Carnage on Our Roads: Understanding WHY Truck Brakes Fail and WHAT to Do to Curb It. (Part Four)

Inspecting Combination Vehicles – Truck & Trailers A truck and trailer combination has more things to inspect than a single vehicle. Check the following during a walk-around inspection of a truck and trailer combination in addition to the items described above for the truck alone: Check the coupling system areas: Check the air and electric lines to the trailer. Be […]

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Carnage on Our Roads: Understanding WHY Truck Brakes Fail and WHAT to Do to Curb It. (Part Three)

GUIDING AGAINST BRAKE FAILURE Managing Truck, Trailer and Load Control your speed whether fully loaded or empty. Empty, large combination vehicles take longer to stop than fully loaded ones. A truck with a trailer is usually heavier, larger, and requires more driving skill than a truck by itself. Thus, drivers required to tow a trailer need more knowledge and skill […]

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Carnage on Our Roads: Understanding WHY Truck Brakes Fail and WHAT to Do to Curb It. (Part Two)

WHY BRAKES FAIL: Brake Imbalance A brake performance problem that probably account for most accidents involving brake failure is brake imbalance, which can be caused by deficiencies that affect some of the brakes in the system but not others. Brake imbalance can also happen by having mismatched brake system components that cause some brakes to work harder than others. Brake […]

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Carnage on Our Roads: Understanding WHY Truck Brakes Fail and WHAT to Do to Curb It. (Part One)

Over the past few days, two major accidents involving trucks occupied the front pages of the mainstream media. Both accidents resulted in substantial fatalities! In both cases too, the mainstream media reported that the trucks’ brakes had failed. In the accident that occurred at Oshodi, a tipper loaded with sand and said to belong to a Pentecostal church was reported […]

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A Critical Assessment of Replacement Policy and its Relevance in Haulage Business (Part Two)

Old trucks for New

METHODS OF ESTIMATING A MOST OPTIMAL REPLACEMENT CYCLE SIMPLISTIC REPLACEMENT PLAN The simplest replacement pro­gram and the one requiring the least amount of analysis is to replace a vehicle after a specific amount of time. It is not rocket science to count up how long the truck has been in service and determine ahead of time what time you simply […]

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