Polar Power Protects Your Engine from Winter’s Cold



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Cold weather has been known to take a toll on vehicles, which is Global Parts, Inc. has an array of different parts and products to help you maintain your vehicle and keep it running safely and efficiently all winter long. One of those products is Polar Power, a diesel fuel treatment product that keeps the fuel from gelling in the freezing temperatures. Keep reading to find out why you should be using Polar Power in your diesel-powered vehicle this winter.

Polar Power

There are some definite perks to driving a truck with diesel fuel. Diesel engines are more efficient than gasoline ones, they’re more durable and they’re great at powering heavy-duty vehicles. But when it comes to winter, you can run into some trouble.

At certain temperatures, diesel fuel will turn into a gel-like substance that will not flow through the fuel system. This happens because colder temperatures cause the paraffin wax present in the fuel to solidify, moving from a crystallized form to a gel as the temperatures outside fall. When diesel fuel begins to gel, it not only gets in your fuel tank, but clogs your fuel lines and fuel filter as well.

The only way to prevent diesel fuel from gelling is to use a water dispersant to keep the paraffin from crystallizing. That’s where Polar Power comes in.

Polar Power is a highly effective formula specifically designed by FPPF to provide significant performance benefits in all diesel fuels, including ultra-low sulfur diesel and bio-diesel fuel blends. It contains the most advanced cold flow improver on the market, which means you get superior protection in the cold winter months.

Polar Power contains FPPF’s Fuel Power, a wax dispersant, lowers the pour point of the diesel fuel, contains a seed crystal modifier, lowers the cold filter plug point and contains zero alcohols.

Polar Power Prevents Diesel Fuel from Gelling

Total Power

If you want to take things a step further, consider using Total Power. This product combines the technologies of Fuel Power and Polar Power to provide the complete winter diesel treatment. It also contains Cetane 8+, a lubricity additive and a diesel injector cleaner.

Diesel injector cleaners are vital to keeping your diesel engine running properly. Over time, deposits build up in the tips of your fuel injectors, gunking them up and preventing them from delivering an evenly dispersed mist of fuel to your engine. If you’re not cleaning the injectors, you won’t be getting the best performance and fuel mileage from your engine.

When used regularly, Total Power can lower CFPP, lower pour point, clean your fuel injectors and raise cetane. Like Polar Power, it contains no alcohols while also meeting L-10 and N-14.

Facing Winter’s Wrath

When freezing temperatures become the norm, your vehicle can end up with a whole host of problems. Your car battery can die in cold weather; the fluids in your car can thicken; even your tire pressure can decrease thanks to low temperatures.

At Global Parts, Inc., we want all of our customers to be as safe as possible on the roads this winter. We have a variety of products that can help prepare your vehicle for the winter months, including LED lights, snow chains, and of course, Polar Power. All of these can be used in various ways in order to keep your vehicle operating safely during the colder months.

Why Snow Chains Are Important for Winter Driving



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If you’re driving in an area where there is a significant amount of snowfall and icy conditions in the winter, investing in snow chains might be a good idea. They could provide you that peace of mind knowing you will arrive safely at your destination, plus there might be areas that are regulated and require drivers to use them. Global Parts, Inc. is committed to providing you with heavy duty truck accessories to ensure that you always have what you need, and we have a variety of snow chains available to get your truck ready for winter.

Why Use Snow Chains?

Snow chains offer drivers a degree of safety. When roads are compacted with heavy snow and ice, it can be dangerous for you to drive on them. But if you need to use the road to get to work or whatever reason, snow chains can help you drive safely over them. The chains attach to the wheels to provide maximum traction while driving over the snow and/or ice. Drivers will still have to proceed cautiously — driving too fast can still cause them to lose control of their vehicle, but the snow chains should help keep the car steady and moving forward when driving slowly. If you are hauling a trailer, it might be beneficial to have snow chains on trailer tires, too.

Types of Snow Chains

There are several different types of snow chains on the market. This includes the AutoSock, which is fabric-based, easy grip composite snow chains, low-profile snow chains, as well as winter traction aids. Each of them are going to help on snowy and icy roads, though some are going to provide a smoother and quieter ride than traditional chains.

There are also chains that do not require you to reach into the wheel well, making it easy to install in about two minutes or less.

