The success of a truck fleet is dependent on its tires. However, managing commercial truck tires is often a difficult task and can even become burdensome on a fleet manager. Among the many tasks required to manage its tires, a fleet must monitor the air pressure of each tire on every vehicle, check for irregular wear, and repair any punctures that may be problematic for drivers. This demand of various responsibilities can be especially difficult for truckers and fleet managers to maintain. A second factor involved with managing commercial truck tires is that many of the commercial vehicles that are used today require acute attention to detail and expertise, which many fleets may not the time for or the level of expertise to successfully manage them on their own. With this, a fleet will ultimately struggle to turn a steady profit if they do not have their tires in check. As you plan the processes of your fleet, consider the following tips for successfully managing your tire maintenance.
As the weather is heating up, now is a great time to review some safe truck driving practices. In order to remain safe while out on the road during the summer months, you need to be mindful of all dangerous weather conditions. Consider the following safety tips for driving in severe heat!
Fuel costs make up a large percentage of a fleet’s total operating expenses. Since fuel isn’t exactly cheap these days, it makes sense from a financial standpoint to make continual efforts to lower your gas bills however possible. The good news is that there are several things a fleet can do to keep their fuel consumption as low as possible.
Did you know that there is a shortage of truck drivers in America? This is not a new issue, as this has been a significant concern for the past decade. Since a large percent of U.S freight is transported by trucks on highways, drivers have been in high demand year-in and year-out. According to Trucker Path Inc., 80% of all U.S cargo is transported by trucks. For this reason, we have seen a considerable spike in driver wages in recent years. The question becomes, why is the trucking industry struggling to find drivers?
Truck-related accidents happen every day. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducted a survey and determined that the main reason for commercial truck crashes is fatigued drivers. For many truck drivers, falling asleep at the wheel is a terrifying thought. It is crucial that drivers appreciate that after so many hours on the job, physical and mental exhaustion will eventually consume your body. If a driver is not cognizant of their energy levels, they are creating a dangerous situation for themselves and the other drivers on the road. Truck driver fatigue continues to be a significant concern for trucking companies across the country. With that said, here is a brief overview of truck driver fatigue and some of the best ways to help keep drivers safe!
Technicians are the backbones of fleet maintenance facilities. Without a team of trained and certified technicians, a facility won’t be able to keep up with all of the industry demands.Unfortunately, for many fleet maintenance facilities across the country, we have seen a shortage of technicians over the last few years. The TechForce Foundation recently came out with a report that predicts that the demand for new vehicle technicians from 2016 to 2026 is now three times greater than what it was previously projected from 2014 to 2024. There does not seem to be any clear solution to this problem; however, there are steps you can take to aid your technician recruiting efforts. Consider the following, and you should have more success at hiring technicians at your fleet maintenance facility.
Humans have come a long way in terms of transportation. Automobiles have changed drastically over the years, and that trend does not appear to be losing any steam. Not only do we see more completely electric cars and trucks, but we are also now utilizing alternative fuel sources like propane and ethanol. On top of that, progress has been made in the design and production of autonomous (self-driving) vehicles. Even though nobody expects them to be a viable option anytime soon, it demonstrates how advanced technology is today. Here are some of the recent changes in the transportation industry and what we can expect going forward in 2018.
We are currently in the heart of winter. Maryland and other states in the Mid Atlantic region can expect a few snow storms throughout the winter season. January, February, and March are arguably the worst months of the year if you are a truck driver. Snowy and icy road conditions can quickly turn a driver’s route treacherous. It is important to realize that weather can change in the blink of an eye, so you need to always plan for the worst! Here are just a few ways fleet maintenance facilities and truck drivers can prepare for unpredictable winter weather.
Every truck driver needs to conduct a thorough inspection of their vehicle before hitting the road. When a driver is put through training, this should be one of the first lessons they learn. In order to ensure everyone’s safety, a pre-trip inspection is always crucial. An inspection should drastically reduce the chance of unfortunate occurrences like failed steering wheel systems, failed braking systems, and failed tires. It can’t be overstated how important it is for fleets to stress the importance of pre-trip inspections to all of their drivers. For that reason, here are a few components of a proper pre-trip inspection and why they are paramount in the trucking industry.