and whether you’re going coast to coast or going from one end of your state to the other, you’re bound to pass through a city at some point.

Do you know where you’re going next? Most of the time, your next destination is going to be inside a city. Large cities are everywhere all over the country, and whether you’re going coast to coast or going from one end of your state to the other, you’re bound to pass through a city at some point. Here are some tips for how to get to your destination on time, and more importantly, safely.

Make Your Plans

Having a plan makes anything easier. It doesn’t matter if you’re going on a fun road trip or driving for work. Making a plan before you go anywhere will cut down on the frustration caused by traffic, changing weather conditions, and unexpected road closures. Know your route before you leave, even if you’ve traveled it hundreds of times before now. Using a GPS can help you find shortcuts and avoid traffic jams.

Knowing what the weather will be like ahead of time also makes a huge difference. Winter may be turning into spring, but that doesn’t rule out the possibility of more snow, or even fog and rain on any given morning. Keep an emergency kit for if you break down, and make sure you have a warm coat and boots to deal with all kinds of weather.

Slow and Steady

Different cities have different traffic regulations. No matter where you end up, follow the speed limit. Instead of rushing and speeding up to beat a traffic light or shave a few minutes off your commute, breathe deep and exhale. Calm down and relax. You’ll get there eventually even if you have to slow down. After all, you don’t want to cause an accident or get into one because you weren’t paying attention to changing road conditions. If you’re concerned that slowing down to deal with city traffic will make you late for a delivery, simply leave earlier. It’s better to arrive a few minutes earlier than to be late. Be responsible and considerate, and you’ll get out of the city and back onto the highway to your next stop in no time!

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.

How to Stay Awake During a Long Haul

Friday, March 1st, 2019
How to Stay Awake During a Long Haul
It is extremely important for you to be able to stay awake while on the job.

Driving when you’re tired is never a good idea. When you’re a truck driver, you’re spending many hours of your day on the road. It doesn’t matter if you’re a long haul trucker or a short haul trucker. It is extremely important for you to be able to stay awake while on the job. Here are some tips that can help.

Take Short Naps

If you have a pet cat, then you might notice that they sleep all the time. These are affectionately known as cat naps, and you can benefit from them, too! The best time to do this is before your next trip. Even an hour or two can help you feel refreshed. Remember to get adequate amounts of sleep at night as well– staying rested is the key to a long and successful trucking career! If you’re on a trip, find a safe place to pull over. Then take a short nap, because if you resist the effects of fatigue for too long – not only is it unhealthy, but it’s also potentially risky.

Eat Better

It’s also important to stick to a balanced diet. In other words, make an effort to eat better. The longer you stay away from fast food and other junk, the better you will feel. Choose whole grains, fresh produce, and protein, all of which will keep you feeling full for longer. These are all snacks that you can keep close to hand and that you know won’t be loaded with salt, sugar, or fillers.

Get Moving

Trucking involves sitting still for a long time. This can be taxing to your mind, as well as your body. One way to fix that sluggish feeling is to get moving. This will help your circulation start flowing again. Plus, stretching and walking around can help wake you up or help you calm down.

Put on Some Music

If you feel like you’re in danger of falling asleep, then it’s time to pump up the music. Choose lively, upbeat music that will keep you stay awake but won’t completely drown out noises from the world around you. Loud music can be fun, but it’s still important to be aware of your surroundings.

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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.

Tips for Conserving Fuel

Friday, February 22nd, 2019
Tips for Conserving Fuel
Saving fuel on your next trip will also save you plenty of headaches. You’re on a schedule, and stopping frequently to re-fuel can mess with your delivery time.

Saving fuel on your next trip will also save you plenty of headaches. You’re on a schedule, and stopping frequently to re-fuel can mess with your delivery time. Plus, frequent re-fueling can get pretty expensive. Here are some handy tips for conserving fuel.

Be Responsible

No matter what size truck you drive, you’ve got to be responsible every time you’re out on the road. Other drivers won’t be as considerate, so you need to keep yourself safe. Follow the speed limit as often as you can. When you speed up, you start to use more fuel than if you went more slowly. That said, you want to maintain a reasonable speed – driving too slowly can be just as dangerous as going too fast, especially around sharp turns. Don’t idle your truck, which can eat up unnecessary amounts of fuel. Be sure to turn the engine off every time you get out of the cab, and try using cruise control sometimes, since this can also help you save some gas.

Observe Traffic Patterns

Next, observe the traffic patterns. Stop and go traffic can guzzle more gas than you expect. So getting stuck in it will make you use a lot more than normal. Slowing down and stopping at the right times will make a difference, though. Before your next cargo haul, take a minute to look at the gear shift on your truck. If it’s manual, you’re in luck. That’s because you won’t need to keep shifting gears all the time, which also helps you conserve fuel. Avoid stomping on the brake unless you have to because this tactic also burns too much fuel.

Track Oil Levels

Keep an eye on the oil levels in your truck. Like any vehicle on the road, it will require occasional oil changes. Be sure to use the right type of oil, because when you do, you can increase your overall gas mileage. Make sure you top off your diesel fuel tank before getting on the road; the more gas you have, the farther you can go.

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.

3 Tips to Help You Through Your Next Long Haul

Friday, February 8th, 2019
3 Tips to Help You Through Your Next Long Haul
Whether you’re preparing yourself for your first long haul or you’re a seasoned professional, these tips can help make the road ahead more comfortable.

When you choose a career path that requires a lot of driving, like trucking, you know that you will be spending lots and lots of long hours on the road. Sometimes you will even be driving through the night. Whether you’re preparing yourself for your first long haul or you’re a seasoned professional, these tips can help make the road ahead more comfortable.

Fuel Yourself

Every responsible trucker knows to keep a careful eye on fuel use and fuel economy for their vehicle. It is just as important that you make sure you keep yourself properly “fueled” as well. Always drink plenty of water. Stock your truck with nutrient-rich snacks for the journey. When you’re on a long haul, you’ll likely stop at a few truck stops along the way. Grab a couple of pieces of fresh fruit or some granola if you need to re-stock quickly.

Try Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy can make a huge difference in making your long haul more pleasant. Different scents can help you stay more awake and alert for the long drive. When it comes time to stop and sleep for the night, there are essential oils and sprays that can help to create a more relaxing atmosphere when you’re trying to sleep hundreds of miles from home.

Adjust Your Posture

Bad posture can effect many aspects of your physical health and how you feel. When you’re sitting and driving for the majority of your day, it is extremely important to make sure you’ve got good posture. If you’re constantly slouched over the steering wheel, it can cause your back, neck, shoulders, and even hips to misalign. These misalignments can lead to all sorts of soreness and pain. If the problem becomes serious enough, it can even potentially require surgery.

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.