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The bridge law formula and how to use it for truck and axle weights

Jan 31, 2023 8:14:43 AM / by Mike Riegel posted in Overloaded, BIT Air Scale, FMCSA, DOT

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You can't travel anywhere without going over some kind of bridge. Bridges help to drastically reduce the travel time it would take to go around the hazard you are trying to go over. Bridges are a critical part of our country's infrastructure and must be protected to keep traffic moving efficiently.

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Properly balancing your truck and trailer loads

Jan 25, 2023 7:07:43 PM / by Mike Riegel posted in Air Scale, Overloaded, Truck Scale, Gear

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Loading a truck and trailer can basically be considered an art. Whether you are loading pallets, vessels, equipment, steel, logs or anything else you have to make sure the weight is balanced. If you are just starting out in trucking this can be challenging to get right but it's not impossible.

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Using geofences to improve your trucking company's fleet management

Jan 24, 2023 2:58:15 PM / by Mike Riegel posted in Fleet, Growth, Business Management, telematics

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Geofencing has been used in logistics for years. As the technology becomes cheaper and more widespread, small carriers can use the same tools that mega carriers have been using to grow their business.  

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How much do different truck scale solutions cost?

Jan 20, 2023 4:16:10 PM / by Mike Riegel posted in Air Scale, Overloaded, Saving, Business Management

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Scaling trucks has been a part of trucking since the mid-20th century, with weight restrictions going back to the very beginning of the industry before scales existed that could weigh an entire truck. Damage to roads and bridges has always been a concern. Since nobody wants to pay more taxes than necessary, trucks and their loads will continue to be restricted.

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How important is monitoring your truck's boost pressure?

Jan 18, 2023 4:06:32 PM / by Mike Riegel posted in Safety, Fuel Economy, Maintenance

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Semi trucks need a huge amount of torque to move their 80,000 lb+ loads. Being able to move these loads across the country, up mountains and off-road in fields requires a lot of force. Many times, the torque needed is more than what the trucks engine can put out on its own. This is why most trucks come equipped with turbochargers.

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