Winter will be here before we know it; is your rig prepared to take on winter’s harshest conditions? Here are some tips for preparing your rig for winter:
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Your rig’s suspension system is important, period. Suspension makes a tremendous difference in the way your tractor-tailor handles the road, affects the quality of the ride, helps to maintain correct axle spacing and alignment, and impacts the way bumps are felt. Additionally, your suspension system not only protects the load you are pulling but it… Read more »
It is expensive to be in the commercial trucking business. Fuel, maintenance, repairs, driver’s salary, insurance… it all adds up pretty quick. In fact, according to The Trucker’s Report, the average operating cost of a commercial truck is $180,000! For businesses to stay profitable, it’s essential to run a tight ship by making everything run… Read more »
U-Bolts are a crucial part to your truck’s suspension. These bolts keep the leaf springs of your suspension tied together. Without these, your truck’s suspension wouldn’t exist. Now the true question is, how do you take care of them and what are the signs of a failing u-bolt?
Tire blowouts are incredibly dangerous and pretty close to 100% preventable. Nearly all causes of tire blowouts can be traced back to poor tire condition and if it was properly inflated. Here are the top causes for tire blowouts and ways to prevent them from happening to you:
No driver ever wants to experience a wheel runoff. Experiencing a wheel runoff is not only costly in both maintenance and driver downtime, but could be potentially life threatening to the driver and those he is sharing the road with.
More often than not, when a truck causes a crash the brakes are blamed. But, this isn’t usually caused by a complete brake failure. Brakes are designed so that complete brake failure is extremely rare, and therefore when an accident occurs it is unlikely that the brakes totally lost their braking force. Instead, so-called brake… Read more »
It is no secret that semi trucks run through fuel quickly. On average, a semi will get 6.5 gallons of diesel per mile (naturally that number will fluctuate depending on semi model, going up hill, going downhill etc.). One way you can help with poor fuel mpg is aerodynamics. Aerodynamics is defined by the Oxford… Read more »
The drivers seat. If you’re a trucker then pretty much 100% of your work day is spent in that seat. All that sitting has consequences to your overall health but more specifically leads to lower back pain. In fact, truck drivers will suffer from lower back pain at four times the national average rate. Lower… Read more »
To paraphrase: An ounce of inspection is worth a pound of repairs. Or towing. Or time off the road. The benefits to having regular maintenance and inspections on your truck always trump whatever excuses you may make.