Fuel Efficiency Tricks for Your Truck

January 15th, 2015

Fuel Efficiency TruckYou’ve carefully chosen your truck. You’ve spent hard-earned cash perfecting it and tailoring it and you’ve finally got your dream car. Now, thanks to outrageous gas prices, you spend each mile calculating how much fuel you are using instead of enjoying the open road. With a few simple tricks, fuel efficiency won’t be on your mind anymore.

Practice fuel efficient driving

  1. When you’ve got the truck to back you up, it’s easy to get aggressive on the roads, but it turns out that many of the anger-driven moves that drivers make, can cost them precious dollars in gas. Stay calm, cool and collected, and improve your fuel efficiency.
  2. Avoid idling. Sitting in the cab of your truck to warm it up before a wintry drive, or cool it down after a summer cruise simply isn’t necessary. While you’re sitting still, your engine is eating up fuel and costing you money.
  3. On that note, skip the drive thru. If you simply turn off your truck and head inside, you’ll avoid idling and excessive starting and stopping, saving you fuel.
  4. Think ahead when driving your daily route, and anticipate. If you’re focused on your truck’s next move, your acceleration and braking will smooth out and you won’t have to slam on the brakes as often. It’s simple, but effective.
  5. Don’t speed. We all do it. We all should stop. Fuel efficiency decreases as speed increases past 60 miles per hour, so speeding is not your wallet’s friend.
  6. Avoid using you’re A/C frivolously. If you’re driving under 50 mph, opt for open windows instead. For highway driving, A/C is actually a better option than windows to cut down on wind resistance.

Practice good truck maintenance

  1. If your check engine light turns on, have your engine checked. Follow the guidelines of good maintenance, and your fuel efficiency won’t hit any unnecessary hurdles.
  2. Don’t skip the car wash next time you fill up. When mud, dust and bugs are allowed to accumulate on the outside of your truck, it can increase drag. Clean trucks are fuel efficient ones.
  3. Keep the bed of your truck empty as often as possible. Unloading your truck is another major way to reduce drag and increase fuel efficiency. If that isn’t an option, truck bed covers are a great way to create the same effect.
  4. Maintain good tires. When tires are under inflated it forces your engine to work much harder.

Fuel efficiency is a problem for everyone, but it gets even trickier when you drive a truck. These few simple tricks can add a load to your bank account and take a load off of your mind.

If you need more fuel saving tips, please contact Trick Trucks today by calling 1-866-60 TRICK. We invite you to explore our many Interior Truck Accessories and Exterior Truck Accessories while you’re here. Remember to follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well.

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Backup Cameras on Trucks Come with Visible Positives

January 15th, 2015

Backup Cameras TrucksOne of the most difficult routines a driver faces is shifting the vehicle into reverse gear and backing up.  Nothing about it feels natural, no matter one’s driving style.  If you use your mirrors, you only have a few small points of visibility.  If you twist your head or body, you contort yourself into a knot and you still can’t see everything.  Any inability to see is concerning and dangerous for any driver, even when the task is just to back out of a parking space or driveway.  This is even more painful when children or small objects can cross the path of the car without the driver noticing.  Even worse, trucks and SUVs are even more susceptible to this issue due to their designs.

The Blind Sides

The places a driver can’t see are called “blind zones”.  They exist on every vehicle, from motorcycles to tractor trailers.  They originally prompted the advent of mirrors, which are now standard on all vehicles.  Mirrors help a lot while driving at road speeds where they can help prevent merging accidents, but they can only help so much when reversing out of tightly-packed shopping mall spaces or in neighborhoods with active children.  Trucks and other large vehicles suffer even more greatly from this than sedans due to extended rear compartments or other design features.  For these types of vehicles, objects or young people within an average of 27 feet of the very rear of the car are at risk for injury because drivers simply cannot see them with head-checks or mirrors.  This is a very dangerous situation in locations where children of a young age regularly run around.

Seeing the Signs

Thankfully, new innovations in motor vehicle technology are always on the horizon.  As such, a new answer to a problem as old as trucks themselves is now available: rear-view backup cameras.  Many car companies have already played numerous commercials on television for this advent, touting increased safety for the driver and anyone or anything unfortunate enough to sit behind the vehicle at the time it reverses.  The science backs up the claims, too.  The average reduction of blind zones for trucks and SUVs in one study was an astounding 90 percent—cutting the blind zone from 27 feet to 2.7 feet, or less than a meter.  The cameras project a motion image onto a screen in the dashboard of the vehicle, where the driver can see it safely and comfortably.  Along with backup cameras, parking sensors can help drivers by providing an audible notation of nearby obstacles They can cut down blind zones by an extra two or three percent, just for that extra edge of safety.

