Fire Truck Driver - Emergency Response in Winter Road Conditions!

Working within the fire brigade demands a high level of skill and expertise from you as a firefighter. Find out more here.

Maintaining Uptime – E-Training to educate and keep you moving

For the commercial driver, the most critical aspects of the job are maintaining uptime, and safety. Accessible information for both of these categories for the driver not only improve margins, they help with the peace-of-mind of the operator, as well as protecting the investment of the vehicle itself. Read more below.

Spring is here - Tips for Onspot Preventative Maintenance

Spring is finally here. Although it is officially spring, the winter season would not go quietly. 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.

Drive Safer and Smarter: Why Commercial Truck Drivers Should have Automatic Tire Chains

As commercial truck drivers, navigating through unpredictable weather conditions is part of our job. From icy roads to heavy snowfall, these challenges not only affect our schedules but also pose significant safety risks on the road. That's where Onspot automatic tire chains come in, revolutionizing the way we handle traction and safety during winter or inclement weather. Here's why every commercial truck driver should consider investing in Onspot automatic tire chains.

Proper operation and maintenance: The key to running a truck for millions of miles

My travels out West take me to a vast number of places where I meet many people along the way. Some are Onspot customers and others are not. It makes no difference to me as I value the people and conversations, good, bad, indifferent. Occasionally, I meet someone who runs the auto chains and has a unique story to tell not just about our product, but in general. Doug Stairs is one of these people.

Truck productivity on icy roads - Onspot E-Training!

Honoring your schedule is crucial if you aim to meet your clients' expectations. Fleet managers must prioritize safety and have the right equipment and training in place for drivers to adhere to schedules.

Truck owners - What are users saying about Onspot?

As a trucking company owner, you are faced with a multitude of decisions, and selecting the right equipment for your truck can be one of them. But what do users have to say about the system? Find out more here.

Enhancing Fleet Safety and Efficiency

As a fleet manager overseeing heavy commercial vehicles, you’re well aware of the challenges posed by winter weather. Snow-covered roads can disrupt schedules, endanger drivers, and impact overall productivity. In this blog, we’ll explore the world of automatic tire chains and why they should be an integral part of your fleet’s winter preparedness strategy.

Traction Needed for Heavy Vehicles - The Fundamentals

Adequate traction is essential for the forward movement of any motorized vehicle. In the absence of proper road grip, wheels will spin, leading to an inability to propel the vehicle. Read more to find out how to improve traction!

How to keep your fleet on the road - E-Training

Attention to all mechanics! In the dynamic landscape of vehicle components, staying abreast of changes can pose challenges to your daily tasks. Read more to learn how our E-training can help you stay current in todays market!

Onspot automatic tire chains: What mechanics need to know

Whether you are a mechanic that has years of experience with Onspots or new to the automatic tire chain system, what follows are some tips and advice on the proper maintenance and operation of Onspots.

Truck Mechanic - A Challenging and Exciting Job!

Working as a truck mechanic involves a fast-paced environment with a lot to learn. The rapid development of new technology and electric trucks means it's crucial to prioritize effectively in the flow of information. Read more here.

What is Road Surface Friction Coefficient?

Unlock the Secrets of the Road Surface Friction Coefficient with this Simple Guide! Discover More Now.

Happy New Year 2024!

Wishing you a Happy New Year 2024 filled with joy, success, and new beginnings! May this year bring you prosperity and happiness. 

Merry Christmas 2023!

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Winter is Here - Make sure you are ready with Onspot E-Learning

For new or experienced drivers, if your vehicle is equipped with Onspot, ongoing education is important! Our E-Training portal can help. Learn more here!

As a driver, your employer provides you with a vehicle that is specially equipped for the job. If you work in an area with winter conditions, and you’re vehicle has Onspot Automatic Tire chains installed, education and best use practices are very important.

Onspot Automatic Tire chains are designed to provide your truck or bus with instant traction, even in the most challenging winter conditions. With the Onspot, you no longer have to worry about manually installing and removing traditional snow chains. At the touch of a button, you can activate the Onspot system and ensure that you reach your destination safely and on time, without ever having to leave the warmth and comfort of the cab.

