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Understanding Drum Brakes and Disc Brakes

Posted by Tim Moore on June 13, 2017 - 1:14 PM

Heavy duty truck brakes

Did you know it usually takes the length of two football fields for a semi-truck traveling at 65 mph to stop moving when brakes are operating normally? Because big rigs have longer stopping distances, it’s important to understand the different types of brakes, how they function, and how to maintain them so you can drive and stop safely. Commercial vehicles have air brake systems that are equipped with drum or disc brakes (or both) — the information below can help you understand each type.

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DOT Inspections: What You Need to Know

Posted by Paige Stewart on May 31, 2017 - 11:05 AM

What is a DOT inspection?

To help increase roadway safety, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) performs inspections on commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) and ensures all parts and components are in good working condition. As a truck driver, you’re probably familiar with this process. But, do you know the specifics of each inspection level or the most common violations? Learn how to prepare yourself and your equipment by gaining a better understanding of what to expect from DOT inspections.

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Important Things to Know About Commercial Truck Tires

Posted by Becca Soard on May 19, 2017 - 7:47 AM

Heavy duty truck tire information

Tires are critical vehicle components because they connect trucks and trailers to the road and allow drivers to steer safely on diverse terrains. Since they play such an important role in vehicle operation, it can be beneficial for drivers to understand how to prevent wear and tear. Learn more about tire components and get helpful maintenance tips.

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The Best Truck Stops of America

Posted by Paige Stewart on May 16, 2017 - 8:24 AM

Travel centers to visit

If you’re a professional trucker, you know how tiring it can be to drive hour after hour each day. Fortunately, there are plenty of places to pull over and rest. Truck stops offer a comfortable and safe oasis to eat, sleep and recuperate. And while there are thousands of travel centers to choose from, some offer certain amenities to make you feel a little more at home. 

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Benefits of TMcare®

Posted by Becca Soard on May 9, 2017 - 8:19 AM

Manage maintenance with TMcare®

Regularly maintaining heavy-duty vehicles is one of the most important things fleets can do to control costs and keep their trucks operating efficiently. Implementing a fleet maintenance plan is an easy way to record the repairs and replacements you need. The TMcare program from FleetNet America® is an easy way to make sure all vehicles remain in good condition.

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Refrigerated Trailer Maintenance

Posted by Paige Stewart on May 2, 2017 - 8:10 AM

Taking care of a refrigerated trailer

Refrigerated trailers, also known as reefer trailers, have made the distribution of temperature-sensitive freight possible for nearly 150 years. This equipment is also commonly called a reefer truck; however it’s important to note that often the refrigeration equipment is on the trailer and not the truck itself. As reefer technology advances, products like foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals, paintings, antiques, makeup and computers can be shipped faster and more conveniently.

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FAQs about Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs)

Posted by Paige Stewart on April 27, 2017 - 8:29 AM

What you should know about electronic logbooks

Since 1938, commercial truck drivers have been required to track their Hours of Service (HOS) via paper logs or logging software.

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How to Keep Your Truck Cab Clean

Posted by Paige Stewart on April 5, 2017 - 8:26 AM

Cleaning the inside of a semi-truck

Over-the-road drivers frequently spend weeks away from home, and most of that time is spent inside the vehicle. Along with driving long hours to deliver a shipment, their time is typically spent eating, sleeping and relaxing in the truck’s cab. Living in a confined space can make tidying up a difficult task, but it’s important to take the time and effort to keep the inside of a vehicle clean and organized. Maintain your truck’s interior by learning how to care for it properly.

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How Preventive Maintenance Saves Companies Money

Posted by Paige Stewart on April 4, 2017 - 9:47 AM

Control maintenance costs with routine check-ups

Like with any car or passenger truck, heavy-duty vehicle components simply last longer with routine care. Failing to maintain equipment could result in the immediate need for repairs or replacements — costs many fleets aren’t prepared for on short notice. A preventive maintenance (PM) program can be budgeted throughout the year in small, regular installments, and help you avoid paying for repairs at unscheduled times.

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How Truck Repair Works with FleetNet America

Posted by Paige Stewart on March 30, 2017 - 8:03 AM

Managing fleet breakdowns

Roadside breakdowns are inconvenient and can result in unexpected downtime, delayed deliveries and unhappy customers. When emergency roadside events occur, it’s important to contact a repair service that can get you up and running quickly and efficiently. FleetNet America® is dedicated to reducing repair time and turning chaotic situations into order.

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