锘??xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> Back on the Road - TA Truck Service A Blog by TA & Petro Stopping Centers http://www.dingqian9.icu/blog/ http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification BlogEngine.NET 3.3.5.0 en-US http://www.dingqian9.icu/blog/opml.axd http://www.dotnetblogengine.net/syndication.axd My name Back on the Road 0.000000 0.000000 Truck Inspection Tips to Help You Roll Through Roadcheck 2020 <p><img src="http://www.dingqian9.icu/blog/image.axd?picture=/2020 Blog Posts/Inspection_blog.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Roadside truck inspections are an essential part of improving the safety of our roadways, and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is continuing its efforts to do just that with their annual International Roadcheck inspection event, which will take place Sept. 9-11.</p> <p></p> <p>International Roadcheck is a high-visibility, 72-hour enforcement initiative that calls attention to the importance of commercial motor vehicle safety through roadside inspections.</p> <p>Each year, the CVSA places a special emphasis on a category of violations. This year&rsquo;s focus is on driver requirements, a category that examines the driver&rsquo;s compliance of critical regulations like annual inspection documentation, hours of service and more. According to the CVSA, of the 62,072 total inspections conducted during Roadcheck last year, the top driver violation category was hours of service.</p> <p>&ldquo;We chose driver requirements for 2020 because we now have full implementation of the electronic logging device rule in the U.S. (and the Canadian equivalent is in implementation as well),&rdquo; said Will Schaefer, <a href="http://www.dingqian9.icu/blog/post/cvsa-brake-safety-week-q-and-a">director of safety programs</a> for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. &ldquo;Essentially, we want to remind inspectors and truck operators of the importance of preventive/reducing fatigue and compliance with driver regulations.&rdquo;</p> <p>Although this year&rsquo;s focus is on driver operating requirements, the inspection will also examine the vehicle&rsquo;s mechanical fitness. Get ready for Roadcheck 2020 by making sure your truck is well maintained and that you have the proper documents ready to hand over to inspectors.</p> <h4>What to expect from Roadcheck 2020</h4> <p>In the past, Roadcheck has usually taken place during the first week of June, however, this year the international inspection was moved up by one month in hopes that the weather will be more favorable.</p> <p>The majority of Roadcheck inspections are Level I inspections, during which the following vehicle component groups will be inspected:</p> <ul> <li>Brakes</li> <li>Cargo securement&nbsp;</li> <li>Coupling devices</li> <li>Fuel and exhaust systems</li> <li>Frame, van and open-top trailers&nbsp;</li> <li>Lighting devices (headlamps, tail lamps, stop lamps, turn signals)</li> <li>Steering and suspension</li> <li>Tires, wheels, rims and hubs&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h4>Make sure your truck is well maintained&nbsp;</h4> <p>Prior to hitting the road, you should always conduct a thorough pre-trip inspection to identify any mechanical issues, not only to avoid being placed out of service, but to ensure your safety and the safety of others on the road. &nbsp;</p> <p>Every year, the majority of mechanical Roadcheck violations are related to brakes, and more specifically, brake adjustment. At a minimum, your pre-trip inspection should include:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Brakes:&nbsp;</strong>Inspect brake system for air leaks. Check slack adjusters for proper stroke and lubrication. Check brake lining or pads to ensure proper thickness.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Tires:&nbsp;</strong>Check for proper inflation and adequate tread depth. Make sure air pressure in tires matches the load being hauled.</li> <li><strong>Lights:&nbsp;</strong>Inspect tractor and trailer for dim, flickering or inoperable lights and keep any connections and wires concealed properly to help keep corrosion at bay.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Steering and suspension:&nbsp;</strong>Inspect steering system for fluid leaks. Inspect the suspension system and verify condition of shocks, springs and mounting.