Safety & Compliance

Inspect your truck between scheduled service appointments

Everyone knows how important a company truck can be to a business. Keeping your truck on the road and minimizing downtime is critical, but taking it in to the shop for service isn’t always an option. Here’s a few things you can do on your own to make sure your commercial truck is running at peak performance between scheduled service appointments. Always make sure to wear protective clothing and eye wear and keep safety a priority.

Check your air filter: Pull out the air filter and inspect it. If you hold it up to the sun and can’t see light clearly through it, it definite;y needs to be changed. If you notice a good amount of dirt it is time to change your air filter.
Check brake fluid levels: Remove the brake fluid reservoir cap and inspect the level and the quality of your brake fluid. If it needs to be topped off, be sure to do so, Try not to over fill past the “FILL” line. Remember to replace the cap. Be sure to use the correct fluids when topping them off. (DOT 3, DOT 4, etc)
Check your battery terminals:  When inspecting your battery terminals, look for any chalky white dust or corrosion. If you choose to clean it yourself, be sure to wear gloves, protective clothing and  protective eye wear. A wire brush is often enough to do the trick. In addition, it’s a good idea to let your service technician know about it.
Check power steering fluid level: Find the power steering fluid reservoir on your truck and look for the accurate “FILL” level mark. If it’s low, add until you reach the “FILL” line and replace the cap.
Windshield washer fluid: Keep your windshield […]

By |July 31st, 2018|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips, Truck Service|Comments Off on Inspect your truck between scheduled service appointments

Maintenance Tips for your Mitsubishi Fuso Truck – Tech Tip Tuesday

While your commercial truck is under warranty or a special maintenance program there isn’t really to much to worry about. It’s pretty straightforward. Like a car, you schedule your next service appointment and bring your truck in. Your local dealer pretty much takes care of the rest, but what about after the maintenance plan expires.
Now you’re on your own. Business is booming and bringing the truck in for maintenance becomes cumbersome. There are deadlines to meet and deliveries to make. There are a few things you, as a truck owner can do to help keep your truck healthy and on the road running efficiently.

• First, check all of the warning and information labels that are placed on the dashboard, in the door jam and in a few other locations on your truck. These are placed on your vehicle by the manufacturer and are helpful in knowing what needs to be done.
• Second, check fluid levels. There are reservoirs with fill levels that are easily accessible and a quick check can help to make sure you don’t find yourself on the road and running out of some important fluid that helps your truck run optimally. Most important are Fuel, Oil, Water and DEF fluid.
• Third, top off any fluids that need to be filled and/or replace any dirty, contaminated fluids. Remember, the fill levels are on the reservoir. Pay attention to these and only use the recommended products/brands (these can be found on the labels mentioned earlier.

We came across an excellent video that covers all of this and more. This will help keep your Mitsubishi Fuso Truck running at peak performance and will help you reduce downtime.

For more in depth questions, feel free to […]

By |June 26th, 2018|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Mitsubishi Fuso Trucks, Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips, Truck Service, Videos|Comments Off on Maintenance Tips for your Mitsubishi Fuso Truck – Tech Tip Tuesday

How to Prepare for CVSA Safe Driver Week July 15 to 21st

Will You Be Ready?
This time next month is Operation Safe Driver Week. Across the U.S, state and local law enforcement will be conducting a weeklong blitz focusing on enforcing traffic violations, dangerous driving behaviors, and conducting roadside inspections. Will you be ready?
How to Prepare

Monitor your hours of service documentation for violations.

Track the expiration of your drivers’ medical cards.

Train drivers how to respond to typical questions about their logs, trips, cargo, insurance, registration, license and their vehicle.

Pre and Post-trip inspections of the vehicle.

