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Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

3 Benefits Of Driving A Drop Trailer

There is a new trend in shipping, and that trend is using drop trailers. Following are three reasons why driving this type of vehicle is beneficial to you. 

1. Save Time

If you have your choice to work for a company that uses drop trailers, consider yourself lucky. Driving this kind of truck will allow you more flexibility, and save you time. Why? You save time in the dropping off process.

Say you are driving a load across a state from Southern California to New Mexico. Once you arrive at your drop off spot in New Mexico, you will be able to drop your trailer and get a new one which is already loaded and ready to go.

You do not have to wait for your truck to be unloaded and then loaded back up again before you leave. This can save you hours of time that you would not even get paid for. If you are payed by the mile, as many truckers are, you waste time and give up money when you have to wait for your truck to be unloaded and then loaded back up. 

It’s also helpful to those waiting to get your delivery, as they will not have to wait for your arrival before they can load a truck for you to take when you get there. They also have more flexibility as to when they can unload the truck, since you will not be waiting for them to do it. It saves you, as the driver, time, and it saves the warehouse workers you deliver to time.

2. Driver Safety

If you are delivering to a drop and hook customer, you are not usually in such a hurry to get to the destination because they will be able to take your trailer most any time day, or night. This process increases the productivity for both you and the customers you deliver to, because the customer can load and unload any time, and you as a driver can drop off and pick up loaded trucks whenever you choose.You will have much more flexibility in your schedule.

Because the time constraints aren’t so rigid with a drop trailer, you will have more time to take a nap if you need to, or stop and eat a meal if you so desire. As a result of being able to sleep for a few hours when you absolutely need to, you will drive safer on the road. 

The flexibility of driving without a strict deadline is good for you in and of itself. Your nerves will not be as shot, and you will be able to drive much more alertly. If you are alert, then you will be able to practice safe driving.

3. Avoid Traffic

 Because the customer you deliver to does not need to do a live unload or live load of a truck, you can drop the truck and leave if you want to. You can get to your destination in the in the middle of the night, or early in the morning. You can plan a time to get there when traffic is not high in the area. 

This factor also contributes to safety, since driving in less traffic is easier on you and there are fewer vehicles on the road. With fewer vehicles, you will have less chance of getting into any accidents or collisions. 

It’s a win-win situation for both you, as a trucker, and the customer you deliver to with drop and hook systems. A drop trailer allows you more freedom and choices with your time, and you will ultimately get paid more. To learn more, contact a company like Brockman Storage Trailers with any questions or concerns you have.

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Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Tips For Maintaining A Semi Truck

If you either own or drive a semi truck, then you are probably quite familiar with how they work. However, you might not be aware of some of the minutia involved in their operation. Here are some semi truck repair tips and tricks to help you out:

Brakes

One of the most common points of failure in automobiles in general is the brakes. Semi trucks are in an especially precarious position when it comes to brakes, since they often carry massive loads that are capable of causing massive physical and financial destruction in the event of an accident.

Most people are aware that you should frequently replace your brake pads to mitigate natural wear and tear. Generally, an indicator will tell you when you brake pads are nearing the end of their lifespan. However, not everyone knows that you should also replace the drums, pins, and springs as well. While brake pads are the most obvious when they fail, there are many other important components of brakes that need to be taken care of. Cracked drums can be just as dangerous as a worn brake pad.

Oil Change

Deciding exactly when and how frequently you change your oil can be a lot more complicated than it appears at first glance. There are several factors which you will need to consider such as:

  • MPG – The mileage of your semi will play a large role in determining the ideal oil change frequency. If you truck has poor mileage (such as less than 5.5 mpg), then you will need to get an oil change more often. However, if your semi has pretty good mileage (in the 6.5+ mpg range), then you don’t really need to change your oil as often as some would suggest.
  • Idling – If your semi spends a lot of time idling (half or more of the time), then you will definitely need an earlier oil change. Conversely, if your truck spends very little time idling, then you don’t need to change your oil as frequently.

Those two factors give you a general idea of where your truck lies on the bell curve, but they don’t really tell you exactly when you should change your oil. Recommendations generally state that a truck should get an oil change every 10,000-50,000 miles, depending on its mpg and frequency of idling. If your truck gets good mpg and idles rarely, then you are probably on the higher end of that range. On the other hand, if your truck has poor mpg and idles often, you might be in the lower end.

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