Monday, June 8, 2015

How to Avoid the Most Common Mistakes Fleet Operators Make

Whether you’ve just embraced and become part of the trucking industry or you’ve experienced it for some time now, it doesn’t matter. Most drivers are still prone to making mistakes that risk not only the productivity of their project, but also their safety. But while practicing inappropriate road protocol is one thing, it’s not the most common mistake fleet operators make. Read on to see what is and how to overcome it.
The No. 1 Mistake to Avoid
The majority of drivers fail to account for the capacity of the vehicle and calculate more importantly the actual weight of the trailer they’d be towing. They fail to factor in that their loads will vary and that even their ‘scheduled’ routine might vary depending on the job and the vehicle they use.
Trailers used at landscaping sites are a good example of how easy it is to submit a wrong estimate about the kind of load they are hauling. Simply because their vehicle will play down the weight of the equipment inside even though knowing the weight of the stuff is the basis to determine if you are carrying it according to the tow vehicle’s capacity and possibly incurring expensive damage or not.
What’s worse is to check it against the truck’s rating as stated on the Web.
How to avoid it?
Simply put but crucial for a successful undertaking is that you weigh the loaded trailer using the available truck scales. It is because of this that truck scales providing accurate readings have been designed, the reason why weigh stations have been built.
A truck’s weight includes (a) gross weight , that is the total weight of each of the truck’s axles and (b) axle weight, that is the exact amount each axle carries. This can be done by using truck scales that are robust to withstand the enormous pressure; some of the modern scales have been engineered to handle gross weights exceeding 80,000 pounds on a daily basis!
But different truck scale work differently. There are three types of scales in the industry:
  •  Tension scales – where a number of piezoelectric sensors in quick succession measure the voltage variation as the truck moves on the scale, and later use them for weight calculation.
  •  Load cell scales – where every cell, made up of durable materials like concrete and/or steel combined with a strain gauge is used to send a current signal when the truck passes on it; the variations in the current are then calculated for the truck.
  •  Bending plate scales – where two metal plates, again with strain gauges are used and the weight measured by the stress registered.
Now that you have the right information, you can add it to the vehicle’s trailer weight rating (TWR) that a factory rep or dealer will provide you. If the combined figure is not exceeding the truck’s gross combination weight rating (GCWR), you’ve successfully avoided the pitfall.

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