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4 Ways to Prevent Truck Wheel-Offs

Wheel separation is something that is well understood, we know very well how it happens. The bearings are something that you will want to be picky about because of the bearings are too tight or too loose, then this could lead to problems with your wheels. Before you go to place the wheel back onto the hub, make sure that the area is clear and free of debris, or this can create problems with wheel separation.

Key Takeaways:

  • the causes of wheel separation can be caused by a few things, like loose ball bearings.
  • Be extra picky about your bearings, over tightening or not tightening enough, can have an effect.
  • Before even putting the wheel back on the hub, make sure it is clear of debris first.

“The Canadian province of Ontario has done loads of research into wheel separations and is probably the most active jurisdiction in North America”

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How In-Cab Cameras Help Fleets Improve Safety

It used to just be that sensors were only rolling once the vehicle was moving and that this was a way to help improve safety of drivers by understanding their driving and stopping speed better. This new technology will record the entire drive, even when the vehicle isn't moving to help gain a better perspective on what needs to change or improve within the truck. The stopping speed and speed on its own are two safety issues that are continuously being improved.

Key Takeaways:

  • Fleets rely on sensors to ensure braking as well as stopping and speed on all the trucks.
  • There are some sensors that only work when the truck is moving, these will record the entire trip
  • One of the benefits of having this is to convert the information into something safer.

“Systems such as the one from Samsara can be considered a “stand-alone,” says Ingo Wiegand, director of product management at Samsara.”

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TA Truck Service Adds Spireon FleetLocate Installation Service

TA truck drivers can now have telematics installed in their trucks, and for those who already have it, they can be given an upgrade for this new technology. This will ensure that things move more smoothly as the industry continues to grow. It can be difficult to get your hands on the newest technology now that everybody is looking to get their hands on it at the same time. It is still possible and more will continue to roll out.

Key Takeaways:

  • Professional drivers can now have telematics installed or they can be upgraded.
  • the adoption of telematics continues to rise, and ones who already have it are getting an upgrade.
  • Now that there is a high demand for this technology, it is a lot harder to get your hands on.

“Prior to this partnership, Spireon arranged for all installations to take place on-site at a carrier's location.”

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Gatik to Remove Safety Driver from Walmart’s AV Service

There is a driverless vehicle that is moving in the next phase of their driverless vehicles by transitioning away from having a driver in the vehicle into not having a person present inside the vehicle at all. A safety driver was included in their vehicles all along up until this point and they will begin operating without one. The car will be only allowed on fixed and repeatable routes so that there is no issue with the operation.

Key Takeaways:

  • Driverless vehicle testing is moving on the next step and operating without a driver.
  • The company has also worked closely with legislation to ensure that this could be possible.
  • There are other cars that are announcing that they will operate without drivers soon as well.

“The companies also announced a new test on a longer, 20-mile route between New Orleans and Metairie, Louisiana, delivering items from a Walmart Supercenter to a customer pickup point.”

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The Road Ahead for Heavy-Duty Lubricants

the importance of oils is known to a lot of truck drivers and car owners alike because of the way it keeps the engine running the way it is supposed to. The lubricants inside of a vehicle help to maintain it and over the years, it has been developed into something that will give it an even better performance. There is now a new way to improve the oil even further to ensure peak performance of the engine and all its parts.

Key Takeaways:

  • Protecting all the moving parts of a truck on the inside are some of the most essential.
  • the oil that you use plays a vital role in the efficiency and performance of an engine.
  • the pathway to upgrading these engine oils is clearer than it ever was before.

“Looking ahead to the future, the trend toward lower viscosity engine oils is set to continue, not only within the latest API CK-4 category”

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TCA, CarriersEdge Name Best Fleets to Drive For

There are several fleets that made the list of best places to work as far as safety and the environmental concerns. There is one company called grand island express that has been on the list for the past ten years. If you have made the list, it means that you are a company that is worth working for. In order to even be considered for nomination on the list of good companies, you have to be operating at least ten trucks.

Key Takeaways:

  • essential services have been recognized so it's important to recognize exemplary work environments.
  • Grand island express has been acknowledge as being on the list for the past ten years.
  • In order to be considered, you had to be operating ten or more trucks in your company.

““Even in the midst of a pandemic these fleets are focused on creating a great workplace experience for all their drivers, and with an average satisfaction rate over 90% their drivers clearly appreciate those efforts.””

