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Prepare For Safety: How To Get A Trailer Ready And Load A Vehicle

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Transporting an automobile via car hauler is not a task to take lightly. Improperly loaded cars, trucks and other light vehicles can cause accidents that lead to property damage and serious injury or death. Even the act of loading must be done with safety as a first priority. Below are some guidelines for preparing a trailer and safely loading a vehicle on to the trailer: Prepare the trailer Before doing anything else, you need to make sure your trailer is set up and ready for loading and towing. Rushing the process of loading your vehicle increases the risk you will forget a critical step. The items below are the most important for preparing a trailer from a safety perspective: Attach the coupler to the ball The trailer is attached to the towing vehicle by a coupler that lies at the end of the trailer’s tongue. The coupler, which is a hollow “cup”, contains a locking mechanism that firmly attaches the coupler to the ball. It is important that the coupler size and ball size match; if the coupler is too small, it won’t properly seat on top of the ball and may slip free. Likewise, if the coupler is too large, it will loosely rest on top of the ball. Both situations are dangerous and could lead to a breakaway trailer. Insert the safety pin and connect tow chains Once you have locked the coupler to the ball, insert the safety pin that holds the locking lever in place and connect tow chains. The pin is important as it holds the locking lever in its down position and prevents it from popping up during transit. Tow chains serve as insurance against a runaway trailer should the coupler disconnect from the ball. For the most secure connection, cross the chains underneath the hitch and tongue so they will catch the tongue and prevent it from dragging on the ground. Ensure operating lamps are connected and working The last loading step is to be sure the trailer contains brake lights, turn signal indicators and clearance lamps, as well as a wire harness that attaches to the towing vehicle’s socket. If the trailer’s harness connector doesn’t fit into the socket, then you will need to find an adapter or replace the harness connect with a compatible style. Don’t tow a trailer without operating lights, especially after dark, or you may initiate a rear-end collision by an unaware driver. Load the vehicle Once the trailer is attached to the towing vehicle, then you can load your car. Loading is a fairly straightforward process, but it must be done slowly to prevent mishaps. Here are the essentials for loading a vehicle on your trailer: Immobilize the trailer Take one last look at the hitch to be sure it is attached to the trailer and locked in place with the pin. Activate the towing vehicle’s parking brake to prevent it from being pushed out of place during loading. For extra security, place wheel chocks in front of the trailer’s forward-most wheels to help hold it stable during loading. Load front-end first Load the car onto the trailer front-end first – towing is much more stable when the bulk of the cargo weight is in front of the trailer’s axles. Since most light passenger vehicles are front-engine powered,...

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Tips To Avoid Deer Collisions

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have recently hit a deer with your car, then it is in your best interest to work with a collision repair expert so your car can be fixed. Collision repair involves a complete inspection of your car so that noticeable and hidden damage can be assessed and fixed. The automotive fixes are necessary if you want your car to be restored to its original condition. Once the repairs are completed, make sure you do not hit a deer again. You will need to understand deer and their behaviors to do this. Keep reading to find out about these behaviors and how you can avoid accidents. Deer Travel During Mating Season Many people believe that deer dart out into roads when hunting season starts, because they are startled by the gunshots. This is not the most significant reason why deer seem more present around suburban areas during the fall and winter months. During the spring and summer months, deer stay confined to areas deep in the woods where they feel safe. Deer travel long distances during mating season though, and the mating season often coincides with deer hunting season in the fall and winter. When deer travel during this time, then they are far more likely to cross roads and highways. What Can You Do About It? You may be aware of the areas in your town or city where deer are most likely to cross the road. In many towns, yellow signs mark these spaces so that drivers can watch for deer. When you drive during the months of October, November, and December, then you need to look for deer outside of these areas. Make sure to use your high beams on country roads and reduce your speed in the evening when deer are the most active. If you see a deer in the road, slam on your brakes instead of trying to swerve out of the way. Deer travel in groups and you may hit a deer on the side of the road. You also may hit a tree or another car. Slowing down your vehicle is far more likely to reduce collision damage. Deer Startle Easily You probably already know that deer startle quite easily and seem to act erratically when they are scared.  Deer do not actually act erratically though. Deer use a variety of different senses to keep themselves safe from predators, but scent is used predominately. When a deer smells a predator they will run in the opposite direction. Hearing is often used in conjunction with smell to indicate that danger is near. When a deer cannot smell danger though, then they will use their hearing and their vision to sense danger.   When you drive close to a deer, then the sounds and the quick movement scare the deer and indicate that danger is seriously close. The animal then acts quickly to get away and the road in front of your vehicle often appears to be the quickest and easiest way to flee. In reality, this is extremely dangerous for the deer, and you may hit the animal. What You Can Do About It? If you see a deer near your car, then you may honk your horn to scare them away. This may add to the deer’s fright and it may jump in...