However, when you are new to a job, it is natural to feel a bit overwhelmed and unsure about how to use new equipment. Even though the Onspot automatic tire chains are a simple and reliable system, there are a few important things to remember. We understand this from our conversations with experienced users over the years.

That is why we have developed an online e-training system specifically for Onspot users. The Onspot e-training platform is conveniently accessible on our home page at onspot.com. Simply click on the e-training option in the navigation menu, log in, and you will have immediate access to a comprehensive training program designed to familiarize you with all aspects of using and maintaining your Onspot automatic tire chains. Our e-training program, aptly named the "Operating Onspot automatic tire chains," covers everything you need to know to ensure optimal performance and longevity of your Onspot system.

By completing all the training units in the module, you will not only enhance your knowledge and understanding of the Onspot automatic tire chains, but also receive a certificate as a testament to your new expertise. This certificate can serve as a valuable credential, showcasing your commitment to safety and professionalism as a driver.

So, whether you are a seasoned driver looking to refresh your knowledge or a newly hired employee eager to learn, our Onspot e-training platform is here to support you every step of the way.

The link below will take you directly to the e-training platform. Click on it now to become an even better driver.

E-Training

Enhancing Emergency Response: Rescue drivers overcome snow and ice

In the fast-paced world of emergency response, every second counts. Ambulance and fire truck drivers are tasked with reaching the scene of an incident swiftly and safely. One invaluable tool that aids in this mission is Onspot, an automatic tire chain system.

Giving Thanks: A Heartfelt Message from Onspot of North America

As Thanksgiving approaches, we at Onspot of North America want to take a moment to express our gratitude to you, our valued customers.

Operating in winter conditions: Renewed focus for rescue drivers

Here in the States the shift from the fall season toward the winter season has started and it won’t be long until many places are blanketed in snow. For the rescue driver this is also a time of shift in preparation and renewed focus on the job at hand. The priorities are always the same; the safe transport of patients and EMTs with a focus on quick response time. During the winter months these goals never change but the methods and practices implemented by the rescue driver do.

Winter Road Conditions - How to Increase Maneuverability?

When winter arrives, sudden weather changes can affect us. The nights are longer than the days, and wet road surfaces can quickly freeze into ice. Having good traction is essential for road safety. Read more here: What is friction and its relationship with traction?

Automatic tire chains - Why an Onspot e-training portal?

Why is there an Onspot automatic tire chain e-training portal? Learn more here

Autumn is here, winter close behind! Is your fleet ready for snow?

As autumn arrives, the temperature drops and the vibrant leaves begin their transformation. This change in seasons prompts us to consider the challenges that winter will bring. Being fully prepared once winter arrives is essential for maintaining efficiency and maximizing driver and vehicle safety.

Navigating Adverse Weather Conditions- The Challenge for Truck Drivers

The integration of automatic tire chains has revolutionized the way commercial drivers navigate treacherous road conditions, exemplifying the commitment of the industry to both safety and efficiency. Here we will shed light on the reasons why automatic tire chains play a vital role in the world of commercial driving.

Auto chains for commercial drivers: Commonly asked questions

As the West Coast Regional for Onspot I manage a large territory from Colorado - West to Alaksa. So, like many over the road drivers I spent the majority of my time on the road traveling to visit customers and dealers. Quite often during my travels I receive calls from drivers either interested in auto chains or who already currently own Onspots. What follows are some frequently asked questions and concerns from drivers.  My hope is that these will provide you with a better understanding of the Onspot automatic tire chain system and whether or not it is right for you.

Improving Truck Productivity e-Training Drivers Education

Competition in the trucking industry is fierce, and it's crucial to deliver the goods on time. Keeping to your schedule is a must if you want satisfied customers. Fleet managers need to prioritize safety and have the proper training for the truck drivers to stick to the timetable. Read more here:

Automatic Tire Chains: Factors to Consider and What Fleet Managers Think

When you have completed your thorough research on ensuring the safe and timely arrival of your fleet of vehicles, it's time to move on to the next stage. Get more info here.