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Top 3 Causes of Truck Repair Delays

The biggest reasons for the delay is repairs is that the parts aren't available and have to be shipped in from somewhere else, and the fact that sometimes, problems aren't diagnosed properly. So, when you are making repairs, you might not be fixing the actual problem because it wasn't diagnosed properly. It is important that everyone inside the repair shop are all on the same page so that the repairs that are performed can be done so in a timely manner.

Key Takeaways:

  • Fleets want to maximize downtime as much as possible for repairs to get them back on the road again.
  • Not being diagnosed properly and parts that needed to be ordered elsewhere were two big problems.
  • Every bay needs to have computers for proper diagnosis and knowledge to repair the problems.

“During last fall’s meeting of the American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council, the Service Provider Study Group led a session focused on maximizing uptime.”

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Utility Encourages Retrofit of 7-inch-deep Underride Guard on Trailers

Recent safety recommendation by the federal government states that impact guard mounted on the rear of the truck should be listed as an item to be inspected annually. Utility agrees with this recommendation and strongly encourages commercial operators to consider retrofitting a bumper that is 7 inches in overall depth. This size would be more than sufficient to meet all current and future safety requirements. The company is offering a discount in hope that price reduction would be an incentive for the retrofit.

Key Takeaways:

  • Utility Trailer Manufacturing announced that its dry vans, refrigerated vans, and flatbeds produced after 2002 can be retrofitted with Utility’s standard 7-inch-deep horizontal rear underride guard.
  • Utility said it strongly recommends replacing any underride guards found defective with its 7-inch-deep horizontal bumper in order to exceed all rear trailer guard safety regulations.
  • It's often called an “ICC bumper,” a holdover from the simple rear horizontal bars first required by the old Interstate Commerce Commission in 1952.

“Utility will discount the new bumpers as an incentive to replace the old underride guards.”

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5 Important Details to Provide Your Commercial Truck Body Builder

The opportunities for truck body customizations are endless. Even the most demanding customers can find a shop that will meet all the requirements. The job will be easier to do if you provide as much information about the truck as possible. Custom builder would want to know the history of the truck and main issues your fleet is facing. In order to design a solution that will score high on safety, ensure that builder knows the application in which the truck is going to be used.

Key Takeaways:

  • Buyers that can describe the history of their fleets and trucks will have an easier time with future fleet management.
  • A good manufacturer must ask all the right questions to truly understand what the buyer needs, and the buyer must be able to answer those questions as thoroughly as they can.
  • Body buyers and managers understand what their operations and drivers need to be efficient. Come prepared with an idea of what your fleet will need, and the internal sales team can help guide you.

“The vehicle chassis you purchase and send to your builder also establishes design needs for the truck body.”

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The Importance Of Proper Truck Fleet Maintenance

Semi tractor trailer truck fleet

Proper trucking fleet maintenance is very important. The average cost of a new truck is between $125,000 and $150,000. Ensuring each truck is properly maintained increases its years of efficient, effective service, boosts its productivity and helps reduce its downtime. Proper and timely truck maintenance services also reduces operational costs and helps to keep the drivers safe. When trucks are properly maintained, fleet owners can more quickly recoup the money they invested in each trucks and helps their company remain profitable for many years.

What Is Proper Truck Fleet Maintenance

Proper truck fleet maintenance is having each truck in your fleet serviced on a regular basis. This can be weekly, monthly or quarterly depending on how the trucks are being used. Basic maintenance includes checking and changing the oil, checking and servicing the brakes, checking the transmission, oil fuel, air, exhaust and cabin air filters and
the electrical system. As part of proper truck maintenance, check all the rubber parts to ensure they are not worn or brittle. It's also important to check all gaskets for signs of wear and leaks and replace them as needed. Checking the shock absorbers is an essential truck maintenance service to ensure it rides smoothly and evenly.

Ensuring Good Performance And Safe Operation

Trucks are rugged, reliable machines designed to run efficiently in tough conditions. Regular maintenance services is critically important to ensure they continue to provide good performance and safe operation. When you neglect the maintenance services trucks need, you compromise their ability to last a long time. Taking each trucks in to have
regularly scheduled servicing done helps you detect and address minor problems and stop them from becoming serious, costly issues that can affect their productivity and their durability.

