A Handyman’s Guide to Checking Tire Pressure

If you are concerned with the tire pressure of your vehicle then you will be happy to know that you don't need to take it to a mechanic each time you need the pressure in your tires checked. If you are going to be checking the pressure of your tires yourself, make sure the tires are cooled as them being heated up by the roads will affect the tire pressure. About once per month is how often you will want to check the pressure of your tires.

Key Takeaways:

  • If you are concerned with your tire pressure, you don't need to take it to a mechanic each time.
  • Before your measure the pressure yourself, keep in mind that you will want the tires to be cold.
  • Make sure the pressure across all the tires is the same, otherwise they will be unbalanced.

“Then, read the number on the tire pressure sensor, and write it down for future reference. It’s as easy as that! You can now compare the number, measured in pounds per square inch (PSI) of pressure, to the optimal pressure level.”

Read more: https://www.certifiedmastertech.com/4375/a-handymans-guide-to-checking-tire-pressure/

6 tasks to assess 2020 and set biz priorities for 2021

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Truckers over the past few weeks are showing an increased disinterest in trucking because they are missing their families and with the increased amount of tension in the air, it's taking a toll on them. If the year is coming to an end without your achieving what you wanted to then you can still jump start the new year. In 2021 you can make some early goals that you never go to since this year was difficult for everybody with the election and the pandemic.

Key Takeaways:

  • Over Thanksgiving week there were truckers who weren't happy with trucking life since they were missing family.
  • With the climate the election has created, and the pandemic, it's tough out there for sure.
  • You can still achieve goals you had for this year and really focus on jump starting 2021

“In the midst of all this, a reminder: Be thankful that, at least for most owner-operators, you have not been forced out of work. You may have had to adjust your equipment, or the commodities you hauled, but overall there is still high demand for your services.”

Read more: https://www.overdriveonline.com/6-tasks-assess-2020-set-business-priorities-2021/

Everything You Need to Do After Car Accidents

Millions of people were involved in car accidents last year, so it's important to know what you should do in the event that you are involved in a crash. The first thing you will want to do is make sure that nobody is injured after the crash and to make sure everyone is okay. Be sure to call the police and take a lot of pictures of the scene with your phone if need be. Don't play the blame game and don't take the blame, let the photos and the report sort that out.

Key Takeaways:

  • A lot of people have been seriously injured in car accidents in the year 2019.
  • In the event that you are in a car crash, be sure to let the police know and make sure there are no injuries first.
  • Make sure to take photos of the scene and don't try to play the blame game after a crash.

“A traumatic event, such as a car crash, triggers the body to produce fight and flight hormones. One of these is epinephrine, AKA “adrenaline,” which can reduce the body’s ability to sense pain.”

Read more: https://www.certifiedmastertech.com/4388/everything-you-need-to-do-after-car-accidents/

Which Tires Are Best for Your Automotive Job?

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The tires you are using matter greatly when it comes to what type of job you are going to be doing when you are in an industry where you are always on the road. If you aren't choosing the right type of tires you are going to put yourself and others at risk. A lot of car accidents are caused by not using the right tires. If you are driving in the city, long distances, or in the snow, you will need different tires.

Key Takeaways:

  • Any tires can't just be placed on a car, you have to make sure they will improve performance.
  • Tire related crashes are to blame for a lot of the crashes that happen each year, so make sure they are a good fit.
  • Your needs are also a factor for the kind of tires you will need, like snow, or long distance driving tires.

“Different types of tires are engineered with a specific purpose in mind. Read on and learn our tire recommendations based on the automotive job you’re considering.”

Read more: https://www.certifiedmastertech.com/4431/which-tires-are-best-for-your-automotive-job/

6 Overlooked Vehicle Maintenance Services That Can Help Extend Its Life

Most of us are pretty well aware of what needs to be done to make sure that a car is maintained properly. One thing that a lot of people tend to over look is the wheel alignment. The control of your vehicle and overall suspension of your vehicle is dependent on your wheel alignment. We all know that the oil must be changed, but we often wait until the last minute to do so and this goes for all other fluids as well.

Key Takeaways:

  • We often overlook vehicle maintenance and wait until the last minute or for a breakdown.
  • Wheel alignment is the most overlook aspect of maintenance for a vehicle there is.
  • the steering, and the fluids are among some of the other things that are overlooked.

“Make sure that you wash and clean both the interiors and exteriors regularly to have a dirt-free look and proper functionality. You should maintain a schedule to get your car wash and detailing done at least once in every six months.”