Up-time - Why it is important for the fleet

Fleet up-time is the backbone of any successful fleet management . When vehicles are consistently available and in optimal working condition, operations run like a well-oiled machine. Read more here.

Road Safety- The Importance of Traction and Friction in Safe Driving

Having traction is essential for forward motion. While many people believe that traction is simply another word for friction, there are distinct differences between the two. Learn more here.

Mastering Safe and Timely Arrival: Conquer Any Road Condition with Onspot

The Onspot Blog is the ultimate destination for heavy vehicle owners and operators who are determined to arrive safely and punctually. With our extensive knowledge and expertise, we provide you with invaluable tips and insights on how to navigate any road condition and weather adversity.

Enhancing Efficiency and Expertise: Why Truck Mechanics Should Embrace E-Training for Automatic Tire Chain Installation

In the fast-paced world of truck maintenance and repair, staying up-to-date with the latest advancements is crucial for mechanics to provide top-notch service. Read more here.

For the mechanic -How to install automatic tire chains!

Automatic tire chains have been on the market for a long time and are a proven system for increasing accessibility on slippery winter roads. The development of new trucks is fast, different fuels are available to choose from, such as "100% Electric" where the development is fast. But this also applies to "Automatic Tire Chains". Read more here  

The Benefits of Automatic Tire Chains for Truck Mechanics: A Game-Changer in Winter Safety

Winter poses unique challenges for truck mechanics as they strive to keep commercial vehicles safe and operational on icy roads. Read more here.

Friction - Static can become Kinetic

We all know the feeling when tires 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 tires and road surface and how the friction is affected.

First Responders- Operate safely in snow and ice

An emergency call just came in and they needed first responders present on scene. It’s the middle of winter and the snow is falling rapidly.

When seconds count: A proper outfitted rescue vehicle is a must.

When it comes to fire and rescue drivers every second counts. These individuals need all the help they can get for quick operations. The drivers rely on proper information and equipment to do their job in a safe and effective manner. They are looked up to as heroes of their community, therefore it is necessary that they have the proper tools and vehicles at their disposal.

Emergency response -How to increase accessibility on winter roads

When winter comes to the US, fine dry country roads can quickly change into wet roads that freeze into ice. If it then starts snowing on the road, this does not make matters better. If you as a rescue vehicle driver gets an alarm right then, it can become difficult on the roads. That can delay the precious response time. But there are solutions. Read more here.

Response time - the challange for the rescue driver

What parts in the daily job as a driver of a rescue vehicle will affect the response time? Learn more here

Maintaining Uptime – E-Training to educate and keep you moving

For the commercial driver, the most critical aspects of the job are maintaining uptime, and safety. Accessible information for both of these categories for the driver not only improve margins, they help with the peace-of-mind of the operator, as well as protecting the investment of the vehicle itself. Read more below.

Commercial Driver- Why automatic tire chains?

We are nearing the end of winter. No doubt winter played a big role in your driving schedule. Your safety is the #1 most important outcome of your route. Read more here

Why Onspot? Frequently asked questions from commercial drivers

The importance of commercial drivers cannot be overstated. These women and men driving across the US and globally, delivering all sorts of goods and services keep the world and its economies thriving.

Truck driver - A job with great variety!

Today's truck drivers work in a rapidly changing world and industry. New technology is constantly being launched and there is a lot to learn and stay up to date on.  Read more here

Winter deliveries - with e-training you will make it on time

When operating a fleet of vehicles you need to have drivers that can handle the winter equipment in the right way. That saves costs due to miss-use and it increases the delivery performance . Read more here.

Winter conditions - The challenge for fleet managers and drivers

The winter season is here again bringing with it cold temperatures and inclement weather. For many fleet managers and drivers in the US and around the world winter presents new challenges. Wise managers and drivers implement strategic plans, utilize tools and equipment to be safe and productive during these times.

Happy New Year 2023

Happy New Year 2023

Fleet Manager – be prepared for slippery roads !

As many Fleet Managers, you work every day for having the best result of your fleet and to have drivers happy. You have the best trucks in your fleet with last technological accessories to conquest the road. But you may have forgotten something ? The weather can quickly change, and you will be at a loss if you don’t have the right equipment. Learn more here.

