4/18/24

The Dangers of Over-Inflated and Under-Inflated Tires


There are many reasons why you should take good care of your car. Not only is your vehicle a very expensive investment that you want to last for as long as possible, but your safety can also be at risk if your car is not performing at its best. One of the most overlooked factory scheduled car maintenance requirements for ALL vehicles is tire care.

Tires should be in good condition at all times. And as soon as they begin to show signs of wear and tear, it is time to have them replaced. In between tire replacement, your tires require regular rotations and balancing, as well as daily air pressure monitoring.

If you fail to take good care of your tires, they can begin to lose their ability to do their job, which can put your safety at risk. Tire pressure is a common problem that can influence your overall tire performance and safety. Be sure to routinely inspect your tires for proper inflation; you don't want them to be over or under-inflated.

The Dangers of Under-Inflated Tires

Bulges can form in the tire walls, which can weaken areas of the tires, and put them at a higher risk of blowing out on the road.

Under-inflated tires will cause reduced fuel efficiency, which affects a driver's budget and vehicle reliability.

Under-inflated tires will impede vehicular mobility, which can be dangerous in the defensive driving scenario and inclement weather, and while navigating small spaces.

The Dangers of Over-Inflated Tires

Over-inflated tires can cause an increase air temperature within them, which can lead to sudden blowouts while driving. They can also lead to an imbalance of contact on the road among all four tires, which can hinder vehicular mobility and handling.

According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

A tire that is 25% above the recommended air pressure is 2 times more likely to be involved in a collision.

A tire that is 25% below the recommended tire pressure is 3 times more likely to be involved in a collision.

There are virtually 11,000 tire-related motor vehicle accidents every year.

Nearly 75% of roadside flats are a result of improper tire pressure.

Flat Tire?

If you get a flat as a result of over or under-inflation, you can try to repair it yourself if you have a spare tire or an emergency roadside kit. If you are not capable of repairing or changing your flat, you can contact a local towing company for 24-hour roadside assistance service.

They can respond to your location within a short amount of time, repair your tire, or tow you to the location of your choice. Whether it is 3 o'clock in the morning or 5:30 rush hour, they have the resources to get you back on the road in no time at all.

4/16/24

WTW24 | Switch-N-Go | Jeff Jerousek, Vice President of Sales | Unveiling Innovation


Jeff Jerousek, Vice President of Sales, Switch-N-Go & AmeriDeck, unveiled Switch-N-Go's innovative first-or-it's-kind approach to utilizing their integral switching system for class 3 vehicles in response to the Class 4 + 5 vehicle limited availability. Unveiled at Work Truck Week 2024.

4/14/24

GMC HUMMER EV PICKUP | “Declassified: 4-Wheel Steer with CrabWalk” | GMC


Learn how to use available 4-Wheel Steer with CrabWalk in the GMC HUMMER EV Pickup. 4-Wheel Steer improves maneuverability on tighter off-road trails and at low-speeds for parking. CrabWalk can be enabled to allow the vehicle to move diagonally by having the front wheel angle mimic the rear wheel angle (up to 10-degree angle).   To make the most of your GMC HUMMER EV Pickup driving experience, explore all Declassified videos here:    • GMC HUMMER EV: De...  .   Check out more at: http://www.gmc.com/hummerev

4/12/24

Find the Right Van Accessories for Your Work Van

An Upfit Package with Ranger Design


Getting the most from your work van is easy when you choose the right van accessories to help you become more organized and efficient. Good truck and van accessories will always pay for themselves by allowing you to maximize your cargo space and productivity, while also keeping your most expensive equipment protected.
With so many van accessories to choose from, the best way to find which ones work for you is to take some time to consider your needs. All tradesmen work differently, and every trade has their own basic tools. Make a list of all the equipment that you use daily. Consider ladders, large and small parts, and inventory. With a list in hand, you’ll be able to visualize your needs and determine which of the van accessories below will be the most beneficial.

Van Accessories for Organization:

Paper holdersbottle holders and reel holders are designed to increase organization by giving you a specific spot to store your equipment. Instead of rolling loose on the floor, your bottles and reels can be fastened down and within easy reach from the door. As for your paperwork and files, keep them all together in a paper holder where they won’t get ripped or crumpled.
Partskeepers are a great way to keep your smallest parts together and secured. With small, dividable bins, they offer a great storage system to take with you onto the job site. Sturdy yet lightweight, you can never have too many Partskeepers for your tools.
Storage bins are available in several sizes, and can be accessorized with bin dividers. These are ideal for holding items and inventory so you can find what you need quickly and easily. Like the Partskeepers, if you have many items to carry with you on the job, then these bins are the ideal solution.
Hooks come in several different styles and can be used to organize tools and equipment near the van doors to be most effective. Hard hat holders can keep frequently used hats within easy reach and safely stowed while on the road.

