How to keep your Onspot working properly

By now most drivers that have vehicles equipped with the Onspots have had the opportunity to use the system this year. Winter weather conditions have already hit in many areas of the world adding to an already demanding position for commercial drivers.

How do commercial drivers succeed in today's trucking industry?

Being a driver of a commercial vehicle today demands a lot. You must be a skilled driver and good at finding your way to the delivery destination. You must also always make your deliveries at the correct place and at the correct time.

Schedule saving tips for delivery drivers

The holiday season is upon us which means it's "go time" for professional delivery drivers. Unfortunately, along with the stress of seasonal demand the winter weather can create additional challenges towards completing your daily schedule on time.

Holiday Hours

Onspot of North America will be closed from Monday, December 23rd through Wednesday, December 25th.

Onspot’s Top 5 Blog Posts of 2019

In 2019, the Onspot Blog focused more on the what and how of automatic tire chains. The following are the most downloaded blog posts that answered what they are, how they work and how to use and maintain them.

Which is the best insurance for my truck fleet operation?

There is probably not one single fleet manager in the transportation business who dares to run a fleet operation without insurance. A proper insurance solution for a transport business could be both complex and costly. So, is there really something like “the best insurance” for a truck fleet? Yes, in my opinion there actually is!

Operations in snow and ice: A challenge for fleet managers

My position as Western Regional Sales Manager for Onspot gives me the opportunity to meet with fleet managers in my territory. Whether I am at a trade show or at the customers location providing training or a fleet review these individuals always talk about challenges that come up and how they are resolved.

How does winter weather impact the efficiency of fleets?

Winter weather driving season never fails to surprise drivers. However, for fleets, winter weather driving conditions can affect not only how vehicles stay on the road but also the efficiency of completing their deliveries.

How the Mechanic turns the Onspot into an even better investment

You have mounted the automatic tire chain system to the vehicle. The driver has picked it up and left the shop. How can you make this an even better investment for the fleet owner and the drivers? Here you can learn more and download documents to use for maintenance. There is even a reference document for the driver when he or she returns for service.

Do mechanics recommend Onspot?

Onspot is one of several traction devices that can improve friction and stop the vehicle from sliding or becoming stuck. The drivers experience a huge benefit from having increased traction at the flip of a dashboard switch. But what does this mean for the mechanic?

Installing automatic tire chains is easy for the mechanic?

Mandatory equipment or comfort’s accesories, each installation of a vehicle requires a mounting made by a professional. What about the installation of automatic tire chains? How is it fixed? In how long time ? Discover it through this article.

Is modular design easier for the mechanic?

Some consider modular design as something for facilitating manufacturing, repair, and maintenance while others think that it only raises the cost for a product – without offering similar benefits. However, it all comes down to the viewer’s perspective. What is regarded merely as an unnecessary cost to one stakeholder could be a definitive advantage to another stakeholder. Let’s have a look at modular design from the mechanic’s perspective.

The Onspot Checklist: A Guide to Proper Operation

School may be out for the summer but this time of the year is still a busy one for the majority of bus drivers and fleet directors.  There are several state and local conferences drivers attend that offer the latest information, insights, and training on a wide range of topics. Some conferences even offer a bus "Roadeo" where drivers can put their skills to the test.  This is also a time when many school districts re-focus their attention on the previous school year.

What School Bus Drivers Say about Onspot

Driver satisfaction is an important facet to the success of any fleet. In addition to general maintenance, driver training in all aspects of the use and function of a school bus leads to the successful, safe transportation of school children. But, what do bus drivers say about Onspot?

Would I benefit from automatic tire chains on my school bus?

Being a reliable bus driver, bringing school kids to and from school safely, every day of the year, is not happening by accident. By educating your self and understand what maesurements are available you take the control and makes it happen. Learn more how proud school bus drivers make use of good tools below.

Tips for driving a school bus in winter weather

We all know that driving a school bus can be a stressful job on a good day. Winter driving conditions make an already tough job even more difficult. We have assembled six tips to help you take the stress out of driving in winter weather.

How the drivers keeps their Onspot ready ?

For most countries in the world, snow and ice have given way to sunny roads, which then become the holiday route for some. We hope you made good use of your Onspot automatic snow chains in the winter, and learned about the usage tips.

The critical lifesaving seconds for the rescue driver

Typically, our first thought of a rescue operation is the fire. At a major fire event, an ordinary person can do nothing but sound the alarm and possibly warn others, then wait for the arrival of fire trucks with skilled firefighters using the right equipment to put out the fire. Here, the public is entirely dependent on the rescue team and their operation. However, there are situations when the actions of the public are crucial for saving lives when the professional rescuers are not first on scene. Here is why seconds may count.

