Virgo Voice

Side Guards

SIDE GUARDS

Side underride protection devices that meet the Energi Compliance Standard

WHAT IS A TRUCK SIDE GUARD?

Side Guards are a configurable rail system made from aluminum or steel or fiberglass panels which are attached to both sides of large trucks, covering the space between the front cab and the rear wheels.

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

Cross Over Mirrors – For Pedestrian Safety

To help prevent further tragedies and help truck drivers reduce blind spots while operating their vehicles, the law in New York City and other cities having a population of one million or more must have a convex mirror on the front of the vehicle.  The mirror shall be adjusted so the operator can see three feet above the road, one foot directly forward from the midpoint of the front of the vehicle and extends the full length of the front of the vehicle.

TRUCK SHOWS Part 1

Since the invention of the automobile there has always been a healthy competition amongst owners for the vehicles they love and whose ride is better, bigger, faster! Over the years, these events have been broken down into very specific niches. Some of the biggest events held are for semi and diesel trucks. People have gathered in fields, on black top and at racetracks all across the U.S. to compare their trucks against others.

Diesel Fuel "Gelling"

Diesel Fuel Conditioner/ Winter Chemicals

Diesel fuel is made up of a mixture of thousands of different compounds. Each compound has a different freezing temperature and physical property.When the temperature drops, diesel fuel turn solid when they reach their "freezing" point. Unlike water, however, they do not turn into ice. Instead, they turn into a thick, waxy substance that cannot flow through filters. This is what is referred to as "gelling". Gelling occurs in both diesel and biodiesel.

MUD FLAPS – NOT JUST TO KEEP THE MUD FROM FLYING

Semi-truck mud flaps are a DOT requirement. They are a safety device to help prevent debris from kicking up and flying out of the back of a truck and hitting other vehicles on the road, causing damage or leaving accidents in their wake. The mud flaps are most commonly constructed of different thicknesses of rubber and have anti spray patterns on the back side to help keep the rain water and other materials from going airborne.

ELECTRONIC LOGGING DEVICE

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.

Semi-Truck Rims

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.

GPS TECHNOLOGY

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. 

Pages