Van Accessories for Driver Comfort & Safety:

Lighting keeps the cargo space bright, making it easy to find your tools, no matter what time of day or night. It also eliminates any chance of receiving cuts and bruises when searching through your tools in the dark.
Rear Steps are extremely beneficial for tradesmen with high roof vans. Climbing in and out several times a day can put quite a strain on your legs and back, especially when carrying heavy items at the same time. The steps also provide a rugged grip in the winter, so there is no fear of slipping when getting in or out.
Grab Handles, like the rear steps, are designed to provide you with easier access into your van. Whether installed in a high roof of low roof work van, it is always useful to have something to hold onto. It can also be used to tie down additional cargo for safe transportation.
Flettner vents help protect you from any gasses/vapors or smells that may build up in the cargo area of your vehicle. It helps reduce heat build-up and allows moisture to escape should any materials or tools be stored while they are still wet. It is a simple way to stay healthy while working.
For more products to enhance driver comfort and safety, check out our Safety Equipment blog.
Van Accessories for Vehicle Security:
Lockable Doors and Drawers provide two advantages. They can better protect your inventory and tools by keeping them in one place on the rougher roads. Also, they can deter thieves and protect valuable tools while you’re on the job and your work van is left unattended.
Wire grills for your windows can also protect you against theft as well as prevent damage to the van during loading or unloading. They are an easy install and such a simple product that just might help save you a lot of money in the future.
Seat Covers help keep your work van seats clean and in good condition. Instead of getting dirt and grease on your seats and staining them permanently, use custom-fit covers that can be easily removed and washed. Come time to sell your vehicle, you will be grateful you kept them in such good condition.
Learn other simple tricks to help Safeguard Your Work Van Against Tool Theft.
Consider the demands of your trade and your needs, and invest in the van accessories that will pay for themselves with the time and money they save.



Learn more at: https://rangerdesign.com

4/10/24

AAA Distracted Driving PSA


Whether it’s texting, calling, navigating, or something else, using your cellphone while driving can be dangerous. In fact, texting and driving can have the same consequences as drinking and driving: deaths and injuries. Help reduce the number of these preventable tragedies by putting down your phone—because lives depend on it. You don’t drive intoxicated, so don’t drive intoxicated.


4/08/24

The Real Dangers of Running Out of Gas


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4/06/24

GMC Canyon | “Welcome to Nowhere” | GMC


Nowhere is out there. The best way to get there is in the GMC Canyon - including the Canyon AT4X. Find your nowhere now.


4/04/24

NEW INTERIOR! -- The 2024 GMC Sierra 2500 HD AT4 is a Rugged & Luxurious Truck!


Here's the 2024 GMC Sierra 2500 HD AT4! For 2024, one of GMC's biggest and most durable trucks has received an refresh for its design, and some big tech upgrades! In a competitive segment, is this Premium GMC worth the extra cash? Or should you buy the new competition: the Chevy Silverado HD, Ford F-250 or RAM 2500? Go ahead: CLICK to find out :) Also, be sure to LIKE, SUBSCRIBE and tap the notification bell if you enjoyed this review -- it helps us more than you can imagine! #GMC #GMCSierraHD #carconfections Make sure to follow us on our other social media platforms!
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4/02/24

CURT Multipro/Multiflex Tailgate Sensor


3/31/24

Work Truck Week 2024 Safe Fleet


Any well-run fleet knows: a big part of their success is attributed to the quality of solutions that they use..

3/29/24

Partskeeper Organizer by Ranger Design


Ranger Design launched a revamped version of one of our most popular product lines: the Partskeeper cases and cabinets! These products are perfect for storing and organizing small parts and tools that tradesmen may need to take with them onto the job.

Partskeeper Parts Organizer Carry Case, 62-U5079Our updated Partskeeper cases are rugged and durable and have been put through rigorous strength tests to ensure that we provide our customer only with the highest quality. They now come in a clear hard plastic cover with snaps along the sides that allow them to be stacked on top of one another for easier transportation. We’ve also maximized the design of the case’s storage space by 11% to carry extra tools and hardware onsite.