Is 4x4 enough to keep your vehicle safe?

 When purchasing a new vehicle, 4x4 is a common option to consider. No wonder, it’s a familiar and well-tried solution with good features for safer driving – but it’s easy to ignore its weaknesses believing there’s no better alternative. However, when reflecting on those situations where traction is really crucial for your operations, you may conclude that 4x4 is not the perfect solution, but rather a compromise. Learn more here.

Considerations for today's ambulance

Safety first, never last: The ambulance of today is a sophisticated machine and whether new or a remount its primary goals is crew and patient safety. Here are some things to consider when looking at a new ambulance or making updates to an existing unit.

How can rescue drivers improve their response times?

Achieving the shortest response time possible is key for saving lives or property at risk. But, what is response time?

A shortcut to reduce Onspot maintenance

As we here on the northern hemisphere of the globe are approaching the warmer seasons, it is hard to plan for the next winter season.  With some simple steps you keep your system maintained so that it can keep supporting  you the next winter. Learn how.

"Onspot saves a lot of time"

"Onspot saves a lot of time" - Jakob, Driver @ Meyer Logistics

Tips on how to drive during winter!

Experienced driver or beginner, driving on snowy and icy roads is a risky situation for everyone. These risks, however,can be reduced by applying the following advice.

Is the internet a game-changer for the commercial truck driver?

Internet communication and services play an important role in the transportation and logistics industry, as well as for the truck drivers. However, there is a possible side-effect to common online behaviour that may put extra pressure on the commercial truck driver…

Have you activated your Onspot lately?

How does the system work… is a question that is often asked by new owners of vehicles equipped with the Onspot automatic tire chains.  When I hear this same question asked by those who have had the system for a month or more it grabs my attention.  The best way to properly maintain the system and understand how it works is to use it. This is how!

 

How does Onspot impact fleets?

Here is what David Anderson, Director of Transportation & Fleet at Adams 12 Five Star Schools in Colorado has to say about Onspot automatic tire chains on their school buses:

“Onspots are great tools! Give them some general maintenance and they last the life of the bus.”

What does a fleet manager say about Onspot?

What is an Automatic Tire Chain System?

Automatic tire chain systems can be discussed in two ways: 1) The physical properties of the system, and 2) What the system provides the user.

Fleet Manager - Take your business to a new level!

Do you need to improve your transportation business? Maybe, instead of tweaking bits and pieces you should re-consider your entire business model. Or, at least look upon your business from new perspectives. Here is why!

A tribute to those who bring the holidays to life

It’s the time of year that we all begin to think about silent nights, sleigh bells ringing, and the joy of spending time with loved ones by the fire. It’s the time of year when the everyday heroes go to work so that we can enjoy the comfort and kinship of the holidays.

Why Bridges Freeze Before Roads Do

We should pay special attention to bridges and overpasses when driving in temperatures around the freezing point. Over the years we have heard that bridges may be icy while the road is not. We have also seen signs posted before bridges and overpasses which state this for safety reasons. This condition however is an important one that should be given some consideration. So how could the bridge be icy when the road is not? Here’s why.

How do I prepare for winter driving?

Not so long ago, we saw on the roads trucks that kept the landscapes and green spaces alive. These vehicles equipped with several pieces of  equipment and accessories that cut the trees or maintained the road, change now to another type of equipment. The snow plows take place to clear away these new roads, which will become snow-covered and ice-free.

Road salt – why chemical de-icing?

When winter strikes, the conscious driver prepares for increasing traction in case of icy and slippery roads. Some bring a sandbag and a shovel while others gear up with a set of snow chains. Still, others have automatic tire chains mounted on their vehicle, so there is no need at all for special preparation. All these drivers rely on mechanical principles for increasing traction. But, are there no other options? Let’s dive into the world of chemical de-icing of roads.

Solutions for other slippery conditions

The automatic snow chains are genius when you encounter adverse road conditions in the colder seasons. With just a flip of a switch you have instant traction added so that you can get up in speed or if you need to stop, you get improved breaking power.

 

But what about the rest of the year, when you are not in the winter season? In the middle of the summer or in the autumn?

4x4 vs. Onspot

There are times while working the booth at a trade show that people will tell me they are considering the Onspot automatic tire chain system, but are also considering 4X4 as well. When purchasing a new vehicle, 4x4 is a common option to consider. No wonder, since it’s a familiar and well-tried solution with good features for safer driving, but it is also easy to ignore its weaknesses and believe that there is no better alternative.

Rescue Driving: The Keys to Reduced Response Time

In rescue operations, the time required to arrive on site from the moment of the first call is a critical measure of effectiveness. First responders work tirelessly to reduce response time which means more lives are saved and injuries can be treated before they become life threatening.

