Cargo Securement and RoadCheck 2017 – Preparing Your Drivers for Increased Enforcement

What is RoadCheck?
RoadCheck is an annual event sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), North America’s leading commercial vehicle enforcement organization. During June 6-8, 2017, 13,000 CVSA and FMCSA inspectors conduct roadside inspections at more than 1,500 locations. The goal of this event is to increase safety and security on the highways and reduce the number of crashes involving commercial vehicles.

Each year, International RoadCheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. This year’s focus is cargo securement. While checking for compliance with safe cargo securement regulations is always part of roadside inspections, CVSA is highlighting cargo securement safety this year as a reminder of its importance to highway safety.

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Who Needs to Comply?
All commercial motor vehicles (trucks, buses, and motorcoaches), plus all CMV drivers of those vehicles, could be subject to a roadside inspection.

Why is Compliance So Critical?
Last year, during Roadcheck 2016, 17.8% of all the vehicles inspected were placed out of service. Are your vehicles inspection-ready? And your drivers, too? If not, either or both could be placed out of service. And that can lead to a multitude of negative consequences, including delayed shipments, lost revenue, a tarnished company image, loss of customers, DOT penalties, and a hit to your CSA BASIC scores.

RoadCheck 2016 Results:
• Total inspections — 62,796
• Vehicle out-of-service rate — 17.8%
• Driver out-of-service (OOS) rate — 4% NOTE TO REVIEWERS: OOS for drivers was 4%. OOS for drivers of Level I inspections was 3.4%
• Tire/wheel violations in relation to all vehicle OOS violations — 18.5%
• Brake-related violations in relation to all vehicle OOS violations — 45.7%
• Hours of Service (HOS) violations in relation to all driver OOS violations — 46.8%

That’s just a sampling of 2016’s results. Are your vehicles and drivers inspection-ready?

7 Training Resources You Should Be Sharing With Your Drivers:
Below are our top picks from industry safety expert  J.J. Keller for educating and training your drivers to help you protect your safety reputation, CSA BASIC scores, and bottom line.

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1. Tractor Trailer Vehicle Inspections Video Book Use this on-the-go, portable video training book to prepare drivers of property-carrying commercial motor vehicles for conducting pre-trip, on-the-road and post-trip inspections on standard CMVs. Drivers will also learn when a Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) is required, and how to accurately complete one.

 

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2. Semi Trailer Inspection Procedure Poster: A handy walk-around sequence poster with at-a-glance easy-to-understand instructions.

 

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3. 2017 North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria Handbook and Pictorial Edition: Prepare for roadside inspections and help improve CMV safety with this must-have CVSA handbook detailing criteria that can prohibit a motor carrier or driver from operating a commercial motor vehicle until the condition is corrected. Includes a full set of CVSA Inspection Schematics.

 

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4. Roadside Inspections: A Driver’s Guide – DVD Training:  Valuable information specifically targeted to help drivers and carriers pass roadside inspections. Helps drivers understand the following:
– Roadside inspections – who conducts them and why
– The Six Levels of Inspections
– How drivers should prepare their vehicles for inspection
– CVSA out-of-service criteria
– Results and consequences of a failed roadside inspection

 

5. The CSA Handbook – A Complete Guide for CMV Drivers: The only handbook that covers all information CMV interstate truck and bus drivers need to operate successfully under CSA. Provides fingertip access to explanations of the seven BASICs, severity tables, and tips for avoiding the most common violations. Explains how to prepare for roadside inspections, rights during inspection, what not to do, and steps to take after inspection.

 

6. Cargo Securement Handbook For Drivers – with Sliding Calculator This must-have handbook provides need-to-know securement guidelines on the proper use of blocks, ropes, chains, bars and more for flatbeds, dry vans, reefers and other widely used types of trailers to help you properly secure your cargo and maintain compliance. Also features a Cargo Securement Tiedown quick reference.

You’ll also find critical information on:
– General cargo securement requirements
– Commodity-specific securement requirements
– U.S. FMCSA cargo securement enforcement policy
– Frequently asked questions and much more!

