NAPA ProLink Vs O’Reilly First Call

August 16, 2018By LisaBlog

In the competitive field of heavy duty parts, vendors go the extra mile to land shops’ business. Everyone tries to stay on the cutting edge, but sometimes they end up offering the same perks as their rivals. Take online catalogs, for example. Most parts stores have had electronic listings of their wares for almost as … Read More

History of Peterbilt

August 14, 2018By LisaBlog

The trucking industry is a loyal one, and for good reason. Truck brands that treat drivers well are the ones that top the popularity list time and again. Heavy-duty pioneer Peterbilt is one of those Class 8 vehicles that remains a favorite among truckers and fleets. The company got its start rebuilding existing trucks and … Read More

7 Things Heavy-Duty Truck Drivers Wish You Knew

August 10, 2018By LisaBlog

It’s a simple fact: passenger cars share the road with heavy-duty trucks and big rigs. Unfortunately, many individuals bring their offensive game when they take to the highways. Forcing other drivers, especially those piloting a semi-truck, to respond to you is dangerous. It also usually ends sadly. If people understood what it’s like to operate … Read More

Why Free Software is Expensive

August 8, 2018By LisaBlog

When running a business, everything from office supplies to utilities to employee wages eats away at the bottom line. Smart shop managers look for the least expensive ways to do business. However, some things look like a bargain on the surface, but don’t save you money in the long run. Take free software, for example. … Read More

FMCSA Commercial Truck Maintenance Records

August 3, 2018By LisaBlog

You thought running a trucking company would be great. Hauling cargo as owner/operator of your own truck or managing a small fleet seemed like the perfect job. What you might not have counted on are all the regulations heavy-duty trucks are subject to. For instance, the FMCSA’s rules on commercial truck maintenance. At first glance, … Read More

Pre-Trip Inspection

August 2, 2018By LisaBlog

In the trucking business, time and miles are money. Even issues that cause a temporary delay affect a day’s workflow and the company’s cash flow. Conducting a pre-trip inspection on your vehicle before you hit the road is the common-sense way to avoid those costly delays. Knowing everything is in working order ensures your truck … Read More

School Bus Safety: Why Buses Have to Stop at Train Tracks

July 27, 2018By LisaBlog

Anyone in a hurry hates driving behind a school bus. They make frequent stops picking up kids and letting them off plus they stop at all the train tracks. Impatient motorists often wonder why they have to stop, considering many railroad crossings have flashing warning lights as well as gates that drop when a train … Read More

Measuring Up at the Annual Roadcheck

July 26, 2018By LisaBlog

Fleet managers and drivers have an overload of rules and regulations to follow. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that those mandates aren’t in place to make things difficult. The real purpose is to ensure safety for everyone, drivers as well as those they’re sharing the road with. With more than 3.6 million heavy-duty rigs running … Read More

CMMS

July 17, 2018By LisaBlog

Staying on top of maintenance is job one for heavy-duty shops and fleets. Going high-tech makes that task easier. A computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) is just the technology for the job. From maintenance schedules to inventory, invoicing to tech availability, it keeps all the info you need in one place. Plus, computerized data is … Read More

Electronic Signatures

July 13, 2018By LisaBlog

Technology is a wonderful thing. It streamlines the way shops do business, touching every aspect from ordering parts to scheduling repairs. It even simplifies basic tasks like getting customers’ signatures. The practice of signing papers with a pen is becoming less frequent. Instead, more businesses are switching to electronic signatures. It’s an easier way to … Read More