How Does CSA Affect Small Carriers?

 The size of the carrier is not a factor in deciding which carriers the FMCSA will investigate, but size is a factor in how carrier scores are calculated.

The first question that comes up in many discussions is, “What is CSA and what does it do?”

Despite all of the folklore that has been built around it, at its core, CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability) is simply a program used by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to track and evaluate carriers based on compliance and crash history. Carriers that do not score well in the system are the ones FMCSA will spend time warning or investigating.

How the scoring works
The scoring in the system is based on roadside inspections, violations listed on roadside inspection reports, and crash reports. Violations are “valued” based on severity and time. The severity of a violation is based on its relationship to crash causation. Severity weighting uses a 1 to 10 scale, with 10 being violations that have the closest relationship to crash causation.

The time factor involves multiplying the severity of a violation by a “time weight.” The severity for any event (inspection, violation, or crash) that has occurred in the last 6 months is multiplied by 3. If the event took place between 6 and 12 months ago, it is multiplied by 2. Events that took place between 12 and 24 months ago are multiplied by 1. Events over 24 months old are not used in the scoring.

In most of the Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs), the total of all severity- and time-weighted violations is divided by the time-weighted inspections a carrier has undergone. This results in a “BASIC Measure” that reflects a “violation rate per inspection,” with severity and time factors considered.

Two of the BASICs, Unsafe Driving and Crash, use a different process for calculating the measures. It involves dividing the total of all severity- and time-weighted violations by the company’s power unit count that has been multiplied by a utilization factor. The utilization factor is based on the carrier’s average miles per power unit. The power unit count and mileage are taken from the carrier’s MCS-150s that have been on file over the last 18 months.

Once the BASIC Measures have been calculated, they are compared to other carriers’ BASIC Measures.

To start this comparison process, carriers are placed into “Safety Event Groups” in all of the BASICs. Depending on the BASIC, the groups are based on the number of violations, inspections, or crashes. The result is that small carriers are compared to small carriers and large carriers are compared to large carriers. The carrier with the best (lowest) measure in each group gets a “percentile rank,” or BASIC Score, of “0.” The carrier with the worst (highest) measure in the group gets a BASIC Score of “100.” All other carriers in the group will have a score in between these two extremes based on their BASIC Measure.

Carriers that do not perform well are the ones that are placed on the “intervention list,” and can expect the FMCSA to take action against them. The action can include a warning or an investigation.

Because the system uses DOT numbers as its basis, if you are an owner-operator operating under your own DOT number, all inspections and violations are scored directly against your DOT number. If you are leased onto another carrier and operate under that DOT number, your inspections and violations are scored under that DOT number.

There are ‘minimums’
Each of the BASICs has minimum standards; that is, inspections, violations, and crashes, to be scored. If the carrier does not have enough data in a BASIC, the carrier is not scored in that BASIC. Here is a table that explains what is required in each BASIC to receive a score.

Data requirements
All three criteria below, where applicable, must be met before a BASIC score (percentile) will be assigned.

BASIC Min. # of inspections/crashes in past 24 months Min. # of violations/crashes in past 12 months Min. # of violations recorded during latest relevant inspection
Unsafe Driving 3 inspections 1 violation 0
Drug & Alcohol 1 inspection 1 violation 0
HOS Compliance 3 inspections 1 violation 1
Driver Fitness 5 inspections 1 violation 1
Vehicle Maintenance 5 inspections 1 violation 1
HM Compliance 5 inspections 1 violation 1
Crash Indicator 2 crashes 1 crash

 

These standards are why many small carriers, including one-truck owner-operators, are not scored in most or all BASICs. They either do not have enough inspections or violations to receive a score.

Drivers are separate
The driver scoring system is different. All drivers are scored in the Driver Safety Measurement System, which works basically the same as the carrier system discussed above. The differences are that drivers are not held responsible for certain technical violations and the driver system uses a different time weighting.

In the driver scoring system, drivers are scored independently of the carriers. It does not make any difference what carrier the driver is working for when the inspection and/or violation occurs.

Driver scores are completely confidential and they are only used by FMCSA investigators when investigating carriers. Part of the carrier investigation process is to review the carrier’s drivers’ BASIC scores, and investigate the drivers that have high scores.

How do I make my BASIC scores better?
The easiest way to get better BASIC Scores (as a carrier or as a driver) is to get good inspections. In five of the BASICs, this will make an immediate difference due to the “violation free” inspections being used directly in the math. In the other two BASICs (Unsafe Driving and Crash), good inspections do not help in the math, but they don’t hurt you either since there is no violation to bring into the BASICs for scoring.

What’s the challenge with being a small carrier?
The challenge is, once a small carrier gets a score, the carrier does not have a broad base of inspections over which to “spread” the violations. The result is that each violation has a significant impact on the carrier’s BASIC Measures, and therefore scores. The Safety Event Groups used in the comparison process help even this out, but only to a certain point. In most BASICs, the smallest Safety Event Groups are based on 3 to 10 inspections or 5 to 10 inspections. One violation spread over 3 inspections has quite a different impact than one violation spread over 10 inspections.

