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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

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

Truck Tips for Winter Maintenance

Helpful Information and Tips for Winter Commercial Truck Maintenance

We found this helpful article on the website. Save time and money on your fleet with these easy truck tips.

Make sure your vehicle is properly serviced and maintained before the winter season begins to keep your fleet up and running. The following steps will help you ensure that your vehicle is as prepared as possible to weather the winter roads.

Keep a vehicle running at highway speeds in extreme temperatures vs. idling so it can reach the temperature threshold required for the regeneration and Diesel Engine Fluid cycling processes.

Plug in the engine block heater on all diesel trucks each night – even when the temperature feels warm. The longer a truck sits, the more crucial it is to plug it in.

Be sure the vehicle is at normal operating temperature when you plug in your block heater. Block heaters maintain temperature; they are not designed to heat coolant from ambient temperatures.

Avoid cold soaks. Cold soaks occur when the engine fluids and the steel of the engine block drop to ambient temperatures. This happens when a vehicle sits for more than a day and it impacts starting and charging systems.

Be sure to get a correctly blended fuel with a cloud point additive to prevent fuel filter waxing, especially if you are not fueling at a Ryder location.

Base your fuel needs on your destination weather. Use winter weight fuel when driving north and consider fuel additives.

Check your tires often. Freezing temperatures can cause slippery driving conditions. Having correctly inflated tires in good condition will help prevent breakdowns and accidents.

Have drivers pre-trip their trucks daily. This should include inspecting their vehicle for frozen components like trailer doors, power cords, etc. If […]

By |January 6th, 2015|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Truck Tips for Winter Maintenance

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

Severe Cold Weather Tips for your Truck

Keep your trucking running smoothly and safely through the winter season.
Save money with these severe cold weather precautionary measures.
By taking a few simple precautionary steps you can save lots of money and frustration during severe weather throughout the winter season.

-park vehicles indoors whenever possible
-plug in vehicles equipped with block heaters
-make sure fuel tanks are full and fuel caps are secured
-blended fuel or fuel additive
-drain all air tanks of moisture and then refill before resuming duty
-keep vehicles parked away from buildings to avoid falling roof snow
-do not park in a below grade (below ground level loading dock) to reduce flooding danger or getting stuck in ice
-keep the cab parked opposite the storms direction whenever possible
-close and secure all vehicle windows and doors
-use extreme cold windshield washer fluid
-keep an ice scraper and/or snow broom in the cab or in the cargo area for easy access

Let us know some of the steps you take to keep your truck running at peak performance during the winter season.

Share safety tips with other truckers and fleet owners!

By |February 10th, 2014|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Severe Cold Weather Tips for your Truck

Is your truck equipped properly with an emergency kit for winter?

Winter storms have already swept across the US

Prepare your trucks, fleet and drivers with proper winter emergency kits

Here are a few items to check for. Be sure you have everything you might need and that all of your emergency kit contents are up-to-date and working properly.

CarMax performed an online survey and strangely enough, only 24 percent who were surveyed said they equipped their vehicle with a winter emergency kit. Even more baffling was that residents in the Northeastern United States were even more unprepared with a mere 35 percent reporting that they keep a winter emergency kit in their vehicles.

Winter emergency kit checklist

Cell phone car charge
First-aid kit
Jumper cables
Flares and/or hazard triangles
Ice scraper
Extra warm clothing, gloves and a blanket (preferably wool)Snow shovel
Cat litter — for traction on icy/slick roads
Food and bottled water
Extra windshield washer fluid
Snow shovel

What emergency items do you keep in your truck?

By |December 19th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Is your truck equipped properly with an emergency kit for winter?

Safety Tips for Winter Driving

Helpful safety tips from truck drivers

Truck Drivers post helpful Winter Driving Safety Tips

We found this great article on the Work Truck Magazine website:

American Trucking Associations (ATA) wants to ensure the motoring public is prepared for winter storms taking place across the U.S. and that all motorists arrive to their destinations safely, in the coming months. Winter road conditions can lead to dangerous situations. Fortunately, a team of million mile accident-free drivers are helping to make our roads safer.

Winter Driving Safety Tips

America’s Road Team Captains, elite professional truck drivers are offering advice on how to safely navigate through winter road conditions. Tips include:

Map your route: Know where you are going and be prepared, ahead of time, to exit off the highway when needed. Indecisive driving is a major cause of traffic problems.
Avoid extreme weather conditions: Ice, hail, and snow make roads difficult to travel. Try to avoid driving through extreme weather conditions, and travel during daylight as much as possible.
Remove ice and snow from your vehicle: Clear your windows and roof of snow to ensure you have maximum visibility and avoid creating a hazard for the vehicle behind you. Don’t allow ice and snow to create additional blind spots on your vehicle.
Slow Down: With winter weather conditions present, speeding becomes increasingly hazardous. Allow plenty of a space cushion and reduce your speed.
Prepare an emergency kit: Contents should include: battery powered radio, flashlight, blanket, jumper cables, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable foods, maps, tire repair kit and flares.
Watch for black ice, a thin layer of transparent ice that forms when temperatures are close to freezing. Black ice may make the road look slightly wet and is difficult to spot. Watch for […]

By |December 19th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Safety Tips for Winter Driving