Happy Holidays from Onspot

Happy Holidays from Onspot!

Keeping trucks moving during winter. Is your fleet prepared?

With summer gone and fall almost at its end, winter weather will be here soon. The luxury of being able to place weather farther down on the list of delays is starting to diminish. With the upcoming cold, snow, freezing rain, and ice, is your fleet of vehicles prepared?

Mechanics- You are the unsung hero of the fleet

 

A mechanic is vital to the health of a truck, bus, van, etc.. As a driver of the vehicle, its somewhat overlooked. Read more here

The Onspot system: A look at what the technician can expect

Your company has decided to make the investment in the Onspots.  They realize the benefits and advantages associated with the automatic tire chain system.  What can you as the technician expect.

Truck mechanic -How can we make the working day easier?

Working as a mechanic today is an exciting job with many challenges. It is important that you stay informed and educated on everything new in the trucking industry. There is a lot of information to take in and it can be difficult to keep up with everything. We at Onspot want it to be easy for the mechanic to work with our system. Read more here. 

Solving loss of traction - the mechanics solution for heavy vehicles

The mechanic and how to solve traction issues in cold weather conditions. Read more on how your input will help transportations running with better accuracy.

The prepared school bus driver: The key to safe transportation

The number one goal of every school bus driver is the transportation of all students safely. Many drivers learn from day-to-day situations how to improve their safety measures. Ultimately, over the years they develop proven methods for providing student transportation in a safe and efficient manner.

Operating Onspot E-training is now available for school bus drivers

Every year, millions of children take the bus every day to go to school and go home. For a short time, the school bus driver has the mission to transport young passengers safely and bring them to their destination on time. His mission becomes harder when winter is coming, as slippery roads can affect his daily routine. Learn more here

School bus planning for winter conditions - Automatic Tire Chains

Being a school bus driver carries a lot of responsibility. The main concern is getting the children to and from their school activities safely. This is challenging enough on a regular day, but now imagine it is the middle of winter with roads covered in ice and snow. Read below on how Onspot is here to help.

School Bus Driver- Overcoming Snow and Ice

The role of a school bus driver is extremely important. You are trusted by parents all over the world to get their children to and from school safely and on-time. It is a job you should be proud of. As a school bus driver, do you often wonder what else you can do to ensure the safety of the children? I know you do. It’s because you take pride in the job. 

E-Training for fire truck- and ambulance drivers

Rescue driver – you train a lot to save lives.  Arriving on time at the incident scene helps you to do that. You are always trying for the  shortest dispatch time as possible. Learn more about the new e-training for better vehicle traction

Fire & Rescue exhibitions -What do firefighters say about Onspot?

When we recently exhibited at the "Fire and Rescue Fair in Västervik" (in Sweden), we did get many questions about Onspot. One of the questions were "can automatic tire chains be used in the summer"? Want to know more about the firefighters' questions and their experiences with automatic tire chains? Read more here

Traction help - different options for the recue vehicle driver

When saving lives you have to be on site as a rescue vehicle driver. It comes with the job. In the colder parts of the year that can be a challenge. Read about the options here.

Happy Fourth of July!

From the Onspot team to you, we wish you a happy and safe Independence Day!

The Rescue Driver - Prepared for anything even freezing fog

Response time is critical for the rescue driver. Once a call is dispatched the clock starts. It now rests upon the driver to arrive on scene (and in some instances leave the scene) as quickly and safely as possible. No doubt being prepared is critical. Read more here.

Commercial driver - e-training on automatic tire chains

With more products ordered on-line the goods transportation system is getting even more important. Everyone wants to have the ordered things at the expected delivery time. Being a commercial vehicle driver your daily routs should be as easy to handle as possible. Learn more here

Getting the Best Fit for Your Vehicle

When choosing Onspot, most of the guess work is taken out when it comes to fitting and installing the automatic tire chain system. This especially shows on the VSI forms, or “measuring” forms. Continue reading to find out more information on the fitting process!

Black Ice- How to remain safe in your vehicle

Black ice. How do you conquer that in a quick way without having to leave the safety in your vehicle. Read more here

Making on time deliveries. Are you prepared?

