Classifying Medium and Heavy-duty Trucks

Posted by Becca Soard on September 19, 2017 - 8:03 AM

Categorizing Big Trucks

When you think of medium- and heavy-duty trucks, what comes to mind? While some may think solely of equipment like tractor trailers, flatbeds and refrigerated units, there are actually a wide range of vehicle types in these categories — from boom trucks and dump trucks to semis and garbage trucks. We’ll cover details on how these big trucks are classified and why it’s important to know the correct classification.

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What is VMRS?

Posted by Rocky Carroll on September 14, 2017 - 8:03 AM

Why is VMRS important for fleet maintenance?

While some breakdowns may be unavoidable, you might be surprised at the number of equipment issues that could be prevented with the right information about your fleet. But how do you get that info?

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Trucking Accessories for Safety, Convenience and Comfort

Posted by Paige Stewart on August 22, 2017 - 8:01 AM

Truck driver supplies for on-the-road living

Spending most of your time in a truck cab has advantages and disadvantages. On the plus side, you probably visit many unique locations and meet a lot of people. On the downside, there are times you may have to sacrifice convenience and comfort to get the job done. Fortunately, a variety of trucking accessories are available to help improve the safety and efficiency of the truck driver lifestyle. Create a more secure and relaxing environment using the semi-truck accessories below.

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Preparing for Brake Safety Day

Posted by Tim Moore on August 8, 2017 - 8:01 AM

When was your last brake inspection?

Since 1998, more than 3.4 million truck brakes have been inspected as a result of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Airbrake Program. Each year, this program hosts Brake Safety Days across the United States, Canada and Mexico to ensure commercial vehicle brake systems are in proper working condition. The next event is coming up on September 7.

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Driving Habits that Impact Semi-Trucks

Posted by Paige Stewart on August 1, 2017 - 8:03 AM

The impact of poor driving habits on diesels

Fifty feet ahead there’s a pothole in the road. Do you continue going straight or change lanes to avoid it? While dodging it may not always be possible, it is best practice to try. As a truck driver, you’re in control of how your vehicle is operated and how well it sustains everyday driving conditions. Poor driving habits such as fast acceleration, hard braking, speeding and driving over potholes can greatly affect the performance, reliability and fuel efficiency of the truck.

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5 Health Tips for Truck Drivers

Posted by Paige Stewart on July 27, 2017 - 7:07 AM

Staying healthy on the road

Over-the-road (OTR) truck drivers know how difficult it is to exercise, eat healthy and get enough sleep while they’re on the job. This situation is so common that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) conducted a study and found that 69 percent of long-haul drivers are considered obese, compared to 31 percent of the national working population. By practicing better daily habits, the risk of common health issues can be avoided. Start a healthier lifestyle behind the wheel by using the tips below. 

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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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