Also, small carriers are not likely to see an increase in inspections due to increased BASIC Scores, so getting good inspections to offset high scores is difficult. Large carriers that have high scores will see an increase in inspections, and if they can pass them they can actually see their scores lowered fairly quickly.

So what is the biggest challenge with being a small carrier as far as CSA is concerned? Once you get a bad score, it is hard to get it to come down. What’s the solution to this challenge? Avoid violations in the first place. This can be done by being aggressive with maintenance and inspection, and keeping your credentials and log current at all times.

About Ryder Fleet Products:
Ryder Fleet Products provides a wide range of truck parts, shop supplies & safety items for the medium and heavy duty truck industry at prices much lower than retail. And we offer FREE shipping for orders over $250. Find a part number, cross reference a part, or ask a question by contacting our customer service team at 855.885.5631 or FleetProductsInfo@Ryder.com.

Thomas Bray is an editor in the Transportation Publishing Department of the Editorial Resource Unit at J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc, specializing in motor carrier safety and operations management

Copyright 2013 J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.        Copied with permission

This article first appeared on HDT/Truckinginfo.com.
Truckinginfo.com,  http://Truckinginfo.com, is the website of Heavy Duty Trucking

 

Win Free Wiper Blades

Feb 2, 2015 National Change Your Windshield Wipers Day

February 2 (Groundhog Day) is “National Change Your Windshield Wipers Day”. And to help remind drivers that wiper blades are an important safety feature that should be changed every 6-12 months, Ryder Fleet Products is running a “Win Your Blades” contest.

Order a pair of Anco Wiper Blades, and you might just win them along with a laptop backpack. Just order between 1/12/2015 and 2/2/2015.

Are Your Wipers Showing Signs of Wear?
You can quickly and easily check the condition of your wiper blades by running your finger along its’ rubber edge to see if it’s become rigid or chipped. Harsh conditions, such as direct sunlight, can cause the rubber to break down over time and will require that the blades be replaced to ensure a clean, smooth swipe. You may also notice a cloudy film on your windshield (which is caused by dirt, oil or grime accumulation), or that the rubber appears to have pulled away from the wiper frame. All signs that it’s time to replace your wiper blades.

Which Wiper Blade Should You Choose?
Ryder Fleet Products offers a wide selection of quality wiper blades from ANCO including The Contour beam blade, The Profile beam blade, The Transform hybrid blade, AeroVantage conventional blade, The 31-series, and Winter specialty blades. And, ANCO understands the importance of Original Equipment fit, so you can rest assured your new wipers will fit and function as seamlessly as your previous ones – no matter which type of wiper blade you choose.

Below, we have put together a quick guide to get you familiar with the different ANCO blade options featured on our website.

1) Anco Contour Blades -  a beam blade providing premium all season performance.
Beam blades have an infinite amount of pressure points which provide better blade-to-windshield contact and are more aerodynamic – helping prevent lift and noise. Beam blades also have less moving parts and no superstructure so ice and snow don’t stick to them.

The Contour blade has an exclusive, advanced rubber compound that gives you a streak-free wipe time after time.

2) Anco Profile Bladesa beam blade with advanced technology for every vehicle.
Like the Contour, the Profile is also a Beam blade with an infinite amount of pressure points for better blade-to-windshield contact.  Beam blades are more aerodynamic than conventional blades which helps prevent lift and noise. They also have less moving parts and no superstructure which means ice and snow don’t stick to them.

The Profile blade has a unique connection system that offers an ultra-low-profile design that mirrors the look of original equipment beam blades.

3) Anco Transform Hybrid BladesThe new look of performance.
This blade integrates the aerodynamic features of a beam style wiper with the evenly distributed pressure points of a conventional structure. The Transform is a replacement blade for vehicles that came equipped with hybrid technology or an upgrade for vehicles that utilize a J hook design.

4) Anco AeroVantage Conventional BladesClear wipe at any speed.
Replaces OE with a quality that matches the style, fit and performance of the blade that originally came with the vehicle. Has an aerodynamic vented bridge that maintains wipe at highway speeds.

5) Anco 31-Series Coventional BladesReliable Wiper Performance
Affordable wiper blades that replace OE with a quality that matches the style, fit and performance of the blade that originally came with the vehicle.

6) Winter BladesSpecialty blades to handle snow and ice
Uses exclusive designs and materials to ensure clear windshields and safe visibility in any driving condition. The specialty blade is more durable for winter conditions and contains an exclusive extra thick rubber compound that provides a consistent, streak-free wipe while remaining flexible in even the coldest temperatures. A rugged rubber cover over the heavy duty frame prevents slush from freezing joints.

Find the correct wipers for your vehicle
If you need to determine which wipers will fit your vehicle, go to the Anco application guide and enter your vehicle’s year, make & model. Then type in the part # that comes up into the search bar on Ryder Fleet Products. Or contact our customer service at 855.885.5631 or FleetProductsInfo@Ryder.com.