You will want to compare the different snow chains based upon the kind of vehicle you have as well is what kinds of conditions you are going to be driving in on a regular basis.

Determine Whether You Need One Set or Two Sets of Snow Chains

Tips on Using Snow Chains

When you are going to install snow chains on your car or truck, you want to make sure you follow the handbook. Make sure that you purchase ones that are designed for your wheel size. You also need to determine whether you are going to get one set or two, and this is determined based upon the conditions you are going to be driving in, as well as what kind of vehicle you have. A four-wheel-drive vehicle should always have two pairs — so that all four wheels are fitted. If you are only going to get one pair, front-wheel-drive should have it installed on the front wheels while rear wheel drive should have it installed on the rear wheels.

A best practice when driving with snow chains on is to turn off traction control. You also want to make sure that you drive gently and slow down. You should generally not exceed more than 30 mph once you have the chains on. You might also want to stop after having driven a short distance so that you can adjust the tension.

If you have other questions on snow chains or heavy duty truck parts, contact Global Parts Inc; we can answer your questions and provide technical help. We have several warehouses in Georgia, Florida and Kentucky, and we ship free to the lower 48 states. Right now we have a special promotion for 10 percent off all snow chains. To redeem, use the code “SAFEDRIVER” at checkout.

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Driving Safety for Tractor Trailers (Part 2 of 2)



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Drivers’ main focus is on the safety and well-being of themselves and other drivers on the highway. Driving demands full concentration, with attention to the smallest of details. What make driving more dangerous than usual are rough weather conditions, careless drivers, and inoperable vehicle equipment.

However, drivers can make their on the road driving experience safer for every driver traveling the highways, and byways.

Rules of the Road to Staying Safe on the Highway

Most accidents are avoidable, and many are not. Commercial driving puts many truckers at risk, for traffic accidents, and major health concerns. The biggest cause of trucking accidents is visibility problems, which cause many drivers to maneuver into unfamiliar territory. A GPS tracking device can eliminate most problems, and keep the driver on track.

Professional truck drivers have to practice often. They must monitor the space, height, and depth of each turn, and determine the distance between statutory and moving objects. Here are a few safety-driving tips to keep everyone safe, and to help drivers arrive at their destination.

  • Determine Space Cushion
  • Look out for low clearances, overpasses, and tunnels
  • Determine turning spaces
  • Be wary of uneven roads, slippery highways, and unfavorable weather conditions
  • Check the rear and side mirror for objects that are not visible in the mirrors
  • Allow follow the rules of the road

Plan the Trip According to the Weather

Traveling on the highways of any city or state is challenging, when the weather conditions are great. However, drivers should plan a trip based on the area they are traveling, and the route they will be taking. Some cities experience a busy season, which makes getting from point A to point B tasking, frustrating, and time consuming.

Driving in bad weather

Leave ahead of schedule to allow time for unavoidable situations. Here are a few tips to consider when traveling along unknown terrain:

  • Be mindful of traffic congestion on the highways and interstates
  • Obey all traffic and stop lights
  • Never speed in unfavorable weather conditions that can impose a safety violation
  • Look out for highway construction and workers
  • Pay close attention to hills and mountains

Checking the weather forecast of visiting locations can prevent many disasters. Always take a map along and a working up- to- date GPS. Drivers should always pay close attention to weight limitations and bridge restrictions. All equipment maintenance and repairs should be done before making any travel plans.

Keep the Speed Down

It is easy to go over the speed limit when a deadline is approaching. Nevertheless, speed limits help accidents, and remind drivers to reduce their speeds ahead of time. Trucks traveling up a ramp too fast can tilt or roll over.

Beware of Turns and Curves

Professional truck drivers should be aware of tricky turns and curves on the highway. Drivers should adjust their speed prior to approaching a sharp turn, or a winding curve. Slowing down before turning can prevent rollovers, and save lives.

Professional drivers need to refer to their driving manual, and company guidelines, on safety issues. At Global Parts, Inc we make heavy duty truck parts that last a long time.

