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4 things to be borne in mind when transporting fragile goods

In Spain, nearly 95% of freight transport is carried out by road thanks to the speediness and comfort of this means of transport. But transporting fragile goods entails a big effort for companies and drivers. It is always essential that the goods reach their destination with no damage, and in the case of fragile goods special attention ought to be paid.

 

4 cosas que debes tener en cuenta si transportas mercancía frágil

 

There are 3 critical moments when transporting this kind of goods:

 

  • Loading and unloading. If you have to load and unload fragile goods, it is important that prior to doing so you check the doors, locks, walls, rails and brackets of your truck to avoid potential problems while transporting them. When delivering the goods, it is essential that the person in charge of unloading them is well equipped with work gloves and safety footwear to protect his or her hands and feet. In addition, the use of proper lifting techniques is recommended to avoid injuries, as well as placing the goods in a flat place to prevent them from falling over.
  • Shifting within the transport vehicle. Your vehicle is required to have good air suspension for enhanced reliability and safety when transporting fragile goods. This way the impact of transported goods on the road will be reduced and a higher safety level will be provided regarding braking control.
  • Storage. For your goods to be protected during breaks, it is critical that you park your truck in places with access control by means of a license plate reader, an active CCTV and an around the clock security guard.
  • Attention should be paid to certain items. Products such as electrical appliances, technological devices, musical instruments, crockery, furniture and art works are considered fragile goods and labelling the parcel as “fragile” is not enough. For the goods not to suffer any damage, you need to choose direct packaging materials that are more than 50mm thick. For goods to be safely transported they ought to be safely packed.

Maintenance of trucks: differences between preventive and corrective maintenance

Mantenimiento en camiones: diferencias entre mantenimiento preventivo y correctivo

 

For truck drivers, their vehicles are their main allies in their daily life. A simple mechanical failure or deficiency owing to lack of maintenance can cause the vehicle to be put out of action for hours or even days. This may entail a reasonable loss as well as delays in the routes to be covered.

 

The twosome between the driver and the truck has to be as robust as possible, so preventing potential maintenance failures that might jeopardise both of them is essential. But do you know the difference between preventive and corrective maintenance? We will explain it below:

 

  • Preventive maintenance is that performed when aiming to keep the vehicle in good condition and to prevent, as its name suggests, potential mechanical failure. Its main aim is to eliminate risks and prevent trucks from being put out of action. It is the type of maintenance that is least taken into account; however, it is crucial since it acts as a perfect prevention tool.

 

  • Corrective maintenance is the best known type. It is that performed when aiming to make the vehicle work correctly again. It involves repairing the vehicle; otherwise it would not be able to work adequately as a whole. In corrective maintenance, it is important to know the reasons of the breakdown to find out what failed and prevent similar situations in the future.

 

Both preventive and corrective maintenance play an essential role in all vehicles, more so in the case of trucks that spend long hours on the road. Good preventive maintenance will considerably reduce the probability of going to the garage for corrective maintenance. Indeed, when it comes to providing drivers with safety in their daily life, every measure must be taken.

 

Tips for driving heavy-duty trucks

Consejos para conducir camiones de cargas pesadas

 

Driving has many entrenched risks that the driver ought to reduce insofar as possible. These increase in the case of heavy goods transport. Therefore, truck drivers shall bear in mind a series of recommendations that will be really useful on a daily basis: 

 

  • As a general tip, the first thing you have to take into account is that you need a high level of attention on the road at all times. In fact, most road accidents are caused by one-time distractions.
  • Pay special attention to road signs affecting heavy-duty trucks: permitted height, restriction signs, notices, etc. 
  • Avoid overtaking vehicles in curves and hills where there is reduced visibility. In addition, be careful when driving on uneven surfaces, through tunnels and on bridges.
  • Remember that some vehicles require keeping a greater safety distance, particularly 50 metres for vehicles with MAM exceeding 3,500 kg and for vehicles or vehicle combinations with length exceeding 10 metres.  
  • Prepare the truck for the route you are going to cover. Check its condition on a regular basis and take everything you may need: water, food, torch, first aid kit, etc. 
  • In order to make the best use possible of fuel, you are recommended to reach your target speed gradually, avoiding sudden changes. Respect the speed limit and avoid driving at the maximum speed the truck attains; that will be another essential aspect. 
  • Last but not least, take an 8-hour rest the night before you cover any considerably long route. This will give you peace of mind during your trip and will provide you with confidence and comfort while driving.