And remember, as part of our “Win Your Blades contest, if you order your Anco Wiper Blades between 1/12/2015 & 2/2/2015, you could get them for free – along with a laptop backpack*!

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Read on for helpful comments from customers who have purchased Anco wiper blades at Ryder Fleet Products:

“Anco makes good products – And this one is no exception!!!”
(Anco 31 series)

“Perfect item, My fleet will get these from Ryder every time. Never had a problem, Always shipped fast.”
(Anco 31 series)

“This is a great wiper never any problems. Always a great price. This is the product we will be using on our fleet of 255 busses for a long time.”
(Anco 31 series)

“We use these on our trucking fleet and pickup fleet. Perfect fit every time! The clip holds the wiper in great and they hold up to the brutal sun here in southern Nevada.”
(Anco 31 series)

“Never a complaint about Anco wipers.”
(Anco 31 series)

“For price of this product it is worth every penny, because I’ve used it on my vehicle along with a different brand and I really see and hear the difference. It is much quieter and last longer.
(Anco 31 series)

“Great product, the best company to buy from! Fast shipping too, packed well!! AAAAAAAAA++++++++++++”
(Anco Wiper blade 50-22)

“The life of the 91 series wiper blades helps in controlling the over all cost of operation. With school busses and vans the need to have good product that holds up to time in bad weather snow and ice is a very important safety requirement.”
(Anco Aerovantage)

“We purchase all of our wiper blades from Ryder Fleet Products and have been very happy with the product.”
(Anco Winter Blades)

 SHOP ANCO WIPER BLADES NOW>>

About Ryder Fleet Products:
Ryder Fleet Products provides a wide range of truck parts, shop supplies & safety items for the medium and heavy duty truck industry at prices much lower than retail. And we offer FREE shipping for orders over $250. Find a part number, cross reference a part, or ask a question by contacting our customer service team at 855.885.5631 or FleetProductsInfo@Ryder.com.

Official Win Your Blades Contest Rules
-Wiper blades must be purchased from January 12, 2015 – February 2, 2015 from RyderFleetProducts.com.
– The winner will be credited for the amount of one pair of wiper blades. If only one blade is purchased, the winner will be credited for the price of that blade.
- You may purchase as many windshield wiper blades as you wish; however, credit will only be applied for one pair.

From Santa’s Workshop Straight to Yours

gift ideas for the heavy duty truck industryOur Holiday Gift Guide selection will provide you with plenty of ideas for gifts that are ideal for your workshop warrior, automotive technician or heavy duty sleigh or truck driver. Not an easy lot to buy for!

Find the perfect gift, order directly online, cross it off your list and even receive FREE shipping if your order is over $250.

1. Give the gift of more free time. With an Electronic Logging Device such as the VDO Roadlog, your loved one will save hours on paperwork each month by automating their log books. The VDO RoadLog has no monthly fees or contracts and is the only ELD with a built in printer which helps make road-side inspections a breeze. The printout immediately eliminates any technology compatibility issues with having to transfer/display data electronically at a roadside inspection. And, because it is a thermal printer, it never requires any ink.

Buy the VDO RoadLog now. 

Read our article on the VDO Road Log for more information on how it’s not only a great time saver, but it also helps with staying in compliance.

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2. Safety in Numbers. Cold temperatures can lower tire pressure and cause tires to become under inflated. Not only can this lead to increased tire wear and lower gas mileage, but it also presents the risk of a blow out. A Tire Pressure Monitoring System automatically monitors the PSI and temperature of the tires to help the driver arrive safely at their destination.

View our selection of tire pressure monitoring systems for trucks.

 3. Norco Industries – Service Jack/3.5 ton capacity. A heavy duty floor jack designed for a variety of automobile shop uses.  Buy Now>

4. Tools to fit every need. From wrench sets and cordless screwdrivers to heat guns, drill drivers and lifts, we’ve put together a selection of tools fit for a king – or an automotive technician. Shop our tool gift guide now and get ready to cross even more off of your list.

5. Clean up Shop! Help keep those important work areas pristine with heavy duty vacuum power.  Choose from Shop-Vac wet/dry vacuums ranging from 5 gallons on up to 16 gallons.  And remember, if your purchase is over $250, shipping is Free – and the vacuum will be very handy when trying to get all those Christmas Tree needles out of your carpet.  Shop our selection of Shop-Vacs here.

6. Make their workshop Merry and BRIGHT with a Bayco retractable fluorescent work light. A bright choice for lighting up any garage or workshop. Buy Now>

 

7. This gift packs portable power!  Jump start cars, motorcycles, SUVs, pick-ups, boats, lawn tractors and more with the SOLAR 900 Peak Amp Ultra Portable jump starter. Ideal for consumer and light commercial applications. Compact, lightweight and portable. Buy Now>

8. Drive comfortably with an air ride truck seat from Premium Seating. Driver comfort is paramount to a safe, healthy and productive driver and it all starts in the driver’s seat.200L_s_new And today’s driver seats are quickly evolving beyond the regular factory installed seat to an ergonomically designed seat with options such as lumbar support, side bolster support, seat tilt, extendable cushion seats, memory height, and even heated seats to perfectly support your body as you drive.