Daily Monitoring

Truck drivers play an important role in proper truck fleet maintenance. Ideally, they should check the engine oil level and clarity before they start their trucks each day. Drivers should also ensure the brakes are working properly and report all problems to the dispatcher or maintenance manager so the brake shoes, air valves and air dryers can
be serviced in a timely manner if there is a problem. Drivers should be sure to report any cabin air problems, so the maintenance team can make a point to look at the cabin air filter. Reporting blown fuses or lights ensures the electrical system continues to work properly. Proper fleet maintenance takes a team effort.

Reduce Downtime

When any truck in the fleet is forced to take extensive downtime to have vital parts or systems repaired or replaced, it takes money out of the pockets of the driver and the company. Taking a few minutes on a regular basis to check things like shock absorbers can prevent problems that lead to unnecessary downtime and are essential to keep trucks
riding smooth and even. Stocking up key replacement parts can make repairs faster and easier, reduce downtime and keep all the trucks in the fleet up and running. Using high quality oils, fuels and replacement parts can also play an important role in preventing excessive downtime.

A Systematic Approach To Fleet Maintenance

Employing a systematic approach to fleet maintenance can help keep the trucks in your fleet properly serviced, safe, in good condition and prevent unnecessary breakdowns. A systematic approach to proper fleet maintenance and good preventive vehicle maintenance requires thoughtful planning, timely scheduling, in-depth analysis and great execution.
Approaching fleet maintenance systematically and consistently can reduce the risk of a truck experiencing preventable breakdowns and road accidents due to worn tires, faulty brakes, steering and suspension issues and other common problems truckers often face.

Driver Safety

The number one reason for doing proper fleet maintenance is to enhance driver safety. A truck driver is at a higher risk for injury if the trucks they drive are not properly maintained. Truckers often drive on dangerous roads and in inclement weather. If the truck they are in has bad brakes, smooth tires, steering issues or electrical problems,
their health and safety is unnecessarily compromised. Trucking fleet owners who care about their drivers' health and safety will ensure the trucks are in good working order and less likely to suffer a mechanical, braking or electrical system failure or a tire blowout that will put a driver's life, health and safety in jeopardy.

Protecting The Cargo

Another reason to keep your fleet of trucks properly maintained is to protect the cargo they are carrying. Customers depend on the trucking companies they hire to move their goods from one location to another safely and in a timely manner. Part of the fleet owner's responsibility is to make sure that their trucks are always maintained in good working order so they can do just that. Trucking fleet companies that have earned a reputation for always having well-maintained trucks and consistently get the cargo they are hauling to their destination on time and intact improve the chances they will enjoy long-term success, profitability and growth.

Reduced Operational Costs

Proper truck maintenance can play a major role in reducing operational costs and lead to increased profitability. Properly maintained trucks are more likely to avoid the high human health and financial cost associated with preventable road accidents. Plus, timely preventive maintenance costs much less than reactive repairs. According to OSHA, the legal expenses, medical care, lost productivity and property damage as a result of vehicle accidents costs employers more than $60 billion a year. Making sure the trucks in your fleet are properly maintained can reduce the operational costs by thousands of dollars a year.

Proper Maintenance Boosts Productivity

Making sure your entire fleet of trucks is always in good working order can help your company to avoid operational delays and help to maximize productivity. Having trucks go out of service for unscheduled repairs can result in missed deliveries and delays in the fulfillment of several succeeding obligations. Proper fleet maintenance can reduce truck malfunctions and ensure your trucks are always available to take advantage of any business opportunities that pop up. Good fortune favors the prepared and when you make sure your trucks are always prepared to work it can help your company's productivity to increase exponentially.

Improved Efficiency

Proper fleet maintenance leads to improved efficiency in the use of the resources of any trucking fleet. Addressing minor problems before they become bigger ones, that are much more expensive saves you money you can invest in other areas of your company. If you use your company's resources more efficiently, managing your fleet will become much easier and more profitable. Plus, your drivers will be able to make more trips safely and earn a larger salary. Once your company earns a reputation for excellent efficiency it will attract customers and your fleet will be able to easily handle the increased opportunities.

A Vehicle Maintenance Log

Each vehicle in your fleet should have a vehicle maintenance log showing the services and repairs it has received and when. This can make it easier to manage its preventive maintenance schedule and prioritize specific vehicles with issues requiring immediate resolution to keep them running properly. Following a maintenance system like this can
maximize a fleet's profitability and help its trucks running for many years.