What is road friction?

Friction and traction are key to avoid sliding vehicles and spinning wheels.

Friction is defined as the rubbing of one object or surface against another. The friction between your vehicles’ tires and the road will determine maximum acceleration and minimum stopping distance. The force of friction depends on the force pushing the objects or surfaces together and the coefficient of friction. The coefficient of friction is the relationship between the force required to move the surfaces against each other and the pressure to stay in contact while in motion.

Would I benefit from Automatic Tire Chains?

The Driver is in Control

We live in the era of automation. Have you ever thought of all the things that used to need a lot of human involvement, but today are seemingly automatic? Buying things for example. We have access to a global supply of products and services that are just a few clicks away, and we get our deliveries with very little human involvement. It’s different systems that communicate and automate that provide this convenience.

Rescue Driving; How to be Efficient in Winter

In your profession, driving a vehicle is not just a mode of transportation, it’s one of the tools that allows you to save lives. As such, your vehicle must be equipped with the best equipment to get the job done.

How to Protect Your Cargo

The trucking industry is instrumental in maintaining the supply chain of materials and goods all over the world. Thanks to the trucking industry, global economies receive over 10 billion tons of various goods. Other industries rely on trucks to deliver the raw materials to produce those goods. The trucking industry delivers more cargo than ships, planes or trains and cargo theft will disrupt the greater supply chain.

Which is the optimal truck tire pressure?

Optimization is key to the transportation industry. From a logistics perspective, trucks should never roll unladen. The bigger truck fill rate, the better. New technologies and driving techniques are developed with the aim of reducing fuel consumption which is good both for the business economy and the environment. Looking at such major factors as fill rate and fuel consumption, is there reason to consider optimization of such a tiny thing as tire pressure? Yes, there is!

Why Response Time Must be Reduced

One of the measures of effectiveness in rescue operations is ‘response time’. Naturally, in emergency situations, achieving the shortest response time possible is crucial for saving lives or property in danger. Therefore, a lot of time and effort are put into reducing response times. But what is actual response time?

Wellness for truck drivers; Part 1.

If you’re a truck driver, you don’t need us to remind you of the job’s daily demands and stressful situations. The busy nature of the trucking industry can make healthy choices almost impossible to integrate throughout the day. However, with prioritization and planning, it is possible to maintain a healthy lifestyle while working on the road.

Are Trucks of the Future Already Available?

Natural gas, 100% electric, and autonomous trucks are the vehicles of the future, but one might find it interesting that those are actually closer to the present thanks to the many innovations of manufacturers and equipment manufacturers.

Onspot vs Conventional Chains – How long do they last?

Tire chains – automatic or conventional – do they have an expiration date? No, there is no fixed end date because there is no way to calculate the wear and tear on tire chains. Wear and tear is not determined with a simple mathematical formula. It has many variables such as how often they are used, terrain, weather, maintenance and drivers.

The Benefit of the Onspot System - Why an Engineered Solution is Best

When I attend trade shows, I am often asked if it is necessary to fill out our VSI or Vehicle Suspension Information form. Although the form typically takes 10 minutes to fill out, most people miss the importance of what they consider an “extra” step. Some believe that the VIN number or a description of the suspension should be enough. My favorite, however, is when people tell me the vehicle is a “sister” to one already fitted with Onspots so there should be no need to measure the chassis. This statement could not be more further from the truth.

Our Secrets about Wheels and Chains!

 

At Onspot, nothing is left to chance! Each piece that makes up the complete system has been the subject of a comprehensive study. The same is true for our chains. Have you already noticed that we use different types of chains? Each of them has been designed to meet a specific need, and we will reveal our secrets about wheels and chains!

How does Onspot help law enforcement?

Federal, state and local law enforcement departments are equipped to respond to calls for service no matter the time of day, weather or terrain. As with their fellow first responders, law enforcement officers must arrive “on scene” safely and in a timely manner.

How & when Onspot helps you?

You must have control of your vehicle whatever situation you find yourself. Let’s review together how Onspot will get you out of difficult situations.

Winter tires for trucks and buses?

Rules about winter tires for trucks and buses differ between countries and regions all over the world. Many countries, of course, have such a warm climate all year round that there is no need for winter tires at all. Other countries have such cold winter climate that winter tires are necessary. Yet other countries are prioritising safety, with strict regulations for the use of winter tires accordingly. Let’s have a look at winter tires!

Onspot Spring Maintenance

Spring is here! The days are getting longer and the streets have been swept clean as motorcycles and classic cars take to the roads once again. During this time of the year it is quite easy to leave the cares of winter behind, especially if the season was a long and harsh one. Although we would like to forget about winter, it is important not to lose sight of vehicle maintenance.