Shop Seating Now>

For a comparison of the seats and the features of each, view our article “A Driving Force in Comfort”.

For additional holiday gift ideas, visit us at www.ryderfleetproducts.com. You can search by price, by brand and even by customer review to find great holiday gifts.

About Ryder Fleet Products:
Ryder Fleet Products provides a wide range of truck parts, shop supplies & safety items for medium and heavy duty trucks. And we offer FREE shipping for orders over $250. Find a part number, cross reference a part, or ask a question by contacting our customer service team at 855.885.5631 or FleetProductsInfo@Ryder.com

 

 

A Driving Force in Comfort.

Today’s heavy duty trucks can be quite sophisticated with many cutting-edge, hi-tech products behind the wheel and under the hood. At Ryder Fleet Products, we continuously research and meet with industry manufacturers and suppliers to discover and bring you the latest advancements in truck technology.

This time, our focus turns from technology for the truck to technology for the driver. Driver comfort, we all know, is paramount to a safe, healthy and productive driver and it all starts in the driver’s seat. And today’s driver seats are quickly evolving beyond the regular factory installed seat to an ergonomically designed seat with options such as lumbar support, side bolster support, seat tilt, extendable cushion seats, memory height, and even heated seats to perfectly support your body as you drive.

200L_s_newTo offer our customers the best in premium air ride seats, we have partnered with Prime Seating, Inc., located in Duluth, GA. These specially designed and engineered air ride truck seats are made for both medium and heavy duty trucks (and buses) and use the latest technology to promote a healthy driving position.

The seats range from a 200 series to the fully luxurious 600 series. Each series has different options, and in this article, we break these options down for you so you can easily compare one model to another.

You can see all the Prime Seat series offered by Ryder Fleet Products by visiting our Prime Seating page.

BASIC INFO
First let’s discuss some basic information that is helpful to know as you begin your research and comparison.

These seats come standard with the 4.25″ tall mounting base.  A lower 1.75″ mounting base is available upon request at no extra charge. The short base is popular for those who want the seat to settle to a position closer to the floor.

Each series (with the exception of the 600 series) is available in either cloth or leather. A “C” after the series number (i.e. 200C) indicates the cloth version and an “L” (i.e. 200L) indicates the leather version.

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A useful thing to note is that there is no price difference between the cloth and leather options. All of the leather series are made from a very soft, high end synthetic leather, with the exception of the 600 series which features a natural leather.

An “H” in the product name (i.e. 300LH), lets you know the seat is a mid-back seat and features an adjustable headrest.

All of the seats come with a 3-year warranty on the foam and cushions and a million mile or 5 year warranty on the seat structure itself.

The seats are simple to install and should take about 15-20 minutes.

EACH SERIES SUMMARIZED
Let’s go over each of the series in detail now. As we mentioned, they start with the 200 series and go on up to the luxurious 600 series which boasts not only heating options, but a cooling option as well.

The 200 series
The 200 series (200C for cloth; 200L for leather) offers an innovative seat with a fully reclining backrest and dual arm rests. It also features an air height adjustment, fore/aft slide adjustments (to position you closer or farther away from the steerling wheel) and fore/art isolator – lock/unlock feature. You’ll find the 200 series a vast improvement over the standard factory installed truck seat and you’ll notice a welcome difference in your driving comfort.

Download the 200L flyer for more details. (pdf file)

The 300 series
This series offers everything the 200 series offers PLUS the following upgraded features:upper and lower air lumbar support (great for bad backs), side air bolster support, adjustable seat cushion extension, and an adjustable tilt. View the 300C for cloth or the 300L for leather.

The 300 LH is a mid-back profile seat with an adjustable independent headrest. Download the 300LH flyer for  more details. (pdf)

The 400 series
The 400 series (400C for cloth; 400L for leather) features everything from the 300 series plus two additional comfort options: 1) an adjustable shock absorber setting which lets you choose from 11 different settings (from soft to hard) so you can adjust your ride to road conditions. 2) heated seats – both bottom and back.

The 400 LH is a mid-back profile seat with an adjustable independent headrest

Download 400L flyer here. (pdf file)

The 500 series
The 500 series (500C for cloth; 500L for leather) is the 400 series model with the addition of 2 new features: 1) memory height setting – simply adjust the seat to your preferred height initially and it automatically resets to that height each time you enter the truck. 2)  A quick release button allows you to dump and refill air with a one button push in/out.

The 500 LH – Like the 300 and 400 series, the 500 series also offers the 500 LH -a mid-back profile seat with an adjustable independent headrest.

Download the 500L flyer for more details. (pdf file)

The 550 RH-BUS. This seat is for buses and has all of the controls on the ride hand side of the seat.