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Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About Changing Diesel Fuel Filters

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In most cases, diesel vehicles have 2 fuel filters. The primary filter is located between the engine and the fuel tank. Its job is to clean the fuel before it reaches the fuel transfer pump. The other fuel filter is located closer to the engine and gives the fuel one final cleaning before it enters the fuel injectors. These filters keep your diesel vehicle running at top performance levels by collecting debris and preventing sludge buildup in the engine. Clean fuel also means improved gas mileage. Keep reading to learn more about diesel fuel filters and how to change them: What Does A Fuel Filter Do? Fuel filters clean the gas flowing through the engine to make it as clean as possible before entering the fuel injectors. The cleaner the gas is, the better your vehicle will run and the less fuel is needed for your vehicle to operate efficiently. Over time, the debris that’s usually removed from the fuel builds up on the filter and prevents it from doing its job. As impurities begin to pass through the filter it clogs the fuel injectors. This limits the amount of gas that reaches the engine, so the engine now has to work harder to keep your vehicle operating. This greatly decreases fuel efficiency and can put a huge dent in your wallet because you’ll have to buy gas more frequently. When To Change A Fuel Filter The rule of thumb is that fuel filters should be replaced every year or every 10,000 miles, whichever comes first. This will ensure your engine continues to perform at optimum levels. Since every diesel vehicle can be different, it’s best to consult your owner’s manual for information on when to change the fuel filters in your model. How To Change A Fuel Filter Step 1: Open the hood of your diesel vehicle and find the fuel filters. Remember, there are two, so you might as well change them both at the same time. One filter is usually located between the engine and the fuel tank. The other is usually found in the round assembly on the top of the engine. Consult your owner’s manual for the specific location of the air filters in your vehicle. Step 2: To gain access to the filters, you may have to use channel locks or a screw driver. Again, this depends on your diesel model. Your owner’s manual will give you detailed instructions on how to access the fuel filters. Step 3: Once the fuel filters are visible, take the o-ring off the cover and pull the used filter out of the vehicle. Step 4: Put the new filters back into place and put a new o-ring on top. The o-ring will be included in your fuel filter kit. Once in place, tighten the new filter by hand to prevent the o-ring from breaking. Step 5: Put the fuel filter cover back on, and put the round assembly back together using the channel locks. Everything should be snug, but not too tight. Step 6: Start your diesel vehicle and let it run for about 15 minutes. This will push the gas through the new filter and circulate it through the engine. Fuel Filter Changing Tips Here are some tips to keep in mind when changing a diesel...

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4 Easy & Creative Ways To Repurpose Old Tires