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Securement of cargo:&nbsp;</strong>Make sure you&rsquo;re carrying a safe load and that it is secure.</li> </ul> <p>While there is a clear increase in the number of inspections conducted during Roadcheck, commercial motor vehicle inspections take place throughout the rest of the year as well. Pre and post-trip inspections are just as important before and after the three-day enforcement event. <a href="http://www.dingqian9.icu/blog/location/">Find a TA Truck Service</a> near you to <strong>get a free mid-trip inspection April 15 through May 31</strong> and hit the road ready.</p> <h4>Have the necessary paperwork on hand</h4> <p>Not only should your vehicle&rsquo;s mechanical fitness be up to par, you should also be prepared to <a >hand over the appropriate paperwork</a> when it&rsquo;s time to start the inspection process. &nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Having your driver documents and vehicle maintenance all in order helps a lot,&rdquo; Schaefer said. &ldquo;Inspectors and drivers are all trying to maintain safe operations and a safe roadway environment. We are all trying to do our part. A shared respect among inspectors and drivers goes a long way toward a positive, efficient inspection experience.&rdquo;</p> <p>Roadcheck 2020 will focus on driver operating requirements, highlighting driver related violations, including:</p> <ul> <li>Driver&rsquo;s license/commercial driver&rsquo;s license (CDL)</li> <li>Medical&nbsp;examiner&rsquo;s certificate and skill performance evaluation certificate&nbsp;</li> <li>Record&nbsp;of duty status and any supporting documents</li> <li>Illegal presence of alcohol, drugs, weapons or other contraband</li> <li>Illness, fatigue or other signs of impairment</li> </ul> <p>The violations listed below frequently top the charts for driver related violations and will be inspected more closely during this year&rsquo;s event.</p> <ul> <li>Failure to use a seatbelt&nbsp;</li> <li>No record of duty status or false logs (ELD is required)</li> <li>Operating a property-carrying vehicle without a valid medical certificate</li> <li>Failure to maintain supply of blank records of duty status&nbsp;</li> <li>Failed to maintain ELD instruction sheet/card</li> </ul> <p>&ldquo;Keeping within maximum hours is important,&rdquo; Schaefer added. &ldquo;Another common violation is operating a CMV without a CDL. It would help <a >to understand which vehicles require a CDL</a>.&rdquo;</p> <p>Having the right paperwork and documents on hand is just as important as making sure your truck and trailer are in good operating condition. Take the time now to get your paperwork in order and make sure the condition of your vehicle complies with FMCSA regulations, so you can avoid being placed out of service and keep on rolling.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Make sure you comply with all HOS and ELD rules and regulations</strong></p> <p>The top driver violation during the 2019 Roadcheck event was for hours of service (HOS), with 1,179 individual HOS violations making up nearly 40 percent of all driver-related violations. Make sure you&rsquo;re familiar with the current electronic logging device (ELD) mandates in place, as well as hours of service rules&mdash;like the 11-hour rule and the 30-minute break rule, among others&mdash;in order to stay compliant.</p> <p>As of Dec. 17, 2019, the FMCSA began mandating the use of ELDs, and no longer allows motor carriers to use automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRDs). Although your ELD will keep track of your HOS information, it&rsquo;s still important to understand how to use your ELD and what to do in the event it malfunctions.</p> <p>Make sure your device is functioning properly and that you have all applicable documents in order to avoid ELD violations. This includes your ELD user&rsquo;s manual, data transfer instructions, malfunction instructions and a supply of blank records of duty forms. You&rsquo;ll also want to make sure you have a copy of your annual vehicle inspection certificate, vehicle registration, shipping papers/manifest (if applicable), any relevant hazardous materials documentation and any permit or state specific paperwork.