Truck Assist companies will come to your rescue and grease the skids with efficient repair in case of a breakdown. They salvage semi-trucks, box trucks, trailers, intermodal chassis, refrigeration assembly, construction equipment, and RVs. Roadside truck and trailer repairs or breakdown assistance for vehicles can nip problems in the bud before they exacerbate. Truckers assist providers have a vast network of qualified technicians, at-the-ready and at a stone’s throw distance to respond within minutes at your breakdown location. Services include mobile truck and trailer repair, remote tire replacement or restoration, towing, recovery, reefer re-building, refueling, windshield quick fix and many more.
For quality assurance, Truck Assist companies with substantial experience render services conforming to DOT and MTO standards. They carry a comprehensive Commercial General Liability Insurance and ensure compliance with sector-specific regulations per state. Leading companies observe and implement regional industry standards such as timeliness, quality, professionalism, and price.
Unlike breakdowns, Truck Assist offers a centralized, one-stop servicing for your fleet in handling the roadside repairs in a more efficient, safe and wallet-friendly manner. You only need to patch through a toll-free number for services anywhere in North America. Breakdown providers impose long-term contracts with regular fees and per occasion dispatch costs that nickel-and-dime you to death. Truck Assist lacks enrollment or unaccounted charges divorced from a specific dispatch.
You also access services directly on the website LIVE CHAT or call center around the clock for the timely emergency response. They bring onboard qualified service providers who can put your driver behind the wheel in a trice and help you tighten the salvage expenditure belt. Qualified service providers adhere to D.O.T and FMCSA requirements, hold insurance coverage and enroll operators with formal credentials and pricing structures shaped by regional industry standards.
Truck Assist offers flexibility with customized rescue services to keep your truck rolling with prompt and efficient road-side assistance. Breakdowns cough up more bucks and may leave you on tenterhooks without generating revenue, which inches your fleet closer in the red.Read More
Though truck seats have seen a quantum leap of improvement with well-sprung sit-up design and robust lumbar support, sandwiching a cushion inhibits back and neck pain associated with prolonged hour sittings. Seat cushions cancel seating pressure-points and reinforce your body to prevent back fatigue. Top-class truck driver seat cushions add a new spin to your driving experience and diminish the symptoms of back and neck pain. Even if you avoid a slumping posture, long distance driving exerts immense stress on the spine.
Modern technologies like Air Cell systems allow you to remain ensconced behind the wheel without taking the heavy toll of back pain, spinal numbness or fatigue. The cushion consists of individual, intertwined air cells fostering air distribution across chambers, evenly dispersing body weight, and minimizing frictional resistance to blood flow.
Some seat cushions use top-grade foam to help decrease the amount of pressure thrust on your low back and coccyx to prevent tailbone injuries. The robust construction of the pillows renders long-lasting usage without disfiguring shape. Most products have a curvy design meant to improve blood circulation along your legs and provide lumbar support with an even appropriation of body weight. The cushion aligns with your body structure in nanoseconds.
Breathable & Cozy
Designs such as cooling vents integrated into the seat cushions promote free airflow. Improved air circulation in the buffer allows the truck cushion to stay at a consistently cool ambiance without blazing after a few hours. Weighing somewhere in the neighborhood of 1 to 2 lbs, the cushions compressed and subtle shape combined with straps will fit snugly behind your back.
Truck Driving Back Pain Relief Tips
- Squat after long hours of sitting to prevent spinal dehydration as it decompresses the disc for better water uptake
- Avoid vehicular vibration and rugged roads to deter disc dryness
- Undertake spinal decompression exercise
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Cummins has long led the bunch of diesel engine commercial trucks and this year unveiled a class 7 heavy-duty powered by highly developed 140 kWh battery pack. The 18,000-pound tractor electric truck machine formed only a concept model although the class 7 urban tractor has already hit the market and can haul a 22-ton trailer. At a 100-mile range, the electric powertrain makes a perfect picking for delivery jobs. Drivers can recharge after one hour at a 140 kWh electric station. The truck will start selling in 2019.
An improved range version using an efficient gas engine as an onboard generator will also follow the launch of the truck. It will offer up to 300 miles in between charging and 50% fuel savings in contrast to diesel hybrids zero emissions. Due to battery technology constraints, the class 7 truck cab pushes beyond the frontiers as it’s a heavy-duty truck.
Cummins will not construct trucks but seeks to create an entirely integrated battery pack and will acquire cells from an undisclosed source. Cummins electric-powered class 7 semi-truck cab model replaces standard fuel-guzzling 12-liter engines with the battery system.
The trucking industry contributes significantly to pollution making electrification a glimmer of hope. Cummins has also announced a new shift to high-efficiency spark ignited capabilities to enable liquid fuels like gasoline or methanol work better.
Equipping the electric truck with regenerative braking and the solar plates on the trailer roof will add more energy to the battery grid. Air drag decreases due to the swap of side mirrors with in-dash cameras. The truck offers improved aerodynamics with a highly streamlined shape, sealed truck body, and underneath-lacking front radiator disruption.
Cummins concept powertrain design seeks to minimize environmental pollutants. Electric trucks will churn out zero emissions if power generated comes from 100% renewable sources. If Cummins attains a carbon neutral truck by 2019, it will be well ahead of its time.Read More
In place where snow does not melt away, big rig drivers have to endure the challenges of ice road trucking. Trucking loads mainly involve hauling gasoline and heavy equipment to mining sites nestled in Northwest Canada. But driving on thin ice and frozen roads at extremely low temperatures (-50 to -60F) exposes your truck to damage. Freezing temperatures cause still to become tenuous and snap, inhibiting the functions of the rim, frame and other components. Truckers must remain on the lookout for white outs, cloudy atmosphere, and fractures on thin ice. Safety Tips for Truckers help when you take the plunge along snow-littered roads, frosty lakes, and a host of adverse conditions.