 

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7. Cargo Securement Flatbeds DVD Training Program:
Helps drivers understand pre-trip and en route responsibilities related to cargo as well as how cargo securement and CSA are related. Covers direct and indirect tie-down methods, restraining capacity of tie-down devices, and how they affect cargo securement.
Are your vehicles inspection-ready? And your drivers, too? If not, either or both could be placed out of service. And that can lead to a multitude of negative consequences, including delayed shipments, lost revenue, a tarnished company image, loss of customers, DOT penalties, and a hit to your CSA BASIC scores.


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Save 10% on a TPMS this Holiday Season

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This holiday season, enjoy a TPMS discount of 10% (with promo code TST10holiday) on a Truck System Technologies (TST) Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Includes all TST products including TPMS systems for trucks and RVs as well as tire pressure sensors for existing systems, and repeaters (to ensure consistent reception on long vehicles) for trucking applications with 10 or more tires or an RV with a trailer.

Make your holiday travels safer by having the tire pressure and temperature automatically monitored as your drive. We all know how weather can greatly affect the pressure in your tires – hot temperatures can cause tires to overinflate; cold temperatures can cause them to dangerously deflate. Deflated (or soft) tires force a vehicle to work harder which causes extra wear and tear and reduces fuel economy. Underinflated tires can also affect your Anti-Lock Braking Systems (ABS) or Traction Control Systems (TCS).

Trailer Life Readers Choice AwardsTST is a leader in truck and RV tire pressure monitoring systems and were awarded the 2015 Reader’s Choice Award by Trailer Life Magazine. Trailer Life covers recreational vehicles, tow vehicles and everything that goes with them. The annual Readers’ Choice Awards honors products that RVers choose as their favorites.

To receive your TPMS 10% discount, enter promo code TST10holiday at checkout. Offer good until December 31, 2015.

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Preparing for Brake Safety Week – Sept 6-12, 2015

Brake Safety WeekThis annual program is part of the Operation Airbrake program and is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).  The goal is to encourage and improve brake safety on commercial vehicles throughout North America.

Of the 13,305 vehicles inspected during last year’s check, 2,162 (16.2%) were placed out of service for brake violations.

And, during Roadcheck 2014, brake related violations were the number one cause of vehicles being placed out of service. That’s a lot of vehicles that, before being inspectedand placed out of service, were being driven unsafely on our highways. However, the good news is that even though 16.2% failed in 2014, the other 83.8% passed and were found to have brakes operating and performing as they should. No doubt this is largely due to the efforts of the dedicated drivers, technicians, and fleet managers who consistently make it a priority to keep their brakes inspected and properly maintained.

What you should know:

During the week-long brake safety campaign, be prepared for CMV inspectors to conduct brake system inspections (primarily Level IV Inspections) on trucks and buses.  Check to ensure your brake-system components have no loose or missing parts, that air or hydraulic fluid is not leaking, and make sure linings, pads, drums or rotors are not worn. Defective or out-of-adjustment brakes will result in the vehicle being placed out of service.

Malfunction indicator lamps for Antilock braking systems (ABS) should also be checked to ensure they are in working order. If the ABS is not working correctly, the on-board fault detection system will activate an indicator lamp to alert the driver. If this indicator light is not working, the driver will not be alerted in the event of an ABS problem.

Additional brake safety resources you may find helpful:

  • A good place to start learning about Brake Safety Week 2015  is this general information page on the CVSA website.
  • This  ABS Brakes article on the CVSA site provides a good overview for learning
    how to verify that your ABS is working, identifying chaffed or worn hoses and understanding what a PBBT (Performance Based  Brake Tester ) inspection measures. You can also view an example of a PBBT inspection report.
  •  ABS: look before they lock – understanding your vehicle’s ABS. This is an informational flyer (in pdf format) you can download and print off.
  • Would your brakes pass inspection This article first appeared on the Ryder Fleet Products blog during Brake Safety Week 2014.  The tips and advice for preparing brakes for inspection are still applicable to this year.
  • How to Prevent Brake Noise If you’re experiencing brake noise on your truck, this article will help you identify and correct potential problems.
  • View inspection results from the 2014 Brake Safety Week campaign. (pdf format)

Find the parts you need to be prepared.

