Winter Is Approaching – Make Sure Your Truck is Prepared for Winter Driving

With winter approaching, the first step to preventing unnecessary incidents is to make sure equipment is ready for that first unexpected freeze or storm.
Check These Essential Items:
1. Radiators – make sure there are no leaks and have proper winter coolant.
2. Tires  – balding tires reduce starting traction by 30-50% – be sure to have good tread depth.

3. Wiper blades  – should be in good condition to sweep snow and sleet off the windshield. If new blades are installed, check the arm pressure to ensure effective operation.
4. Heater and defroster – make sure they are functioning correctly – when functioning at their full capacity, will keep your windshield clear and you and your passengers warm.
5. Lights  – important in winter weather to ensure that you are clearly visible to other drivers. Be sure both headlights work on upper and lower beams and are correctly adjusted. Check that stop, tail, clearance lights and directional signals work properly and are clean.
6. Brakes – make sure they are in top condition to provide uniform braking.
7. Muffler and exhaust system  – should be in good condition and tightly fitted so carbon monoxide does not seep into the interior of the vehicle where it could cause serious illness or death to the driver or occupants.
8. Battery – cold weather lowers battery power – make sure yours is in good condition, and in case it is necessary, know the proper procedure for using a booster battery.
9. Fifth Wheel Lubrication – for tractor-trailer combinations, make sure a winter grade of lubricant is used on the fifth wheel. Some heavy summer grades of lubricant at low temperatures become too heavy and interfere with steering on slippery surfaces.
10. Windows and mirrors – windows should be […]

By |October 18th, 2018|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on Winter Is Approaching – Make Sure Your Truck is Prepared for Winter Driving

Guide to Driver’s Vehicle Pre and Post Trip Inspections Reports (DVIR)

A Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR), by law, needs to be completed by drivers of any commercial vehicle at the beginning of the workday before work begins, and also at the end of the day when driving is finished (pre-trip inspection and post-trip inspections). The law is enforced by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the report can be on paper or paperless.

Vehicle inspections are an important part of a truck driver’s daily routine and they are essential to keeping vehicles in good condition while ensuring road safety and fleet compliance. It ensures the safety of not just the driver, but also everyone else on the road.

Pre-Trip Inspection

At the start of a shift, prior to departing on a trip, a driver must check all areas of the cab and trailer looking for signs of wear or damage that could pose a safety hazard while driving. They should review the previous DVIR completed on the vehicle. If there are defects noted these must be inspected and signed off. If the defects have not been corrected they must be repaired before the vehicle can be used. It is meant to ensure that the vehicle is safe for operation and is free from defects.

Post-Trip Inspection

At the completion of the day’s work, a driver must complete a DVIR on the vehicle by performing a complete visual inspection of the truck. This inspection should be identical to the pre-trip inspection—looking for damage or wear that should be addressed to prevent posing a safety concern.

DVIRs need to be kept for a minimum of three months.

View a sample of a DVIR and watch an informative video about the inspection process.





By |September 25th, 2018|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on Guide to Driver’s Vehicle Pre and Post Trip Inspections Reports (DVIR)

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

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

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:


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

The Most Dangerous Highways in America

Geotab Ranks the Most Dangerous and Safest Highways

Tthe telematics provider Geotab has ranked the nation’s most dangerous, as well as safest, highways in the country based on federal highway data analyzed by the company over the past 10 years.

The 545-mile U.S. Highway 1 that runs from southern Georgia to Key West, Fla., has been deemed the most dangerous highway in the U.S. because it has the highest fatal crash rate, according to Geotab.

By comparison, four of the nation’s five safest freeways with the lowest fatal crash rate run through New England, including three sections of Interstate 95. The 43-mile Rhode Island section of I-95 has 39 crashes and 40 fatalities, giving it the lowest crash rate of 0.1.

View the full report

By |April 21st, 2017|Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on The Most Dangerous Highways in America

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 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

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

Truck Maintenance Tips – Tech Tip Tuesday


Check tires, lights and turn signal/hazard flashers for your tractor and trailer at the start of every trip.

Routine Maintenance

Regular preventive maintenance inspections may be based on time or mileage. Check the vehicle’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendations for maintenance. Pay special attention to items such as:

Mirrors and any features allowing the driver to see clearly (such as CCTV cameras)
Windshield washers and wipers
Steps, walkboards or ladders
Pneumatic or hydraulic hoses, outriggers,liftgates, hoists or other material handling features
Headboard racks and load attachment points (hooks and winches)

Contact the location nearest to you for all of your commercial truck service needs.

Visit our Tech Tips section here.

By |September 27th, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Preventative Care, Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips, Truck Parts, Truck Service|Comments Off on Truck Maintenance Tips – Tech Tip Tuesday