For the commercial driver another winter season is behind them, albeit slowly. As Spring approaches, it is a good time to assess the condition of equipment. It is also a good time to look back and evaluate your delivery schedule.

Fleet owner -Onspot education for truckdrivers!

As a fleet owner, you want to optimize your business. Therefore, it is important that your drivers have the right training and knowledge of the trucks they drive. Read more here 

Why measure the vehicle to conquer slippery roads?

Why should you take the measurments of a vehicle to be able to beat the slippery roads? Learn more here

Freight Logistics Today - New Challenges For The Fleet Manager

The world of the fleet manager is more complex than ever. Whether you are an owner operator working solo with one truck and trailer or in charge of a large fleet with hundreds of drivers and equipment. The landscape of the logistics world today has changed drastically even in just the past few years.

Heavy Vehicle Tire Chains - Are they in compliance with laws in 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 Canada!

Tire Chains for Heavy Vehicles - Are they in compliance with laws in the U.S?

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!

Knowledge and Know-how - Onspot E-Training

Just like any large purchase, a new car, boat, motorcycle, etc, the initial investment is only part of ownership. These are all examples of mechanical devices that need routine maintenance. Read on to find out ways Onspot is providing this info in our E-Training Portal.

Truck Mechanic- Work Smarter Not Harder

Being a mechanic is the unsung hero of any fleet. Something breaks and you have to fix it. And more times than not, there is a time constraint. You are only one person, but much of the time, folks are relying on you to keep the fleet rolling down the road. You are recognized more than you may realize. 

Fleet Mechanic: Avoiding road calls in bad weather

As a mechanic running an efficient and safe fleet means a day in which everything operates smoothly with little to no downtime or road calls. This challenge is one that the mechanic must face and overcome on a daily basis. When external forces, out of the control of the fleet mechanic, are introduced it becomes even more difficult for them to focus on the scheduled tasks of the day. The ability to run a fleet in inclement weather mainly snow and ice conditions is one such challenge.

Mechanic - Save time and money with correct maintenance

Automatic tire chains are a very reliable and easy system to use for increasing accessibility on winter road conditions. But of course, as with all equipment on the truck, you also have to maintain your automatic tire chains. How does the mechanic work with your automatic tire chains? Read more here

Happy New Year 2022!

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Merry Christmas to all of you!

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School bus driving - improve perfomance on icy roads

As a school bus driver, you want to bring the pupils to school, on time in the morning. In the evening you should also bring them safely homeHere are some tips on how to improv performance on icy roads.

The school bus: A history of safety and innovation

The school season is in full swing which means for people living in the US and Canada school buses are running routes through neighborhoods taking kids to school in the early morning hours and safely returning them home again in the afternoon. Learn more here.

School bus driver – Why do I need automatic tire chains ?

Being a School Bus Driver is a very important job. You have the responsability to bring the kids to school and home on time and safely. During the season, you will be faced to slippery roads and you have to be prepared !

School Bus Drivers - Being Prepared for Winter Driving

As the leaves begin to turn colors and the air turns crisp, we are reminded that winter and the inclement weather it brings with it is just around the corner. What can be done to prepare for this? Read on to learn more.

Emergency Vehicles- What are rescue drivers saying

Do you experience white knuckles when driving in the snow? As a rescue driver, there is someone on the other end of your route relying on your arrival. No matter how nervous you are about the weather, deep down you know that you are about to potentially save a life. So you push through. 

Fire Fighters - How being prepared reduces response time

All first responders  know that when they get the call a quick response time is critical. It contributes to saving lives, containing fires, and ensuring the safety of the community. Fire fighters use various resources at their disposal to accomplish what is needed while ensuring their safety and the safety of those around them.  

Firetruck driver -Why is it good to have automatic tire chains?

 

Working as a firefighter places great demands on you as a person, your professional skills and your education. The development of equipment and vehicles also accelerating and today's fire trucks are
advanced and complex. It is important that the driver and the firefighter team know their firetruck and its equipment. Poor equipment can have consequences for the emergency response time.

