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Truck driving jobs mean you live in your truck, and living in your truck means you need to pack it all! The essentials, entertainment options and work related items for a smooth ride. With this checklist, you’ll be able to pack the important stuff!   Infographic courtesy of CDL Jobs

How systematic are you in your maintenance process?

Six questions to think about to help you determine just where you fall on having a systematic process in place.
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 truck maintenance preventative maintenance safety Safety first carhauler news trucking newsThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently announced that it is gathering information on the role of maintenance in vehicle safety. One area FMCSA wants to focus on is understanding what is meant by “systematic.” Current regulations say that fleets must have programs to “systematically inspect, repair and maintain” trucks. However, there is no clear-cut definition of what systematic means. Whether you participate in the survey or not, now might be a good time to review your own maintenance procedures to determine just how systematic they are. Here are some questions to get you thinking: What percentage of your trucks are up-to-date on their main [...]

What does PM (preventive maintenance) really mean?

What does PM really mean? In some cases it means lights out, afternoon, or even after dark — as in post-meridian. But in other cases, "PM" is surrounded by a lack of understanding at a moment in time.
What does PM really mean? In some cases it means lights out, afternoon, or even after dark — as in post-meridian. But in other cases, "PM" is surrounded by a lack of understanding at a moment in time. It is clear that PM has different meanings to each person responsible for managing or performing the preventive maintenance process. Therefore, PMs can have a variety of definitions, such as: Preventive Maintenance Service: The act of inspection and repair of equipment. Inspect and determine what needs to be repaired. That could mean fixing everything in sight and whatever you touch, meaning the checkbook could be in the hands of the technicians. Planned Money Spent: This is where you plan on what you’re going to be spending during the PM. How many hours and/or minutes? This is better known as making the budget. The maintenance technology, as "plan A" and "plan B", would determine what managed repairs should be performed following the PM inspection. This, in turn, leads to number three. Procrastination Maintenance Science: This is where there is "managed procrastination" maintenance, making those repair choices only when necessary, meaning can we get to the next PM and maximize the potential life of tires, bra [...]
wm_img_blog_wirerope.jpgWire rope is the lifeline of your tow truck. We’ll help you understand the terminology, construction and ratings of wire rope. We’ll also give you advice on what type of rope to buy, how to attach it to a hook without losing towing capacity, how to inspect and maintain it, how to prevent damage, and how to tell when it’s time to replace it. We’ll also give the pros and cons of synthetic versus wire rope. IS WIRE ROPE THE SAME AS CABLE? “Wire rope,” “line,” “rope” or “wire” are the only correct ways to refer to wire rope, but many tow operators refer to it as cable. Wire rope is not cable. Cable is only an acceptable term when referring to a piece of wire rope that is terminated on both ends. When that cable is connected to a power source, such as a winch, it’s no longer acceptable to call [...]

Maintenance considerations for air disc brakes

With the increased adoption of air disc brakes, it is still crucial to implement a thorough PM program.
Download(10)Air disc brakes (ADB) continue to grow in popularity, and there are a number of reasons for this. Improved safety, shorter stopping distances, consistent stopping power and more efficient maintenance practices all help to lower both the cost per mile as well as vehicle downtime. As an example, the estimated time for a wheel-end drum brake shoe change and general maintenance hovers around the one-hour mark, while an air disc brake pad change out takes approximately 15 minutes. Brake performance is also a big advantage of the ADB system. This brake system can withstand the higher temperatures that often occur in a severe duty or transit application much more efficiently than a drum brake system. A vehicle will be less susceptible to fade because of this attribute. Rather than the drum moving away from the friction material as temperatures increase, the rotor will expand and move into the brake friction ma [...]
You can’t prevent or ignore temperatures below zero, ice, snow, sleet, deicing chemicals. You can, however, spend time before bad weather sets in getting your trucks ready for winter’s onslaught and then pay extra attention to a few specific areas during the winter. If you follow these tips, winter is likely to be less harsh for you. Pre-winter preparation Here are a few things you can do before winter to get your fleet ready. Service air dryers and drain air tanks. Moisture is a killer, especially in winter when temperatures drop. Test batteries, starting system, and charging system. Batteries show wear and tear in the winter but most of the damage happens in the summer months. Check block heater operation. Actually, plug it in to ensure it is working properly. Check pre-h [...]

The final quarter of 2018 presented more mixed results for freight indicators than the roar of late 2017 and the first half of 2018. Still, rates remained near historic highs as trucking capacity held tight. As the year ended, the economy appeared stable despite that lull.

Little risk of a recession looms for 2019, with momentum from 2018’s booming first six months and tax cuts expected to carry the U.S. economy well into next year, says Avery Vise, vice president of trucking at FTR, a transportation research group. FTR analysts foresee a greater risk for a recession, even if a soft one, in 2020.

“I still don’t think it’s likely, but FTR has the probability at about 40 percent,” Vise says.

Whether it might come, a downturn more pronounced than the mild pullbacks of recent months is likely inevitable. Most economic expansions last on average five years, historically. The current cycle of economic growth, coming out of the 2008-09 recession, is now in its ninth year — the se [...]

Truckers with depression find hope and others to listen online

Truck drivers are one of the top eight occupations likely to commit suicide. A Facebook group has become a place for drivers with depression to get help and find camaraderie.
Veteran driver Michael Suson came home one day and told his wife that a colleague had shot himself dead. The driver had suffered from depression. Suson, who had been driving for over 25 years knew about truckers and their high incidence of depression – he also suffered its effects – but until about four years ago, he wasn't willing to discuss it. Like many drivers, he believed that it was unmanly to "give in" to depression. He also believed, mistakenly, that any drugs that might help him, might invalidate his CDL. Truck drivers are in the top eight occupations likely to commit suicide, according to the Centers for Disease Control. They suffer depression in numbers larger than the general public, too, but are reluctant to seek help. Suson's [...]
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