 

By |June 22nd, 2018|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on How to Prepare for CVSA Safe Driver Week July 15 to 21st

CVSA Safe Driver Week will take place July 15-21st

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) annual Operation Safe Driver Week will take place July 15-21, 2018.
CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Program was created to help to reduce the number of crashes, deaths, and injuries involving large trucks, buses and passenger vehicles due to unsafe driving behaviors. During Operation Safe Driver Week, there will be increased CMV and passenger vehicle traffic enforcement.
Driving behaviors that will be targeted during the week include:

distracted driving

speeding

texting

failure to use a seat belt

following too closely

improper lane change

failure to obey traffic control devices

Last year, nearly 39,000 citations and warnings were issued to truck drivers during Operation Safe Driver Week. More than 84 percent of these violations were for state and local moving violations.
For more information, visit the CVSA.

By |June 18th, 2018|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on CVSA Safe Driver Week will take place July 15-21st

Get Ready for the CVSA International Roadcheck June 5 to 7

CVSA International Roadcheck Set for June 5-7 with Focus on Hours-of-Service Compliance
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck will take place June 5-7, 2018. Over that 72-hour period, commercial motor vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions throughout North America will conduct inspections of commercial motor vehicles and drivers. This year’s focus is on hours-of-service compliance.
The vehicle inspection includes checking brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft components, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices, steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims and hubs, and windshield wipers. Additional items for buses include emergency exits, electrical cables, and systems in the engine and battery compartments, and seating.
Download the CVSA’s brochure on “What Inspectors Are Looking For.”
Download the CVSA’s “International Roadcheck Checklist for Drivers.”
Make sure your vehicle or fleet is compliant and road safe ready. We can help!
Our Commercial Truck Service Departments are staffed with factory-trained technicians and equipped with the tools to keep your trucks on the road. We have five convenient locations within the Tri-State area of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware and one location in Miami, Florida to better serve you. 
For more information about the roadcheck, contact the CVSA.

 

Source: Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)

 

 

 

By |May 24th, 2018|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on Get Ready for the CVSA International Roadcheck June 5 to 7

PennDOT Winter Driving Tips

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Winter Driving Tips
Some areas in the Northeast and Midwest are seeing record low temperatures and historic levels of snow. One major road hazard is black ice, which dramatically reduces traction and is virtually invisible.
Black ice forms when the ground temperature causes precipitation to freeze upon impact. The highest-risk areas include driveways, roadways, bridges, overpasses and ramps.

 
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) offers these tips for driving in ice this season:

Before getting on the roads when it is cold and wet, drivers should check the area’s weather conditions in order to be informed.

Stay calm and let the vehicle pass over the black ice.

Lift your foot off the accelerator.

Do not hit the brakes, yet keep your steering wheel steady.

Do not overcorrect your steering if you feel your car sliding.

Be cautious. Slow down and increase your following distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you.

Other tips for safe driving this winter season:

Carry a winter emergency travel kit.

Listen to weather and travel advisories, but if you don’t have to travel in bad weather, don’t.

Keep your gas tank at least half full.

Slow down and increase following distance.

Avoid sudden stops and starts.

Beware of roads that may look wet, but are actually frozen, often referred to as “black ice.”

Use extra caution on bridges and ramps, where ice can often form without warning.

Carry a cell phone.

Do not use cruise control while driving on snow-covered roads.

State law requires you to turn on your headlights when your wipers are on.

Use your low beams in particularly bad weather, especially in cases of heavy or blowing snow.

Remove ice and snow from windows, mirrors and all vehicle lights […]

By |January 5th, 2018|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on PennDOT Winter Driving Tips

Winter Driving Tips for PennDOT

Tips for Safe Driving This Winter Season From the Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation:

Carry a winter emergency travel kit (see below).

Keep your gas tank at least half full.

Slow down and increase following distance.

Avoid sudden stops and starts.

Beware of roads that may look wet, but are actually frozen, often referred to as “black ice.”

Use extra caution on bridges and ramps, where ice can often form without warning.

Carry a cellphone.

Do not use cruise control while driving on snow-covered roads.

State law requires you to turn on your headlights when your wipers are on.

Use your low beams in particularly bad weather, especially in cases of heavy or blowing snow.

Remove ice and snow from windows, mirrors and all vehicle lights before you drive and as often as needed.