Navigating Snowy Conditions
Before hitting the road, get superior windshield wipers and an all-season washer fluid that does not freeze at 32 degrees. Wipe out snow stockpiled on headlights and taillights for visibility. Equip your truck with anti-freeze lights and have them prepared for winter. Keep all windows cleaned off from snow fragments. Dress warmly and examine the exhaust whenever you get stuck as you may end up sucking up carbon monoxide if you remain in the cabin for too long.
Driving Safely Tips for Truckers
Behind-the-wheel, forget about being a hero and slow down as excessive speed sails you close to the wind. Keep plenty of space between your truck and other approaching or overtaking vehicles. Don’t get stuck between a flotilla of vehicles, avoid the traffic pack to capitalize on the distance around your truck. Never trail the taillights of the vehicle in front or shrink the driving distance with other vehicles in bad weather. If conditions become extremely severe, get off the highway safely and wait for the weather to improve.
- Use the jake brake in inclement weather and avoid overreliance on the foot brake
- Check all wintry systems like the defroster, heater, wipers, washer fluid, brakes, and wiper motors before departure
- Top up fuel tanks and inflate lug tires for good traction
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It’s a norm for truck drivers to seek proper servicing and maintenance when winter looms to keep fleet voyage at full tilt. Due to unfavorable weather across various regions, you will traverse during winter. Winter driving requires hyper-awareness and alertness. Misty and snow-bound highways lurk with danger, always drive slowly and make adjustments gently. Never accelerate to high speed to give you room to respond to unprecedented events.
To slow down along the slippery surface, pump the brakes gently with your foot while your heel remains on the floor. It militates against tire locking or losing control over the truck. Exhibit patience, awareness, and responsiveness to other drivers; avoid quick halts and jumpstarts on icy and grainy surfaces.
Maintain highway speeds to hit the temperature “sweet spot” for the regeneration and engine fluid cycling processes. Plug in the block heater although the temperature may feel warm at night or long sits. However, you have to set the standard operating temperature before plugging in the block heater. Block heaters uphold temperature but do not heat coolants from surrounding temperatures. Ensure the temperature of engine fluids and the metallic components of the engine block do not decrease to the ambiances. It affects starting and charging mechanisms.
Use blended fuel mixed with a cloud point stabilizer to forestall filter waxing. Switch to winter weight fuel as you drive north and check tire inflation to avoid breakdowns or accidents. Drivers should undertake pre-trip inspection for frozen parts for defects.
Take extra caution when driving across mountains or prevent the downhill. The weather changes rapidly, stockpiles ice and snow, and adds hurdles in the roadways. You can acquire special tires and snow chains for back up if you encounter glitches. Truck drivers who pay keen attention to highway conditions during winter minimize the accidents and get an excellent safety rating.Read More
Congratulations you’ve passed your theory test and your driving instructor now feels you are ready to take your practical driving test! One more obstacle to go to get that coveted driving license!
The driving test is designed to test that you not only drive to a competent standard but also understand the highway code and can apply the knowledge gained in the theory test preparation on the road – where it matters!
The driving test is 40 minutes and involves:
- An eye test check
- 2 Show me tell me questions
- General driving
- Independent driving
The Eye Test Check
At the beginning of your test the driving test examiner will test your eye sight by asking you to read the number plate of a parked vehicle.
You must be able to read the number plate from a distance of:
- New-style number plate – 20 metres
- Old-style number plate – 20.5 metres
You will be given 3 chances to read the number plate correctly. If you fail to do so the test will not continue and your provisional license will be revoked
The “Show me Tell me” Questions
These questions are designed to test your knowledge on basic car maintenance and safety. You will be asked 2 show me tell me questions at some point during your test – usually the beginning. If you answer either or both incorrectly this will count as one driving minor fault.
We have put together a comprehensive example ofshow me tell mequestions – complete with pictures! So you have no excuse – get reading!
Your driving test examiner will be observing you’re driving in terms of your ability to drive safely whilst following instructions and observing road sign and road conditions.
If you make a mistake do not panic, stay calm and continue – the mistake may not be as big as you think and panicking will make things worse – your examiner will also be looking at how you handle pressure and how you react when you make a mistake – don’t fall apart – stay calm and deal with your mistake through safe driving.
The independent driving section is 10 minutes and tests your ability to drive safely whilst observing road signs and road conditions. Your examiner will ask you to drive to a specific location using road signs or a road map which he will provide. If you get confused or lost don’t panic just continue driving safely. The best way to prepare for this is to be familiar with your test area and practice with your driving instructor.
You will be asked to perform one manoeuvre during your test and you may be asked to perform an emergency stop.
Possible manoeuvres are:
- reversing left around a corner
- turning in the road
- parallel parking
- reverse bay parking bay
Your driving instructor will be looking at your observation skills, your ability to control the car and of course the final result. The key thing to remember is if you don’t get it right the first time stay calm and try again. Do not tell the examiner you are finished until you are satisfied you have completed the task successfully. The examiner will give you some time to complete the man-oeuvre.
Passing the Driving Test
There are 3 types of faults that can be marked:
- A minor fault – this is a mistake which is not potentially dangerous, but could convert to a serious fault if you make the same mistake repeatedly throughout your test
- A serious fault – these involve mistakes that could potentially be dangerous
- A dangerous fault – your driving caused a dangerous situation which could have led to an accident and/or damage to property
You are allowed to make up to 15 minor driving faults. You will fail your test if you make more than 15 minor faults and/or make a serious or dangerous fault.Read More