Spring truck maintenance? Onspot can help.

The extended Winter season is finally coming to an end. It’s time to enjoy the better driving conditions and to ensure that your Onspot Automatic Tire Chains are ready to go for next year.

Response Time Challenges for First Responders/Rescue Drivers

The most widely used response time standard in the United States is the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 1710 which requires “the arrival of an ALS (Advanced Life Support) company within an eight-minute response time to 90% of incidents.” This standard resulted from a 1970s cardiac arrest survival study by two Seattle physicians.

America’s Last Frontier: Onspots are There

Over the years at Onspot, we have fit thousands of chassis with our automatic tire chain system. Vehicle applications ranging from fire and rescue, school and transit bus, plow and tow truck, and various forms of local and long-haul delivery trucks are just some of the chassis where the Onspot system is currently in use. Our Onspot factory located in North Vernon, IN is also more than just a place where our product is made, it is also an R&D facility that allows us to stay on top of the latest chassis changes and adapt our product to these changes. Occasionally, we also have customers contact us with some pretty interesting and challenging vehicles that they would like outfitted with Onspots. One recent vehicle that comes to mind is that of Bro. John Pinnix with the Remote Alaska Missions or R.A.M.

Onspot – How we get the perfect fit

If you’ve been considering an investment in Onspot, you may have grown curious about how it’s possible to purchase and install a product that is custom fit for your vehicle. We have a time-tested measurement process and a solid dealer network to ensure that the right product and installation services are available when you need it.

Automatic Tire Chains for Light Vehicles

From emergency vehicles, garbage trucks, and snow removal vehicles to passenger or goods transport vehicles, each profession requires adapted and different vehicles. While some equipment have advantages on trucks, others better fit on lighter vehicles. But what about Onspot? Does it fit as well on a light vehicle as trucks? Are the advantages the same? Let's compare and answer it!

Don’t Forget About the Truck Accessories

The use of a truck is two-fold. For the owner, it is a tool for generating revenue, while for the driver, it is the workplace. Many people consider truck accessories as costly gadgets only, like, the Coffee Machine De Luxe. However, there are accessories that not only increase driver’s comfort and safety but also increase operational efficiency. Let us have a look at some obvious accessories – and some less obvious…

Are Onspots a “fit” for towing and recovery vehicles?

Onspot Automatic Tire Chains have been installed on many tow trucks; however, they are not a one-size-fits-all product. As with any vehicle, fitting automatic tire chains on a tow truck is based on variables or combination of variables. Let’s talk about tow trucks!

On The Road: Commercial Driving Today

In today’s commercial trucking industry, keeping the wheels turning is still a daunting task. Even with all the latest advances in technology, simple factors like traffic, weather, downtime, and health still hamper the transportation of freight by truck drivers around the world. What follows are the most common issues that plague drivers and ways to combat them.

Three tips for rescue drivers on when to use Onspot

When is the correct time to engage your Onspot Automatic Tire Chains? This is a common question that we hear from our friends in the fire and rescue industry. Actually, it’s a frequently asked question in many of the markets that we serve.

Driver fatigue, how to handle it?

Fatigue is a reality that affects all drivers; especially commercial vehicle drivers who are exposed to long hours on the road and even in extreme conditions like bad traffic and/or weather.
How does one prevent fatigue and be effective in your daily work as well as outside? We tried to answer this question.

Surface Treatments

Which is the perfect road surface treatment to increase traction?

To keep transportation – and society – running, authorities have different strategies for keeping roads open and driveable in harsh winter conditions. Snowplows keep the snow masses away from the road, and often some kind of surface treatment is used to increase traction when roads are icy and unsafe. But, which is the perfect road surface treatment? The simple answer is... None! Every method of surface treatment is a compromise between effectiveness, cost, handling and side effects. Let's have a look at some methods.

Traction Devices Explained - Onspot vs. Alternatives

Traction devices allow you to travel safely on slippery roads and in adverse weather conditions. Most people who use these devices navigate in less than optimal conditions because it's their job.

Onspot: Myths, Misconceptions, and other Nonsense

It’s February and the groundhog saw his shadow. Six more weeks of winter or so they say. Here at Onspot, show season is starting to ramp up. Soon you will find us at a variety of trade shows throughout the US and Canada ranging from Fire/EMS to Municipal and School shows. These are just a few types of trade show events we will be attending this year. Additionally, we will also be traveling to promote Onspot maintenance and driver training throughout our territories.

Is 4x4 enough to keep your truck safe?

Professional drivers don’t have the option of taking a day off to avoid the winter weather.

How much does Onspot increase traction?

How much does Onspot increase traction? 