Today’s Ambulance – An Emergency Room on Wheels

The moment an emergency call is dispatched it is a race against time. For the crew and ambulance every second counts. Therefore, it is essential that they are equipped with everything needed to handle a large variety of circumstances in a timely manner.

Commercial Driver- Conventional tire chain mounting vs Automatic tire chains

Snowstorms, they are likely to happen 

It is time to hit the road, but you know there's a good chance you will encounter a snowstorm on the way to your destination... You know the objective is to reach your destination safely and on-time. At some point along the journey your truck is going to need tire chains applied to the road surface. You have two options in this situation; get out of the vehicle and chain your tires up (while traffic is driving past you) or use automatic tire chains by flipping a switch from the comfort of you cab. 

Slippery roads - the benefits of automatic tire chains

Would you benefit from automatic tire chains as a commercial driver? Read more here and download a folder that explains why you would that.

Commercial driver – Is truck driver a good job?

As there is a shortage of professional drivers in many regions of the world, one may ask why not enough people seem to be attracted by the profession. What once was a job that required mainly driving skills has developed into a computerised operation, requiring multi-skills of the driver. This development can certainly scare away drivers who cannot adapt to the new technology but should reasonably attract a young tech-savvy generation. Yet, there are not good drivers enough in the market. And probably, anyone who consider entering the trade asks herself if truck driver is a good job. Well, is it?

Why do I Use Onspot? – Commercial Drivers on Meeting Deadlines

As the demands for commercial driver productivity increases every day, it can be a challenge to meet them even in the best conditions. Now, add winter weather into the mix, these demands can seem even further out of reach. How does a pro driver battle these situations? Read below to find out.

Commercial driver -How can I optimize my driving with automatic tire chains?

To be a commercial driver today requires a lot from the driver. Trucks are becoming more advanced and it is necessary to keep up with the new technology. This can be helpful if you use the technology properly. In today’s society, everything moves fast for better or worse. Professional drivers often have a hectic schedule, regardless if they drive goods, bulk, or construction.

Deliver on time - the automatic tire chains as a solution

As a Fleet manager you have to make sure that your company delivers on time, drivers are safe and work according regulations and that you keep costs under control. Read more here.

Fleet efficiency – Making the fleet manager an uptime hero

All fleet operations from fire/rescue, school bus/transit, and commercial although different have the same end goal – to operate in a safe, timely, and efficient manner. The responsibility to ensure this happens falls on the shoulders of the fleet manager. Read more.

Fleet Manager- Improve fleet productivity

As a fleet manager, what’s our biggest objective? Arrive, deliver, or pickup safely and on time. If one of these three objectives are not accomplished, we are often met with disgruntled customers. The frustration tends to impact more than just the drive, customer, and fleet manager. Everyone will likely hear about it. More times than not, its mother natures fault. Maybe the driver ran into a snowstorm and had to chain up his or her tires.

Fleet Management - commercial vehicle fleet productivity in the winter

As a Fleet manger you have to make sure that your company delivers on time, that the drivers are safe and work according regulations and that you keep costs under controll. Learn more here.

Slippery Conditions - Traction Devices Explained

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.

Fleet Manager - staying efficient during bad weather

Here is what David Anderson, former 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?

Slippery roads – traction aid in non-winter 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 braking 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 autumn?

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Tire chains - are conventional or automatic the best option?

Getting a grip – what is the best option?

Merry Christmas to all of you!

The Onspot family would like to wish you and your families and very Merry Christmas! We may not be traveling out of town this Christmas, but hold those in your house close and cherish this moment.

Who will benefit from automatic tire chains?

Whether you are a driver picking up household waste in isolated villages, transporting children to school early in the morning, or delivering products to customers awaiting their orders, you 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. Learn more here

Traction Devices Explained

Traction devices allow you to travel safely on slippery roads and in adverse weather conditions. Safety is the #1 reason for equipping your vehicle with a traction device. A close #2 is these devices allow drivers to stay on-time with their routes. Most people who use traction devices to navigate in less than optimal conditions because it's their job.

How do I prepare for the various challenges of the winter road?

