Weigh Stations: What to Know Before You Go

Weigh stations are something which most truck drivers will experience at some point. However, for new drivers, they can be a little overwhelming at first. Still, these stations play an important role in making sure that both you and other drivers are safe on the road…

Weigh Stations: A Quick Guide

Who has to stop

A weigh station, as the name implies, is a place for the Department of Transportation to weigh commercial vehicles. After all, overweight and oversized vehicles can pose serious risks to both their drivers and others on the road. In the U.S., for instance, the most any truck and a full trailer can weigh is 80,000 pounds.

At these stations, any commercial vehicle which weighs at least 10,000 pounds must stop. However, there are a few exceptions. For example, if a driver has something like a PrePass or a bypass service, then they may not need to stop. A good way to check for stations on your route is by using a map service like Google Maps.

The weighing process

The weighing process starts even before you make it to a weigh station. First, you have to look for signs which indicate open stations. Once you see an open one, then you must stop at the station. After that, your truck will be weighed by the DOT, usually by rolling scales which you just drive your truck over.

If a truck is under 80,000 pounds, then the officials will clear it to continue driving. If it’s overweight, then it’s flagged and often times inspected. However, the DOT can also perform truck inspections for other reasons too. They might do this to check for fluid leaks, cracks in the rims, flat tires, and much more.

Log books

Weigh stations also involve log book inspections. DOT officials will enter in your DOT number to a database to check your log books. The officials do this for two reasons. Firstly, it’s to make sure you are doing your part and are keeping record of your driving hours.

Secondly, and most importantly, they also want to make sure you aren’t violating hours-of-service laws. Truckers have strict rules on how long they can drive per day and per week. These rules help ensure drivers get proper rest in-between their hauls.

Car Batteries: Improving Length of Life

As the weather begins to get colder, a lot of people start to wonder about their car batteries. After all, the weather is just one aspect which can impact its lifespan. With how crucial your battery is, its important to know how you can maximize their effectiveness…

Car Batteries: Whats Kills Them and Prevention

What kills batteries

Car batteries, on average, have about a 3-to-5 year lifespan. However, this is under ideal situations. Often times, there’s outside factors which impact this lifespan, like the weather. Extreme heat and extreme cold, for instance, can kill batteries before they even reach the three year mark.

How you use your car can also hurt your battery’s lifespan. Constantly taking short trips doesn’t give your battery time to fully recharge, hurting its longevity. Plus, extended use of electrical accessories like the radio or AC can also lessen the life of your battery.

Signs of a dying battery

There’s a couple different signs to pay attention to that can clue you in on when your car batteries are on the way out. One of the most notable signs is when your car struggles to start. This can be an indication that your battery isn’t able to provide enough power to turn over the engine, and in need of change.

There’s also the more less-than-obvious signs. This could include things like dimmer headlights, issues with the radio, and your windows being sluggish to open and close. Even things like reduced airflow from your vents can be caused by a battery which is dying out.

Ways to extend lifespan

The ways to boost the lifespan of your car batteries mainly comes down to tackling the factors which drain it. Try to keep an eye on the temperature, and when it gets too extreme, keep your car or battery in a more moderate spot. That way, you can reduce the toll the weather takes on it .

You can also try to not use electrical accessories when your car isn’t running. A common mistake that kills batteries is when people leave their car’s lights on. Plus, try to check on your battery every once and while for corrosion buildup, which can also kill your battery if left unchecked.