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How to winterize your truck – tips for trucking fleets – Tech Tip Tuesday

November 24, 2016
Source: FleetOwner.com

Snow, ice and freezing temperatures not only make the roads hazardous for hauling freight during the winter months but can damage equipment and retard fuel economy, too. Here are some tips on how to minimize such winter weather risks. 

Everyone knows operating tractor-trailers during the winter comes with some big risks. But did you know that, on average 467 fatalities are associated with icy driving conditions annually, or that 23% of all vehicle crashes every year – some 1.3 million – are caused in part by inclement weather, such as rain, sleet, snow, fog, and wind? (Those weather-related findings are courtesy Federal Highway Administration research, by the way).

On top of that, cold weather can cause diesel fuel to thicken into “gel” or get waterlogged, potentially damaging a truck’s fuel system and engine. Colder temperatures also affect fuel economy, too, by increasing tire rolling resistance and reducing aerodynamic efficiency, to name just two impacts.

“As winter approaches, we want to equip fleets and their drivers with the best information available for increasing safety on America’s congested and frequently traveled roads,” noted Dean Croke, VP of analytics at Omnitracs, LLC. “With fewer daylight hours and compromised road conditions, seasonal weather creates many challenges for truck drivers.”

Croke breaks down his winter operation advice down into two groups, one focused on drivers and one on equipment. For drivers:

Slow down and be cautious in adverse weather such as rain, sleet, snow, fog and wind.
Always buckle up; safety belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45%, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Keep extra water and non-perishable food in the cab; dehydration and malnourishment can cause weakness, dizziness, confusion, sluggishness, fainting and more, according to […]

By |November 29th, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Tech Tips|Comments Off on How to winterize your truck – tips for trucking fleets – Tech Tip Tuesday

Bentley Truck Services receives NationaLease leadership award 5 years in a row

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Bentley Truck Services receives the NationaLease leadership award at the Spetember meeting in Chicago. 5 yrs in a row, From 2012-2016.

NationaLease’s 72nd Annual Meeting, “Make No Little Plans,” was held on September 18-19 at the Four Seasons in Chicago.

Read the full article here

Read the full article here

By |November 22nd, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Press Releases|Comments Off on Bentley Truck Services receives NationaLease leadership award 5 years in a row

New Jersey Offers Weigh Station Bypass Service – Tech Tip Tuesday

September 22, 2016
Source: FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a final rule to amend the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to allow the voluntary mounting of certain devices on the interior of the windshields of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), including placement within the area that is swept by the windshield wipers.

Section 5301 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) directs the Agency to amend the FMCSRs to allow devices to be mounted on the windshield that utilize “vehicle safety technology.”

In addition, section 5301 states that all windshield-mounted devices and technologies with a limited two-year exemption in effect on the date of enactment shall be considered to meet the equivalent-or-greater safety standard required for the initial exemption.

The announcement of this final rule is a nondiscretionary, ministerial action that does not require prior notice and public comment under the Administrative Procedure Act.

Click here to read the Federal Register notice.

Updated: Friday, September 23, 2016

Contact the location nearest to you for more information.

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By |November 22nd, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Tech Tips|Comments Off on New Jersey Offers Weigh Station Bypass Service – Tech Tip Tuesday

2016 Isuzu NPR EFI 11 Ft Flatbed Utility Dump Truck – Feature Friday

This Week’s Featured Truck of the Week
2016 ISUZU NPR EFI

This 2016 NPR EFI Crew Cab is 14500 GVWR and has a brand new 11′ Flatbed Utility Dump body. The truck features a row of 3 toolboxes on either side of the body with a 4th sitting just below these for easy access and storage of equipment. The body also includes a hitch for towing as well as service racks. You can finance this truck today for only $752 mo. for 84 mo. with just your tax and tags down!
To find out more contact us today.

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By |November 18th, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Feature Friday, Isuzu Trucks, Truck Sales|Comments Off on 2016 Isuzu NPR EFI 11 Ft Flatbed Utility Dump Truck – Feature Friday

2016 Isuzu NPR 16 Ft Van Body Truck – Feature Friday

This Week’s Featured Truck of the Week
2016 ISUZU NPR HD EFI

This 2016 Isuzu NPR EFI has 14,500 GVWR, and comes equipped with a 16′ Supreme Dry Van Body. Attached to the body is a premium aluminum Waltco Liftgate measured at 50″ x 84″ and boasting a maximum 2500 lb. carrying capacity. The body also comes equipped with two rows of E-track as well as a scuff liner, and side steps for easy access. You can finance this truck for just $847 mo with just your tax and tags down!
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By |November 11th, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Feature Friday, Isuzu Trucks, Truck Sales|Comments Off on 2016 Isuzu NPR 16 Ft Van Body Truck – Feature Friday

Camber and Caster Alignment – Tech Tip Tuesday

Helpful information on Camber and Caster Alignment Information for Technicians

Camber or Caster or a combination of the two seem to be one of the most popular settings for alignment technicians. To be clear, Camber is the inward or outward tilt of the tires relative to vertical and Caster is the forward or rear ward tilt of the king pin relative to the same. Camber is built into the axle and caster is accomplished by elevating the mounts for the front or rear of the leaf springs combined with tapered wedges between the springs and the axle. Since the axle is built with little or no difference in caster from one side to the other (no more than .5 degrees) and is intended to remain that way, use of wedges on one spring stack and not the other, or wedges place in opposition to one another is not a recommended practice. Many alignment techs use Caster and Camber to try and control the tendency of the vehicle to pull in one direction or the other. In fact all manufacturers of axles used in North America that I am aware of: “Expressly prohibits bending of axle beams (hot or cold) to change camber or for any other purpose.” This quote is from the Dana Service Manual and similar statements can be found in all other axle manufacturer’s manuals. This is one of the reasons that I do not spend time on these settings. The other reason is that the steer axle is not the dominate axle under the vehicle.