Find anything 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. We carry OEM quality, heavy duty and medium duty truck brake parts from names you know and trust including Bendix, Performance Friction and Phillips Industries.

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Three-to-One Odds are the Best You Can Get in This Horse Race – A Look at Violation Rankings

Puzzling to many managers in the motor carrier industry is how a carrier can go from a decent ranking within their peer group one month to one of the poorer rankings within the same group the next month. How can that carrier lose ground even in a month where they had no accidents, only a few roadside inspections, and no serious (meaning out-of-service) violations charged to them? Were all the other carriers in the same peer group perfect during the same month?

Time-weighting becomes a huge factor in answering these questions. For example, let’s say our carrier struggles with their performance and scores in three of the seven BASICs: Unsafe Driving, Hours-of-Service, and Vehicle Maintenance. The remaining four ― Driver Fitness, Controlled Substances and Alcohol, Hazardous Materials, and the Crash Indicator ― BASIC scores are low and therefore are not a real concern for the carrier.

The Unsafe Driving BASIC covers things like cell phone usage and texting while driving, speeding, not using caution when hazardous conditions exist, following too close, not using seat belts, and not obeying traffic signals. Many drivers struggle with these types of violations and more.

Hours-of-Service compliance is all about violations in Part 395 of the regulations. Incomplete logs or failure to log are always the most common.

The Vehicle Maintenance BASIC covers simple infractions, many of which could be noticed by a driver who does thorough pre-trip, enroute, and post-trip inspections of the vehicle. Violations concerning lights, tires, brakes, other equipment and accessories, and load securement issues populate this list of safety infractions.

So, our carrier may not have had an accident in the last month and did not have an unusual number of roadside inspections, but had been cited for a few violations during these inspections. What did hurt our carrier more than anything is the fact that our carrier received no “clean” inspections while other carriers in our peer group likely did.

Anytime a carrier receives a violation, even if the point value is just “1” for the first six months, it feels like getting three of those violations, whereas other members in the peer group with, let’s say, as little as one “clean” inspection can gain as much ground as having three “clean” inspections over other carriers! This is where time-weighting can heavily affect a carrier’s ranking. It also shows the true value of a “clean” roadside inspection.

It’s almost like getting three-to-one odds that you will finish above the rest.

Bob Rose 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 2015 J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. Copied with permission

Roadcheck 2015.

WHAT IS IT?
Roadcheck is an annual event sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), North America’s leading commercial vehicle enforcement organization. Within a 3-day period, 10,000 CVSA and FMCSA inspectors conduct roadside inspections at more than 1,500 locations. The goal of this event is to increase safety and security on the highways and reduce the number of crashes involving commercial vehicles.

WHO NEEDS TO COMPLY?
All commercial motor vehicles (trucks, buses, and motorcoaches), plus all CMV drivers of those vehicles, could be subject to a roadside inspection.

WHEN IS THE 2015 EVENT?
The event begins at midnight on June 2 and runs for 72 straight hours — JUNE 2-4.

WHY IS COMPLIANCE CRITICAL?
Last year, during Roadcheck 2014, 23% of all the vehicles inspected were placed out of service. Nearly 1 in 4 vehicles!

WHAT WERE SOME OF THE TOP VIOLATIONS FROM ROADCHECK 2014:
• Total inspections — 73,475
Vehicle out-of-service rate — 23%
Cargo securement violations in relation to all OOS violations — 11.5%
Brake-related violations in relation to all vehicle OOS violations — 46.2%
Driver out-of-service rate — 4.8%
• Seatbelt violations issued — 825

That’s just a sampling of last year’s results.

