Calgary Food Trucks Service
Over the last few years, a new craze has popped up in cities all over North America – the food truck. Once just a hallmark of places like New York and Los Angeles, the food truck phenomenon has now spread to every corner of the continent, including right here in Calgary.
Food trucks are the ultimate win for a sole proprietor that loves the business: portable, efficient, and on a small scale, they can quickly be moved to a new location as needed. But what happens when the “truck” part of the business starts to show more than the “food” side?
Benefits of Mobile Truck Service
In the modern age of tight deadlines and high efficiency, it isn’t always easy to take time out of your schedule to keep up with the maintenance on your heavy equipment – even if you know that preventative maintenance is an excellent way to extend the life of everything from your engine to your axles. Aside from being needed on the job site, your trucks and other machines can also be inconvenient or too large to move easily. As a result, if they get pushed too hard for too long, they may stop working altogether and break down on site or become unsafe to operate on highways or city streets. It’s costly to tow, and to spend weeks waiting for repairs that cost valuable productivity. What can be done to prevent this?
Avoiding Department Of Transportation Fines With Our Spring Special!
It looks like warm weather has finally returned, and as the old saying goes, that means it’s time for our second-longest Canadian season: construction! Trucks, rollers, pavers, cranes, and all kinds of other vehicles will be out in force in the coming months, working hard and doing what they do best.
But many of those vehicles have been sitting idle for several months, as the cold weather really blasted Calgary this year. That means all the hoses, pipes, and connections could have suffered damage over that time, and even the quality of the fluids inside the tanks and reservoirs could be reduced. And having a vehicle with multiple issues isn’t the kind of spring start you likely envisioned.
DEFs and California Truck Regulations
There’s a misconception that being a trucker is easy – that you just get comfy and drive around in the sunshine, with your favourite music playing and the wide open road ahead. And while it has moments like that, it’s still a job. A job that’s done in all conditions, rain or shine, with long stretches away from home and your family. A job with rules, laws, safety protocols, and plenty of paperwork that follows you everywhere you go.
Government regulation of the trucking industry varies across provinces and states, with some being stricter than others on things like maintenance, scheduling, and emission standards. California is well known for being among the strictest places in North America when it comes to these laws, and has been for many years.
How You Can Keep Your Cab Temperature Livable Without Idling Your Truck.
In recent years, a new trend of anti-idling laws has cropped up in many places around the world, and Alberta could be next in line. These laws are meant to reduce waste and emissions from vehicles that are idling for long periods of time – affecting everything from long-haul trucks at rest stops to the huge cargo ships waiting in a port. The laws are for a good reason, but they often fail to account for the reason why the vehicles are idling in the first place: the weather outside can be extreme, and it’s often quite literally unsafe to be in a vehicle without heating or cooling for several hours.
Winter Stopping Components
Looking for winter driving safety tips? This page explains the role of traction control, shock absorbers, anti-lock brakes, and maintenance for better winter driving.
As a city in southern Alberta – a region known for its snowstorms and winter cold – there’s bound to be days in Calgary where you find yourself on a snow-covered Deerfoot Trail or a dark and icy 16 Ave at rush hour. However, modern vehicles have all kinds of winter driving equipment and safety systems built in to help you keep control on slick surfaces. If you keep them well maintained and ready, you can help keep yourself safe, no matter the winter driving conditions.
Fifth Wheel Safety and Maintenance
If you’re a truck driver or a heavy equipment operator – or even if you’re just someone who loves to camp! – then chances are good that you’re familiar with fifth-wheel configurations. These setups, in which a trailer is hooked into the tractor or semi by a “kingpin” held in place in the centre of a disc or other mechanism, are very common and can be seen all over the roads you travel.
There are many different kinds of fifth-wheel connectors. Aside from the common vertical pin type that you’ll likely see on semis and tractor-trailers, there are also pintle hitches, which use a hook and a ring to allow greater flexibility on rough terrain; gooseneck hitches, which are used in pickup truck beds to pull campers and horse trailers; ball hitches, which usually attach to the back end of a truck for a variety of towing needs, and low-mount car-haulers – kind of like miniature flatbeds. With so much variation in style and capability, it’s easy for some telltale signs of danger or incorrect weight distribution to go unnoticed. And that means bad news!