The 600 series – All the bells and whistles!
The 600 series is available only in a premium natural leather. They’ve taken the 500 series and added one of our favorite features – a cool air ventilation system. This provides cool air throughout the backrest and bottom cushion and provides relief from hot sticky seats during the summer months. View the 600 series now. Download the 600L flyer here for more details.

FEATURES AT A GLANCE
For a quick side-by-side comparison of each of the series of air ride seats, we’ve put together the following chart so you can easily compare the features between each series.

Find the seat that’s perfect for you at Ryder Fleet Products by visiting our Prime Seating page.

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Shop all of the Prime Seat series available at Ryder Fleet Products by visiting our Prime Seating page >

Find a part number, cross reference a part, or ask a question by contacting our customer service team at 855.885.5631 or FleetProductsInfo@Ryder.com

With over 60,000 parts in inventory from over 400 suppliers, we’ll help you find just what you’re looking for.

LOCKOUT / TAGOUT – DEVELOPING YOUR SAFETY & COMPLIANCE PROGRAM

WHAT IS IT?
The OSHA standard for The Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout), 29 CFR 1910.147, addresses practices and procedures for disabling machinery or equipment to prevent the release of hazardous energy while employees perform service and maintenance activities. It also outlines program development and training for those employees.

WHO NEEDS TO COMPLY?
If your employees service or maintain machines where the unexpected startup, energization, or release of stored energy could cause injury, the standard likely applies to your company.

Examples of common general industry sectors that must comply include manufacturing, food, wholesale/retail, healthcare, hospitality, and entertainment. Exceptions include agriculture, construction, and maritime industries, as well as oil & gas well drilling and servicing.

WHY IS COMPLIANCE CRITICAL?
Employees servicing or maintaining machines or equipment may be exposed to serious physical harm or death if hazardous energy is not properly controlled. According to OSHA, compliance with the lockout/tagout standard prevents an estimated 60,000 injuries and 122 fatalities each year. Yet it was the eighth most frequently cited OSHA violation in 2013, often leading to substantial fines.

WHAT MUST EMPLOYERS DO?
Employers with employees exposed to hazardous energy while servicing and maintaining equipment and machinery must:

  • Develop, document, implement and enforce the use of lockout/tagout procedures.
  • Check that new or overhauled equipment is capable of being locked out.
  • Ensure that lockout/tagout devices are durable, standardized, substantial, and used only for lockout/tagout purposes.
  • Establish an energy control program made up of lockout/tagout procedures, periodic inspections, and training.

WHAT MUST EMPLOYEES BE TRAINED ON?
Employees must be trained on at least three areas: aspects of the employer’s energy control program, elements of the energy control procedures relevant to their duties or assignment, and various requirements of the lockout/tagout standard.

HOW CAN J. J. KELLER HELP?jjk38329
J.J. Keller offers access to the complete range of information, training, and supplies to help you build a first-class lockout/tagout program, all backed by their team of in-house experts. Comply with requirements and train employees with The Lockout/Tagout training program. Available on DVD.

  • Provides critical info on OSHA’s lockout/tagout requirements (29 CFR Part 1910.147)
  • Explains authorized employees, affected employees and other employees – and roles and responsibilities for each type of employee
  • Covers types of hazardous energy; energy isolating devices; definitions of “lockout” and “tagout”; requirements for locks and tags
  • Demonstrates the typical lockout/tagout process, plus five additional complex situations common to workplaces
  • Available in English and Spanish

Ready-to-use training program includes several components.Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired

SHOP ADDITIONAL LOCKOUT/TAGOUT PRODUCTS
Additional lockout/tagout items to help you comply with requirements and help keep your employees safe are available online at Ryder Fleet Products.

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Thank you to J.J. Keller for this guest blog article on developing your safety and compliance program for lockout/tagout compliance.

Find a part number, cross reference a part, or ask a question by contacting our customer service team at 855.885.5631 or FleetProductsInfo@Ryder.com

With over 60,000 parts in inventory from over 400 suppliers, we’ll help you find just what you’re looking for.

 

‘Tis the Season To Prepare Your Fleet for the Cold Weather

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As winter draws near, lots of us start looking out for deals on items like Christmas sweaters, winter coats, and maybe a snow sled. However, if you’re an owner operator, fleet manager, or just do a lot of winter driving, chances are you’ve got ice scrapers, winter wiper blades and heated mirrors on your list as you begin to prepare for the wintry days ahead on the road.

At Ryder Fleet Products, we can help you and your fleet get ready for the blustery, cold days of winter driving conditions and have put together the following checklist for you as you begin to winterize your truck and settle down for a long winter’s drive.

Ice Scrapers, Snow brushes
Remove snow, ice and frost from your windshield with an ice scraper or use a snow brush to help remove accumulated snow.

