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      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 [...]
      Ram Chassis Cab Ram Chassis Cab Not to be outdone by their more numerous light-duty siblings, medium-duty trucks covering Classes 4-6 have been the object of a flurry of development and experimentation the last few years. They're often on the job with upfit bodies of various kinds serving trades and utilities or handling last-mile and metro/urban-area deliveries and distribution, and they have the benefit of not requiring a commercial driver's license to operate. That adds to their appeal, since fleets can hire drivers from a much larger potential employee pool. Not only do these trucks have impressive capabilities, their typically shorter-range duty cycles have also made medium-duty trucks good candidates for electric power. While many electric trucks in these and even the heaviest classes are being developed, tested, and prototyped, medium duty is where you'll now find commercially-ready fully electric trucks for fleet purchase.

      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 [...]
      BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Every day, thousands of emergency responders put their lives on the line to save others. While the rapid response is crucial, several workers have died over the years in the line of duty. More than 500 people die in traffic crashes every year in Maryland. Dozens of emergency responders have been killed or injured along Maryland roadways. Back in 2013, it was State Trooper Jacqueline Kline who was assisting on a traffic stop along Route 100 when she was hit by a car. Her body was thrown into a ditch, leaving her with a brain injury. The driver was in violation of the “Move Over” law. In 2014, another Maryland state trooper was nearly killed on the side of the road. The “Move Over” law provides protection for law enforcement and emergency workers, requiring drivers to slow down or move over for flashing lights. On Tuesday, the Maryland Department of Transportation shed light on the law, even putting on a mock accident to show how much room responders need to do their job. “My husband was struck and killed while on the side of Route 100, he was a tow truck operator for Ted’s Towing,” said Jenna Schreiber. The driver who killed Schreiber’s husband was never found. Since then, the “Move Over” l [...]

      ARCOLA, Texas -- A former Arcola City Council member died a hero, a state trooper wrote in a moving Facebook post. The story of how Glenn "Bam Bam" Sanco lived out the final hours of his life has been shared hundreds of times, and is giving comfort to his grieving widow. "He had my back and I always had his. He loved these kids," said Ebony Sanco, wife of the former council member and tow truck driver. Sanco loved to help others and did just that on Dec. 27. Texas Department of Public Safety trooper Justin Michael wrote that he was in the midst of a chaotic traffic stop when Sanco just showed up. "The traffic stop got somewhat crazy as I had two people out of the vehicle. Out of nowhere a tow truck driver came over to the scene because he heard the chaos and he wanted to make sure I was good. After that, me and the tow truck driver traded crazy stories and spoke for about 15 minutes about life. The tow truck driver gave me his business card and told me I can call him any time of the day or night. He stated, 'Ask for Bam-Bam.' I too gave him my information and we briefly traded text," Michael wrote. A few hours later, Sanco would again help a state trooper at a different t [...]
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