Tire Maintenance: What To Check

Your tires are an important part of your car. After all, you'd be going nowhere without your tires. However, drivers also tend to overlook them, which often times leads to accidents. As a result, it's important to practice good tire maintenance. Thankfully, this maintenance isn't all that complicated... Tire Maintenance: What To Check Tire pressure Your tire pressure is an important part of tire maintenance. As you drive, your car's tires gradually lose their air pressure over time. This lack of pressure ends up reducing the overall effectiveness of the tires. In fact, under-inflated tires drastically increase a driver's chances of getting into an accident. Therefore, it helps to check your tire pressure at least once a month. Your car's manual and tire placard should both have the recommended PSI level for your tires listed. Properly inflated tires are also a good way to improve your overall fuel efficiency. The treads It's also important to check your tire's treads when performing [...]

By | September 28th, 2019|

Vehicle Storage: How To Prep

During the winter, certain vehicles become harder to drive. After all, it doesn't make a lot of sense to ride your motorcycle or take the convertible out in a snowstorm! Therefore, it helps to prepare for vehicle storage. There's a few areas in specific you want to focus on... Vehicle Storage: How To Prep Pick a spot Of course, in order to get ready for vehicle storage, you have to know where exactly you'll store said vehicle at. This comes down to a few specific factors. Mainly, it depends on how long you want to store it, the local climate, and how often you can check on it. Still, avoid storing your vehicle outside under something like a tarp. Moisture can still get into your car's components and cause them to rust. Plus, it's a lot easier for a thief to steal your vehicle. Therefore, always try to keep it somewhere inside, such as in your garage or a storage facility. [...]

By | September 26th, 2019|

Bad Driving Habits: What To Avoid

With how expensive cars can be, it makes sense you want to treat it right. However, what if you were causing damage to your car, and worst of all, had no idea about it? Practicing some common bad driving habits could mean you've been doing just that. If you've been doing these habits, it's best to break them ASAP... Bad Driving Habits: What To Avoid Riding the brakes downhill Riding your brakes when heading downhill doesn't seem like it would be considered under bad driving habits. After all, isn't it better to control your speed when heading down an incline? The reality of the situation is you could be setting yourself up for brake failure in the future. When riding your brakes, your brake pads will generate a lot of friction. Eventually, this will wear away at the pads, and cause them to stop working as well, or at all. It's much better for your car to just anticipate any upcoming [...]

By | September 21st, 2019|

Failing Brakes: Why It Happens

One thing every driver worries about is potential mechanical failures while on the road. Failing brakes might just be the worst breakdown scenario. However, there are some signs that can clue you into brake troubles. That way, you can avoid having them give out on you when driving... Failing Brakes: Why It Happens How brakes work To better understand failing brakes, it helps to better know how exactly your car's brakes work. After all, the energy you use pressing the brake pedal certainly isn't enough to stop an RC car, let alone your real one. It's the chain reaction that your energy creates, however, which does most of the work. Once you press the brake pedal, you also start sending fluid to your brakes. Then, the brake mechanism takes your original energy, and multiplies it onto the fluid based on how hard you pressed the pedal. Your brake pads then attach to the tires, and the friction that creates will cause [...]

By | September 19th, 2019|

Air Bag Safety: How To Use Them Right

Cars these days are much more safer than they used to be. One of the major reasons for this is better air bag safety. In fact, since 2015, frontal air bags have saved over 44,000 lives alone! However, it's important to make sure you know how to use these devices properly... Air Bag Safety: How To Use Them Right Wear your seat belt It's true that modern air bag safety has improved considerably. The devices of today do a much better job of not only cushioning a driver in a crash, but also reacting to unique crash situations. However, some drivers fall into a belief that their air bags are all they need to be safe. However, these devices are just one part of your car's accident safety system. Most importantly, car manufacturers design their devices to be used alongside seat belts. Your seat belt will not only keep you secure, but also ensure the inflating air bag doesn't hit you [...]

