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Tips to Keep Your Truck Healthy!

From bikes to cars and from trucks to buses, all vehicles require routine service and maintenance. Auto maintenance is an integral part of handling vehicles and includes inspection or replacement of the auto parts and fluids.

A routine maintenance schedule for any automobile would help add years to its life. It is always advisable to get the truck serviced regularly. In the long run, preventive maintenance would turn out to be cheaper than repair expenses. We discuss a few tips to keep trucks in good shape.

Maintenance Schedule:

The truck owner must keep a check on the engine coolant level, tyre pressure, oil, and wiper fluid on a weekly basis. A monthly review is required for belts, hoses, transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, windshield wiper blades, and battery cables. The brakes, clutch system, and chassis lubrication need a bi-yearly inspection whereas the accelerator control needs to be checked yearly. Servicing the engine cooling system and getting the under body flushed once in a year is also recommended. Lubricating parking brakes, hinges, doors, and locks once in a year is a good maintenance routine. The other significant checks include inspection of automatic transmission, spark plug wire, & engine timing, as well as changing of spark plugs & fuel filter, and more.

However, the truck user may change the above-mentioned schedule based on the distance travelled per day, climatic conditions, road conditions, usage of the truck, and other similar factors. It is imperative to check the vehicle maintenance schedule mentioned in the manual. The manual would give instructions specific to the model of the truck. Hence, the best option is to follow the guidelines given by the truck manufacturer.

All vehicles, including trucks need special care during winters. Some parts need extra attention during this season, such as, tyres, lights, wiper blades, and battery. A check on the oil and coolant levels is also significant.

Warning Signals:

The truck driver must get the vehicle checked if he notices any of the following:

• Squeaking or grinding noise from the brakes

• Squealing sound from the windshield wipers

• Abnormal noise from the Air Conditioner

• Screeching sound from the tyres while turning

• Knocking sound under the hood

• Popping from the mill

• Black, red, yellow, green, or orange liquid leakage

• Clear liquid leakage with or without smell

In case of any other unusual sound or leakage, it is always better to get the truck inspected. Ignoring these warning signals may lead to heavy repair bills.

Trucking Company Lease Purchase Programs

Trucking Company Lease Purchase Programs appear to offer a tremendous benefit to truck drivers. New truck drivers in particular are targeted. The offer of a driver being able to own their own truck oftentimes with zero down payment and no credit check can be extremely tempting to many drivers. Undoubtedly, some drivers benefits from these programs. However, many more have been ruined both financially and professionally.

A typical lease purchase agreement through a trucking company requires you to work solely for them. Consequently, if the trucking company doesn’t actually want you to own the truck they can simply cut down the number of loads they offer you. You cannot take that truck and go to a different trucking company. If your budget was based on you having a certain number of loads each week and you don’t get them you can quickly find yourself short of the required funds to make the payments.

Another consideration is the quality of the truck. If you are purchasing a brand new truck the truck should be in good mechanical condition and under warranty. If you are buying a used truck that may not be the case. You could find yourself having to pay thousands of dollars for repairs before you can even drive the truck.

Some trucking companies don’t allow you to select your truck. Once they’ve talked you into the deal they tell you what truck is yours. You might not even be able to see the truck prior to signing the contract. This can happen even if the truck is located right at the terminal where you are.

What may happen is that once you sign the contract you may be directed to the location of the truck which may right on their lot. Imagine, you locate the truck and discover that it’s not even drivable. You inform the trucking company representative assuming they will make the necessary repairs. Instead, you are informed that it’s your truck now and you are responsible for all repairs.

Your truck may be located in a different state. Typically, the trucking company will give you a bus ticket to enable you to get to the location of the truck. You might be in for a surprise to get to the location and discover that the truck is not even driveable. Again, you will be informed that the truck is yours and any repairs needed are your responsibility. You can argue all you want but it will be to no avail. Consequently, if you don’t have available funds for repairs you are certainly getting off to a bad start.

This is the typical situation many drivers find themselves in. They soon discover that the lease purchase agreement has put them in worst financial shape than they were initially in.

I suggest that if you want to do a lease purchase program you do so through a bank or finance company. That way you will not be dependent upon a trucking company to give you sufficient miles to succeed. You will be in control of your own success. You can drive as an independent driver or work with another company of your choice. Independent financing gives you more options and chances for success.

Smart Shopping Tips for Used Trucks

Driving a truck can define your lifestyle. Plenty of Americans couldn’t get by in their day-to-day life without one, whether they need it for hauling, towing, off-roading, or just moving objects. For this investment, buying brand new isn’t always an option. Buying pre-owned makes more financial sense. There are plenty of used trucks, in great condition, available at a fraction of the price of their new counterparts. There’s a stigma associated with buying pre-owned, but buying used doesn’t have to be a gamble if you know what to look for in a vehicle. Below are a few key points to look for when looking at vehicles.

