Buying a used reefer can obviously be a money-saver. But you’ve got to check it out carefully to make sure you won’t have any surprises down the road. In addition to all the usual checks of wheels, tires, lights and wiring, here are some special tips for checking out a used reefer.
There’s been a big push for disc brakes lately, but drum brakes still rule. You shouldn't ignore your drum brakes, though. Consider a few drum brake tips for the coming months.
Modern heavy-duty trucks are loaded with sensors, and more are certainly on their way. Sure, we’d all like our rigs to be as mechanically pure and easy to maintain as possible, but these sensors and their systems do a lot of good. Here’s a look at the benefits.
If you’ve got a reefer and do a lot of runs hauling produce, you may find it tough getting work through the winter. With some research and creative thinking, you may be able to turn the winter blues into seasonal green.
Most truckers aren’t too keen on them, but if your rig is less than 8 years old, Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF) are just another piece of equipment on your rig. So knowing how to deal with them is important.
We’ve all seen other truckers do it, and you’ve probably done it yourself. You’ve stopped for a bite to eat, and as you walk away from your rig, you pause, turn around and give it a visual once-over.
Commercial truck tires are expensive. But so is dealing with a blown tire out on the road. Here are eight tips for making the most of your tire investment. Follow these tips and you can extend tire life, get better fuel economy and experience far fewer tire-related problems on the highway.
When you experience “something weird” out on the road, you need to pay special attention. Stop a moment, and use your senses. Consider everything you hear, feel, see and touch – without dismissing anything as insignificant. The better you can explain what’s wrong to a mechanic, the easier it will be for them to diagnose and fix it.
If you’re the kind of guy who works out regularly, this blog is not for you. But if you’re like many OTR truckers who want to stay fit but simply don’t do the gym thing, read on.
Most drivers travel with laptop computers or tablets now, and smart phones are almost universal – great business tools, all of them. You need to play it safe, though, so keep these simple tips in mind:
As good as free navigation apps commonly found on smartphones are, none are perfect and some are downright wrong for you.
No matter what you read online, the decision to lease or buy a truck or trailer should always come down to your individual situation.
If you ever need a quick lesson on the value of good aerodynamics, just stick your arm out the window next time you’re cruising along the highway. Feel that? Now imagine what your rig is fighting
Let’s face it, even with diesel prices at relative lows, it’s still a major hit to your bottom line. While everyone seems to have a trick or two for saving fuel, a few truths bubble to the top. Let’s call them The Golden Rules of Efficiency.
You never drive over the speed limit, never exceed your maximum hours of service, and you’ve never, ever started to doze off behind the wheel. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about sleep deprivation.
After dealing with a rough winter, driving in the rain might seem like a breeze. But hold onto your hat. Weather and road conditions are major contributors to heavy truck accidents. The good news is you can take a few precautions to help make your wet-road driving safer and less stressful.
Wouldn’t it be nice to know that the trailer you’re hauling behind you has a 100+ year American heritage? These days, that kind of pedigree is as rare as an easy-going safety inspector, but that’s the story behind Great Dane Trailers.