Suspension System Air Ride vs Spring Ride

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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 protects YOU; helping you to feel less impact from all those bumps in the road and vibrations and keep your steering steady and correct.

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Upgrades the will reduce operating costs

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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 as efficiently as possible. One way to do that is to invest in your fleet by making upgrades that will help to reduce operating costs. Here are 5 upgrades to consider:

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Harvest Season

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Harvest season is rapidly approaching and that means increased traffic on the roads, getting caught behind harvesters and other machinery, and shorter nights. Driving your truck is already challenging, but having to maneuver through this season is even more hectic. You need to make sure your rig is properly prepared for the element that you may face out there. Here are some important things to remember when preparing your rig for the upcoming harvest season. Read more »

How to keep your trailer in shape

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Every driver knows that keeping their trailer on the road is critically important. Whether on a long haul or an overnight trip, those wheels delivering goods across the country are just a part of what makes America thrive. Keeping your trailer in good shape will help ensure success and minimal downtime. Read more »

How to repair your semi truck AC

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It’s the middle of summer. It’s hot. It’s humid. And suddenly, you notice the inside of your cab getting hotter. Your semi truck AC is still blowing, but the air isn’t cold. You know you’re going to have to stop soon for repair. But in the meantime, let’s talk about what may be causing the need for AC repair. Read more »

Best practices for reducing tire wear

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Tire wear has always been a major concern for truckers, and rightfully so. New tires can get expensive and if old tires blowout, there can be considerable downtime on the side of the road waiting for a replacement. Many factors can be responsible for, or at least contribute to, irregular tread wear. While the wear pattern can often point in the general direction of the problem, it can sometimes take considerable detective work to track down and correct the real source of unusual tread wear. Read more »

Protecting yourself from the sun

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The warm sun may feel nice on your face, but when those rays magnify through the windows, it brings added risks. Truckers have sometimes found themselves with what is known as the “trucker tan.” This type of tan is caused by extended periods of driving time with the sun only reaching the left arm through the window. While a trucker tan is not very fashionable, more serious problems can be caused due to UV rays. Read more »

7 Tips to Keep You Safe at Railroad Crossings

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Think for a moment about the route you drive every day, whether it’s to work, school, or your favorite breakfast joint. Are there any railroad crossings on your daily route? Have you ever just assumed there’s no train coming and driven straight over the tracks? All too often, we don’t even slow down to check for trains, and we forget just how dangerous railroad tracks can be. Read more »