Previous Use

Try to find out how the previous owner used the vehicle. If it was used for hauling, heavy towing, or off-roading, it might have taken a beating and be in worse shape. If the information is not readily available, try to look at its physical condition. How’s the paint around the bed? How’s the bed itself? Plenty of information about a used trucks’ past can be found through careful observation. If the one you like looks pretty rough, it might have done a good amount of heavy hauling.


While lower mileage is more promising than high mileage, the trick is to look at how the mileage accumulated. Fewer miles with heavy loads are harder on a vehicle than more miles with lighter loads. You also want to try to find out if most mileage was done on highways and freeways or done in stop-and-go traffic. This answer might not be readily available, but you may be able to tell by paying attention to the condition of the truck’s body and tires.

Clean Title

Today, most vehicle history reports can be found on the internet. A quick search will let you know about previous accidents, repairs, and specific mechanic information. Severe damage or irresponsible repairs can significantly lower a truck’s price, but can also signify that the truck will require more work in the future. For buyers who enjoy doing their own automotive repairs and feel comfortable working on their own vehicles, this might not be a deciding factor. Many people, though, want a vehicle they can start using comfortably right after buying.

Future Use

What are you planning on doing with the truck? If you need it for heavy hauling or towing, you want to look into a diesel engine, which will both be stronger and have a better lifespan than gasoline engines. If you only need it for daily errands or commuting to and from work, a gasoline engine will save you money on fuel.

If you know what to look for, looking at used trucks can both save money and find a great vehicle that will serve you, your work, and your family for years to come.

How to Take Care of Your Truck

You finally made a leap and invested in a reliable truck, for a smooth running business. You can run it hard but take care of it at the same time. Remember it’s more than just a truck, it’s your business and your workhorse so take care of it. If the truck is not so new anymore you must especially take care of it, not only as the owner but as the driver as well. It is part of your work force, does your business and is the face of your company.

Taking good care of your truck ensures that you don’t have to spend money on a new truck every year or two. Here are a few ways to take care of your truck without spending a lot of money.

    • Check and change all oils regularly. Nothing else will help an engine last longer than proper oil and filter changes when it is necessary. While not requiring a frequent service, these fluids must be changed according to your truck’s service plans. Always use transmission fluid or gear oil of the recommended type and thickness. Change brake fluid when necessary and bleed the truck once a year. Neglecting your engine will destroy it faster than you think.


    • Check that your cooling system gets flushed and changed once a year. A mix of half coolant and half water will help keep the cooling system of your truck in good shape and will also help to prevent corrosion from the inside of the truck.


    • Every moving part of the truck needs lubrication, so make sure that all parts are regularly greased for longevity. Poor lubrication can cause parts to break prematurely and will then need to be replaced.


    • Regular inspections in and around the truck are required every week, just to make sure that everything is still in working order and nothing hangs lose or is broken.


  • Keep it clean. Cleaning your truck on the inside and outside is good, but it must also be cleaned underneath too, as debris and dirt gets pulled in underneath. Hosing it off is a good idea as it gets rid of all unwanted grime and dirt. Apply wax once a year to keep the truck protected and in good condition.

The Importance of Drop Tail Trailers

If you own both motorcycle and truck, the best accessory you may want to invest in for both your vehicles is a drop tail trailer. It would be safer to transport a vehicle like a motorcycle, ATV, UTV, boat, etc using a drop tail trailer.

Whether you have a motorbike, ATV, UTV, and other equipment, you don’t have to worry about moving that stuff from different locations. The design of the drop tail trailers provides an ease to transport your gears.

Accessories for a Drop Tail Trailer

The drop tail trailer can be attached with a wide variety of products and other accessories to improve its functionality. Get to know more information about other add-ons you can use for your vehicles.

– Motorcycle dollies
This is a must-have for motorcycle owners who’s planning to buy drop tail trailers. The dolly serves as a helpful tool to lift the bike. The dolly has an on and off feature that makes it easy to raise and lower the bike onto the trailer so you don’t have to worry about managing the bike onto the trailer.

– Assist rail kit
This assist rail kit has an adjustable gap that can be used in various types of trailers. This is another add-on you can purchase to make sure the load will hold in place even during a bumpy ride. It also provides an easier loading and unloading.

– Tie downs
The assist rail kit works well with drop tail tie downs to ensure that the bike will not slide off. There are also brackets or loops which are used to secure the load and keep it steady. It is connected on the inner section of your truck.

This accessory is one of the essential parts of the trailer to ensure that the suspension of the bike will not be damaged during transport. To match the looks of your vehicle and ensure its quality, it is made with a powder coat finish.