With more than 150,000 Onspots installed in vehicles worldwide, numerous drivers and fleet managers testify and praise the effectiveness of the automatic tire chains. Without a doubt, Onspot improves both road safety and drivers’ safety while helping them to stay on schedule by instantly increasing traction. But, why are there no figures on what to expect?

Is Onspot beneficial in reverse or when stopping?

Yes, Onspots work in reverse. The important question of engaging chains in reverse is asked time and time again. Moving in reverse is always challenging due to obstructions (your field of vision is blocked by the vehicle itself), depth perception, and the difficulty of controlling your speed and direction; now add snow and ice!

How to Maximize your Onspots

Through advances in technology, vehicles of today have come a long way. Emergency vehicle response time is faster, modern plow trucks maintain roads more effectively, and semis, buses and cars all use devices that provide the driver, and those around them, with a safer means of transportation. Ultimately, however, it is the driver who needs to understand how to maximize all this technology in order to take advantage of its potential.

5 Tips to stay safe when driving near commercial vehicles

The holiday season has arrived and many of us will be traveling to spend time with friends and family. It’s also the time of year when retailers return to profitability, grocery stores sell out of popular items and our price at the pump increases in response to seasonal demand. Increases in freight shipments and passenger traffic create a situation where all drivers need to pay especially close attention to safety.

Are tire chains in compliance with laws in the U.S. & Canada?

The short answer is yes. Tire chains are used over many industries by owner-operators and national fleets worldwide. Read more to find out about chain laws in your area!

What is traction coefficient?

In a tire-surface system, the coefficient of friction is called ‘traction coefficient’. It’s as simple as that. But, what’s more important is to know why the traction coefficient is fundamental to road safety, and peace of mind.

Vehicle Preparation for Winter Driving

The change of season is here for the majority of us. By now most have swapped out summer clothing for winter wear. Jackets, scarves and hats are taking the place of shorts and tee shirts. A similar type of preparation is also being done by numerous town and city DOT garages in the United States as well as by many truck drivers on the road. In these instances, however, they are preparing their vehicles for winter driving.

5 Tire Safety Tips for Commercial Drivers

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 tires in good working condition.

Industry events showcase safety products

Canada’s Waste & Recycling/Municipal Equipment Expo (CWRE) - 2017

Most of us attend trade shows and expect the same old exhibits but then you stumble on a product and wonder to yourself – why didn’t anyone think of this before?

Tips and Tricks for a Model 016 Install

The following tips and tricks have been learned from the many Model 016 installs done on a variety of vehicles worldwide. However, it must be noted that Onspot is not a one-size-fits-all product. For instance, as was detailed in an earlier blog post, the ideal chainwheel position can vary due to the difference in vehicle measurements.

Onspot in Depth - How it Really Works

At the flip of the switch, the chainwheel swings out. Then, strands of chain are slung under the tire, increasing traction. It’s as simple as that – for the driver. But, if we take a closer look at the ingeniously simple principle behind it, we realize that Onspot requires a good dose of engineering to become such a reliable tool for safety and convenience. Here is why!

How to Improve the Environment for Garbage Trucks

In a world where we are more and more “connected,” technology plays a major role in the working environment. Do you remember when we were introduced to the “internet” for the first time? This novelty was not so long ago; it has only been about twenty-three years! It’s the same for the trucking industry! New advances in truck equipment happen every day and these innovations change the work environment for garbage trucks and drivers’ safety.

How to be Healthy on the Road and Handle Stress

Long haul truck drivers face many risks while working in today’s fast paced environment. While some might consider the chances of being in an accident the most pressing danger to a driver, there are several other risk factors to consider. Lifestyle-related illnesses due to poor diet and reduced exercise are a problem in the industry and it´s not hard to understand why. Living healthy on the road is challenging. Drivers travel long distances which may require time away from home for long periods and the work in itself doesn’t always provide an opportunity for physical activity. However, eating healthy and staying fit is as important for drivers as it is for the rest of us in society.

Spec’ing Fire Apparatus to Serve your Community

Everyone loves a parade! Especially, a Fire Truck Parade! Lights & Sirens!

However, when writing the specifications for fire apparatus there are some things more important than looks. Two important factors when preparing to purchase a new fire truck is the vehicles’ function and the terrain in its “operating environment.” Not taking into account function and terrain could lead to ownership of a great looking truck that falls short of the end users expectations.

Keeping the wheels turning: Today’s Truck Technology

Through major advances in technology, the trucks of today have surpassed the trucks of yesterday in terms of efficiency and safety. Today, not only can fleet owners and mechanics track the location of their trucks, they are also able to get real time diagnostic data while the truck is on the road. The drivers of these trucks also benefit from new advances in technology accomplishing the majority of their work from the safety and security of the cab.