Remove snow and ice from the hood and roof of your vehicle. State law states that if snow or ice from your vehicle strikes a vehicle or person and causes death or injury, you can be ticketed.

Do not park or abandon your vehicle on snow emergency routes.

Do not pass or get between trucks plowing in a plow line (several trucks plowing side by side).

If you do become stranded, it’s better to stay with your vehicle until help arrives. Run the engine every hour or so, but make sure the tailpipe is clear and keep the downwind window cracked open.

Do not drink and drive, and always wear your seat belt.

Download the PennDOT Winter Driving Guide (PDF).
WINTER EMERGENCY KIT
PennDOT recommends packing a winter emergency kit in your vehicle any time you travel. Print out our Winter Emergency Kit List (PDF) to help you in your preparations.

Flashlight and batteries

Battery-operated radio

Jumper cables

Cellphone and charger

Snow […]

By |October 26th, 2017|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on Winter Driving Tips for PennDOT

CVSA Operation Safe Driver Week October 15-21

Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Safety Push Will Target Driver Behavior During Operation Safe Driver Program
Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will be conducting heightened safety enforcement along with law enforcement agencies throughout North America October 15 – 21, 2017.

Throughout the week, law enforcement personnel will identify and issue warnings and/or citations to commercial motor vehicle drivers and others exhibiting unsafe driving behaviors.

Some of the behaviors that they will be looking out for throughout Operation Safe Driver Program includes:

Speeding
Distracted driving
Texting
Failure to use seatbelt
Traveling too close
Improper lane change
Failure to obey traffic control devices

CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Program was created to help to reduce the number of crashes, deaths and injuries involving large trucks, buses and passenger vehicles due to unsafe driving behaviors.

Unsafe driver behaviors by CMV drivers and passenger-vehicle drivers continue to be the leading cause of crashes. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) “Large Truck Crash Causation Study” cites driver behavior as the critical reason for more than 88 percent of large truck crashes and 93 percent of passenger-vehicle crashes.

To find out about more about Operation Safe Driver Week, visit the CVSA website.

Source: CVSA

By |October 12th, 2017|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on CVSA Operation Safe Driver Week October 15-21

Tips for Passing Your Next Roadside Inspection – Tech Tip Tuesday

According to recent FMCSA data, 20 out of every 100 vehicles (1 in 5) that get inspected receive an Out-of-Service (OOS) violation.
The difficulty of clearing road inspections is real. With more than 70,000 drivers and 200,000 vehicles receiving violation notices every year, it makes sense to give your drivers every chance to prepare for and pass roadside inspections.
To improve the success rate with roadside inspections you need to trace it back to where many of the problems originate from – issues with driver inspections, both pre and post-trip. Get that right and expect better results at your next roadside inspection.
Federal laws (DOT 392.7) require that no commercial motor vehicle (CMV) shall be driven unless the driver is satisfied. This implies that drivers should do a detailed visual inspection – service brakes, trailer brake connections, parking brakes, steering mechanisms, lighting devices, reflectors, horns, tires and windshield wipers – to make sure the vehicle is road-worthy and without observable defects.
The following helpful tips are bought to you by Telogis:
Tip # 1 – Educate your team
Tip # 2 – Review your fleet’s current state of play
Tip # 3 – Standardize your inspection process
Tip # 4 – Behavior-based management technology
To find out more information, view or download full pdf.

Contact a Bentley Truck Services location nearest you for all of your commercial truck service needs.
We are here to help you with parts and service for all your pre-inspection needs. We offer planned routine maintenance programs to help keep your fleet on the road!
Visit our Tech Tips for more useful information.

By |September 26th, 2017|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Tips for Passing Your Next Roadside Inspection – Tech Tip Tuesday

September is Child Passenger Safety Month!

Help raise awareness for Child Safetry Month

Join us to bring public attention to the importance of properly securing all children in appropriate child safety seats, booster seats, or seat belts. Learn more at: https://www.nada.org/CustomTemplates/GeneralPage.aspx?id=21474839132

SOURCE(S): NADA, NHTSA

By |September 13th, 2017|Bentley News & Events, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on September is Child Passenger Safety Month!