Safe Driving Tips for Icy Bridges

Since bridges and overpasses have no contact to the ground, they do not have the advantage of ground temperatures that are warmer than the air above. The warmer ground below can sometimes keep the road surface warm enough to prevent ice from forming.
Cold air hits a bridge from the top, bottom and both sides, while regular road surfaces are only hit from the top. Even when the regular road is clear, a bridge may be covered with snow and ice. This is the reason why bridges become icy even if the road before or after them are not and makes bridges particularly dangerous.
Any precipitation when temperatures are near or below freezing could cause ice to form on a bridge. In addition, if ice is forming on your mirrors and windshield, chances are it is forming on any bridges you approach as well.
Here are some tips to stay safe on bridges and overpasses during the winter months:
Pay attention to the weather
Make it a routine to check the weather forecast during the winter months. Being aware of road conditions will help you be more prepared.
Slow Down
Slow down and pay attention to your surroundings, especially over bridges. When approaching an icy bridge, slow down; moving at a higher speed means you are more likely to hit a patch of ice and lose control.
Keep a safe distance from the vehicle ahead of you
When weather conditions deteriorate, maintain a safe interval between you and the car ahead of you. Avoid braking, changing lanes, or accelerating on the bridge: If the bridge is icy, any sudden moves can make your vehicle slip, slide and spin.
Turn into a slide
If you are sliding, do not hit your brakes, it can make the slide worst. Turn your wheels in the […]

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Isuzu Assembled it’s 50,000th N-Series Gasoline Truck

The gas-powered Isuzu N-Series truck is produced in Charlotte, Michigan
Isuzu Commercial Truck of America announced that the 50,000th gasoline-powered Isuzu N-Series truck has been produced in Charlotte, Michigan. The truck rolled off the assembly line on Wednesday, August 1, 2018.
The Isuzu N-Series truck was the first gasoline-powered low cab forward truck available in North America. Assembly of the truck began at Spartan Motors, Inc. in April 2011.
“We anticipated the demand for gasoline-engine low-cab-forward trucks over seven years ago, and the assembly of our 50,000th truck proves that our instincts were correct,” said Shaun Skinner, president of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America. “New competitors have entered the marketplace, but our N-Series gasoline truck is still the premier vehicle in its class. That’s a testament to the performance and reliability Isuzu is famous for and the tremendous build quality of the finished product, thanks to Spartan.”
Isuzu N-Series gas-powered trucks feature a Vortec 6.0-liter small-block V8 engine that produces 297 horsepower at 4,300 rpm and generates 372 lbs.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm (the most torque of any gas-powered LCF truck in North America). The powerplant is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with double overdrive and lock-up torque converter for enhanced fuel economy and performance. An optional version of the engine is capable of being converted to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG, or propane).
A full range of gasoline-powered models is available:

NPR (12,000-lb. GVWR)

Single Cab in wheelbases of 109, 132.5, 150 and 176 inches

Crew Cab in wheelbases of 150 and 176 inches

NPR-HD (14,500-lb. GVWR)

Single Cab in wheelbases on 109, 132.5, 150 and 176 inches

Crew Cab in wheelbases of 150 and 176 inches

“We are proud to offer our gas-powered […]

By |August 22nd, 2018|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Isuzu Trucks, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Isuzu Assembled it’s 50,000th N-Series Gasoline Truck

Hino Insight on all 2017 and Newer Hino Trucks

Special Feature Hino Insight
Every 2017+ Hino Truck is equipped with Hino Insight. This platform gives you and your drivers access to Business Intelligence and Remote Diagnostics with Case Management. Not only does this platform increases profitability but fleet & driver efficiency while decreasing downtime and operating costs. Using Hino Insight Telematics, you can monitor idle times, heavy breaking, speed, location, distance traveled and more. Insight Remote Diagnostics comes standard with 52 customizable alerts such as temperature, DEF levels, PTO, speed, and idle time. Hino Insight’s unique Remote Diagnostics reduces the risk of catastrophic failure in your Hino truck. This is made possible by DTC’s that are often over looked are transmitted in real time to the owner and Hino. Using both software and live technicians, Insight Remote Diagnostics analyzes the DTC and a severity diagnosis is determined. Via email, phone or text, Insight Remote Diagnostics notifies the owner the DTC severity level and the best steps in resolving the issue.

