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Suspension Problems and Steering 

Suspension problems are common when you drive thousands of miles across America’s highways and byways inside of a big rig. At J&A Fleet Maintenance, we want you to be aware of them so you can catch them early before costly repairs or dangerous scenarios while traveling. Here are some things to keep in mind that …

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Emergencies That Can Occur With Your Truck and How to Respond

It’s that time of year when traffic is picking up and the weather is getting worse. This can be particularly difficult on the people who make our nation move: truck drivers. Let’s look briefly at what truckers can do when encountering after-hours emergencies.  1. Keep a well-stocked emergency kit in your truck Being prepared for …

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5 HAZMAT Violations That Will Get You in Hot Water With the DOT

Hauling hazardous materials (HAZMAT) takes special skill and care. Unfortunately, each year, the Department of Transportation catches many companies taking this responsibility too lightly. In this blog, we’ll be looking at five of the most common violations they cite. Make sure your fleet is prepared before problems can arise in your organization. Violation No. 1: …

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Trailer Lighting: What Role It Plays in Road Safety, and How Drivers Can Help

Bad lighting can often play a role in car accidents. It can cause property damage and even loss of life. And if you’re in the trucking business, it can have long-lasting financial impacts that go well beyond the accident itself. Most drivers are familiar with the amber warning lights that activate on a truck’s trailer …

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4 Ways to Minimize Fleet Downtime: Reduce Costs and Save Time

Downtime is a fleet manager’s worst nightmare. When vehicles are out of commission, it costs money in terms of lost productivity and repairs. In fact, one study pegs the annual loss at around $3.3 billion industry-wide. In this blog post, we will discuss four ways to minimize downtime and keep your fleet running smoothly! 1. …

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Jumpstarting a Heavy-Duty Vehicle: The Ultimate Guide

Heavy-duty vehicles are those that are built to tow or carry heavy loads. They require a greater amount of power to start than passenger vehicles and so may need a jumpstart from time to time. If you are unsure whether your heavy-duty vehicle needs a jumpstart, there are certain signs you can look for. In …

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Truck Load Shifting: What It Is and What to Do If It Happens to You

If you are a truck driver, then you know that load shifting can be a serious problem. This can happen when the weight of the cargo shifts, which can cause the truck to lose balance and even tip over. While exact numbers are unclear, about 130,000 motorists are seriously injured each year in accidents involving …

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Road Squad Horror Stories: 5 Reasons You May Want to Trust Another Road Service With Your Maintenance

Is TA Road Squad really that bad? That’s the question many truckers are asking after reading reports of poor service and unprofessionalism. Some drivers have even gone so far as to call Road Squad a “total scam.” So is it time to switch to another road service? Or is this just a case of a …

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6 Steps to Spill Prevention and Response for Fleets

Fleet managers have a lot on their plate. Not only do they need to worry about the day-to-day operations of their fleet, but they also need to be prepared for any potential emergencies. One of the most important, but often overlooked aspects of fleet management, is spill prevention and response to hazardous materials (HAZMAT). In …

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CSA Grades: How Do They Work and Why Are They Important to Your Fleet?

Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) Grades are a measure of safety performance used by the commercial trucking industry. They are calculated based on several different metrics that we will cover in a moment. But what you need to know going in is that whatever it takes to achieve a good CSA score is worth it. …

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