</p> http://www.dingqian9.icu/blog/post/truck-inspection-tips-CVSA-roadcheck-2020 http://www.dingqian9.icu/blog/post/truck-inspection-tips-CVSA-roadcheck-2020#comment http://www.dingqian9.icu/blog/post.aspx?id=19785203-2c4f-47ba-a48d-6ad2fd26cb80 鍛ㄤ笁, 26 鍏湀 2020 11:36:00 -0400 TA Truck Service Roadcheck TA Truck Service http://www.dingqian9.icu/blog/pingback.axd http://www.dingqian9.icu/blog/post.aspx?id=19785203-2c4f-47ba-a48d-6ad2fd26cb80 0 http://www.dingqian9.icu/blog/trackback.axd?id=19785203-2c4f-47ba-a48d-6ad2fd26cb80 http://www.dingqian9.icu/blog/post/truck-inspection-tips-CVSA-roadcheck-2020#comment http://www.dingqian9.icu/blog/syndication.axd?post=19785203-2c4f-47ba-a48d-6ad2fd26cb80 Engine Cooling System Maintenance Tips for Truck Drivers <p><img src="http://www.dingqian9.icu/blog/image.axd?picture=/2020 Blog Posts/coolant-check.jpg" alt="technician inspecting condition of coolant" /></p> <p>Did you know that up to half of all major engine failures are a result of cooling system issues? That&rsquo;s a lot of downtime, which costs drivers big. Establishing a well-rounded preventive maintenance program is the best way to get the most value out of your equipment and maximize uptime, especially when it comes to the cooling system.</p> <p></p> <h4>Essential Duties of Cooling Systems</h4> <p>The cooling system is the primary way your engine protects itself from the heat of combustion. In other words, it keeps your engine from overheating. The primary function of the coolant is to regulate the heat and transfer it to the radiator. If a problem in the cooling system hinders that removal of heat from the engine, equipment issues and eventually engine failure will occur.</p> <p>Coolant is also used to cool doser assemblies and keep DEF tanks thawed in the winter. If coolant is leaking from the system, it can travel to the exhaust system and eventually damage aftertreatment devices as well.</p> <p>Over the years, engine cooling systems have evolved to keep up with exhaust gas recirculation and other emission and fuel efficiency technologies. Today, these systems have different coolants and metal protection strategies as the industry adapts to newer technologies, but the inspection process is still very much the same.</p> <h4>Cooling System Maintenance Tips for Maximum Uptime</h4> <p>Damage to this system can be difficult to see until it&rsquo;s too late, which is why cooling system maintenance must be included in every driver&rsquo;s preventive maintenance routine.</p> <p>Recommendations may vary from one manufacturer to another, but there are still common cooling system maintenance guidelines every driver should follow:</p> <ul> <li>Make&nbsp;sure your cooling system is properly filled with coolant at every PM interval and during pre and post-trip inspections. Most trucks have translucent tanks or a sight glass for checking coolant levels.&nbsp;</li> <li>Check&nbsp;the condition of your coolant to ensure it&rsquo;s at the optimum freeze point.&nbsp;</li> <li>Inspect&nbsp;your radiator, belts and hoses for potential failures and deterioration, especially ahead of winter.&nbsp;</li> <li>Perform a pressure test on your cooling system to make sure no leaks are present. The most common cause of cooling system issues is due to a lack of coolant as a result of leaks. Have any leaks repaired by a professional technician immediately.</li> <li>Properly&nbsp;flush the system whenever coolant is changed and be sure to use the right coolant mix and water dilution. Coolant is comprised of 50 percent water and can rust or cause metal flaking in the engine&mdash;contaminants which must be removed by flushing the system.&nbsp;</li> <li>Check&nbsp;the engine fan to ensure it cycles properly and is in good mechanical condition. Make sure the shroud and all mounting hardware are secure and in good working condition.</li> </ul> <h4>Catching Issues Early On Helps Control Maintenance Costs</h4> <p>Identifying leaks and catching issues early on is key to controlling maintenance costs. That&rsquo;s why knowing <em>when </em>to address them is also crucial. Pay attention to these warning signs and symptoms that may indicate your cooling system needs maintenance:</p> <ul> <li>Low coolant light comes on.</li> <li>Check engine light comes on.</li> <li>Engine shuts off by itself.&nbsp;</li> <li>Coolant is leaking under the engine on the ground.&nbsp;</li> <li>Heater or defroster issues.</li> <li>Temperature gauge running higher than normal.