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Dealing with Hail Storms – Tech Tips Tuesdays


Dealing with Hail Storms
It’s fairly common for fleet drivers to underestimate the damage that a severe hail storm can cause, particularly those drivers who have lived primarily in regions known for mild weather. But a hail storm is capable of causing major personal injuries and costly vehicle damage in a matter of minutes.

Here are some safety tips, primarily from Progressive Insurance, which you can pass along to fleet drivers as a friendly reminder:

Always check the weather forecast before proceeding with road trip plans. If a hail storm is forecast, park your vehicle in a garage or under a covered structure to protect against damage.
Stay inside once the hail storm begins. Falling hail can easily cause injury.
If you unexpectedly drive into a hail storm, look for a covered structure where you can safely park. If no covered structure is available, park in the safest possible place to prevent hail from breaking the windows. Keep in mind that driving compounds hail’s impact with your vehicle. Stopping under an overpass is one option. Don’t forget to pull out of traffic lanes and onto a shoulder. Avoid ditches because of possible high-rising water.
Keep your vehicle angled so any falling hail hits the front, rather than the back or sides, of the vehicle. Windshields are reinforced to withstand forward driving and pelting objects. Side windows and back glass are not, so they’re more prone to breakage.
Lie down, if possible, and keep your back to the windows. If you have a blanket, cover yourself to prevent possible debris from hitting you.

By |November 11th, 2014|Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Dealing with Hail Storms – Tech Tips Tuesdays

Inspection tips for hubcap and lubricant – Tech Tuesday

Inspection tips for hubcap and lubricant by Fleet Equipment

The hubcap is constantly exposed to hot, cold, wet, dry and abrasive conditions, but would you believe that some of the toughest treatment comes from inside the wheel end assembly? There are many factors that lead to damaging conditions such as an over-tight bearing or cocked seal, but one of the most critical issues that can lead to a cooked hubcap is improper lubricant.

Don’t know about improper lubricant? Very simply, there are two types of lubricants that today’s truck and trailer manufacturers pre-determine for their wheel end assemblies — grease or oil. Similar to the expression, “Oil and water don’t mix,” you should never mix grease and oil lubricants in the same assembly. Mixing the different lubricants in the same assembly will inevitably result in wheel end failure. Here are a few indicators of hubcap failure due to improper lubricant:

Milky window: The view window in the hubcap will become nearly opaque white when subject to heat. The heat comes from inside and spells trouble. Pull the wheel and check the bearing adjustment to check for low lubricant or a change to an incompatible lubricant.

Melted window: With the hubcap removed, inspect the edges of the view window for damage or discoloration. If the edge has a rippled look, chances are it has started to melt from excessive heat. Heat build-up could be from running on low lube, excessive pre-load on bearing or a recent switch to an incompatible lubricant.

If either condition occurs, clean all lubricant out of the hub, and then clean and inspect bearings for damage. To avoid this common problem, SKF recommends always checking for the proper lubricant prior to re-installation.

By |November 4th, 2014|Tech Tips, Truck Service|Comments Off on Inspection tips for hubcap and lubricant – Tech Tuesday

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Packing a Winter Emergency Kit

Tips for Packing a Winter Emergency Kit
AccuWeather has forecast a chilly Halloween for much of the country. In fact, the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley regions are expected to see temperatures dip into the mid-20s to lower-30s with a chance of snowfall. So now is probably a good time to remind fleet drivers to make sure their vehicle emergency kit is fit for the coming winter weather.

The kit needs to include items that would come in handy if the fleet vehicle ever becomes stranded in inclement weather. Keep in mind that emergency services, towing services and snowplow fleets can quickly become overtaxed during major storms. Drivers should include items that would help make an extended wait for help as comfortable as possible.

AAA recommends the following items:

• Bag of abrasive material (sand, salt, cat litter) or traction mats
• Snow shovel
• Flashlight with extra batteries
• Window washer solvent
• Ice scraper with brush
• Cloth or roll of paper towels
• Jumper cables
• Extra warm clothing (gloves, hats, scarves)
• Blankets
• Warning devices (flares or triangles)
• Drinking water
• Non-perishable snacks
• First-aid kit
• Basic toolkit (screwdrivers, pliers, adjustable wrench)
• Mobile phone and car charger, with the phone pre-programmed with rescue apps and important phone numbers.

For additional advice from the Weather Channel, click on the video below.

By |October 28th, 2014|Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Fleet Safety Video Tip: Packing a Winter Emergency Kit