WHAT CAN I DO TO BE PREPARED?
To help ensure your vehicles and drivers are prepared to pass a comprehensive inspection, such as Roadcheck 2015, we’ve gathered some of our top educational choices from safety expert J.J. Keller that can help you protect your safety reputation, CSA BASIC scores, and bottom line.

 

The Cargo Securement Handbook for Drivers provides need-to-know securement guidelines on proper use of blocks, ropes, chains, bars, and more for flatbeds, dry vans, reefers and other widely used types of trailers.
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“Cargo Securement Handbook for Drivers”

The CSA Handbook – A Complete Guide for CMV Drivers is the only handbook that covers all information CMV interstate truck and bus drivers need to operate successfully under CSA. Provides fingertip access to explanations of the seven BASICs, severity tables, and tips for avoiding the most common violations. Explains how to prepare for roadside inspections, rights during inspection, what not to do, and steps to take after inspection.

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“CSA Handbook – A Complete Guide for CMV Drivers”

 

Out of Service Criteria Handbook and Pictorial Edition identifies Critical Vehicle Inspection Items following a roadside inspection. Details criteria that can prohibit a motor carrier or operator from driving or operating a commercial motor vehicle for a specified period of time or until the condition is corrected. Includes a full set of CVSA Inspection Schematics.

Out of Service Criteria Handbook and Pictorial Edition

Out of Service Criteria Handbook and Pictorial Edition

 

Roadside Inspections: A Driver’s Guide – DVD Training is specifically tailored for drivers and carriers to help them pass roadside inspections, and covers the following topics:
– Roadside inspections – who conducts them and why
– The Six Levels of Inspections
– How drivers should prepare for a roadside inspection
– How drivers should prepare their vehicles for a roadside inspection
– How drivers should conduct themselves during a roadside inspection
– CVSA out-of-service criteria
– Results and consequences of a failed roadside inspection

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Roadside Inspections – A Driver’s Guide. DVD Training

 

Are your vehicles inspection-ready? And your drivers, too? If not, either or both could be placed out of service. And that can lead to a multitude of negative consequences, including delayed shipments, lost revenue, a tarnished company image, loss of customers, DOT penalties, and a hit to your CSA BASIC scores.

Are your vehicles and drivers ready for Roadcheck 2015? Let us know what your biggest challenges are this year in our comments section below.

Copyright 2015 J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. Copied with permission

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)

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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.

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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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.

 

 

Prevent Warm Weather Tire Blow-Outs with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System

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Keep Your Tires From Becoming Hot & Bothered 

The summer months can wreak havoc on your truck’s tires. As a matter of fact, mid-May through early October is considered by many to be tire-blowout season. Scorching air temperatures along with the high temperatures of the roads can cause the air in your tires to expand quicker, thus leading to an unsuspected and possibly dangerous blowout. Under inflated tires are equally as dangerous. It is important to check your tire pressure (and tire tread) even more frequently during these hot months to avoid a hazardous consequence. Proper tire air inflation pressure also saves on fuel costs and helps prevent uneven tire wear.

 Before you head out on the road, always be sure to check the pressure and condition of your tires. Ryder Fleet Products suggests the best time to do this is before a trip when the temperature of your tire and the outside air is the same. Check your owner’s manual to determine the correct pounds per inch (PSI), for your tires.

Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

The easiest way to prevent a blowout is by installing a high-quality tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). These tire pressure sensors from TST have a strong emphasis on preventing blowouts by alerting the driver through a flashing LED light, audible alarm, and alert icon that activates when the tire pressure or temperature exceeds present thresholds. They can also monitor up to 34 tire positions and are all multi-zoned, enabling you to monitor tire pressure and tire temperature on individual settings.

Ryder Fleet Products wants to help you stay safe and on the road this summer. We carry a wide assortment of tire pressure monitoring systems, for both heavy duty commercial trucks and recreational vehicles, to help you properly maintain your tire pressure. TST is an innovator of high-quality tire pressure monitoring systems for commercial trucks, heavy-duty vehicles and Recreational Vehicles. They have been awarded the Motorhome and Trailer Life Readers Choice Awards for 2014.

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