 
Losing the grip on your truck when you need to climb an icy hill can cause stressful situations and delays. There are many options on the market to increase traction on icy winter roads. Being prepared is the key and equipping your vehicle properly can save time and money but also make your trip more comfortable and safer. R ead more here

Questions to Consider When Traction Is Key

You’ve done your research and have concluded that you need to increase your traction capabilities in inclement weather. The following questions will help you determine what type of traction aid would be most effective.

How to use traction aids

A truck or other heavy vehicle that loses traction not only disrupts operations but can also lead to a dangerous situation. In regions where weather – or other – conditions entails the risk of slippery driving conditions, having some traction aid could be an obvious precaution to secure operation and prevent delays. Although there are similarities with traction aids for passenger cars, there are other requirements for trucks.

Are automatic tire chains the correct choice for me?

A quick look at today’s modern commercials fleets proves the endless variations that now exist in their design and use. On any given day the average person will see dozens of these vehicles in action. 

Traction aids for trucks

A truck or other heavy vehicle that loses traction not only disrupts operations but can also lead to a dangerous situation. In regions where weather – or other – conditions entails the risk of slippery driving conditions, having some traction aid could be an obvious precaution to secure operation and prevent delays. Although there are similarities with traction aids for passenger cars, there are other requirements for trucks.

When to use traction aid

'When should I use a traction aid?' This seemingly simple question could be answered by 'whenever you lose traction'. However, it isn't as simple as that. There are situations when it's a good idea to use a traction aid even if traction isn't lost. And, there are situations where traction aids should not be used. Here is how you should think.

Hotel for your automatic tire chains

Servicing your automatic snow chains are important in order to maintain function and safety. The best is if you have the opportunity to store your automatic snow chains for a season at an Onspot Hotel.

What can an Automatic Tire Chain System do for you?

Automatic tire chain systems can be explaned in two ways: 1) The physical properties of the system, and 2) What the system provides for you. Here we have them both listed. Learn more below.

How to increase traction

The loss of traction can have serious consequences. A heavy vehicle unable to start or maneuver due to slippery road conditions is a potential risk to road safety. Not to mention the possible effects it can to the operation, be it goods transportation, passenger traffic, or rescue service. Here is how to increase traction.

Are automatic tire chains expensive – or cheap?

At the cost of approx. USD2,500 for a complete system, automatic tire chains may seem costly to some. Still, there are others who without hesitation order and mount automatic tire chains on their every new vehicle, obviously finding them well worth the price. And, this has not necessarily to do with the financial status of the vehicle owner...

For a vehicle that never, or very rarely, is driven in icy or slippery road conditions, automatic tire chains are not a very good investment. But, for a driver who very often – possibly daily for extended periods – encounters icy roads, the safety and convenience of automatic tire chains may come as a bargain. So, where is the line between expensive and cheap?

Different types of tire chains for trucks

Tire chains are an old and proven method for getting traction in icy road conditions. Even if chains look similar, there are different types of chains for the truck driver to consider. And, as usual, different types have different benefits. Your final choice should be a result of your specific needs and preferences.

Automatic tire chains - limitations and precautions

There is no such thing as 'the perfect traction aid.' All different methods for increasing traction have their specific advantages. Accordingly, your choice of traction aid should be the optimal compromise for your personal needs, taking into account the features and benefits the different methods offer. When deciding on your traction aid, excluding options due to limitations or other cons could be one approach. So, which are the limitations of automatic tire chains?

Despite the fact that automatic tire chains by most experienced users are considered the most convenient and preferred choice, there are drawbacks you should be aware of.

Why an automatic tire chain system?

Why should anyone invest in an automatic tire chain system? Existing choices for increasing traction in slippery conditions have long been in use. Read more here about all the options.

Onspot operating instructions to give to your drivers

Before we know it, we will be in the winter season when roads will look like in the picture above. To get the most out of their Onspot investment, many fleet managers supply their drivers with checklists. These checklists make it easy for drivers to maintain the vehicle. Learn more and download the checklist here.

How to Measure for your Onspot System

It is important to understand that Onspot is not a one-size-fits-all product due to the variety of vehicles used across a multitude of industries. More importantly for a fleet manager and it cannot be emphasized enough, one cannot assume that “sister chassis” are identical so measurement of every truck is highly recommended.

