Being the Best Diesel Mechanic

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Doctors are to people, what diesel mechanics are to the trucking industry. Without diesel mechanics, the trucking industry would come to stand still when problems with big rigs would arise. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, by the year 2020, the employment level for diesel mechanics is expected to increase by 15 percent. Because this is an industry that isn’t going away anytime soon, it’s important that we have quality mechanics out on the floors to keep America moving. To be the best in the diesel mechanic industry, there are few skills and qualities one should possess. They are:

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Preventing Cargo Theft

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Cargo theft can occur anywhere and at any time. However, there are preventive measures that can (and should be taken) to help prevent cargo theft from happening to you. Here are a few tips that owner-operators and drivers can take to help keep their loads secure:

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Keeping Corrosion at Bay

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The main cause of corrosion is the frequent use of liquid de-icers during the winter months. The battle with ice and snow and keeping roads safe for travel returns every year. The properties that make these chemicals effective in keeping roads clear are the same characteristics that make them so destructive. Here are some tips to help keep corrosion from destroying your trucks and trailers: Read more »

Dangers of Overloading Your Truck

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Overloading trucks is a growing industry problem. It leads to unsafe situations and causes injuries and sadly, even fatalities. Statistics show that improperly loaded and overloaded trucks are among the leading causes of truck accidents. Here are the top dangers of overloading your truck:

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Characteristics of Successful Truck Drivers

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As with any job, there are good and bad aspects to the job; and what is considered good and bad often depend on your personality and characteristics that match the challenges. Because truck driving is a career with a high turnover, you will want to evaluate the challenges and see how they fit with your outlook on life. Here are some characteristics of successful truck drivers: Read more »

Runaway Truck Ramps

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Hopefully, you will never find yourself driving down a mountain pass fully loaded and realize that your brakes are failing. In that situation, you would begin looking for the off-ramp that leads uphill and eliminates the needs for brakes. These ramps rely on the additional friction created by sand or gravel with the additional slow-down effect of an incline. Read more »

Ideas for Fleet Improvement: Part 2

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As you continue to make changes and evaluate your goals for 2017 as a fleet, take a few minutes to continue the final few items that will assist you in setting goals and implementing changes to build community and a successful fleet that will sustain time and money saving habits and benefit everyone involved. Here are more ideas for fleet improvement: Read more »