The lure of the open road and the ability to be your own boss are rewarding but as with any business, you have to make money – and manage it wisely – to reap the rewards.
This E-book will suggest ways to improve your working capital. Some are easy and some aren’t. But each will have a huge impact on your business whether you are a startup or veteran road warrior. It’s up to you to steer the outcome in the right direction. So take the wheel, grab hold and read on.
This reference guide contains Tips to Stay Off The Radar of DOT roadside safety inspectors and compliance investigators. When properly performed, the pre-trip and post-trip vehicle inspections you conduct will help keep the target off your back and become an important part of the overall safe operation of your commercial motor vehicle.
Taking care of trucks and equipment during the summer months is just as important as it is in the winter. Like cold weather conditions, summer’s hot and dry weather causes additional stresses on vehicles as well. In this issue we focus on helping you prepare your rig to take the heat and keep operating efficiently.
Trucking is one of the most regulated industries in America. Whether you’re a firm with thousands of drivers or an owner/operator with one truck, those rules apply to you. As soon as you obtain your Operating Authority, you must comply with numerous federal and state regulations.
Industry research has found that grated steps provide the highest slip resistance and are the best at shedding contaminants. A truck’s steps should have non-skid surfaces. If not, retrofit for safety’s sake. Using contaminant-resistant step designs and self-cleaning material will reduce the work required to maintain the steps.
A vehicle not in proper alignment affects every aspect of operating costs per mile. The reason being vehicle alignment settings serve a variety of functions in vehicle operation and affect such things as handling, steerability, stability, performance and safety. With improper vehicle alignment, the two largest maintenance expenditures — tires and fuel — will suffer the most.
The primary purpose of engine oil is to stop metal from touching metal. When metal surfaces come in contact, they grind together causing friction. That creates heat, stress and wear. Engine oil is used to reduce friction by creating a slick film between metal parts that allows them to glide over one another. Consequently, engine longevity begins with choosing the appropriate engine oil that is right for the engine and operating conditions.
By far, the single most critical factor for maximizing tire life and minimizing the chance of catastrophic tire failure is maintaining the proper inflation pressure for a given tire size and load. Once proper tire inflation has been determined, it should be maintained at that level as consistently as possible.
Be advised: Inflation pressure cannot be accurately estimated by kicking or thumping a tire. Trying to determine if a tire needs air by thumping it is as effective as trying to determine if a vehicle’s engine needs oil by thumping on its hood.