By |July 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Hino Insight on all 2017 and Newer Hino Trucks

Isuzu Announces 2018-19 Model Lineup – Adds Crew Cab NRR

Isuzu Announces New Model Lineup for 2018 and 2019
For Immediate Release
Anaheim, California

Isuzu adds a new addition to the line-up of a new Crew Cab model seating up to seven for the 19,500-lb. GVWR NRR.

“Last year, we unveiled our Class 6 FTR truck, which is already making major inroads in the marketplace,” said Shaun C. Skinner, president of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America and Isuzu Commercial Truck of Canada. “Now, we’re expanding the lineup even further with the introduction of a Crew Cab model in our Class 5 NRR series. This is further proof that Isuzu is committed to providing the right truck for every one of our customers’ needs.”
Among the highlights of the 2018-2019 model line:

The only low-cab-forward lineup that includes two EPA-certified diesel engines and a gasoline engine alternative
Isuzu’s class-leading 5.2 Isuzu 4HK1-TC diesel engines provide B10 service life durability of 375,000 miles
Support features that help reduce operating costs, improve performance, manage risk and help protect owners’ truck investment
Cab/chassis combinations offer standard 3-seat cabs or Crew Cabs with seating for a 7- person crew
Upfit applications accommodate vocational bodies up to 30 feet with the standard cab and 16 feet with Crew Cab models
GVWRs from 12,000 lbs. to 25,950 lbs.
N-Series Gas models feature a Vortec™ gasoline engine that is CNG/LPG alternative fuel capable

Production plans and key features for each of the available models:
2018 Isuzu NPR Gas

Production began in January 2018.
GVWR: 12,000 lbs. (class 3)
Wheelbases: 109-176 inches with body lengths up to 20 feet.
Powertrain: Vortec TM 6.0-liter V8 gasoline engine generating 297 hp @ 4,300 rpm and 372 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm mated to 6L90 Hydra-Matic 6-speed automatic with double overdrive.
Available with […]

By |March 1st, 2018|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Isuzu Trucks, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Isuzu Announces 2018-19 Model Lineup – Adds Crew Cab NRR

2018 Isuzu NQR Crew Cab 12 ft. Aluminum Dump Walkaround Video

Isuzu NPR-HD Walkaround Video
Featured is a brand new, in-stock 2018 Isuzu NQR Crew Cab equipped with a 12 ft. Aluminum Landscape Dump body. 17,950 GVW, Isuzu diesel 4 cylinder 6 speed,  7 man crew cab, access ladder, 36″ toolbox, power windows and doors, cruise control, heated mirrors, seat covers, USB, CD, AC. Call or email us today to find out more about this truck.
This walk-around is presented by Greg Lamb out of our NE Philadelphia location.
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By |November 30th, 2017|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Isuzu Trucks, Uncategorized, Videos, Walkaround|Comments Off on 2018 Isuzu NQR Crew Cab 12 ft. Aluminum Dump Walkaround Video

Tech Tip Tuesday – Tips on Reducing Fuel Costs

Isuzu’s Tips on Reducing Fuel Costs
Although fuel prices are at an all-time low, you can still improve your bottom line by sticking to these proven ways of reducing fuel consumption. No matter what the price, fuel expenses add up.   The most economic use of your fuel will improve your operation.