– Trailer jacks
This another drop tail trailer accessory is used to detach the trailer easily from the towing vehicle and it will quickly release the load. It also and provides leveled storage. The tongue jacks are available in different heights and range from ten inches up to a maximum length of 24 inches. The heights enable the trailer jacks to accommodate different models.The trailer jacks are constructed with a footplate design and zinc coated polish to ensure durability.

– Bags and pouches
You can add more storage space to your drop tail trailer by adding bags and pouches. You can store your tools and other hardware on these accessories during transport.

– Bungee straps/cords
This accessory is used for securing and added support for luggage and equipment to your machine.

– Chocks
For added security and support to the wheel, chocks are designed to firmly hold the tire even with different sizes.

The drop tail trailers and accessories you’re planning to buy should have the capacity to hold the cargo, may it be an ATV, UTV or motorcycle. Choose a trailer that is constructed using the highest quality of manufacturing to guarantee its durability and functionality, and can endure the even rough and bumpy rides.

Tipper Trucks: Traditions and Innovations

The history of a tipper truck, a vehicle that is considered to be indispensable for bulk cargo haulage, started in the first quarter of the 20th century.

Traditionally, tippers are divided into 2 types according to the body configuration that influences the scale of its operation.

The trucks that belong to the first type (known as standard) empty their beds at the rear of the vehicle. The mechanism includes the hinges, mounted at the rear end of the chassis, and a single massive hydraulic ram, fixed under the front of the body. The hinges hold down the bed and allow it to be raised vertically, while the hydraulic ram provides enough force to lift the bed at a steep angle.

Standard tippers can be successfully used on condition that the sites have plenty of space around. While the dump bed is unloaded only through its rear end, operators need to maneuver to find the right position for unloading.

When the location is space-limited, it’s reasonable to take advantage of a three-way tipper that represents the second common type of tipper trucks. As it comes from the name of the category, the three-way structure allows a vehicle to be unloaded on three sides: the rear, right and left. The exterior design of this type is similar to the previous one. Bulk material is transported in a metal box and stability is provided by a reinforced frame. The difference lies underneath the dump bed. The unloading options are possible due to four hydraulic rams, equipped with cross joints to arrange movement. Lifting two of the hydraulic rams from the right side of the chassis allows the bed to tilt to its left and vice versa. And tilting the bed to its rear is performed by those two hydraulic rams that are fixed behind the cab.

According to practical applications tippers are divided into road network models and off-road versions. The latter category includes regular-sized trucks, heavy dump trucks (also called as haul trucks) to serve in high-production mining and heavy-duty industrial environments, and articulated haulers to transport loads over the roughest terrain.

The latest innovations in the development of tipper trucks are topical for mining industry. The largest truck manufacturers are involved in the R&D project intended to promote the use of autonomous mining tippers and boost business advantages.

The innovated trucks are fully fitted out construction vehicles, able to navigate and operate with entire autonomy both above and underground. GPS technology and numerous sensors permit continuous reading of surroundings, navigating obstacles (either fixed or movable) and gathering other necessary data to determine route sand ensure traffic safety. On top of that, the system makes it possible to plan a route ahead of schedule and to change it automatically on the move in case of a suddenly arisen need for revision.

8 Tips to Avoid Car Accidents

It doesn’t matter if you are driving alone or with someone, safety should be your topmost priority. With rates of accidents on the rise, it’s imperative for drivers to know the basics of safe driving. Every year, the number of car accidents happening is increasing exponentially and this is partly down to the negligence of individuals.

Some of the tips you should follow are:-

  • Avoid the left lane: If it’s a multilane, avoid taking the left or “fast lane”. Instead, take the centre of right one because it will give you the chance to quickly change lanes in case of any emergency. Also, most accidents happen on the right lane.
  • Keep your eyes focused: Never just see what’s immediately in front of your car only; look further ahead. Look for any traffic movement several cars ahead. This will give you time to react if any unforeseen events arise.
  • Beware of blind spots: Make sure to adjust your rear and side view mirrors accordingly so that you have a panoramic view of what’s behind you. If something is not showing in the mirrors, turn around and see it so that you don’t miss anything. If there is a big truck behind your car, ensure that you don’t get into the blind spot.
  • Keep your hands in 9 and 3 o’clock position: Most individuals take the lazy route to handle their car. They place the hand at 12 o’clock at the top of the steering or both hands at the bottom of it. But this is the wrong thing to do. Keeping your hands in 9 and 3 o’clock position will give you much more control of the car in case you want to take a quick manoeuvre.
  • Get your seat closer to the steering: Shift your seat toward the steering so that you hand can rest on the wheel. This will ensure that your hand doesn’t get much fatigued and you can easily manoeuvre your car.
  • Keep your car’s limit in mind: Whether it’s a vintage car or a sports one, a driver should always know what his/her car is capable of. To avoid accidents, one must always know what limits the engine, tires or brakes have. If you don’t know the limits, you can easily over stretch the car and end up in an accident.
  • Maintain your vehicle: Needless to say; you have to maintain your car in the proper condition in order to work properly. Service the car frequently and use only high-quality motor oil sot that the car doesn’t break down in the middle of the road.
  • Avoid practising at night: If you are new to driving, avoid doing it at night. At night, due to decreased field of vision, you will have to employ a far more defensive approach in your car. Also, never go down a dark road with malfunctioning head and tail lights.