See the Difference

Trick Trucks can provide you with more details on backup cameras and installation.  Call 1-800-60 TRICK or, to visit our website, click here!  Also, please feel free to investigate our selection of Exterior Truck Accessories while you visit.

 

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The Benefits of Truck Bed Covers

January 2nd, 2015

Truck Bed Covers

It’s snowing, windy, and your best friend just asked you to help him move because he knows you have a truck.  You are immediately glad that you bought a new truck bed cover so items do not fly out or get ruined in the process. Your friend asks, “Do we even need a cover?” Naturally, you then have to give him all of the reasons why using a cover in the winter is necessary.

Covers are needed for hauling furniture and loose odds and ends.

Truck bed covers will hold your friend’s dresser in place and prevent his socks from flying out into the snowy abyss. Since your friend is moving to an urban setting, he needs to transport his personal items securely and safely.  Truck bed covers will do the job, keeping belongings out of sight and making it time consuming for nosy thieves to reach in and grab something. Accessories such as locks for the cover are also a plus when leaving items in the truck for long periods of time.

There are multiple types of truck bed covers.

There are various forms of Tonneau covers, providing easy access to the truck bed. Various styles include a tri-fold, a roll up cover, a flip cover, and a regular folding cover. If you are going with a Tonneau cover, pick the one easiest for you to use and the most capable of covering the goods in the truck bed. Some covers are made of aluminum which are durable and can withstand storms. Other truck bed covers made of canvas allow for more storage space in the bed. This type of cover would be best used when helping your friend move because it allows for maximum space and oddly shaped items. Another type of truck bed cover is a camper shell, which is usually aluminum or fiberglass. This type of shell is ideal for camping as it can be tall and has a door and windows for easy exit and entry.

Weather affects your truck bed.

Not only does a truck bed cover protect the bed from snow, wind, and hail, it also saves it from heat in the summer months. Sunlight can be damaging to items in the truck. A truck bed cover also drastically reduces the drag of the truck, enabling the truck to get more mileage per gallon of gas. Driving to your friend’s new house will cost less and keep his furniture dry.

If you need more information about truck bed covers or are looking to buy one this winter, please contact Trick Trucks today by calling 1-866-60 TRICK or click here! We also invite you to explore our many  Exterior Truck Accessories while you’re here.

Sources

http://www.truckchamp.com/pages/tonneau-covers-benefits

http://trucks.about.com/od/truckcap/a/Pros-And-Cons-Of-Truck-Bed-Covers.htm

http://www.autoanything.com/tonneau-covers/pros-and-cons-of-a-tonneau-cover

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Winter Driving Tips and Tricks

December 23rd, 2014

Winter Driving TipsThis year may have seemed relatively quiet with a long spring and mellow summer, but rest assured: winter is coming. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, this winter will have above-normal snowfalls, which means driving in wintry conditions will be more like the rule rather than the exception. Snow can freeze and become slippery ice, but both present major hazards to drivers – possibly even fatally. To stay safe during those wintry conditions, we’ve put together some winter driving tips:

Winter Driving Tips and Tricks

  1. Stay awake! Driving in dreary weather conditions requires a great deal of energy and concentration, and can leave you tired and exhausted by the end. To stay awake, consider lowering the heater so you don’t put yourself in a situation to nod off because it’s toasty and warm.
  2. If you can postpone a trip, do it. It is always better to be safe than sorry. If you can’t hold off on your trip, make sure someone knows your travel itinerary: your departure point, where you are headed, and when you plan to arrive. Keep a phone that is charged in your car with you so you can make emergency phone calls if necessary. Also make sure you have blankets, gloves, hats, food, water, and any necessary medications with you in the event you get snowbound.
  3. Cold air means low pressure. To combat a flat tire during the winter season, make sure you keep your tires inflated and check them regularly. The only thing keeping your car connected to the surface area, even if it’s covered in snow and ice, is your tires. You might want to also check your treads to make sure they’re not worn – if they are, they will be less likely to grip the roads, making it more likely your car could lose control in poor conditions.
  4. Be mindful of acceleration and deceleration as it can be difficult to gain traction on icy or snowy roads. For best results, slowly accelerate and build up to your normal speed so that you maintain traction throughout. The most common cause for winter accidents is accelerating too quickly and losing traction.
  5. Drive carefully! You can never be too safe, and on snowy or icy roads, driving slowly can mean the difference between a safe arrival or an emergent departure. Build extra time into your schedule to guarantee your safety.

