No more keeping paper log books. Forgetting to enter times and dates. Illegible entries. By December 2017 commercial truck drivers that are required to keep a log must be in compliance with Electronic Logging Devices (ELD). The intent is to help create a safer work environment for drivers, and make it easier and faster to accurately track, manage, and share records of duty status (RODS) data. An ELD synchronizes with a vehicle engine to automatically record driving time, for easier, more accurate hours of service (HOS) recording.
Since the invention of the wheel, semi-truck rims have come a long way. From the wagon wheel to Dayton rims (also known as spider rims) to steel one-piece rims to now aluminum or alloy rims.
On Dayton style rims the spoke is mounted permanently to the vehicle. The spoke is not removed when the tire is changed. Tires are mounted on rims that slip over the spoke, and then are secured to the spoke by a special clamp or cleat.
Bumpers mounted on the front of trucks were originally used to help prevent damage to the truck if a collision occurred. It is designed to protect not only the driver but the hood, engine, grille, as well as safety equipment such as headlights.
Have you ever been caught in a traffic jam caused by a large truck stuck under an underpass on a road designated for passenger cars only? This tends to happen to truckers from out of state who are not familiar with local road restrictions. This can be avoided by use of a GPS navigation system designed for truckers. These systems provide truckers with up to date information about road conditions, truck stop locations, rest areas, CAT scale locations and, most importantly, which roads are open to large trucks and automatically direct the driver to those areas when routing.
Federal and State Departments of Transportation require that all cargo transported over the road be secured and immobilized. This is required to prevent items from falling or blowing out of the vehicle causing costly and dangerous situations. Flying debris can cause property damage at the least, and injury or death in the worst scenarios.
With winter approaching, it is time to consider using tire chains on all vehicles, especially trucks and heavy equipment that must move, no matter what the weather conditions are. A Consumer Reports article states that 41% of all weather-related crashes on the road are due to sleet, ice and slush. Snow tires can provide superior grip for forward driving, stopping and cornering, whatever the type of vehicle. Chains should be installed on drive axles.
Truck rims are manufactured in both aluminum and steel. The most popular are aluminum. They are strong, light weight and attractive, but they require polishing to maintain their shine. Steel wheels are not as attractive, but require much less work to keep clean. However, their plain appearance leaves many truckers dissatisfied and wanting to do something to brighten things up. Wheel covers and simulators can provide the finishing touch at a fraction of the cost of aluminum.