Monthly Archives: April 2020

  1. Trucking Brands Step Up in the Battle Against Coronavirus

    Trucking Brands Help Battle Coronavirus

    Now a few months into the spread of the novel Coronavirus, the United States is still under Stay at Home orders in most states and the workload on truckers shows no signs of slowing down.

    But as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise across the country, some big names in trucking are stepping up and joining in the efforts to keep first responders, medical workers, and others safe and supplied with essential goods during this time.

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  2. What Time Is It? Time To Clock Your Starter Motor To Your Engine

    The trucking industry has various terms and phrases known among the industry, and mostly they're pretty easy to understand. Right-handed parts are for the right side of your vehicle, left-handed parts are for the left side of your vehicle, your fifth wheel is actually a hitch and not even a wheel at all, etc. etc. So what does “clocking” a starter mean?

    Clocking a starter – in short – is rotating the flange that connects the starter to the engine so that the starter will fit in the specific truck application.

    Parts for heavy-duty vehicles for different applications have one thing in common: none of them are exactly the same. A Peterbilt truck and a heavy-duty Ford pickup wouldn’t have the same starter. In fact, one Peterbilt truck may not use the same starter as another Peterbilt built in a different year. Over time, it leads to a complex catalog of starters that fit long lists of applications, and for you, it becomes a mess to find the exact one that you need.

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  3. Coronavirus Essential Goods and Transport Policies Change for Trucks

    Trucking Coronavirus Updates

    Coronavirus’ effect on the trucking industry changes from week to week as U.S. government organizations and businesses adapt to the ever-changing economic situation and spread of the virus.

    As cases continue to rise across the country and stay at home orders are extended from state to state, the rules and regulations for truckers who are currently delivering essential goods for COVID-19 relief are constantly shifting, with a new announcement just week from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

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  4. A Bit of Good Coronavirus News For Truckers

    Trucking and Coronavirus

    Trucking and Coronavirus: A Summary

    It’s been a less crowded but rocky road for America’s 3.5 million truckers over the course of the past few weeks. The spread of novel Coronavirus and steady rise in active cases in the U.S. have not only caused a shortage of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) such as medical gowns and masks, but the panic-buying habits of Americans have also increased demand for household items including toilet paper, disinfecting wipes and sprays, and hand sanitizer. Multiple areas around the country are also seeing empty grocery store shelves, meaning that truckers nationwide are working long days and weeks with many who have already been away from their families for long stretches of time.

    But there's also some good news for truckers who are still out there truckin' and keeping America running.

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  5. Why You Want To Be A 5th Wheel When It Comes To SAF Holland Truck Parts

    Cars and most trucks run on four wheels, and most heavy-duty trucks run on six to eight to eighteen for that matter. But what’s so important about a fifth wheel? And we’re not talking about when you’re out with your two best friends and their spouses.

    The Fifth Wheel is a trucking term actually doesn’t have to do much with wheels at all. The 5th wheel is a hitch that allows you as a driver to connect your cargo to the back of your heavy-duty vehicle. It is a “U” shaped component that links the tractor to the cab in most heavy-duty trucking cases.

    So why is it important? Well you don’t want your precious cargo falling off the back while you’re out on the road right? We think some of the best solutions come from SAF Holland, and we’ve broken some of those parts and solutions down for you today.

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  6. Coronavirus: How Truckers and Technicians Can Protect Themselves

    Trucking and Coronavirus: The Story Continues

    With about 4 billion people now staying inside their homes according to the New York Times, the roads are more wide open than ever for the millions of truckers that are still making long treks across the United States with essential medical supplies and groceries.

    Although most of the country is now actively practicing the shelter-in-place, social distancing, and hand washing guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control, March and April have still seen anywhere from 10,000 to 30,000 new cases of the novel Coronavirus reported on a daily basis. This means truckers continue to be busy, with many that are now on the road six days a week and some who haven’t seen their families in a month or more.

    But with the open roads and lack of gridlocked traffic come possible exposure to COVID-19. There are still unavoidable situations when truckers need to come into contact with packages and people, but just like social distancing and 20-second hand washing are becoming habits, making it a routine to properly clean and disinfect a truck cab can help maintain trucker health and safety.

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