Read more: https://www.carcility.com/blog/overlooked-vehicle-maintenance-services-that-can-help-extend-its-life/

[Video] Odometer Readings Not Updated Since Before a Date With Custom Spreadsheet


This Video shows you how to use spreadsheet 138 to find all the equipment that has not had odometer or hours meter readings updates since before a specific date.

In this video, you'll also discover

  1. How to link this excel spreadsheet to your live TATEMS database
  2. How to use other filters to see only a specific Equipment Type or Location

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Most Common Types of Modern Machinery That Make Life Easier

No matter the size of our project if you are doing any digging, then you will need an excavator to help you with the digging. There are many different types of machines that you can use to help you perform at your project. Backhoes, bulldozers, and paving machines can all help you with your project since they use the latest technology and can help you to reach your deadline faster. No matter what your project is, you will want the latest technology.

Key Takeaways:

  • Construction has become faster and a lot more efficient than ever before thanks to developments.
  • Different jobs require different tools, but no matter how big your project, if you are digging, you need an excavator.
  • Whatever your project, you are going to want to make sure the job is done with the best technology.

“These behemoths use hydraulic power to move large amounts of earth and other materials around your building site. You can also use them for demolition, tree removal, and a host of other tasks.”

Read more: https://www.certifiedmastertech.com/4404/most-common-types-of-modern-machinery-that-make-life-easier/

[Video] All Work Orders by Work Order Number Report

In the video below you'll discover how to find and use the All Work Orders By Work Order number report

The descriptions in this report come from the short descriptions in each work order.

The report sorts by work  order number only

The video shows you how to choose criteria to see the costs for a specific semi-truck, trailer, or equipment.

You can also just choose a date range to see all the work orders for the entire fleet and get the total costs for that date range.

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[Video] See How Long To Go for All Lube Services with Spreadsheet 137

The video below shows you how to use the custom Lube Service Reminders Spreadsheets number 52 and number 137 and how to link them to the live TATEMS Fleet Maintenance Software database.

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Preparing Your Truck and Yourself For Winter Driving

With winter just a few weeks away, this seems an appropriate time to discuss winter weather preparation and driving.

Bad Weather And Wrecks

The majority of weather-related auto accidents in the U.S. occur in late fall and winter. This fact shows the importance of getting your rig and yourself ready for winter driving.

Think Tires

Run tires with lug tread on your driving wheels. The deeper track on lugs makes them better suited to winter driving. Cold lowers tire pressure so check your air pressure regularly. Continually inspect your tires for signs they need replacement. Use tire spray to gauge road conditions. Lots of tire spray, the roads are just wet. A reduction in the mist indicates icing.

Emergency Supply Kit

There is always the risk of becoming stranded in a storm. Carry extra clothing, including shoes and socks in case the clothes you are wearing get wet. Keep a folding shovel, sand, and tire chains handy and pack water and protein bars. Remember a flashlight, cellphone charger, and a blanket.

Pressure Test

With the heater control valves on and the engine cold, pressure test your cooling system and the radiator cap. Check for hoses that are hardened, cracked, or softened. Make sure hose clamps are secure. Replace the warm weather water/antifreeze mix with straight antifreeze.


To keep your brake lines from freezing, routinely inspect the air dryer and air dryer filter. On slick roads allow at least ten times the usual braking distance. Pump rather than slam on the brakes. Sometimes, it's better to maneuver around an obstacle than to use the binders. Remember, that mound of snow could be a car.

Load Test Your Battery

Load test your battery to be sure it has enough life left to get through the winter. On the subject of things electrical, use headlights when visibility is reduced. Don't use cruise control if you are using your wipers. Pay extra close attention to the taillights ahead of you.

Carry Anti-Gel

Gelling from cold temperature turns diesel fuel to wax. To keep your engine running in wintry climes, use a high cetane (55) fuel and anti-gel. Always have extra anti-gel on hand. You might also think about installing a block heater.

Intersections And Ramps

When roads are slippery and visibility is reduced, use extra caution at intersections. Even if you have the green light, double-check that another vehicle isn't sliding through the opposite corner. On hazardous roads, disengage the engine brake when approaching a bridge or ramp. Remember, bridge decks freeze before pavement.

Use The AC

Yes, we are still talking about winter driving. Running the air conditioner helps the defrosters work more efficiently. Clean your lights, mirrors and reflectors. To determine a safe following distance start counting after the lead vehicle passes a marker like a road sign. If you pass the marker before getting to 15, you are following too closely.

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