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What in the World is a One Ton Truck?

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If you ever mosey on down to the local dealership to shop for pick-up trucks, it’s pretty normal to hear some unusual verbiage. Salesmen will be talking about wheelbase & glow plugs. Customers will be asking about block heaters and chassis cabs. It can get confusing. But there’s a common set of terms that everyone knows: ½ Ton, ¾ Ton & 1 Ton. You’ve heard about truck tonnage for years. But do you know what it really means? If you understand the meaning or not, salesmen and customers alike have at least accepted in a broad since that it… Continue reading

The Ultimate Guide for Driving in Bad Weather

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Driving in bad weather is one of the most challenging obstacles faced by truck drivers. Many people just don’t drive in bad weather but truck drivers do not have that luxury. It is important for truck drivers to be alert and prepared when driving in bad weather. Following this guide for driving in bad weather will help keep everyone on the road safe.

 

Five Tips for Driving in Bad Weather

Be Prepared

The weather is unpredictable so it is always important to prepare for any situation. Nothing is more stressful than driving in bad weather unprepared. Getting stuck in… Continue reading

How to Baby Your Engine Cooling System

Baby your Truck Engine Cooling SystemDon’t let your engine cooling system be the reason your truck has a problem!  Engine cooling systems protect engines and keep them working at the most efficient temperature. Use these quick and easy tips during your day to keep engines running cool.

Coolant (antifreeze) helps protect the engine from rust, corrosion and overheating. Just like the rest of your truck, heat negatively affects the engine cooling system. It is important to keep your cooling system in good working condition. Luckily, engine cooling system issues are easy to spot, fix and prevent.

Engine Cooling System Overview

The engine cooling system… Continue reading

Summer Truck Maintenance Check List

The summer heat is just as hard on your truck as it is on you. With these scorching Oklahoma temperatures, it is especially important to prepare your truck for the heat to ensure it stays running smoothly all summer.  If you haven’t done your summer truck maintenance, now is the time!

Our service department put together five truck maintenance tips to help you drive safe and stay cool this summer.

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Summer Truck Maintenance Check List

 

1. Engine Cooling System

Truck Maintenance - CoolantCheck antifreeze concentration levels and make sure the antifreeze-to-water ratio is correct. Cooling ratio is as important… Continue reading

International Roadcheck 2016 Tire Inspection

International Roadcheck 2016 Tire InspectionAvoid getting a violation in next weeks International Roadcheck 2016! CVSA’s International Roadcheck 2016 is June 7th– 9th. During this 72-hour period approximately 10,000 federal, state, provincial, territorial, and local inspectors will conduct commercial vehicle and driver inspections at thousands of locations across the country.

Nearly 17 trucks or buses are inspected every minute during this 72-hour period! This event is designed to emphasize the importance of driver and truck safety inspections in hopes of reducing roadway tragedies. Each year, the International Roadcheck focuses on a specific area of violations.

This year’s emphasis is on tire… Continue reading

The Basics of Cargo Tie-Down Straps

Transporting cargo can be a tedious process even more so secure cargo with cargo tie-down straps and help avoid damages from occurring. There happens to be a wide selection of fasteners that can be used to secure cargo safely. Some fasteners are preferred over others while some are common in most commercial vehicles.

It does not matter what kind of cargo that is being pulled. Tie-down straps will always be valued. Tie-down straps are available for a very wide range of different applications. A strap’s strength depends on what kind of work the strap will be handling. For example, for… Continue reading

Proper Load Security

Proper load security is required to be used by drivers who driver commercial motor vehicles. The process of transferring things from one place to another with a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) can be tedious and dangerous. Although, to the average drivers of America, some may believe that it is an easy task. However, the process of loading, transporting, and then unloading cargo could cause serious injuries or even fatalities if the driver of the CMV is not careful. The drivers of large CMVs are exposed to many dangers when loading/unloading their vehicles. They have the risk of heavy objects… Continue reading

Trucks Under 14,000lbs

The United States DOT puts trucks and other such vehicles into classes. These classes are destingished by their Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, otherwise know as GVWR. These classes have a total of eight different ranges from smallest to largest.

GVWR refers to the maximum weight a vehicle can carry while operating. This weight also includes the weight of the truck itself. Classes based off of GVWR have nothing to do with what parts are on the vehicle, how amazing or bad the suspension is, or even what the vehicle looks like. It is solely based off the weight of the… Continue reading

Right to Repair

The Right to Repair bill is something everyone needs in today’s age. This is because vehicle manufacturers are fighting to “lock out” all vehicle owners. What this means is the manufacturers are trying to prevent owners from maintaining their vehicles. Primarily the vehicle’s computer system. By locking out vehicle owners, manufacturers are able to drive more business back to their dealerships. If this were to happen, it means anything from a simple tire change to adjusting the transmission could cost a lot more than simply doing it yourself.

Should manufacturers make it this way, shopping around for the best deal,… Continue reading

CMVs and Using Cell Phones

Commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) are restricted from using cell phones while driving. Cell phones are a large part of our everyday life. This includes the lives of those who drive for a living. Research done by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) shows that a safety-critical event (e.g., crash, near-crash, unintentional lane deviation) is 6 times greater for CMV drivers dialing cell  phones while driving than for those who do not. Drivers who take their eyes off the road are averaging at 3.8 seconds of not focusing on the road. At 55 mph (or 80.7 feet per second) this… Continue reading