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  1. Commercial Vehicle Snow Chains 101

    Truck Tire Chains 101

    Driving In the Snow? Let's Talk.

    Truck drivers are expected to reach their shipping destinations on time no matter the season; and when the snow begins to fall, drivers begin to worry. Driving through snowy roadways and ice is stressful and can cause unexpected delays as automobiles of all sizes pump the brakes and cruise slower than usual. Truckers concerned about their truck’s ability to maneuver through the snow this winter should consider buying snow chains.

    Continue reading to learn about snow chains and to answer the question “Are snow chains worth the investment?”

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  2. Anatomy of a HD Shock Absorber

    Parts Of a Shock

    Driving with Bad Shocks

    Driving with worn shocks is easy to spot. Maybe you feel every bump or groove in the road, or perhaps you notice that your truck is excessively swerving or leaning towards one side. Regardless of how you got worn shocks, it’s time to consider buying replacement shock absorbers. After all, shocks last about 150,000 miles in heavy-duty vehicles.

    There are many types of OEM shock absorbers on the market for fleet vehicles, and that’s because there isn’t a “one size fits all” approach. Let’s examine the parts of shock absorbers that may be overlooked by buyers.

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  3. 5 Signs of a Bad Power Steering Pump

    What is a Power Steering Pump?

    Love the way your car handles and maneuvers, no matter what speed you’re going? You have your power steering system to thank. The power steering pump makes sure that steering fluid reaches the power steering system. It works through a slotted rotor that rotates, allowing the fluid to enter the pump. Once there, the fluid enters a reservoir and assists the steering gear in applying the right amount of pressure to turn the wheels smoothly.

    Everything’s great when your truck is handling well, but when it’s not, it could potentially lead to further damage and compromised safety in the future. Catching the early warning signs of a defective power steering pump can help mitigate further repair costs and reduce the likelihood of an accident.

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  4. What are Truckers Hauling for Thanksgiving This Year?

    What are Truckers Hauling for Thanksgiving This Year?

    During this time of blessings and gratitude, it’s easy for us to forget one fact - the holidays don’t happen without truckers. Period. From the plates we’re eating off to the delicious bounty on the table, truckers brought it all to make sure you’re able to get all the trimmings you need for your holiday season.

    Thanksgiving and the December holidays are going to look a little different this year due to the continuing pandemic and the bottlenecked supply chain, but America’s backbone – the trucking industry – is still going to be rumbling along cross-country to bring joy to America’s tables. So, how are all the Thanksgiving staples faring during this chaotic time?

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  5. 5 Trucking Headlines You May Have Missed

    5 Trucking Headlines to Watch This Week

    Let’s be honest – between the developments of the Coronavirus pandemic, continued supply chain woes, and the industry grappling with an 80,000 driver shortage, trucking news has been pretty bleak lately.

    But despite all the challenges and hurdles facing the trucking industry in the back half of this year and into the next, the show still goes on. There are still a lot of headlines happening in the background that you may have missed, and we’re here to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

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  6. Thanksgiving Recipes From Your Semi Truck

    Thanksgiving Meal Ideas For Truck Drivers

    Thanksgiving Meal for Truckers

    We are just days away from Thanksgiving Day; and while families all around the nation are preparing their Thanksgiving feast, truck drivers know they will miss yet another holiday with their loved ones because of work. Of course, not being around family and friends hurts; but we do offer good news for truckers: you won’t have to miss your favorite holiday meal.

    Sure, you could pull over for a Thanksgiving meal at a national food chain; but why spend the time finding a chain restaurant when you can prepare Thanksgiving right from your big rig? Thanksgiving dinner can easily be prepared from your truck with a few home cookware items; and while the idea of cooking in your truck may sound reckless at first thought, it is actually quite easy to do and will leave you with delicious leftovers (did someone say a Day After Thanksgiving sandwich?) The below recipes are not only easy to make but they are inexpensive! Follow these Thanksgiving truck recipes now.

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  7. ABS Cabling vs Non-ABS Cabling in Heavy-Duty Trucks

    The Importance of ABS

    The need for effective braking has always been an issue across all vehicle applications. There’s evidence of ABS-like concepts in the railway and automotive industries as early as 1908, for example. But when today’s modern ABS was invented in 1971, it quickly became a game-changer for truck and driver safety.

    Currently, Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 121 mandates ABS on all new air braked vehicles with a GVWR of 10,000 pounds or greater. ABS is also required on tractors manufactured on or after March 1, 1997, and air-braked semi-trailers and single-unit trucks manufactured on or after March 1, 1998.

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  8. Cold Weather Impact On Your Truck

    Cold Weather Impact On Trucks

    Cold Temperatures and Trucking

    When the leaves begin to change, and the weather reaches a comfortable temperature, is when making long-haul trips with the windows down becomes enjoyable. However, time spent driving like this will only last until about late November when the weather dips into more chilling temperatures.

    The cold weather may be a nice change of pace for you, but your heavy-duty truck will feel the negative impacts from the frigid temperatures even before the snow falls. Here is what you should know about the climate change on your truck.

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  9. 5 End of the Year Money-Saving Tactics

    The Tail End of 2021 Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive

    If there’s one industry that’s been on a rollercoaster this year, it’s trucking. Thriving in some areas and facing struggles in others, truckers and fleet owners across the country have experienced just about everything this year. And just as death and taxes are certainties in life, so is the fact that your truck or fleet won’t wait until 2022 before something needs to be replaced.

    Whether it’s a burned-out headlight or an HVAC system that isn’t really operating at the temperature it should be, driver safety and comfort can’t wait until your new budget kicks in next year. But end-of-year expenses also don’t have to mean a downward spiral into the red for your trucking business. It’s possible to buy the quality of part you need at a manageable price with a little bit of know-how.

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  10. When To Replace Air Dryers In Heavy Duty Trucks

    Air Dryer Replacement In Fleet Trucks

    Air Brakes On Commercial Vehicles

    Most of today’s commercial fleet drivers choose to drive heavy-duty vehicles with air brake systems; and it is no wonder why: air brakes are cost-effective; environmentally friendly and more reliable than traditional braking systems. These drivers rely on clean air filters in their system to protect their vehicles avoid brake failure; and to ensure that the system works properly, drivers trust air dryers to rid harmful pollutants, such as oil and moisture, that can potentially reach the supply tank and damage air valves; air brakes and even the engine. Keep reading to learn when it is time to replace the air dryer in vehicles with air brake systems plus the warning signs of a failing air dryer.

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