Most of all, remember: if you can stay home, stay home!

If you need more winter driving tips, please contact Trick Trucks today by calling 1-866-60 TRICK or click here! We also invite you to explore our many Interior Truck Accessories and Exterior Truck Accessories while you’re here.

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Work Van Customization in Maryland

December 18th, 2014

Work Van Customization MarylandWhat do carpenters, home improvement contractor, HVAC technicians, and plumbers have in common? Each requires A LOT of tools at each and every job site. A LOT of tools: saws, wrenches, screwdrivers, pipe cutters, drills, hammers, nail guns, sanders, air compressors, extension cords, blah, blah, blah. You get the idea. The list goes on and on. And with so many tools, it is important to be organized, which is why so many companies turn to Trick Trucks to customize their work vehicles: trucks, vans, and cars.

Work Van Customization in Maryland

Contrary to popular belief, Trick Trucks does more than just trick out trucks. We also specialize in Work Van Customization. Each and every Trick Trucks location – throughout Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and West Virginia – offers full service, factory authorized installation of Kargo Master products (van shelving), ladder racks, backup cameras, conduit carriers, navigation systems, and much more. All work is guaranteed, and all factory warrantees apply.

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Benefits of Work Van Customization

Stay Organized

Time is money, or so they say. The time you spend digging through piles of parts and tools is time that you are not actually working. This hinders productivity, which, in turn, hurts profitability. Ouch! Fortunately, adding shelving, ladder racks, conduit carriers, and more can help contractors, plumbers, and carpenters stay organized and productive. Ca-ching!

Look Professional

Nothing looks less professional than a contractor, plumber, or carpenter, who opens their van doors as trash, tools, and other miscellaneous items fall to the ground. Wow! If these “professionals” don’t care about their own property, how can a customer expect them to care about their property?

Eliminate Trips to the Office

When you do not have everything you need to complete a job, you have to run back to the office. This wastes both time and gas, which will eat away at your profit. This is why it is important to ensure you have everything you could possibly need with you at all times.

And More!

Customizing your commercial van with shelving will not only help eliminate pointless clutter, but it will help you stay more organized, which will, in turn, help improve efficiency, productivity, and profitability.

If you have any questions about Work Van Customization in Maryland, please contact Trick Trucks today by calling 1-866-60 TRICK or click here! We also invite you to explore our many Interior Truck Accessories and Exterior Truck Accessories while you’re here.

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Remote Start Installation in Delaware

December 2nd, 2014

Remote Start Delaware

‘Tis the season to plan for cold weather. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, Delaware is in for a colder and slightly wetter than normal winter, with above-normal snowfall.

“We won’t have as much snow as last year, but we will have above-average snow,” said Accuweather expert senior meteorologist Bob Smerbeck. Last year was Delaware’s second-snowiest winter since 1947, with 56.1 inches falling on New Castle Airport.

Are you ready for winter? Well, you are running out of time to prepare. The coldest periods will be in late December and early and mid-January. A remote start can help keep you nice and toasty this winter.

“Icing is always an issue, especially with these cold air masses,” said Smerbeck.

Talk about a cold commute. Burrrrrrr! No one likes to climb into a cold car in the morning, especially in the middle of winter. What’s worse is that it seemingly takes your entire commute for the car to warm up. The solution: remote start installation. A remote starter allows a driver to start a car’s engine with a remote control, usually in the form of an electronic key fob, right from the comfort of their own home. This allows your car, truck, or SUV to warm up before you even set foot outside. This also makes it easier to scrape ice and snow from your windshield. You can defrost your windshield from the comfort of your own home.

Remote Start Installation in Delaware

Each Trick Trucks location, throughout Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and West Virginia, offers full service, factory authorized installation of all of our interior vehicle accessories, including remote starters. We provide factory authorized service, all work is guaranteed, and all factory warrantees apply.