Trucking Accidents Change Lives
Driving has become so commonplace now that we often forget just how dangerous it can be. While safety precautions have come a long way since the first motor vehicles appears at the turn of the 20th century, one of the most effective precautions a driver can have is to simply be prepared and know that everything under the hood is performing well. After all, even minor road accidents can have life-altering consequences – or even worse, ones that end a life altogether.
These dangers increase even more when bigger, heavier trucks or other machinery is involved: with more mass, they take longer to slow and stop when moving, and they cause much more damage when they hit something smaller.
How Will New Tariffs Affect Your Heavy Truck?
It’s hard to escape the news these days – every radio, TV, website and magazine is blaring headlines about some big bombshell that’s ready to go off. So unless you’ve been living in a cave with your hands over your ears, you’ve probably heard about the ongoing trade disputes between Canada and some other important trade partners.
On one hand, we are in the midst of renegotiating tariffs and trade terms with our largest ally and trader, the United States. NAFTA, a longstanding agreement that regulated the amount of taxes and fees that import/export items had between the three North American countries, is currently being drawn up anew, and what that will mean for our automotive supplies still remains to be seen. On the other hand, one of the world’s – and Canada’s – main suppliers of oil, Saudi Arabia, is now at odds with our government as well, meaning that there could be trouble on the horizon for all Canadians.
Humboldt Bus Crash and New Alberta Trucking Regulations
Canadians are known for their patriotism, community, and love of hockey – and it’s not often that all three of these combine under the umbrella of a nationwide tragedy. But this was the case back in April when an under-qualified truck driver caused a collision on a rural Saskatchewan highway, killing 16 young hockey players and injuring over a dozen more. And now, due to this accident, the trucking industry guidelines across Alberta are set to change in order to prevent it from happening again.
The 5 Senses of Truck Service
Have you ever wondered just how to tell when your truck or other equipment needs a tune up? You don’t have to be an expert to get a sense for what’s happening when you’re driving. Just let your senses help you out! Here are some ways to discern potential problems using nothing more than what you’ve already got.
1. Listen: This is one of the most helpful senses when trying to find out what might be going on in your engine. If you hear knocking coming from under the hood, possible causes could be mechanical parts – like valves, injectors, gaskets or pistons – or even some sort of mechanical failure in the engine itself. It could be an exhaust leak, badly aligned tires, or any number of issues. The only way to be sure is to get a mechanic to take a look – ideally before major work is needed. So call us, and save stress and your money! And if you hear honking from other drivers while you’re behind the wheel, then that is probably a good sign that something might be wrong. Stop right away, check over your truck, and make sure everything is okay to drive!
Can your semi truck maintain itself?
One of the biggest costs of running a vehicle is that of the ongoing maintenance it needs – and of these, the most common is the oil change. For big trucks and specialized units, it can costs hundreds of dollars to flush out the system and buy the filter and oil necessary, and if you’re on the road as part of your job, you can rack up the mileage extremely quickly. What’s the best way to get the most life out of your oil and filters?
Is Your New Battery Dead? It could be Parasitic Power Draw!
If you’re reliant on your vehicle to work, one of the most frustrating events that can happen is your engine not starting when you need it to. You could have sworn that everything was checked out, that your battery was still pretty new, that it hasn’t been that cold outside lately…so what’s going on? Well, you might be experiencing a phenomenon known as parasitic power draw.
We Have Brand New Ownership!
It looks like the city is finally coming out of the bitter cold of winter, and spring will soon be on its way. That means change is coming, and like the saying goes, change is good! That rings especially true in the technical industries, because as technology increases and improves, new methods and tactics are needed to stay current with trends. That’s why West Tech Mobile is happy to announce a change in ownership, and some great new results coming to our clients!
We’d like to give an official welcome to Sorin Deaconu, a Red Seal-licensed mechanic and an APEGA professional engineer. He has a background in lean manufacturing, maintenance and reliability engineering, quality engineering, and heavy-duty equipment design. All of that makes him a perfect fit for our industry, and for our customers!
Hydronic Heaters like Webasto are the solution!
Over the past month, Calgary and southern Alberta have been blasted with some of the coldest weather on the planet – and when it’s creeping down to -40 on the thermometer, nobody wants to step outside and try to start their vehicle! Unfortunately, many industries can’t stop until it gets even colder than that, which means you might be doomed to the grind of plugging your truck in 24/7, hoping it starts (or having to call someone like us if it doesn’t), and waiting for it to warm up…all the while, knowing that the cold starts are doing damage to the engine.
Why not look into a better solution? After all, the service experts at West Tech Mobile have got one!