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Surprising Facts about Semi-Trucks

Posted by Becca Soard on July 18, 2017 - 3:01 PM

Interesting things to know about 18-wheelers

When was the last time you drove on a highway or an interstate without passing a semi-truck along the way? With more than 15.5 million big rigs currently operating in the United States, probably never. But, even though you’re constantly sharing the road with semis, do you really know much about them? Take a look at the list below for some interesting facts about 18-wheelers — some of them may surprise you.

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Retread Tires: The Process and Benefits

Posted by Tim Moore on July 11, 2017 - 8:04 AM

Why retread tires are popular

Did you know the production and use of retread tires saves the trucking industry more than $3 billion annually? As new tire prices continue to increase, fleet managers are searching for ways to reduce costs, while still operating safe and dependable vehicles. The use of recap tires is one solution fleets have found to combat this issue, and many are seeing benefits from utilizing them. Learn how retread tires are made, the benefits of using them and how to maintain them.

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4 Benefits of Using a National Fleet Maintenance Provider

Posted by Paige Stewart on July 6, 2017 - 8:03 AM

Should I outsource my fleet maintenance?

Rising maintenance costs. Data analysis overload. Not enough time dedicated to equipment upkeep. Does any of this sound familiar when thinking about your company’s fleet maintenance department?

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Common Causes of Semi-truck Breakdowns

Posted by Tim Moore on June 30, 2017 - 7:10 AM

Experiencing big rig breakdowns

According to the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC), tires are the cause of 53.5 percent of roadside breakdowns. However, tires aren’t the only contributor to truck problems. Other components like brakes, electrical systems and refrigeration units cause issues, too.

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Electrical Systems in Heavy-duty Vehicles

Posted by Tim Moore on June 26, 2017 - 9:13 AM

Getting to know the electrical system

Which electrical component is the primary power source for a vehicle when it’s running?

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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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