By | September 14th, 2019|

Trucking Tech: How It Helps

The trucking industry of today is much different from how it used to be. One reason for this is because of improvements of trucking tech. These technological strides have helped make a trucker's job much easier. In fact, there's a few key improvements which have really helped... Trucking Tech: How It Helps ELDs One helpful piece of trucking tech has been ELDs, or Electronic Logging Devices. These devices are so important, that they have been made a requirement for all truck drivers. Like the name implies, these devices mainly are used to log a trucker's trips. An ELD connects to the truck's engine, and tracks when it's in motion. These devices are very helpful because they allow for truckers to easily see their daily driving hours. Before these devices, truckers had to fill out all this information by hand. As you can imagine, this was both costly and time-consuming. Now, thanks to these devices, truckers save around 20 years of driving [...]

By | September 12th, 2019|

Construction Zones: Staying Safe

As a truck driver, you're going to have to go through some pretty tricky driving areas. One of the most common ones tends to be construction zones. While they can seem pretty difficult at first, some key tips can help you navigate these spaces with a little more ease... Construction Zones: Staying Safe Keep your eyes peeled When entering construction zones, you'll have a lot of things grabbing your attention. There will be signs, other cars, and of course the workers themselves. As a result, it's important to keep your eyes focused on these things instead of other potential distractions. Posted signs can help give you a heads up of what to expect when driving through the work zone. This might be things like single lanes, or "flaggers" who will be directing traffic. Plus, the other cars on the road will have to make adjustments as well. That's why it's much safer to keep your eyes on the road instead of [...]

By | September 5th, 2019|

Improve Fuel Efficiency

Fuel can be one of the most costly parts of any trucker's trip budget. Therefore, it makes sense that you'd want to look for ways to improve fuel efficiency. As it turns out, there's a few things you can do to cut down on the time (and money) you spend at the pump... Improve Fuel Efficiency Properly plan your routes Any driver wants to take the most efficient route. Of course, this is true for truckers as well. You don't want to be stuck on the road for any longer than you have to. Still, finding that perfect mix of time and distance can be tricky. However, if you properly do so, then not only can you save some time on your trips, but you can also improve fuel efficiency. One easy and handy way to do this is by using a GPS. With most phones having GPS apps on them, it's very easy for you to plug in your destination [...]

By | August 31st, 2019|

Mountain Driving: Keeping Control

As a truck driver, you might have to drive in a wide variety of places on your hauls. If there's one area that can prove to be tricky, it's mountain driving. With their narrow lanes and varying angles, it can be a bit of a challenge. However, there are some ways you can make these areas a bit more manageable... Mountain Driving: Keeping Control Watch the grade One of the key rules of mountain driving is to pay attention to the grade of the mountain. The grade is just another way to refer to the mountain's slope. The grade can let you know just how steep you can expect the mountain to be, and prepare accordingly. Most mountain roads will have their grades posted along side them. These signs will also let you know what kind of speed you should stay at while going downhill. However, if you aren't sure of what a mountain's grade is, don't try and guess it. [...]

By | August 29th, 2019|

Trip Budget: Save Money On Hauls

As a truck driver, you might feel that you have no choice but to spend money on your trips. Between food, gas, clothes, and more, it can get pretty expensive pretty fast, especially on long hauls. However, there are ways you can save some money in your trip budget. These methods can help you not break the bank and make your trips a bit easier too... Trip Budget: Save Money On Hauls Bring your own food Considering how you're constantly driving, fast food is an appealing option for many drivers. This food is cheap, easy to find, and can be eaten straight in your cab. However, besides the negative health effects that come with eating fast food, it can also add up very quickly. For example, spending $8 on lunch every day translates to $50 a week, and nearly $3,000 a year! That's why it can be a good idea to include bringing your own food in your trip budget. For [...]

By | August 21st, 2019|