Cargo Safety Considerations



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Safety and security issues have always been important to those in the cargo and freight industry. However, it has been more recently that cargo security and the physical security of drivers has become a huge issue. It is often overlooked that the measures which will ensure a cargo load does not endanger the lives of pedestrians or other drivers are the same measures which will make it difficult for criminals to make theft of the cargo. A safely loaded truck is also a more securely loaded truck.

A safely and securely loaded truck, however, does take greater time and investment on the part of the company and on the part of the driver. Both must be willing to invest the money (company) and time (driver). To overlook necessary steps is to put the driver in danger, the cargo in danger, and innocent bystanders or drivers in danger as well.

In addition to these two important considerations it should also be noted that, when a load is not secured safely, it can also result in damaged goods. This is bad for everyone involved: the driver, the company, and the end customer.

When you or your company consistently delivers safe cargo loads with no damage, your customers will know you are a company that can be trusted. Drivers, too, can expect to have a continued great track record with their employer when they put safety and security first.

First Steps to Security

Securement starts with making sure that your trailer is safe and clean. Drivers should always complete a checklist before each load is put into their truck. This is a great way to tell if there are problems ahead of time. The checklist should go from front to back and include every detail of the truck and trailer.

Damage is usually caused by a communication issue between the driver and the person operating the forklift. While loading cargo, you should be diligent to make sure that the forklift does not inflict any damage to the cargo. A driver has many responsibilities other than simply driving the cargo to its destination. You are to look out for possible hazards and complete inspections of the load before and after arriving at your destination to ensure that no damage to the cargo was sustained. Remember the cargo is your responsibility until delivery.

Federal Regulations

Cargo safety and transportation is regulated by the federal government in order to protect drivers, companies, customers, and others that might come into contact with the cargo. It is necessary to evenly distribute and secure all loads. It is necessary to have all equipment and heavy duty truck parts on hand to accomplish a secure loading. It is also required that the cargo not interfere with your view in front or on both sides while you are driving and that the cargo not interfere in any way with your movements as to hinder you in an emergency.

LED Versus Incandescent Lighting



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Incandescent light has been an option for over one hundred years––ever since Thomas Edison first invented his light bulb. It has lit the way home for drivers on America’s roadways since 1912, thanks to the manufacturers of Cadillac, who were the first to develop a sustainable, shock-resistant headlamp version that ran on electricity.

But times are changing and with change comes innovation. Incandescent Tungsten Halogen lighting has enjoyed its day in the spotlight, but it’s quickly being overshadowed by the increased efficiency of LED.

LED, or light-emitting diode, headlamps can easily last the life of your truck––a nice improvement over the roughly 60,000 miles you’re likely to get from your incandescent lamps.

LEDs are More Efficient

In addition to the increased life that they offer, LEDs come with much higher efficiency. Incandescent bulbs burn hot––so hot, in fact, that nearly 90 percent of the energy generated by this type of bulb occurs in the form of heat as opposed to light.

LED lamps, on the other hand, burn much cooler. The light from this type of lamp is generated by electrical current as it moves across the diodes of a chip. According to Doug Bonderud, writing for Angie’s List, LED light is perfect for vehicle headlamps because it’s directional, as opposed to diffused. LED lamps provide excellent illumination for even the darkest drives home.

LEDs are Better for the Environment

Because they last so much longer and are nearly impervious to breakage, far fewer LED vehicle headlamps end up taking space in America’s landfills. This type of light also emits very few ultra-violet rays into the environment, making them nearly invisible to bugs and insects and a vast improvement over incandescent bulbs.

LEDs Provide Better Illumination

LED lamps provide vastly superior reflection off road and highway signs and they illuminate a much wider radius than other types of headlamps. You’ll recognize this type of headlight in the trucks coming toward you at night––the light appears much whiter than the dim yellow arc cast by incandescent lamps.

These are only a few of the beneficial reasons for you to add LED headlamps to your list of heavy duty truck parts. If you haven’t experienced the advantages of this type of lighting on the road, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the results: increased visibility, brighter reflection, longer life, and a cooler-burning headlamp all combine to make the drive home much safer and more enjoyable than it’s ever been.

Global Parts, Inc carries a comprehensive selection of LED headlamps, taillights, accent lights, and interior lighting for your truck. Once you make the switch to energy-efficient, long-life LED lights, you’ll never waste your time with incandescent lamps again.