</li> </ul> <p>If you experience any of these warning signs or are due for your next PM, <a href="http://www.dingqian9.icu/blog/location/">stop into a TA Truck Service shop near you</a> to see how our technicians can help. Our PM packages include more than just an oil change&mdash;choose our <a href="http://www.dingqian9.icu/blog/amenities/truck-repair-maintenance/preventive-maintenance/truck-oil-change-packages">Ultimate PM</a> package and we&rsquo;ll check your coolant level and freeze point, all coolant hoses and belts for any wear and tear and more!</p> http://www.dingqian9.icu/blog/post/cooling-system-maintenance-tips-for-truck-drivers http://www.dingqian9.icu/blog/post/cooling-system-maintenance-tips-for-truck-drivers#comment http://www.dingqian9.icu/blog/post.aspx?id=86c0a7cb-2066-4411-8823-643be0256bc5 鍛ㄤ笁, 19 鍏湀 2020 15:42:00 -0400 TA Truck Service Cooling system Preventive Maintenance TA Truck Service http://www.dingqian9.icu/blog/pingback.axd http://www.dingqian9.icu/blog/post.aspx?id=86c0a7cb-2066-4411-8823-643be0256bc5 0 http://www.dingqian9.icu/blog/trackback.axd?id=86c0a7cb-2066-4411-8823-643be0256bc5 http://www.dingqian9.icu/blog/post/cooling-system-maintenance-tips-for-truck-drivers#comment http://www.dingqian9.icu/blog/syndication.axd?post=86c0a7cb-2066-4411-8823-643be0256bc5 Breaking it Down: Brake Safety Week Q&A with the CVSA <p><img src="http://www.dingqian9.icu/blog/image.axd?picture=/2019 Blog Po/08-August/CVSA QA_Blog.jpg" alt="Semi trucks pulling into TA Truck Service shop bays." /></p> <p>The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) continues its safety efforts with their annual Brake Safety Week initiative, which will take place this Aug. 23-29. You may wonder what this means for your deliveries and how you can prepare&mdash;in addition to getting a FREE mid-trip inspection at participating TA Truck Service locations, Will Schaefer, Director of Safety Programs for the CVSA, explains.</p> <p></p> <p><strong>TA:&nbsp;</strong>What is Brake Safety Week and why is it important?&nbsp;<br /><strong> Schaefer:&nbsp;</strong>Brake Safety Week is a weeklong campaign of enforcement and spreading awareness about the importance of brake system maintenance.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>TA:&nbsp;</strong>Why and when was Brake Safety Week first implemented?<br /> <strong>Schaefer:&nbsp;</strong>Brake Safety Week was established in 1998 in Canada, since brake violations dominated the out-of-service violations found during roadside inspections in the 1990s. They remain around half of all out-of-service violations.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>TA:&nbsp;</strong>Why is Brake Safety Week beneficial for professional drivers?<br /> <strong>Schaefer:&nbsp;</strong>Brake Safety week is an opportunity both to enforce regulations and to provide outreach to highlight the importance of a properly functioning commercial vehicle braking system, which is made possible by the motor carrier or owner operator through proper vehicle maintenance, the driver pre-trip inspection, the periodic or annual preventive maintenance and general attention paid to monitoring brake system condition. Each player plays a part, and drivers are on the front lines of inspection; they suffer the consequences when brakes fail to perform.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>TA:&nbsp;</strong>What is this year&rsquo;s focus/emphasis and why?<br /> <strong>Schaefer: </strong>We are carrying over our focus from last year on brake hoses and tubing for a couple of reasons. Brake hose violations, particularly chafed hoses, continue to be a common brake violation. Also, we are seeking to collect more information to better understand the types of brake hose violations that are seen, expanding on what we learned last year. If hoses are actively rubbing other hoses or part of the truck body, frame or other components, this is a red flag. Inspectors check to see if hoses are worn through the reinforcement fabric of the hoses (or into the white color of the thermoplastic hoses), in which case they are out of service.</p> <p><strong>TA:&nbsp;</strong>How can drivers prepare for Brake Safety Week?<br /> <strong>Schaefer:&nbsp;</strong>Make sure your company, or you as an owner-operator, have checked all brakes for proper adjustment, and get them serviced if they are out-of-adjustment. Self-adjusting brakes should not be manually adjusted&mdash;this indicates something else is wrong and they should be carefully diagnosed. Conduct your pre-trip inspections thoroughly and look and listen for chafed hoses and air leaks.