Keeping Students Safe: It Takes a Village

My daughter first rode the bus to school about half way through her first grade year. After several months of her begging to ride, we swallowed our first time parent fears and allowed her to joyfully experience her first trip on the big yellow bus. She was excited to test her new freedom and we found out how much easier our mornings would become without the hassle of the school drop off.

August. Time to prepare for Christmas travels!

Christmas? In August? Well, not quite, but this time of year many people around the world start reserving their bus tickets for Christmas travels. They are traveling to either spend the holidays in a winter resort or just visiting friends and families. All of these people have one thing in common: they plan and make early reservations to be well prepared and avoid unpleasant surprises.

Meet Lotta

When you think of truck drivers, you automatically think of the stereotypical male, aggressive driver, in a male dominated industry. However, women make up a small, but growing percentage of truck drivers.

Is automated driving technology reaching the school bus industry?

As our colleague, Ulrik Andersson, wrote earlier this year, “there has been much attention paid to autonomous cars and trucks recently” but what about school buses?

How to Effectively Oversee School Bus Fleet Maintenance

While attending the Southeastern States Pupil Transportation Conference (SESPTC) in Asheville, North Carolina, I had the opportunity to meet with several school transportation directors. One of these directors, William Kurts (a member of NAPT), gave a lecture on the importance of overseeing school bus fleet maintenance. Kurts is the director of transportation for Lexington, South Carolina School District One and oversees 100 buses that run 231 routes. What follows are some timely highlights from the lecture as we approach the start of another school year.

How Onspot Can Improve Your Daily Life

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.

5 Most Scenic Routes in the World

For most drivers, the road is rather a workplace than a source for relaxing experiences. Out of the world’s circa 18 million kilometres of paved roads, most are just transport roads offering nothing but insignificant surroundings. However, some drives offer such breath-taking sceneries, that many find a worthwhile trip for their own sake. What routes are the most scenic in the world is, of course, a matter of personal preferences, but here’s my pick of routes I’d like to drive for the scenery.

How Onspot helps make an impossible solution, possible.

Onspot automatic tire chains can be used on several different types of vehicles; trucks, busses, coaches, rescue vehicles (like ambulances and fire trucks), and etc. Occasionally, customers come to us for help finding a solution where Onspots can be mounted on a new type of vehicle. One such example, is the Dodge Ram. While a common application in North America, the Ram chassis is a less common Onspot application in Europe.

4 Questions to Consider When Thinking About Automatic Tire Chains

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

Danger! Icy Roads! First Responders On Scene Safely

It is always a great feeling when we hear true stories from our customers especially when lives are saved. The following story was related to us recently about an incident witnessed by then-Assistant Chief Raymond Urich, Jr. of the Fisherville Volunteer Fire Company #1 in Halifax, PA.  Fisherville is a  community located in a mountainous area of Pennsylvania about 35 miles north of Harrisburg PA.

Five good ways to protect your cargo

The summer is here and so are the season's challenges. We at Onspot are very concerned about our colleagues and customers in the transportation industry. During the winter months we want you to have good traction and during the summer months we also want you to be safe. This is especially true when it comes to making sure that you and your cargo are protected in the best way possible. That´s why I want to share some useful tips with you out on the roads this summer.

What to think of when working with transportation?

The need for transporting goods and services is constantly increasing in our society. It can be products on the way to the stores, parts on the way to a factory, waste transported from your home to the recycle center or people going from one town to another. In almost everything we do, a transport is involved.  When a personal car is not enough, most transports move by trucks or buses.

Keeping Accurate Records: The Onspot Fleet Review program

Ever wonder what would happen if we did not have accurate records for certain things in our lives. Say, for example, you go to see the doctor or the dentist and they did not have any record of your medical history or any record of what took place during your last visit. The same could be said for your home or car. Service work was done but there were no records kept. Imagine driving with no license, registration, or proof of insurance. Although not as critical as these scenarios, the same does hold true when talking about keeping accurate records of your Onspot chain system.

Will truck automation actually improve driver satisfaction & safety?

There has been much attention paid to autonomous cars and trucks recently. In a world where more and more things, e.g. trucks, are connected, technology constantly pushes the boundaries. What seemed like science fiction yesterday is now literally waiting around the corner. From a professional driver’s perspective, there are other concerns: Will autonomous trucks be a threat to my job? Actually, truck autonomy could really improve the working conditions for drivers.

Five Key Insights: Onspot’s Product Development Philosophy

In the following interview, Ron Rosenbalm, a 25 year veteran of Onspot of North America explains some of the engineering philosophies that have driven our product development. As an Application Specialist, Ron has spent his career optimizing everything from mounting systems to the basic form and function of individual components.

Will drivers be replaced with drones?