Consider this: In the US, a standard highway tractor will have one steer axle and two drive axles. The steer axle will carry a normal load of about 12,000 […]

By |November 8th, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Camber and Caster Alignment – Tech Tip Tuesday

Bentley Truck Services wins Ichiban Dealer Award from Isuzu Trucks

Ichiban Dealer Award from Isuzu Commercial Trucks

Fred and Donna Bentley receive with great thanks the Isuzu Commercial Trucks Ichiban Dealer Award for 2014-2015, presented by Isuzu District Manager Jim Holmes.

Thank You Isuzu Trucks. We are honored!

By |November 3rd, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Isuzu Trucks, Press Releases|Comments Off on Bentley Truck Services wins Ichiban Dealer Award from Isuzu Trucks

Remembering Pre-Trip Items

Things to remember about trying to remember necessary items for pre-trip inspection

If you’re doing it from memory, you might be missing some important steps

We found this great article from truckinginfo.com about pre-trip inspections.

How good are you at doing a pre-trip Inspection on a trailer? It’s supposed to be done just before the vehicle is pulled away from a parking place and heads for the highway. There are post-trip inspections, too, but let’s concentrate on the pre-tripper.

If you do it from memory, you’re probably missing something. See if you’d cover all these points as offered by East Manufacturing:

1. Inspect for any apparent damage. Look for oil, water and fuel and other fluid leaks.

2. Check to see that all lights function, and that all reflectors are in place and not obscured.

3. Is the kingpin engaged and locked within the fifth wheel?

4. Examine the landing gear for proper road clearance, and make sure the crank handle is securely stowed.

5. Check that the rear stairway door, if ther trailer has one, is securely latched before moving.

6. Check that all air springs are inflated, if it has an air suspension.

7. Make sure the spare tire is secure in the carrier, and that the carrier is securely bolted to the chassis.

8. Check tire air pressures. Tires should be inflated to tire manufacturer’s specifications.

9. Check wheel lug nuts for proper torque on disc wheels.

10. On wheels with see-through hubcaps, check the oil level in the wheel hubs. Add oil as needed, or get a shop guy to do it.

11. On wheels with solid hubcaps, pull plug and check oil level in wheel hubs, adding oil as needed (likewise about the shop).

12. Visually check the brake shoe lining and brake drums for wear […]

By |November 1st, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Remembering Pre-Trip Items

2016 Isuzu NPR 14 Ft Van Body Truck – Feature Friday

This Week’s Featured Truck of the Week
2016 Isuzu NPR with a 14′ Morgan van body. Gas, 297 HP, 132 in wheelbase, 16.5 in tires, AM/FM CD Radio, air conditioning, cruise control, power mirrors, power doors and windows, steel bumper, steel wheels. Finance this truck for only $618.83 per mo for 72 mo with just your tax & tags down. Stock number 18517
Dually, Power Steering, A/C: New, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows: Driver Only
To find out more contact us today.

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By |October 28th, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Feature Friday, Isuzu Trucks, Truck Sales|Comments Off on 2016 Isuzu NPR 14 Ft Van Body Truck – Feature Friday

CVSA releases Roadcheck 2016 Violations Results – brakes, hours and logs

Brake adjustment and brake system violations together represent 45.7 percent of out-of-service vehicle violations this year, reported the CVSA.

In the 62,796 total inspections that were performed during this year’s Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 29th annual International Roadcheck will took place from June 7 to 9th, 42,236 were Level I inspections which is the most comprehensive vehicle inspection level. 21 percent of vehicles and 3.4 percent of drivers were placed out of service because of critical item violations.

Brake adjustment and brake system violations combined represented 45.7 percent of the out-of -service vehicle violations.

The top driver violations were due to hours of service and false logs, representing 46.8 percent and 16.4 percent, respectively, of all out-of-service driver violations found. That is a total of approximately 908 drivers out o the 1,436 total drivers that were placed out-of-service.

The CVSA’s Roadcheck is a 3-day/72-hour period when approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial, territorial and federal inspectors in jurisdictions across North America perform large truck and bus safety inspections. During the annual event, CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle and driver safety.

Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. The focus for 2016 International Roadcheck was tire safety. This year, tire/wheel violations accounted for 18.5 percent of the total percentage of out-of-service violations. In the U.S., tire violations represented 13.7 percent of out-of-service vehicle violations. Checking a vehicle’s tires is always part of roadside inspections; however, this year, CVSA chose to highlight tire safety as a reminder to drivers and carriers of the importance of proper tire use and maintenance. As part of the inspection process, inspectors measured tire tread depth, checked the tire pressure, checked to ensure no solid objects were lodged between […]

By |October 21st, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on CVSA releases Roadcheck 2016 Violations Results – brakes, hours and logs