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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. 

Truck Tarping Systems

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.

Z Chains – The better way to navigate in foul weather

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.

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