According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, more than 70 percent of roads in the U.S. are located in regions that typically receive more than five inches of annual snowfall. With many commercial fleets using these snow-prone routes on a regular basis, preparing vehicles and drivers for winter conditions is a task most companies need to address.
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.
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.
Truck batteries are primarily responsible for powering the starting system, but they also supply energy to all electrical components. When they aren’t operating correctly, everything from cab light outages to complete system failure can occur. It’s important to maintain battery health in each vehicle to keep your fleet running efficiently.
Before a truck hits the road, drivers perform maintenance checks to ensure that every piece of the vehicle is operating as it should. While testing components like the lights, batteries and brakes is essential, it’s important to not overlook the tires when doing a pre-trip inspection. Properly pressurized tires help support the load, optimize fuel efficiency, and keep the equipment and driver safe.
Maintenance leaders are faced with a myriad of decisions that have the potential of affecting their company’s bottom line. Yet, the maintenance department at for-hire companies and the fleet management office of private companies are often considered an expense. Smart managers, however, are finding ways to communicate their value to their senior management.
Imagine you’re taking a cross country automobile trip. Like many of us you’ll likely make use of a Garmin or some other mapping device. Now pretend the mapping device displays where you are and the destination, but blocks out the middle portion of the trip. Is this helpful to your decision of what route you’re going to take?