Several companies are involved in projects with unmanned aerial vehicles, also called drones. How will the use of drones impact the global transportation industry? Here are a few pros and cons.

From invention and innovation to a convenience

Probably, many of us consider an invention as a ground-breaking achievement, while an innovation is ‘just’ an improvement of something existing. But, if you really think about it, what makes your working day safer and more convenient? Is it the ground-breaking inventions or the small innovations?

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

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?

A simple tip to keep your Onspot working

Well, you probably know that this is to keep the bearings in good order. But, why do they stay in good condition when they’re rolling? Wouldn’t it be less wear if they’re not engaged and then stay in better condition? Although it may seem contradictory, they should be rolling. Let’s dive into the world of bearings and their lubrication to understand why!

Spring is here, tips for Onspot preventative maintenance

Spring is finally here. Although the start of spring in the US officially began on March 20th the winter season would not go quietly. On the East coast, for example, a wintry mix of snow and ice started off the month of April. Now, however, the colder weather truly seems to be behind us as streets are swept clean, motorcycles take to the roads and classic cars come out of storage. During this time of the year there is also a focus by many towns and cities to start spring maintenance on their equipment and vehicles.

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

Some products are so functional and effective that there is little potential to improve them. The violin, for example, was designed 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.

Does my tractor trailer need Onspot?

"...You don’t even have to stop your truck. Flip the switch, overtake the others and steadily drive up the slope... And in the end the road was mine – at least for a while…". Karsten Glaschick (KaSaTrans e.K.)

Why are truck drivers so hard to find?

Is finding new truck drivers an impossible task? At least it seems like that if we look at reports from many countries – all concluding that carrier companies have a hard time finding qualified truck drivers to hire. But, what’s the reason for this shortage of drivers? Of course, there is not a single answer to that, and besides, reasons differ from country to country and from region to region. However, I think that the solution to the problem is most certainly many-sided.

Tales from the field, how Onspot saves lives

Over the years, I have received reports from customers who arrived at their destinations safely because of their Onspots. However, the most humbling accounts are from people who were saved because someone else had Onspots or the realization that they wish they had Onspots.

Is it possible to increase traction without adding equipment?

Maybe you’ve been there? The road is becoming icy and slippery and you know it's time to get out there and put on your tire chains. As usual, you’re in a hurry, so the mounting time would cost you another hour of delay. 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!

Onspot is Peace of Mind for Rolf-Olav Tenden

"When I get a call from a driver saying `-Today I was saved by Onspot´ it´s already payed off".

What is road friction?

We all know that friction and traction are crucial to avoid sliding vehicles and spinning wheels. (To learn more, read the blog post What is traction, friction and road grip?) When driving, we have a sense of whether road friction is high or low. But is there a measure for road friction? If so, how could that be calculated since there are several different variables summing up to road friction? Let’s have a closer look at “road friction”.

Why do bridges become icy before roads?

We should pay special attention to bridges and overpasses when driving in temperatures around freezing point. We’ve learnt that bridges may be icy while the road isn’t, and that’s all we need to know to for safety reasons. But, giving it a second thought, how could the bridge be icy when the road isn’t? Here’s why.

Keeping students safe – School bus technologies to consider

The classic school bus may look similar to those on the road for decades, but major technology changes are increasing student safety. We have assembled a list of five technologies that you may not have heard about that can improve fleet performance and student wellbeing.

What is the total potential for reducing response time?

Every single rescue operation is about minimizing damage and ultimately saving lives, and every single driver strives to reduce response time. For the rescue driver, with his specific knowledge and experience, it’s natural to reflect upon the matter from a local perspective. But, if we look at it from a general perspective; how many operations are there actually that may have response time reduced? Let’s have a look at some numbers.

What is traction, friction and road grip?

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.

Icy road basics for safe driving

To many, the white winter landscape is the definition of icy roads. However, due to weather and meteorology there are different reasons why roads become icy. For safe driving, it’s a good idea to know some theory behind icy roads. With proper knowledge and awareness, the driver can reduce the risk of accidents or delays due to slippery road conditions. So, let’s have a closer look at some common causes for roads to become icy.

What is black ice and how do I discover it?

Black ice on the road is rightly considered very dangerous when driving. Still, many drivers are not watchful enough in weather conditions where there is the risk of black ice. But, what is this black ice – and what should I know about it?

No, it’s not black

Typically, black ice is invisible. It’s a thin coating of glaze ice on the road surface. Since it’s thin and transparent, the black road surface is clearly seen through it, and that is why it’s called blackice.

But, it’s dangerous

The typically low levels of noticeable ice pellets, snow, or sleet surrounding black ice means that areas of the ice are often practically invisible to drivers. Accordingly, the driver is not prepared of the slippery road area, and there is a risk of unexpected loss of traction. This in turn may result in subsequent accident.