Winter Wiper Blades
One of the easiest things you can do to prepare for winter driving is to replace your current wipers with those especially designed for winter conditions. Winter wipers are thicker, more flexible, and can remove heavy rain, sleet and snow better than regular blades. A good winter blade such as these Anco Winter Wiper Blades, are made with a rugged rubber cover over a heavy duty frame to prevent slush from freezing joints.

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De-Icer
Have a de-icer on hand such as CRC’s Ice Off to melt snow, ice and frost on contact from your windows. This de-icer works in sub-zero temperatures and will not harm a vehicle’s finish.

Tip: Also useful for thawing frozen locks.

 Coolant Tester
A coolant tester, such as this refractometer from Fleetguard Cummins provides a fast and easy way to determine the freeze point protection in both Ethylene Glycol and Propylene Glycol coolants. It is more accurate than test strips or float-type hydrometers and is as easy as 1,2,3.

Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems
Cold weather can lower tire pressure and cause your tires to become under inflated. Not only can this lead to increased tire wear and lower gas mileage, but it also presents the risk of a blow out. Check out these tire pressure monitoring systems for trucks from TST – the leader in tire pressure and temperature monitoring equipment.

Tip: A tire pressure monitoring system also protects you during the summer months when tires are prone to becoming over inflated.

For more info on tire pressure and the effect it can have on your tires as well as your vehicle, read Have Peace of Mind on the Road with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System.  or Benefits of Checking Tire Pressure Regularly.

Gloves
Ryder Fleet Products carries a wide range of gloves including kevlar, leather, latex, neoprene, and pvc gloves. For winter weather purposes, though, here are two of our favorites.

The Powergrab Orange Glove
These insulated gloves are often used in Refrigerated Areas, Utilities, Food Processing, Commercial Fishing, Construction, Outdoor Winter Activities and Recreation. We like them for their excellent thermal insulation and extra softness.

Mechanics’ Gloves
Mechanics’ gloves offer protection and comfort all year long but in winter, they have the added benefit of adding warmth as well. Shop Ryder Fleet Products for a wide variety of Mechanics’ Gloves21242HY

Tip: Most of our gloves are available in several sizes –  be sure to look for the correct size when placing your order.

Ice Cleats
Ice cleats fit easily over all types of shoes and boots and help maintain traction in slick outdoor conditions. The cleats are removable but if you are a driver, and don’t want to remove them each time you drive, consider an ice cleat such as the Jordan David Low-Pro™ or the Jordan David Altragrips-Lite™.   

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Heated Rearview Mirrors
Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the foggiest of them all? Keep fog and ice off side view mirrors and spot other vehicles easier with a heated mirror. You’ll find trusted names in vehicle mirrors at Ryder Fleet Products. Shop from well known brands such as Velvac, Grote, Retrac and Mirror Lite.

Tip: A lot of the mirrors look similar so be sure to check the part number to make sure it will fit your particular vehicle.

JJ Keller Master Driver Series Extreme Weather DVD
This Extreme Weather DVD from JJ Keller offers sound advice for handling a variety of potentially deadly conditions. Covers techniques for driving in snow, ice, rain, fog, heavy winds, and more.jjk90_dvd

PLUS, don’t forget these winter driving staples …
Booster CablesTow StrapsAir Brake Antifreeze and Antifreeze tester,
Diesel Fuel Injector CleanerFuel Conditioner Injector,
Water Remover for Diesel FuelHoses and ClampsAir Tank Drain Valve,
Radiator and Cap Pressure Tester

SHOP WINTERIZING PRODUCTS NOW>


Find a part number, cross reference a part, or ask a question by contacting our customer service team at 855.885.5631 or FleetProductsInfo@Ryder.com

With over 60,000 parts in inventory from over 400 suppliers, we’ll help you find just what you’re looking for.

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Advertising Wheels are Turning at Ryder Fleet Products

When you consider the number of miles most trucks travel on a daily basis along with the fact that each truck is effectively a large, blank, moving canvas, you get a unique advertising opportunity. The surfaces of the truck can function great as a moving billboard – a billboard that can spread your advertising message to people right along your truck route.

At Ryder Fleet Products, our trucks travel all over the country delivering after market, heavy duty truck parts and tools representing over 400 manufacturers”, according to Senior Director and General Manager, Scott Gates. “We wanted to use this as an opportunity to share our brand on the road – after all, that’s where the majority of our products are used.”

Ryder began working with Media Vehicle Graphic Solutions in Georgia to help create and install full color truck-side graphics on a select number of our North American trucks – beginning the journey of driving through the advertising clutter that exists with so many mediums today.

According to “The visual impact of trucks in traffic,” a study completed by The American Trucking Association, 98% of truck ads create a positive image for the company.

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To find the right theme for the campaign, our Marketing Department came up with several different options. In the end, the message, “Looking for Heavy Duty Truck Parts? We’re Right Beside You”, was chosen because it’s short, it’s simple and the phrase “we’re right beside you” works well whether you go with the literal meaning or view it as a reflection of the support that we strive to offer to our customers.

We look forward to connecting with a new and unique audience as we take our message on the road.