If you have any questions about Remote Start Installation in Delaware, please contact Trick Trucks today by calling 1-866-60 TRICK or click here! We also invite you to explore our many Interior Truck Accessories and Exterior Truck Accessories while you’re here.

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Thanksgiving Travel Tips to Keep You Safe on the Road

November 26th, 2014

Thanksgiving Travel Tips

Have the past couple of days had you thinking about turkey, hot gravy, stuffing, and pumpkin pie? Thanksgiving is almost here, and we can’t wait. The only downside to the Thanksgiving holiday is the travel time. As we all know, the day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year. That’s why Trick Trucks wants to give you a few travel tips to keep you safe amongst all that road rage. Wherever you’re driving, keep these travel tips in mind this Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Travel Tips to Keep You Safe on the Road

  1. Slow and steady wins the race. Actually, it’s not really a race at all. If you find yourself becoming agitated on the road, take a deep breath and slow down. You shouldn’t be in any rush to get to your destination, and speeding will only make the environment more dangerous for yourself and others. Leave your house extra early so you can allow yourself plenty of time to get to your destination without rushing.

  2. Be prepared in the event of an emergency. Here in Maryland, we’re expecting snow the day before Thanksgiving. Wherever you’ll be celebrating, be sure that you’re prepared to deal with extreme weather or other emergency conditions. Fill up your gas tank, pack snow scrapers, make sure you have a spare tire and make sure your defrosters and windshield wipers work properly. You may even want to put together a car emergency kit just in case, or buy one at the store.

  3. Know where you’re going. Before you depart, take a look at the directions ahead of time so you have a basic idea of where you’re going. In the car, use a GPS. Not only will it help with navigation, but it can also inform you of traffic ahead, give you alternate routes, and let you know where there are rest stops or gas stations.

  4. Pack smart. Be sure not to pack too much into the car that you cannot see out your rear window, and make sure everything is secure and will not roll around. Also, be sure to pack snacks, games, music, and movies to keep the kids busy during the drive. If traveling with pets, you may also want to pack some treats and toys.

  5. Safety is key. This seems like an obvious tip, but safety is the most important thing when you’re on the road. Buckle up, secure pets in a crate or harness, put down the cell phone, be patient and take control. You’ll be there before you know it.

Trick Trucks wants to wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

For more information about Trick Trucks, visit our website! You can also reach us by calling 1-866-60 TRICK or click here! We also invite you to explore our many Interior Truck Accessories and Exterior Truck Accessories while you’re here.

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Sources:

  1. http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/story/2014/11/ata-offers-safe-driving-tips-for-thanksgiving.aspx
  2. http://www.news-press.com/story/news/2014/11/24/thanksgiving-travel-tips-keep-family-trip-safe/70055974/
  3. http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2011/11/safe-driving-tips-for-thanksgiving-travel/index.htm
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Lift Kit Installation Shops in Delaware

November 18th, 2014

Lift Kit Delaware‘Tis the season to…trick your truck!

With the holidays quickly approaching, many people are heading to their local malls, shopping centers, and retail stores to try and find the perfect gifts for their friends and family. ‘Tis the season of giving, after all. Well, why not give yourself the perfect holiday gift this year: a new Lift Kit.

Suspension lift kits alter your 4X4’s suspension to increase ground clearance and improve performance, especially for truck owners who enjoy off-roading. A suspension lift kit raises the height of the vehicle to provide a steeper approach, higher ground clearance, and the ability to accommodate larger wheels and tires.

Lift Kit Installation Shops in Delaware

For more than 30 years, Trick Trucks has been helping people like you customize their trucks. Let us help you! Each location, throughout Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and West Virginia, offers full service, factory authorized installation of all of our truck parts and accessories, including suspension lift kits. All of our work is guaranteed and all factory warranties apply.

Lift Kit Benefits

Better Traction for Off-Roading

If you are a fan of off-roading, a lift kit is the perfect addition to your truck. Lift kits allow for bigger tires, which can help improve traction and allow you to more easily roll over things (rocks, logs, etc.) you find in the great outdoors. Lift kits also help raise your truck 1-12 inches or more, improving clearance. Additionally, lift kits increase clearance between axles, which helps increase vehicle flex, improving handling.

