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Considerations for today's ambulance

Leonard D'Orlando, May 16, 2019

Safety first, never last: The ambulance of today is a sophisticated machine and whether new or reconditioned 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 one

5 Tips for efficient driving when winter weather strikes

Maritza Hernandez, December 13, 2018

It happens every year and every year it surprises us, catching us off guard.  We are, of course, talking about the winter season and the host of winter weather problems it brings.

Why Bridges Freeze Before Roads Do

Leonard D'Orlando, December 6, 2018

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.

Tips for black ice - look, listen and react

Eric Jones, November 29, 2018

The first winter storm of the season often catches many of us by surprise. Soon most of us will have had  our first big burst of winter weather. The snow-covered roads and plow trucks are an obvious indicator that we should be vigilant while driving. But what about when ice is present without these visual cues? Black ice is the winter threat many of us fail to observe until it’s too late. 

Road Friction; What is it?

Maritza Hernandez, September 17, 2018

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 Snow Chains?

Leonard D'Orlando, September 6, 2018

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.

Driver fatigue, how to handle it?

Lucas Gulino, March 2, 2018

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

Leonard D'Orlando, February 22, 2018

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

Maritza Hernandez, February 15, 2018

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.

5 Tyre Safety Tips for Commercial Drivers

Eric Jones, November 25, 2017

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