Visit Ryder Fleet Products for more information or to purchase heavy duty truck parts, shop supplies or maintenance and repair tools for your vehicle or fleet.

Locate a Dayco Part Number in a Snap

Since the early 1900s Dayco has been an innovative, technology-driven company and a leader in the research, design, and manufacturing of belts, tensioners and pulleys.

Today, even their catalog application guide is using state-of-the-art technology – making it quicker and easier to locate a part number for your vehicle. From Dayco’s catalog application guide, you can search for a part number using a VIN number, license plate number, part number, competitor number or OE number. Results will include a complete list of Dayco parts available for your vehicle including specs, routing instructions, even installation videos.

Dayco Catalog Application Guide

The Dayco catolog application guide lets you search for a Dayco part using a VIN number, license plate number, part number, competitor number or OE number.

Once you have the part number, you can simply enter it in the search bar on the Ryder Fleet Products website (located at the top of each page of our website) and it will take you directly to that product. Just add it to your shopping cart, checkout, and your part will be on its way to you.

Dayco’s work on their catalog application guide won them the President’s Award for Catalog Excellence in the web catalog category at the National Catalog Managers Association (NCMA) awards. The NCMA recognizes the best examples of paper, web and mobile catalog applications and are judged based on their design, navigation, innovation, interactivity and quality of content.

Need a part number – not near a computer?
With Dayco’s mobile app, you can simply scan a VIN number directly from your vehicle for instant access to a list of Dayco parts and specs available for that vehicle. Access all the information you need – right from your phone. Right by your vehicle.

This app won Silver at the NCMA awards in the mobile catalog category, and was a 2012 Popular Mechanics Editor’s Choice.

Download mobile app:

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Ryder Fleet Products is a leading distributor of Dayco products and we carry a wide selection of items for heavy duty trucks. You’ll find truck belts, fuel hoses, truck belt tensioners, pulleys, V Belts, fan belts and serpentine belts. If you’re looking for Dayco, you’ll find it at Ryder Fleet Products. Click here to view all Dayco products 

We’re here to help
Find a part number, cross reference a part, or ask a question by contacting our customer service team at 855.885.5631or FleetProductsInfo@Ryder.com

With over 60,000 parts in inventory from over 400 suppliers, we’ll help you find just what you’re looking for.

5 Reasons You’ll Love the VDO RoadLog

VDO RoadLog Electronic Logging Device

The FMCSA has proposed that interstate commercial truck and bus companies soon be required to use ELDs (Electronic Logging Device) in their vehicles to improve compliance with HOS Rules. Many drivers and fleets are deciding to go ahead now and replace the paperwork burden of manual logs with electronic logging. But where do you start and what should you look for in an ELD, and are there benefits to switching from manual logs to an ELD sooner than mandated?

In this article, we discuss the VDO RoadLog ELD and outline five favorite features that drivers, owner operators, fleets, and even roadside inspectors, say they love the most.

1. No monthly fees/no contracts
Ease of use and affordability have made the VDO RoadLog popular among drivers, owner operators and small to medium fleets. There are no monthly fees or contracts to worry about and it’s the lowest cost solution for full regulatory compliance.You’ll get fast, accurate, and easy reporting on a budget. A budget that doesn’t have to be dipped into month after month.

2. Built-in Printer – print and go at roadside inspections
When going through a road-side inspection, we all want to hear the “You’re good to go!” from the inspector as quickly as possible. And the built-in printer helps make that happen. Simply print your logs right from your truck, and hand them to the compliance officer – the same as you’ve done with manual logs. The printout is similar to the log book style so the inspector is able to quickly and easily view and interpret the data – making the printer a feature that the roadside inspector appreciates just as much as the driver. The printout immediately eliminates any technology compatibility issues with having to transfer/display data electronically at a roadside inspection. And, because it is a thermal printer, it never requires any ink.

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Simply print your logs right from your truck, and hand them to the compliance officer.

3. Automatic software updates – Keeps you current with the latest changes
Keeping up to date with the most current FMCSA regulations is now automatic.
When there’s a change to an FMCSA regulation, and there’s been 5 concerning HOS within the last 2 years, your VDO software will automatically update to reflect the latest regulations so you can rest assured you’re always in the know.
If you’re about to exceed any of the upcoming limits, it will even send you an alert letting you know — helping you steer clear of compliance violations and fines as much as possible.

NOTE: A new software update is now available: On January 26, 2015, Continental Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket, the manufacturers of the VDO RoadLog ELD, released a free software update to address the FMCSA’s decision to temporarily suspend the 34-hour restart rule revision instituted in July 2013. The software updates are free and automatically available online at http://www.vdoroadlog.com/software-downloads to registered VDO RoadLog owners.

4. Your edge to getting the best loads
Because fleets may receive more favorable insurance rates if they can show that their drivers are operating in compliance, it benefits them to hire a driver who is already ELD equipped. These drivers are able to show that they operate safely and within compliance and can have a positive impact on a fleet’s CSA scores. Additionally, it can give a driver an advantage when it comes to receiving the best loads from their favorite carriers. For many drivers, this advantage has been their motivator for going ahead and making the switch from paper logs now.

