How do you know if you're ready for a roll-off truck?
The advantage to using a roll-off truck or dumpster truck as opposed to a fixed body truck is the freedom to load any type of container that sits on rails. (This flexibility is highly valued in the industry as it allows for a smaller yet versatile fleet). Also, with an extended tailgate, your truck can be a dump truck, container carrier or flatbed. Being open, rectangular containers capable of rolling and tilting makes roll-off trucks a good fit for the needs of several different industries: Roll-off trucks are used by waste management professionals, dealers in scrap and construction firms to haul waste, scrap materials and debris wherever they need to go. There may even be [...]
Fatigued driving is an issue not to be treated lightly, especially among truck drivers or towing operators. After driving long hours, it is understandable that one will feel tired and even unintentionally doze off while driving. Staying alert and awake is absolutely essential to avoid crashes, accidents, and injuries on the road. Following are some useful tips to help tow truck drivers stay awake and prevent accidents.Get Enough SleepTow truck drivers have to be well-rested so that they can ha [...]
It All Started With The Old Professor
In 1916, Cadillacs and Ford Model T’s where the main types of cars that people use to travel around places. One day, a mechanic from Chattanooga, Tennessee named Ernest Holmes received a call from his old professor saying that his Ford Model T was stuck in a creek after he lost control of the situation. Holmes, along with ten men, managed to rescue the car. But, it took eight hours and uncomfortable blockages and ropes before it was completely out of the wreckage.
The First Rescue Truck
The situation might have stressed Mr. Holmes so he started to think about a way how to make it simple in order to save time and manpower. He developed a method to recover vehicles by designi [...]
With the increased adoption of air disc brakes, it is still crucial to implement a thorough PM program.
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.
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 th [...]