That Wow Factor

Lift kits are not only functional, but they also help improve the aesthetics of your truck. As you drive down the road, heads will be sure to turn as your newly lifted truck doesn’t just draw attention…it demands it!

And More!

If you have any questions about Lift Kit Installation, please contact Trick Trucks today by calling 1-866-60 TRICK or click here! We also invite you to explore our many Interior Truck Accessories and Exterior Truck Accessories while you’re here.

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It’s Tonneau Cover Time for Truck Owners in West Virginia

November 13th, 2014

Tonneau Cover West VirginiaTruck owners who live in West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, and Delware have one thing in common. They are just a short drive away from the Trick Trucks nearest them. And this is great news with winter right around the corner. There has never been a better to stop by Trick Trucks and finally buy that Tonneau Cover you have been eyeing for quite some time.

Tonneau Cover Installation in West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware

Trick Trucks offers full service, factory authorized installation of all truck parts and accessories, including truck roof racks, at each of its convenient locations throughout Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and West Virginia. All of our work is guaranteed and all factory warrantees apply.

Winter is Coming! Protect Your Precious Cargo.

Climate experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Farmer’s Almanac are predicting another harsh winter here on the East Coast. And you know what that means: SNOW! Are you ready? More importantly, is your truck ready?

Trucks are great for so many reasons. Perhaps the biggest is the ability to haul big loads and large cargo. Unfortunately, the same thing that makes this possible – your truck bed – also becomes a bit of a liability in the winter. How do you protect your precious cargo from the snow? Or, if you aren’t hauling anything, how do you keep snow out of your truck bed so it is ready when you do need to haul something? The answer: a Tonneau Cover.

Protective tonneau covers come in two primary styles – hard covers (fiberglass) and soft covers (vinyl fabric stretched over an aluminum frame) – both of which provide the added protection you are looking for while also giving your truck a sleeker, more aesthetically appealing look.

If you have any questions about Tonneau Cover Installation, please contact Trick Trucks today by calling 1-866-60 TRICK or click here! We also invite you to explore our many Interior Truck Accessories and Exterior Truck Accessories while you’re here.

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Remote Start Installation in Time for a Harsh Maryland Winter

November 5th, 2014

Remote Start MarylandClimate experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Farmer’s Almanac are predicting another harsh and snowy winter here in Maryland. Trick Trucks, meanwhile is predicting an increase in Remote Start Installation in trucks, cars, and vans.

A remote starter allows a driver to start a car’s engine with a remote control, usually in the form of an electronic key fob, right from the comfort of their own home.

Remote Start Installation in Time for a Harsh Maryland Winter

Trick Trucks carries an extensive line of interior vehicle accessories, including remote starters. Every product we offer can be purchased and professionally installed at any one of our twelve locations, throughout Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, and Virginia. We provide factory authorized service, all work is guaranteed, and all factory warrantees apply.

No one wants Jack Frost nipping at their nose while they are driving to work. Yuck! So, head to Trick Trucks before winter arrives.

Benefits of Remote Starters

The No.1 Benefit is Comfort

When winter rolls around, no one likes to climb into a cold car in the morning. Brrrrrrr! What’s worse is that it seemingly takes your entire commute for the car to warm up. Fortunately, with a remote starter you can turn your car, truck, or van on from the comfort of your own home and allow if to warm up as you get ready to leave for work.

Remote Starters Also Increase Safety

How many mornings do you find yourself with the following dilemma. Your windshield is covered in ice, but you do not have the time to painstakingly scrape away the frost. So you hop in your car, turn on the defroster and hope for the best, all the while driving to work with limited visibility. Holy accident waiting to happen, Batman! By using a remote starter, your car, truck, or van can warm up and defrost your windshield before you ever set foot outside.

Nothing but clear sailing (driving) ahead.

Engine Care 101

Warming your car, truck, or van before driving it is actually beneficial for the engine. Because the vehicle idles for several minutes before being driven, the engine oil becomes more viscous and provides better lubrication once the driver is ready to go.

Improved Resale Value

Remote starters also add to the resale value of your vehicle, especially if you live in areas with extreme weather conditions. Yay!

And So Much More!

If you have any questions about Remote Start Installation, please contact Trick Trucks today by calling 1-866-60 TRICK or click here! We also invite you to explore our many Interior Truck Accessories and Exterior Truck Accessories while you’re here.

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