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>TA:&nbsp;</strong>What can a driver expect to happen during a stop?<br /> <strong>Schaefer:&nbsp;</strong>The CVSA certified inspector will check the drivers&rsquo; and motor carrier&rsquo;s credentials, explain to the driver the inspection process, and then conduct the inspection, including crawling under the truck to measure pushrod stroke on drum brakes. They will be looking at brakes, but potentially also tires, lights and all other required equipment. The inspector will provide instruction throughout, as well as a copy of an inspection report when complete. In many cases, if no critical item violations are found, they will apply a CVSA inspection decal to indicate the vehicle was recently inspected.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>TA:&nbsp;</strong>How long does an average inspection take?<br /> <strong>Schaefer:&nbsp;</strong>While this depends on many factors, a full Level I inspection may take in the order of 45 minutes. They can take longer or less time, depending on the number of axles and specific circumstances. In some cases, inspectors are conducting only brake checks, meaning a Level IV inspection that is focused on brake measurements, but not necessarily on all other vehicle aspects. They may take less time per vehicle.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>TA:&nbsp;</strong>What can drivers do to make this process easier for themselves or to expedite the process?<br /> <strong>Schaefer:&nbsp;</strong>Have your ELD or AOBRD current, know how to use it and know how to provide the inspector with your record of duty status and supporting documents. And, as mentioned before, correct any issues you see with your vehicle when they occur and before you&rsquo;re inspected.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>TA:&nbsp;</strong>What kinds of certificates, paperwork, etc. should drivers be prepared to hand over?<br /> <strong>Schaefer:&nbsp;</strong>Depending on relevant factors, drivers typically need to provide:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Valid driver&rsquo;s license (CDL or otherwise) for the class of vehicle they are operating (complying with endorsements and restrictions).</li> <li>Record of duty status (via electronic logging device or ELD or Automatic On-Board Recording Device--valid until Dec. 16, 2019; any blank logs; ELD/AOBRD instruction card) if applicable and supporting documents.</li> <li>Insurance, DOT number, operating license, if applicable.</li> <li>Shipping papers/manifest (if applicable), vehicle registration, annual inspection certificate(s), and trip inspection report, if applicable.</li> <li>Any relevant hazardous materials/dangerous goods documentation or any permit paperwork (overweight/oversize) and state specific paperwork, where needed.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Will Schaefer</strong><br /> Will joined <a >CVSA</a> in 2010 and currently supports CVSA&rsquo;s vehicle, size/weight and advanced technology-related policy development, along with other committees and programs as a staff liaison. He has worked in commercial motor vehicle safety and environmental regulatory policy at the international, federal, state and provincial levels since 1999. Prior to joining CVSA, Will worked as a federal regulatory research engineer (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), a technical policy representative of industry (first at the American Trucking Associations and later with the Truck Manufacturers Association) and as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy in research, development and deployment of truck and bus fuel efficiency technologies. Will earned his Class B CDL and drove Class 7 transit buses while studying to earn his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland.</p> http://www.dingqian9.icu/blog/post/cvsa-brake-safety-week-q-and-a http://www.dingqian9.icu/blog/post/cvsa-brake-safety-week-q-and-a#comment http://www.dingqian9.icu/blog/post.aspx?id=d14a46b2-7643-484e-bb1f-55556dee56a7 鍛ㄤ竴, 10 鍏湀 2020 09:52:00 -0400 TA Truck Service TA Truck Service http://www.dingqian9.icu/blog/pingback.axd http://www.dingqian9.icu/blog/post.aspx?id=d14a46b2-7643-484e-bb1f-55556dee56a7 0 http://www.dingqian9.icu/blog/trackback.axd?id=d14a46b2-7643-484e-bb1f-55556dee56a7 http://www.dingqian9.icu/blog/post/cvsa-brake-safety-week-q-and-a#comment http://www.dingqian9.icu/blog/syndication.axd?post=d14a46b2-7643-484e-bb1f-55556dee56a7 在线a亚洲老鸭窝天堂