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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!
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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

Truck Tire Safety Tips – Tech Tip Tuesday

Commercial Tire Safety Tips —————————————————————————

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has advised that exceeding tire speed ratings, increased front axle loads, and increased uptime/equipment utilization have led to increased tire failures on commercial trucks.

Here are some tire safety tips from The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to keep your truck on the road and safe:

Tire Inspection

Examine your tires EVERY DAY for:

Irregular tread wear
Cracking
Bulges
Inadequate tread depth
Cuts
Foreign objects
Other Damage

Inflation Pressure

Improper inflation pressure affects tire wear and fuel efficiency.

GAUGE your tires COLD before each trip
Adjust as necessary

Rims

Mismatched tire and rim components may explode and cause serious injury or death.

ONLY use approved tire/rim combinations of the appropriate width and diameter.

Extreme Loading

Overloading or under inflation causes excessive heat build-up and internal structural damage that can lead to a tire failure.

Speed

DO NOT exceed your tires’ speed rating – Doing so will damage your tires and lead to premature failure.

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

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By |July 11th, 2017|Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips, Truck Service|Comments Off on Truck Tire Safety Tips – Tech Tip Tuesday

Tips for Air System Maintenance During Winter – Tech Tip Tuesday

December 13, 2016
Source: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

Across North America, it’s getting to be that time of year when temperatures regularly begin to dip below freezing—and when commercial vehicle pneumatic systems need a little extra attention. With more vehicle systems incorporating the use of compressed air for non-braking functions—including automated manual transmissions (AMTs), emissions controls and advanced safety technologies—Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC offers the following three keys to air system maintenance during the winter months:
1. Worry about the water
“It’s really not the cold itself that brings the most potential for air system trouble—it’s the moisture that’s brought in with it when the compressor draws in air,” said Richard Nagel, Bendix director of marketing and customer solutions, charging group. “If enough moisture makes its way through the air dryer, it creates the potential for condensation within the air tanks—and from there, it can travel downstream, affecting the braking system and other connected technologies.”

If that happens, low temperatures can definitely have a negative impact, freezing the condensed water and increasing the likelihood of component malfunctions in the valves, controls, and solenoids utilized in advanced safety technologies, emissions controls, and automated manual transmissions.

Manually draining the air tanks is a simple and fail-safe step that can help keep the air system moisture-free in winter. Bendix recommends draining the tanks at least every three months for a typical line haul truck, and as frequently as once a month for vehicles with high air demand.
2. Maintain and properly equip your dryer
To prevent moisture freezing in the system, a properly functioning air dryer becomes even more important in cold weather. Unfortunately, winter brings with it several factors that can have a negative impact on a dryer’s capacity for effectively removing moisture from […]

By |December 13th, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Preventative Care, Tech Tips, Truck Parts, Truck Service|Comments Off on Tips for Air System Maintenance During Winter – Tech Tip Tuesday

3 Ways to Achieve Best-Uptime – Tech Tip Tuesday

December 6, 2016
Source: Ryder

Keeping your fleet on the road is likely one of the biggest concerns in running your business. It’s the only way your customers can get what they need on-time, every time. However, keeping up with maintenance demands is difficult. Breakdowns happen, vehicle technology is more complex, talented technicians are in high demand, and maintenance costs are rising.

Do Preventive Maintenance – Staying ahead of potential problems is the most effective way to keep your fleet on the road. This means making sure you perform regular preventive maintenance at intervals that make sense for your vehicles. Proper preventative maintenance includes changing fluids and filters as prescribed by the engine manufacturer, lubricating the chassis, and the comprehensive inspections of tires, brakes, engines, exhausts and drive trains, as well as electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic systems. Cab and body interiors/exteriors should also be inspected, along with refrigeration and cargo-handling equipment (lift and rail gate, e- and f-track). Technicians should also troubleshoot any issues to prevent breakdowns. Driver comfort and convenience features should also be inspected to ensure proper operation.

As you perform preventive maintenance on your vehicles, make sure they are ready for annual U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) inspections as well to avoid any potential violations or downtime.

Schedule all of your preventive maintenance to work with your vehicle’s delivery schedule, so that you will be able to arrange for another to take its place or receive service when the vehicle is domiciled. Make sure you keep a record of all maintenance performed.

If you keep current with your preventive maintenance schedule, you’ll also find you are putting your drivers’ hours of service to best use.

Use Top Quality Technicians – Be confident in the technicians who perform your maintenance. They should […]

By |December 6th, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Preventative Care, Tech Tips, Truck Parts, Truck Service|Comments Off on 3 Ways to Achieve Best-Uptime – Tech Tip Tuesday

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

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

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

FMCSA Issues Final Rule on Windshield-Mounted Technologies – 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 |October 18th, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Tech Tips, Truck Parts, Truck Service|Comments Off on FMCSA Issues Final Rule on Windshield-Mounted Technologies – Tech Tip Tuesday

Maintenance Tips for Fuel Efficiency – Tech Tip Tuesday

Truck fuel efficiency is no simple matter with many factors to consider. Some of them are out of our control – such as weather, traffic or required routes but many factors can be controlled like powertrain specifications, vehicle aerodynamics and driver training. Proper maintenance can also positively impact fuel economy.

Industry research shows that proper maintenance of your truck and engine can contribute significantly to improved fuel economy. Maintenance requirements vary for each vehicle and engine manufacturer; so, it is critical to have the proper maintenance information available.

Below are some factors that affect fuel economy and examples of service information that can help you keep your vehicles operating at peak efficiency.

Climate control: Air conditioning compressor usage accounts for approximately half of total engine cooling fan engagement time. Air conditioning operation increases fuel consumption because engine power is required to operate both the air conditioning compressor and the engine cooling fan.

Tire inflation: Fuel mileage is adversely affected by underinflated tires. In addition to fuel savings, properly inflated tires are safer and result in extended tire life.

Lubricants: Engine, transmission and axle oils with the proper viscosity also contribute to fuel economy. Using oils with too-high viscosity can increase the energy required to pump the oil through the lubricating system and result in internal viscous friction loss.

Wheel alignment: Properly aligned axles reduce fuel consumption and extend tire life by reducing wear.

Charge air cooler: Charge air cooler leaks result in loss of turbocharger boost, reducing engine operating efficiency, which results in increased fuel consumption.

Engine maintenance: Engine valves in proper adjustment and properly operating engine control systems contribute to good fuel economy. This includes performing overhead adjustments at proper intervals, as well as troubleshooting and repairing […]

By |October 11th, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Tech Tips, Truck Parts, Truck Service|Comments Off on Maintenance Tips for Fuel Efficiency – Tech Tip Tuesday

Truck Maintenance Tips – Tech Tip Tuesday

Daily

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:

Brakes
Steering
Tires
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.

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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