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5 Tyre Safety Tips for Commercial Drivers

Written by Eric Jones, November 25, 2017

The winter weather is upon us and it’s time to begin thinking about maintaining traction on icy road surfaces. The U.S. Department of transportation has compiled the following list of tips for keeping your tyres in good working condition.

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How Onspot Can Improve Your Daily Life

Written by Lucas Gulino, July 20, 2017

Whether you are picking up household waste in isolated villages, driving children to school early in the morning, or delivering to customers awaiting their orders, drivers are almost always on the road. The open road can be great, but sometimes, the conditions can change to much less than favorable in a matter of minutes or even a couple miles.

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4 Questions to Consider When Thinking About Automatic Snow Chains

Written by Eric Jones, June 29, 2017

You’ve done the research and decided that increasing traction is important. The following four questions can help you determine if Onspot Automatic Snow Chains are the right solution for you.

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Is technology the key to shorter response time in rescue driving?

Written by Ulrik Andersson, April 28, 2017

Why response time must be reduced

For rescue operations ‘response time’ is one of the measures for effectiveness. In emergency situations response time should be as short as possible as this could be crucial for saving lives or properties at danger. Accordingly, much effort is put into reducing response times. But actually, what is response time?

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Bye, bye winter and icy roads! How to conquer a hill?

Written by The Haaks, April 7, 2017

Guest Blog, no 3 from the Haaks

Very soon spring is here and the winter season is over – for this time. Yesterday, we did the last after ski gig in the Swedish mountains. We had an amazing response from the audience and the band was really on top. To the delight of the skiers there were loads of snow this weekend, but we were not that delighted since the roads around Sälen got very slippery – and our bus got stuck at the lodge! However, in these situations Onspot automatic snow chains are our best friends. Johan, the driver, just pushed the button and off we went uphills in a cloud of snow.
 

Watch this video when Onspots help us conquer a slippery hill!

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Tire chains – are they the best choice for rescue vehicles?

Written by Ulrik Andersson, March 30, 2017

Some products are so functional and effective that there is little potential to improve them. The violin, for example, got its design by the Italian master violin-makers in the 17th century. Countless efforts have been made to challenge its basic construction in order to improve it, but in vain. The violin is so close to perfect that no one has come up with a fundamental improvement during the last 350 years.

Tire chains are not that old – they were patented in 1904, and ever since they have proven to be very effective for increasing traction.

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Can I increase traction without any aiding device?

Written by Eric Jones, February 23, 2017

Maybe you’ve been there? The road is becoming icy and slippery and you ought to get out there to mount the snow chains. But you’re in a hurry, so mounting time would cost you another hour of delay or so. And besides, you don’t feel like leaving your warm cab for the freezing cold roadside… So, is there a trick to get traction anyway? Actually, there is a trick that many experienced drivers know of. Yet, it’s a controversial trick. Here’s why!

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Living large on the road, with Bob and Linda Caffee, USA Team Truck Drivers

Written by Linda Caffee, February 9, 2017

Guest Blog

In this week's post we'll get a glimps of how it is to work in the expedite industry as a team truck driver. A way of working that is quite common in the USA, but not so familiar to us outside the USA. A team truck driver drives with another driver. While one driver operates the truck, the other rests or sleeps. Drivers on a team can work out their own schedule and hours. Using a driving team allows a truck to be on the road continuously, resulting in faster delivery of the products on board. This week's writer, Linda Caffee, is an industry leader and a well known team truck driver in the USA. She will share her experience from the roads on the Onspot blog. We think that Linda's experience is of great value for all of us in the haulage industry.

/The Onspot team.

Why a truck driver?

Getting started as truck drivers was not as easy as it sounds. After twenty years as a diesel mechanic Bob decided he wanted to start driving trucks instead of working on them. I, Linda at the time worked at our local county courthouse and we were facing the “empty nest syndrome” as our youngest daughter was heading off to college. The idea sounded appealing and we started our research. 

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What is traction, friction and road grip?

Written by Ulrik Andersson, November 29, 2016

Whether driving a small go-kart or a heavy hauler, you must have traction to move forward. Actually, you can’t even walk without it. Traction is a commonly used word and many believe it’s just another word for friction. But is it really? Let’s have a closer look at friction and traction – what it is and why it’s so fundamental to safe driving.

We all know the feeling when tyres lose grip and the vehicle starts skidding. Controlled skidding in a go-kart could be fun, but a heavy vehicle unexpectedly skidding on a road could cause a very dangerous situation. The skidding is due to the vehicle losing road grip and obviously, this has to do with tyres and road surface.

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What to do when waking up to slippery road conditions?

Written by Ulrik Andersson, November 10, 2016

Early November, just a few degrees below the freezing point. Strong wind and the first snow has been fallen since the night and it has started piling up. It´s time to go to work and start your scheduled route throughout the city.

These first days with ice, snow and slippery conditions are always interesting. Everyone seems surprised about the rough conditions and you have to be prepared and drive more intelligent. Watch out for the extra slippery junctions and roundabouts where the thin layer of ice is polished by other vehicles to an even more slippery surface. Be sure to have enough space in front of you to be able to stop before hitting someone or something.

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