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Old tires have many uses. The recycled rubber is often melted down to make products such as rubber roofing shingles, and other items we use from time to time. However, with a little creativity, you can repurpose your tires and create many new things around your home. Here are some amazing uses for old tires. Toy Box If you’re tired of paying high prices for small toy boxes, you can make your own with a couple of old tires. All you need is: 2 old tires 2 circular pieces of wood (large enough to cover the tires) 1 handle 4 furniture casters (optional) Paint (optional) If you want to paint the wheels to match your child’s color scheme, do the painting first. Once they’re painted and dry, you can put them together. If you want your toy box to be mobile, screw 4 furniture casters into one of your circular pieces of wood. Ensure that they are toward the outside and evenly spaced for optimal balance. You should now have a large wooden circle on wheels. Carefully stack your old tires on top of it. Now you have a large toy box for your child. To top it off, add a lid. Take your other circular wooden piece and screw a handle into the middle of it. Set it on top of your toy box and you’re done. Sandbox Making a sandbox from an old tire will give your child the most unique sandbox in town. You will need: Tractor tire 2 pool noodles Exterior paint Super glue Tarp Scrub and dry your old tractor tire so it is nice and clean. Next, paint it whichever color your kids prefer. Once the paint dries, you can use the pool noodles. Tractor tires have a jagged edge on the inside lip, and the pool noodles are used to cover it so your children don’t become injured. Cut your pool noodles lengthwise, and put them over the edge. Use some glue to secure them. Find the spot in your yard where you want the sandbox. Lay down a tarp and put the tire on top. Fill the tire with sand, and you have yourself a wonderful, unique, sandbox. Flower Pots Materials needed: Old car tires Paint Drill There are a few different ways to make flowerpots out of your old car tires. One thing you can do is just lay them down in your garden and plant the flowers in the middle. Paining the tires fun bright colors will add a fun look to your garden. Another thing you can do is hang them on the side of your home or shed. This works well if you have trouble bending to tend to your flowers. Drill screws through the back of your tire into the wall until it’s secure. Drill several small holes through the bottom lip of the tire for proper drainage. After you finish drilling your drainage holes, you can add your potting soil and plant your flowers. Dog Beds If your dogs drag their beds around and make a huge mess with them, you can make dogs beds out of some old tires. You will need: An old tire for each dog Paint Old bedding, pillows, or small dog bed Wash and paint the tire so it looks...

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3 Things To Expect From Future Semi Trucks

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Business owners everywhere rely heavily on semi trucks to help them to deliver their goods to customers around the country. However, it can be nerve-wracking and expensive to send a fleet of trucks out into the world. Semi accidents, driver complaints, and the cost of gas are enough to make any executive nervous. Fortunately, truck manufacturers have pondered the concerns that you might have the next time you shop for new semis. Here are three things that you can expect from future semi trucks, and how they can help your company. 1: Automated Driving If you are like most business owners, your worst nightmare might be fatigued or distracted drivers on the road alongside other motorists. In addition to accidents potentially delaying the delivery of your products, simple driver mistakes might mean personal injury lawsuits and a lot of bad publicity. Fortunately, future semi trucks will probably drive themselves. Semi prototypes shown at the most recent International Motor Show boasted a comprehensive GPS tracking system, loads of cameras that read and interpret the truck’s surroundings, and radar sensors to keep track of passing cars and unexpected impact. These systems will work in conjunction with an autopilot-driving program, which will be monitored by a real-life person who can take control if they need to. Automated driving systems could potentially keep drivers from making serious driving mistakes. If they don’t see that quickly-approaching sports car that is in their blind spot, the truck’s camera system could spot it move out of the way. The integrated GPS system would allow the truck to slow for sharp curves or unexpected road changes, while giving you an accurate idea of what time that load should arrive at its destination.   Believe it or not, German manufacturers are already testing these automated semi trucks in Europe. Although the future of automated driving hinges on government regulations, you might be able to see these trucks on the roads in the next ten years. 2: Improved Fuel Efficiency One of the trickiest aspects of running any business is managing controllable expenses. Unfortunately, when it comes to moving freight, gas can get expensive. In fact, a single commercial truck can burn through more than $70,000 worth of fuel every year. When you multiply that cost by the fleet of trucks that you need to send out your products, the expense can be positively staggering. Fortunately, the future of trucking fuel economy looks bright and beautiful. With the help of aerodynamically shaped rigs, wheel covers, and hybrid engines, newer semi trucks are already capable of getting nearly double the gas mileage that they once did. Future designs might also be able to interpret road and weather conditions to more efficiently use power, which could potentially save even more money on gas. Not only would more fuel efficient trucks reduce freight costs for businesses, but it would also keep more exhaust out of the air and potentially reduce the need for foreign oil. 3: Comfy Cabs On average, long-haul truck drivers travel about 500 miles each day. If they are traveling at an average rate of 60 miles per hour, your valued employees might be forced to spend a little over eight hours straight doing nothing but driving. When truckers spend that much time inside of an enclosed space, comfort...

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