Here is a quick list on 8 items to look out for when ordering medium-duty box trucks. Whether the body is too short or too long, the truck sits too high, or the chassis is too light are just a few examples of where the specs on a medium-duty box truck can go wrong. It can only take on mistake to significantly halt employee productivity and drive up vehicle costs. To correct the mistake after the fact with premature maintenance problems caused by trying to operate in an “as-is” state.
Avoid these top eight things when ordering a medium-duty box… Continue reading
Alternative fuels for commercial motor vehicles are a hot topic for the commercial motor vehicle drivers, fleet managers, and small business owners alike. According to the United States Department of Energy, there are six major types of alternative fuels for CMVs. These fuels consist of Biodiesel, Electricity, Ethanol, Hydrogen, Natural Gas, and Propane.
Business needs determines the best alternative fuel to pick. Most alternative fuels for CMVs include tax incentives and fuel-efficiency. While saving some extra cash in the business’s wallet, and saving the world from some of those deadly CO2 emissions sounds fantastic. However, how do these green… Continue reading
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
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
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
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
Nowadays, used truck values are making them an ever increasing bargain, overtaking new trucks sales at dealerships. This is often because used trucks with low mileage can go for a lot less.
Truck dependability has increased in the past two decades. This allows trucks to last much longer than what they use to. In fact, J.D. Power and Associates were able to perform a study that proved the dependability of a vehicle has nearly doubled in the last decade alone.
While many of us are not expecting the immortality rates of vehicles to raise any time soon. We are expecting… Continue reading
Transmissions, it is what makes a vehicle shift into another gear. Automatic transmission fluid (ATF) also known as manual transmission fluid or gear lube, keeps parts lubricated so they slip into position. With the shifting mechanical parts occurring inside your vehicle, the parts need to be properly lubricated in order for everything to function properly. Understand the transmission fluid, take care of it and extend the life of your truck.
Why Change Transmission Fluid
Changing transmission fluid is critical to the health of the truck. When to change it, depends on the brand. Automakers’ specific transmission fluids are designed to… Continue reading
Diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) is here to stay. All light, medium, and heavy duty trucks created in 2010 and newer are now incorporating DEF tanks. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pushing towards enforcing the Clean Air. By doing this, EPA is hoping to reduce, or at least regulate the dangerous NOx emissions that are given off by vehicles. Diesel vehicles happen to be one of the top contributors to the NOx emissions. DEF was created to help reduce these emissions.
Diesel exhaust fluid is a nonhazardous solution that is sprayed down into the exhaust stream of all diesel vehicles.… Continue reading
Tire safety saves money and time. Check tire pressure and check tire tread wear regularly. It helps in more ways than one. Protect the driver. Be ready for any season. Save with better fuel economy Increase the tire life span. By keeping a watchful eye over tires, extend not only the life of the tire but the vehicle as well.
Check tire air pressure: Temperature and load play a big part in what the tire pressure PSI (pounds per square inch) should be. Upside to the optimal pressure includes better fuel economy, a longer tire life and better safety on… Continue reading