It is proven that by reducing your top end speed by 5 to 10 miles, you can improve your fuel economy by 12%.
Once at highway speed, use your cruise control to maintain consistent miles per hour. This will further increase your fuel economy.
Being first off the line burns fuel and tires. Try to avoid panic starts, and stops as well.
Most trucks built since 2012 have automatic idle shut downs built into the software, it just needs to be activated. By using this feature, you can eliminate the driver overriding the shut down, and benefit from increased fuel economy.

Visit our Tech Tips section here.

By |March 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Tech Tip Tuesday – Tips on Reducing Fuel Costs

Potential Tax Savings for 2015

IRS Offers Special Tax Breaks to Small Businesses
Section 179 of the United States Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. § 179) allows taxpayers to elect to deduct the cost of certain types of property for tax purposes as an expense, rather than requiring the cost of the property to be capitalized and depreciated. Eligible property is generally limited to tangible, depreciable, personal property (like an Isuzu truck!) which is acquired for use in the active conduct of a trade or business. In addition to standard depreciation on new trucks, bonus depreciation may also be available.
2015 Deduction Limit = $25,000
This deduction is good on new and used equipment, like a new Isuzu truck or a Isuzu GoldStar® previously owned truck. This limit is only good for 2015, and the equipment must be financed / purchased and put into service by the end of the day, 12/31/2015.
2015 Spending Cap on equipment purchases = $200,000
This is the maximum amount that can be spent on equipment before the Section 179 Deduction available to your company begins to be reduced on a dollar for dollar basis. This spending cap makes Section 179 a true “small business tax incentive”.
Bonus Depreciation: not available in 2015
In prior years, Bonus Depreciation would be taken after the Section 179 Spending Cap is reached. Note: Bonus Depreciation was available for new equipment only; in 2015, Bonus Depreciation is not available at all.
2015 Section 179
Example Calculation

2015 or 2016 Isuzu N-Series:

First Year Write Off: ($25,000 Maximum 2015)

50% Bonus First Year Depreciation: (not available in 2015)

Normal First Year Depreciation: (20% in each of 5 yrs on remaining amount)

Total First Year Deduction: ($25,000 + $5,000)

Cash Savings: ($30,000 x 35% tax rate)

Equipment cost after tax: (assuming a 35% tax bracket)

Your Isuzu Transportation […]

By |September 22nd, 2015|Commercial Trucking Industry, Isuzu Trucks, Truck Sales, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Potential Tax Savings for 2015

Isuzu NRR Lo-Boy Dump Body Truck – Feature Friday

This new Isuzu NRR Dump Body Truck is the Featured Truck of the week
2015 Isuzu NRR, 19,500 GVW,215 HP 4 cylinder Diesel Engine, Aisin 6 speed automatic transmission, Heated remote mirrors, Power windows and door locks, AC, AM FM USB equipped radio, PTO switch, Back up alarm, Fire extinguisher and triangles, Chrome Grill, 14’ Crysteel lo-boy dump body, 14” high two section fold down sides, 20” high drop tailgate, 52” front bulkhead, Full cab shield, Tow package with 2 5/16 ball D-rings and 7 way trailer plug, Electric brake controller, Manual mesh tarp and roller.

To see more new Isuzu landscape dump trucks currently in stock please visit our New Isuzu Landscape Trucks page.

By |July 17th, 2015|Feature Friday, Isuzu Trucks, Truck Sales, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Isuzu NRR Lo-Boy Dump Body Truck – Feature Friday

Fleet Safety Conference 2014

See photos from the 2014 Fleet Safety Conference

Fleet Safety is not optional!

Photo gallery

By |August 22nd, 2014|Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Fleet Safety Conference 2014

US Department of Transportation video – Tech Tips

How median U-turn intersections work

We found this helpful safety video on the automtive-fleet.com website.

This video, produced by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, explains how median U-turn intersections work and the safety benefits of this alternative intersection design.

By |August 12th, 2014|Bentley News & Events, Tech Tips, Uncategorized|Comments Off on US Department of Transportation video – Tech Tips