Black ice sometimes forms from super-cooled rain which freezes into ice and constitutes a particular risk to winter traffic because it is extremely slippery and hard to spot. The temperature may be above freezing but the road surface may still be slippery.

The road surface can be well below freezing temperature – while the vehicle thermometer suggests it is not freezing.

This is how you discover black ice

What to do when waking up to slippery road conditions?

The winter season has recently arrived and it's just a few degrees below the freezing point. Strong wind along with the  snow that has arrived overnight and  has started piling up. It´s time to go to work and start your scheduled route throughout the city.

How to keep your Onspots working properly

As soon as your day starts, habits are put in place and follow each other. From the alarm clock that rings in the morning, the daily work missions, to the evening trip back home.
Are others habits / routines present in your work day? Let's look more closely at the advantage and the inconvenience of these habits.

How to compare automatic tire chains to the alternatives

Get a grip – one way or another

We all know that you need traction when driving in adverse conditions. Losing traction and getting stuck causes frustrating delays, possibly with serious consequences. Find out what different methods there are to increase traction below.

Would I benefit from Automatic Tire Chains?

The Driver is in control

We live in the era of automation. Have you ever thought of all the things that used to need a lot of human involvement, but today are seemingly automatic? Buying things for example. We have access to a global supply of products and services that are just a few clicks away, and we get our deliveries with very little human involvement. It’s different systems that communicate and automate that provide this convenience.

Driving performance is about more than the vehicle

When the going gets tough and harsh winter conditions strike, the interaction between the driver and the vehicle is put to the test.

In these tough conditions, good driving performance is more than relying upon on the vehicle or it's saftey systems. Rather, it’s about instantly adapting your mindset and behavior in order to do the job effectively – in the safest way possible.

Is there an alternative to 4x4?

When purchasing a new vehicle, 4x4 is a common option to consider. No wonder, it’s a familiar and well-tried solution with good features for safer driving – but it’s easy to ignore its weaknesses believing there’s no better alternative.However, when thinking about situations where traction is crucial for your operations, you may conclude that 4x4 is not the perfect solution, but rather a compromise.

5 tips for efficient driving when the winter weather strikes

It comes every year, but it surprises us every time and often poses severe problems – of course we are talking about the winter.

Everyone involved in the transportation industry knows that a lack of road maintenance and poorly equipped trucks can cause major problems and increased costs. We cannot influence the weather but we can adapt our business to the weather and to the slippery conditions.

Properly equipped vehicles adapted to different weather conditions and recommendations or laws may be crucial to ensuring that the shipment can be delivered as agreed. Many countries also have legal requirements for both winter tires and snow chains. 

5 Tips for driving a school bus in adverse conditions

School bus drivers are our heros

At Onspot, we have a lot of respect for school bus drivers. Taking the responsibility of safely transporting dozens of children is no small task. We spend a lot of time make sure our products are safe and dependable for these important drivers.

We know there are some big differences between a school bus driver’s work environment and that of other commercial operators. The school bus driver is not working alone in the cab, they are inside the bus filled with chatting and laughing kids. They may not be delivering goods to impatient customers, but are instead carrying our society’s most valuable asset– children. This alone is a stressful thought for any driver.

The guide to improving fleet productivity

Transport enables prosperity

A transport stoppage for just a few days is enough for large parts of our society to come to a sudden halt. Despite this, the challenges facing the transportation and logistics industries have never been so great as they are now. Lower rates, increased competition, bigger forwarders, a shortage of drivers, tighter requirements for safety and quality certification, and requirements for clean, climate-friendly transport are just some of the challenges that contractors themselves describe as obstacles to good profitability and productivity.

More than half of transportation firms in the USA and Europe have problems with profitability. How can contractors adapt their operations to the challenges they face while also achieving profitability for their own companies?

How the commercial driver stays on schedule

The fact that schedules and deadlines are critical for transport operations is not news. Missed deadlines could mean profit loss and even lost contracts but may also result in causing a bad reputation for the company. The professional driver is well aware of this and knows how to keep up their schedule. However, missed deadlines may occur due to instances beyond the control of even the best drivers.  There are different ways to deal with the possibilities of these unfortunate circumstances.

How to shorten your response time in rescue driving

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?

Response time is a sum of parts

The total response time could be split into three clearly different phases:

  1. Dispatch time – This is the time elapsed from when an emergency call is received at the central until the rescue unit is notified.
  2. Turnout time – The time from when the rescue unit is notified until it is responding.
  3. Travel time – The time from responding until arriving at the incident scene.

It’s quite obvious that the potential for reducing response time will differ considerably depending on what phase we’re looking at.

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