Fleet operations: A balancing act between efficiency and safety

As a fleet manager, running a cost effective and efficient fleet safely is paramount to its success.  This is a challenge that must be faced and overcome on a daily basis.  When presented with any number of external forces out of the control of the fleet operator, then this process becomes even more difficult.  The ability to run a fleet in inclement weather mainly snow and ice conditions is one such challenge. 

The most popular blog texts about automatic tire chains

Throughout the year you are reading new blog posts covering different topics about automatic tire chains. The posts cover topics such as before you invest, installation and maintaining the system. We have collected the most popular blog texts below. Please click on them to read and learn more:

Improving fleet productivity, an ebook

The need for commercial freight and logistic services has never been higher. However, the firms and entrepreneurs operating in this space continue to see extremely tight operating margins.

Servicing the Onspot system: Tips for the mechanic

When it comes to the Onspot automatic tire chain system there are many advantages.  Through the simple push of a dashboard switch the chain wheels are engaged providing the driver with traction on snow and ice.  It is not necessary for the driver to get out of the vehicle and manually strap chains on the tires. The driver can stay in the cab of the vehicle, avoiding the harsh winter conditions, the dangers of chaining up on the side of the road, and the overall physical exertion associated with conventional chains.  This is all well and good for the driver.

Onspot: benefits for everyone

The wait is over and the Onspot automatic tire chain system has arrived.  Soon traction on snow and ice will be as simple as flipping a dashboard mounted switch.  Gone are the days of having to get out in inclement weather and manually “throw iron”.  This is a tremendous benefit for any driver, but what about the mechanic?

What is Onspot?

I’ve worked with Onspot for the past five years and the most common question I still receive is “what do you guys do?”

Are automatic tire chains in compliance with laws where I drive?

The short answer is yes. Automatic tire chains are utilized by various industries and approved by governments worldwide. Read more here.

Bus delays – and a smart way to prevent the problem

The bus driver has a delicate job, which rightly puts a great deal of pressure on him as passengers expect to reach their destination right on time. It is basically the same whether driving a school bus, a public city bus, or a coach. Any delays may have consequences ranging from just irritation to compensation claims. Thus, preventing delays is a good way to make the bus driver’s day a bit easier.

The right equipment makes all the difference

The school bus of today has come a long way from buses of the past. A whole host of features ranging from tracking equipment, on board cameras, and seat belts are just a few features that can be found inside its signature yellow exterior. This technology is designed to improve both driver function and student safety. Rightfully so as thousands of these vehicles carry students of all ages from home to school and back again.

Winter driving tips for school bus drivers

Of course, when hazardous conditions exist, schools are closed, and no buses are on the road. However, when caught unexpectedly in or even after a significant winter weather event, bus drivers take on the responsibility of transporting the children safely. How do they do this?

How to get the best out of your Onspot

Are you new to driving rescue vehicles or a seasoned driver? No matter your level of experience, sometimes it’s as easy as figuring out when and how to use the equipment that exists on the vehicle today.

Do automatic tire chains benefit rescue drivers?

What rescue drivers say...Automatic tire chains continue to be a top choice of rescue drivers. The challenges faced in this profession are unique and those challenges play to the strengths of an automatic traction solution.

Traction Alternatives for Rescue Vehicles

First responders are trained professionals who are the first to arrive and provide assistance in rescue or emergency situations no matter the weather conditions.

Future challenges for the rescue driver

To many, the very image of a rescuer is the firefighter. For generations, firefighters have gained respect and admiration for their professional skills and bravery when protecting society and saving citizen lives, whether at single incidents or significant disasters. It’s natural to believe that that role for the rescuer will remain the same also in the future, but times change fast and radically, and the conditions for the rescuer may also change…

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.

Modular design - why is it easier for the truck mechanics?

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?

School bus driver – driving safely in winter conditions

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.

Winter Driving- 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!

 

Traction Control - 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.

Slippery roads -Why do bridges freeze faster than roads?

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.

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 - would winter tires or automatic tire chains be best for my truck or bus?

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.

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.

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