5. Automatically generate your logs – no calculator needed
Use the VDO RoadLog not only for tracking Hours of Service, but also for recording a whole host of other data automatically. Data, such as DVIR, IFTA and IRP, is also captured and provides a complete FMCSA compliant report you can use to run your trucking operations safer and more efficiently.

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Automatically capture Hours of Service, as well as other data such as DVIR, IFTA and IRP.

Want to know more?
Download the product brochure or view the videos below to learn more about how the VDO RoadLog can benefit you and your fleet.
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Download  pdf of the VDO RoadLog product brochure 

Video – VDO RoadLog ELD – Electronic Logging Device Overview
The VDO RoadLog ELD can help you stay in compliance, protect your CSA scores and make operations safer and more profitable.

Video – VDO RoadLog – Buyer’s Guide
Great video to guide you through the essentials of what to buy to get up and running with the VDO RoadLog ELD.

VDO RoadLog™ was developed by Continental, the global leader in regulatory compliance systems, with over six million electronic logging devices in use worldwide.

 

 

We’re here to help
Find a part number, cross reference a part, or ask a question by contacting our customer service team at 855.885.5631or FleetProductsInfo@Ryder.com

With over 60,000 parts in inventory from over 400 suppliers, we’ll help you find just what you’re looking for.

Would Your Brakes Pass Inspection?

Blog-Header_BrakeSafetyWeekBrake Safety Week is September 7-13th, 2014

Would Your Brakes Pass Inspection?
Out-of-adjustment brakes and other brake system violations make up almost half of the out-of-service roadside inspection violations on commercial vehicles. From September 7-13 – Brake Safety Week – more than 30,000 brake inspections are expected to be conducted. Roadside inspectors will be inspecting brake-system components to identify loose and missing parts; air and hydraulic fluid leaks; worn linings, pads, drums and rotors; and other faulty brake-system components. Antilock braking systems (ABS) malfunction indicator lamps will also be checked.

Before you leave the yard…
The first part of making sure that a vehicle’s brake system is in good condition takes place before the vehicle leaves the yard. This involves a check of the brake system’s components and functioning during all preventive maintenance. Under this approach, any time the vehicle is in for scheduled maintenance or for any repair, the brake system is checked by a qualified technician. The inspection should include the “at the wheel” components, including:

  • The slack adjuster for condition and free play
  •  All connecting hardware (clevises, jam nuts, pins, connecting rods, etc.) for looseness, damage, and excessive wear
  • The brake chamber for leaks, mounting, and condition
  • The airline(s) supplying the chamber for condition, cuts, wear, and rubbing
  • The brake linings/pads for wear
  • The brake drum or rotor for wear and cracks

The technician should also conduct an operational check of the overall system, including that:

  • The system does not leak air
  • The low-air warning indicators function
  • The parking/emergency brake system will activate should air pressure fall below minimums
  • The “tractor protection valve” (unique to tractor-trailers) functions correctly

If you find something during your preventative maintenance check that needs attention, search the truck brake parts section of our website to locate the parts you need to keep driving safely and receive the thumbs up from the roadside inspector.

Driver training
The other part of maintaining a good brake system is to train drivers on how to correctly inspect the brakes. This includes visually inspecting the “at the wheel” components discussed above, such as the brake chamber, the airlines going to the chamber, the pushrod, connecting hardware, the shoes/pads, and the drums/rotors. During the walkaround portion of an inspection, the driver should also check all of the airlines, tanks, hoses, and fittings that he/she can see. Drivers need to know how to check all of these components, what to look for, and what is considered “passing and failing.”

Training should also involve teaching drivers how to conduct a “system check” that includes a leak check, a check of the low-air warning device, a test of the emergency brakes, a check of the compressor build-up rate, a check of the parking brakes, and a rolling check of the service brakes.

An online interactive training course, such as one of these offered by JJ Keller, can be a valuable tool for understanding standard procedures for inspecting a vehicle.
The courses feature the latest technology and interactive learning techniques and combine the power and reliability of JJ Keller’s training programs with the convenience and cost-effectiveness of online training.

You can beat the odds for having a brake violation
If maintenance experts are inspecting the brakes during all preventive maintenance checks and drivers are doing a good job with their daily inspections, the brake system should pass inspection – whether it’s Brake Safety Week or at any other time!

Visit the brakes section of our website to find OEM quality heavy duty and medium duty truck brake parts. You’ll find the brand names you can trust such as Bendix, Performance Friction and Phillips Industries.

We’re here to help
Find a part number, cross reference a part, or ask a question by contacting our customer service team at 855.885.5631or FleetProductsInfo@Ryder.com

With over 60,000 parts in inventory from over 400 suppliers, we’ll help you find just what you’re looking for.

Betty Weiland, Sr. Transport Editor at J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.