These are just a few tips which should help you avoid accidents. But make sure you cater to these guidelines; it’s no use memorising these rules unless you follow it on the road.

How Do You Know Which Car Fits Your Lifestyle?

There are hundreds of cars, SUVs, trucks and minivans to choose from when purchasing a vehicle. To make the right choice you must first consider all functions a car provides you. Yes its main function is to get you from point A to point B (and sometimes to C, D & E) but what else do you need it to do for you? Whether you know it or not, there are dozens of criteria a car must have to fit your lifestyle.

For example, if you have children you would need a certain type of vehicle, right? However, that vehicle may change if you have 4 children versus 2. Also, if you have a long commute to work and gas prices are a significant factor in your monthly budget, that could change the search of vehicles that would work for you as well. Maybe you want an electric car… that’s fun, right? Make sure you have access at home to a charging station… Some condos, especially older ones, don’t have this and they can’t be added without spending thousands of dollars. Also, batteries need to be replaced on those after a certain number of miles which can cost the same amount as a car engine.

Maybe you already have 2 family cars and want something fun and sporty for the weekends like a convertible. This may affect your budget as it’s now a 3rd car you have to purchase and maintain. Beware the auto insurance can significantly increase when making 3rd car purchases especially if they are sports cars. That is something you will want to factor in when planning your budget. You don’t want to get hit with an $85 monthly insurance increase on top of the 3rd car payment. Call your insurance company in advance of making the vehicle purchase to be sure it’s within your comfortable range.

All these factors are relevant when deciding which car fits your lifestyle. There are hundreds of cars to choose from and you want to make sure you make the right choice. We recommend using a car buying service that help perspective buyers make the perfect choice and not get hit with hidden (or junk) fees at the table. Most of the time, they are even able to negotiate so much off the car that their fee is technically free, even though you have to pay it up front. It’s the way to go.

Portable Car Tent – A New Way To Protect Your Car

This content is intended for the responsible drivers who want to protect their car. If you’re like most automobile owners, you want your car to look nice and stay cool in the summer time. You wash your car regularly and service it with routine maintenance and oil changes. But what happens when you park your vehicle under a tree and get sap or bird droppings on your hood? It can be nearly impossible to remove sap without damaging the glass or paint on your car. What about those hot days when you get in your car after work and it feels like a sauna inside? Now there’s a way to solve these problems with a portable car tent. You are surely wondering what it is. Below, you can find out more about this item, and learn how to use it.

Whenever you need to park your lovely beauty outside. Your car will thank you for this. If you are waiting for someone in your car, it can never get better than this. If you are planning outdoor activities, your car definitely needs the car tent. Also, it is helpful when you go on business trips. All in all, you can use this car protection almost everywhere because it is useful for different occasions. This tent can protect your automobile from ta variety of elements. For example, your vehicle will stay protected from things like dust, sap, acid rain, and bird droppings. Ultimately, this equals fewer car washes and your car stays looking great longer, saving you time and money.

It is made up from a superior kind of material which does not hurt the surface of the vehicle at all. The bottom is made up of soft TPU circle which allows no scratching. The high-tech frame is made up from military grade hardened material fiberglass. The frame is made to be tough, strong and aging resistance and to ensure the stability of this item. It comprises of a battery which is required to charge once a month, making it very convenient.

This tent changes the temperature inside of the car for 35 degrees, simply covering it and making a shadow on the top of the car roof. It will be like under the big tree with the wide shade. If you are picnic lover, you will be happy if you know that they will make the same tent for the outdoor activities for the people and their tables and outside beds.

To start with, it gives your car maximum protection from the sun since it prevents transmission of heat into your car while withstanding up to a 35-degree temperature gradient. You will enter into your car after its day long stay in the sun without feeling any heat. It also prevents dust, leaves and bird droppings, ice and not to leave out the heavy rain that may harm your car. It perfectly fit in your car and will cover and protect every corner of your car, since it is big and wide. Why not try it?