The Partskeeper cabinets have been updated to our newly branded black end panels, to allow for more rigidity and overall resilience. They come in 4 different sizes, ranging from a single case carrier, all the way up to an 8-case cabinet for those tradesmen with a wider variety of tools.

3/27/24

The Knapheide Combo Body


Featuring the all-new Combo Body at The Work Truck Show from Knapheide is the perfect combination of our popular Service Body and Platform Body. #ComboBody #WorkTrucks2020 #Knapheide #NEVERSETTLE

3/25/24

These Are All The Major Service Truck Builders At ConExpo 2023!


We visited all the major service truck builders at ConExpo 2023 and we give you the run down of all they had to offer. We saw Brutus, Stellar, Summit, Maintainer, and more!

3/23/24

SpaceKap Diablo Fiberglass Slip-in Service Bodies



When it comes to working in tough environments, you need a truck that can keep up with you. That's where the SpaceKap Diablo comes in. Crafted from top-grade materials, SpaceKaps are built to withstand the most rugged conditions while still providing the functionality and flexibility you need to get the job done. Inside, you'll find ample storage space and organizational features that allow you to keep your tools and equipment in order, and easily accessible. With the Diablo model easily slipping into the back of your pickup truck, it's the ultimate solution for anyone who needs a versatile, rugged work truck. See the difference the Diablo SpaceKap can make in your work life, contact the Expertec team or visit our website today.

3/21/24

PALFINGER at the NTEA Work Truck Week 2024


What a week we had in Indianapolis at Work Truck Week! We couldn't be more grateful. Launching the PAL Pro 58 Mechanics Truck and the PSC 8600 TEC Service Crane was a highlight, but the best part was connecting with all of you. Thanks to everyone who visited us at the PALFINGER booth. Check out this video to relive some of the best moments. #palfingerna #palfinger #worktruckweek #wtw2024 #mechanicstruck #servicetruck

3/17/24

Onboard Scales and Smart Hitch | A Ford Towing Video Guide | Ford


Onboard Scales and Smart Hitch are 2 great features that can help you properly load your Ford truck when towing. Learn more in this video.

3/13/24

Top 5 Work Truck Safety & Security Trends


By James Muiter, Product Line Manager, Reading Truck Group

With a pulse on the customer needs and innovation in the work truck sector, James Muiter, Product Line Manager at Reading Truck Group, shares his top five industry trends on safety and security.

  1. Operator safety. Employers are carefully considering how to keep their operators injury-free, so avoiding accidents around the truck is just as important as on the road.  Proactive measures on a work truck can include installing safety steps and grips so that the operator can maintain “three points of contact” at all times when entering and exiting the vehicle.  At Reading, we’ve begun to see these concerns migrate from the very largest fleet operators and governments, into corporations and vocational fleet buyers.
  2. Visibility. Keeping the truck and its surroundings well-lit and visible helps protect workers from accidents on the side of the road and keeps crews productive when they’re working after sundown, especially in the winter months.
  3. 360° coverage. Chassis OEMs are bringing safety innovations like 360° cameras, and accident-avoidance technologies like collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and blindspot monitoring, which used to be only on luxury cars, into the commercial truck segment.  For example, every Ford Transit is now shipping with lane-departure warning and forward-collision warning camera systems.
  4. Securing tools and gear. A typical work truck now provides at least two layers of ‘locking’ protection.  Compartment doors will use power locks or three-point locking for additional points of contact and pry-proofing.  And these measures can be augmented with a “bar lock” or master locking feature, where a single padlock can secure all of the compartment doors to keep tools and equipment safe.  Additionally, Reading’s remote keyless entry locking system, called Latch-Matic, can now be integrated with the power locks on the chassis.  A driver can now lock and unlock both the body and chassis with a single key-fob.  Using just the chassis fob, for example on a Ford Super Duty or Ford Transit, gives our customers the convenience they have been asking for.  
  5. Ergonomics. For better ergonomics, handles and steps are no longer considered a special add-in, they’re becoming a standard offering across the board.  As an example, fixed steps that don’t have to be manually unfolded by the operator will help meet evolving safety requirements and might even lower insurance costs.

By James Muiter, Product Line Manager, Reading Truck Group as published in Fordpros magazine




3/09/24

Auto Crane Video Series 10 Summary


This concludes the Auto Crane NexStar crane training video. Here is a recap of the main point that we covered. First, read and understand the entire owner’s manual that came with your crane as well as the regulations mandated by OSHA, MSHA, and other government and safety over-site.