For commercial truck owners, business operators, and fleet managers who rely on commercial work trucks for daily work, safety and maintenance is imperative. Without attention to safe and well-maintained vehicles, job-crucial tasks cannot be performed efficiently and effectively, and important business operations cannot move forward.
Over 4 million workers are killed at work according to the latest statistics. Safety and keeping up with work truck maintenance must be top priority for service businesses. From regular scheduled truck maintenance scheduling to knowledge and adherence to safety regulations, promoting a culture of safe drivers and trucks should always be in the forefront.
Reasons Safe Driving and Regular Maintenance are Critical
Every driver of every vehicle, whether used for work, transportation, or recreation, should return home safely every single day. Here are some tips to help ensure that happens:
Set a safe atmosphere. When your drivers see that you are focused on safety while [...]
If you own a service business with truck drivers, you know how challenging it can be to find good ones. Especially with the current shortage of drivers, responsible employees and independent contractors are priceless. Here are some terrific tips on how to find the best truck and transport drivers around.
Responsibilities of Truck Drivers
Depending on what type of service business you operate, chances are that your truck drivers also have other duties to attend to. Some of their job descriptions may include:
Keeping delivery schedules
Training new drivers
Loading and unloading cargo
Conducting services such as tree trimming or pest control
Even though there may be slim pickin’s when it comes to drivers to choose from, it is still imperative to choose on those who qualify based on the criteria below. If you settle for anything less, you’ll likely find yourself in a big mess.
The film industry employs about 2.5 million people which includes around 93,000 businesses. Over $188 billion is paid annually in wages and it’s not just movie stars who are making the big bucks. Customized trucks of many types supply the industry with everything from high rise bucket lifts to get aerial footage to dressing rooms and portable storage units.
A small fleet of Box Trucks are stored in a tiny town in Southwestern Colorado for their annual use at the Telluride Film Festival. The revenue the once yearly event brings in is well-worth the storage fee according to owner, Rick Jones. If you have a Commercial Work Truck and want to get in on the action, here are some vehicles and what they are being used for.
Dressing rooms are in hot demand when films are being shot. There is also a big need for prop and wardrobe storage. Box [...]
Flatbed Trucks are among the most versatile of all vehicles when it comes to moving freight that is particularly heavy or irregular in size. Industrial wares, construction equipment, oil and gas pipes, and more are common freight successfully carried by Flatbed Trucks.
Flatbeds generally measure between 48’ to 53’ in length and span around 8’ 6” wide. Most Flatbed Trailers have decks that are 60” high and have a weight capacity of up to 48,000 pounds.
Some Interesting Facts about Flatbed Trucks
Weathering the Storms. Weather is often a factor when transporting freight via a Flatbed because the back bed is not roofed so there is no protection. Tarps are available, however, so the cargo can be covered to keep it dry.
Tons of Variety. There are over 14 different types of Flatbed Trucks. They are all very flexible in their job duties. Regardless of what your requirements are in a Flatbed, [...]
You’ve heard of mobile pet grooming. But did you know there are mobile vet clinics as well? Especially in rural areas where there are large animals, like horses, cows, and llamas, and the nearest vet clinic can be an hour or more away, mobile vet clinics are growing in popularity.
Vetmobiles are godsends when it comes time to immunize a herd of cattle or to treat a sick horse who is too ill to be moved. They are also lifesavers to small animals who have sustained injuries that don’t allow them to be transported and also, for owners who would like for their animals to be put down in the serenity and security of their own backyard.
When Dr. Mark Z. sold his beloved brick-and-mortar veterinary clinic in Norwood, Colorado, he didn’t want to give up treating animals altogether. That’s why he bought himself a truck and set up a mobile vet [...]
Before you go trashing the waste management industry, it’s important to know that it is more profitable than you may think – topping out over 208 billion dollars per year. “Smart waste management” is quickly becoming even more popular…and profitable.
If you are into waste management and removal, you are well aware of how important the configuration of your cab and chassis is. Cab and chassis builds allow the purchaser to complete the setup of their choice so it is customized to the duty the truck is to perform.
What is a Cab and Chassis?
A Cab Chassis (or Chassis Cab) is a body-on-a-frame type of vehicle design. It is very basic and is built to be customized into a complete vehicle when equipped with a flatbed, dumper, freight box, or other design elements. A Cab Chassis typically has bare frame rails that are positioned behind the cab.
Mobile cranes are extremely useful for heavy industrial and large construction projects. Without them, it would be difficult or impossible to get many hoisting operations done. Find out the many uses for a Bucket Truck that is doing the work of a Crane…and so much more.
Advantages of Utilizing a Bucket Truck as a Crane
Many who are in an industry where there is a regular or occasional requirement for a Crane choose to use a Bucket Truck instead of a dedicated Crane. There are advantages for doing so including:
A Bucket Truck serves tons of other purposes as well.
A Bucket Truck is more cost efficient.
A Bucket Truck is best for moving heavy loads far from the site.
Bucket Truck vs. Crane
The main difference between a Bucket Truck and a Crane is that a Crane appears more like a machine that’s designed for lifting while a Boom [...]
You may have heard the benefits of having an Aluminum Flatbed Truck – like better fuel efficiency and a lower price tag on the lot. But what you might not realize is that if your work would be better off done with a Steel Flatbed, you may be wasting your money if you get an aluminum bed.
What is a Steel Flatbed Truck?
Steel Flatbed Trucks are a type of truck that can be rigid or articulated. The body is entirely level and flat with no roof or sides. Flatbeds are ideal for loading and unloading of cargo.
Due to the configuration of Flatbeds, they are typically used to transport heavy, odd-sized loads. To accommodate carrying the loads, they may have steel, aluminum, or wood side railing.
The heaviest cargo loads require a steel bed on the Flatbed and steel railings too. While Aluminum Flatbed Trucks have been gaining popularity for over [...]
If you are a makeup artist, why not take your talents to the street? Mobile makeup artists are now serving busy customers, hosting events like teen and tween birthday parties, and accommodating celebrities and performers. With a Box Truck and a few supplies, you can be one of them.
The Making of a Makeup Artist
If you have an eye for aesthetics and like to make people look their best, you may want to consider being a makeup artist. Perhaps you already are on and are getting bored of your stationary studio. Why not take your talents to the street?
Here are some traveling service ideas:
Birthday Parties – Teens, tweens, and even adults often throw spa parties where they get manicures and pedicures. Why not make the rounds with your mobile makeover to have the party of a lifetime?
Bachelorette Parties – When a bride and her wedding party attendants are looking for [...]
With the price of fuel these days, it’s more important than ever to maximize your loads and to make sure they are efficiently planned. If you have a fleet, the need to do so is even more imperative.
Here are some tips to help you make sure you loading technique is up to par:
Size. Use the proper type of truck for the load you are carrying. A large commercial work truck is not appropriate for a very small load because it obviously wastes fuel but carrying too heavy of a load in a smaller work truck will ruin your vehicle.
Cargo Management. Be sure you are maximizing the space you have to load cargo in. Ensure the weight, positioning, and distribution is optimized, especially when a trailer is involved as that is also a safety measure.
Reloading. When you or your driver are unloading at a destination [...]