We analyse all the advantages of Andamur fuel cards

Fuel cards, also known as fleet cards, are payment cards that work as credit cards and have a secure system to monitor the expenses of drivers along their routes. Many of them also offer discounts.

Analizamos todas las ventajas de las tarjetas de combustible Andamur

 

 

At Andamur we have 6 types of cards that make daily operations easier both for drivers and employers. Our cards are designed to prevent potential fraud, since they have a PIN-based payment system, credit restrictions and they can be immediately cancelled if required for enhanced security and control. Each card is linked to a vehicle and a driver, so costs related to payment of fuel, Adblue and Andamur security car parks are managed in a secure and controlled way. Some of our cards also enable you to have thorough purchase control with detailed invoices by license plate. They are all free and have no monthly fees.

 

We will now tell you what the  Andamur fuel cards are like, how they work and what advantages they offer:

 

Andamur ProEurope and ProEurope Cash Card

  • This card enables refuelling in more than 650 service stations across Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Slovenia, Poland and Belgium
  • There are two payment methods: payment on credit by bank draft or by means of online recharging
  • It makes it easier to recover VAT for purchases made while travelling
  • It enables you to request the Spanish Tax Agency bonus on commercial diesel across the Spanish territory

 

 

Andamur Eurogas Card

  • It allows the selection of customised conditions according to each fleet
  • It offers discounts in fuel
  • Its use enables the commercial diesel statement of supplies in Spain
  • You can request it at a Cajamar office or at Andamur
  • Simple payment through bank draft
  • Valid throughout the Andamur stations

 

Andamur Probon Card

  • To be exclusively used for red Diesel
  • Simple payment through bank draft
  • Monthly invoicing
  • Valid in all Andamur petrol stations and in the selected associated ones

 

Andamur Mastercard

  • Availability of cash in any cash dispenser
  • No formalities, risks or bank account involved
  • No fees in terms of issuance, maintenance, recharging or payment
  • Valid for payment wherever MasterCard is accepted

 

Andamur Discount

  • Cash payment
  • It offers direct discounts in fuel
  • Invoice valid from a fiscal point of view
  • Valid in all of Andamur stations

 

 

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The Andamur Station Network keeps growing in Spain with three new associated service areas

At Andamur we keep growing and enlarging our station network across Spain by including three new service areas in Toledo (E.S. Valcarce el Casar de Talavera) and Granada (E.S Valcarce Gor and Láchar). These add up to the last three that joined our network back in April in Madrid (Ganesha combustible), Cuenca (Área de Uclés) and Guadalajara (Área 117 Torremocha del campo).

 

With the first three stations that joined the network, we increased our coverage in the north and south of the Iberian Peninsula in order to improve the services we provide to our customers and cover a higher number of locations accessible to them. With these new stations, we already have 31 associated service areas that have been strategically selected and that are offered in different Spanish locations with the same advantages as those owned by Andamur.

 

We have more than 650 stations distributed across 9 European countries. All of them give access to the main European roads and routes and offer Andamur customers the possibility of refuelling with the Andamur ProEurope card.

 

In brief, this is a new step forward in our aim to continue growing to keep making drivers’ lives easier, providing advantages and comfort in the transport sector, without forgetting the importance of providing solutions to the needs that truck drivers face on a daily basis. This way, not only do we enlarge the number of service stations at national and international level, but we also commit ourselves to being present in many locations to offer the best services.

Everything you should know about electronic toll collection

Todo lo que necesitas saber sobre los dispositivos de telepeaje

 

Electronic toll collection systems are simple and easy to use, you can travel across all of Europe’s toll roads without worrying about regulations or how much you have to pay in each country, you just have to adapt to the speed limits and focus on your trip.

Drivers spend so much time on the road that anything that may help them on their route on a daily basis is always welcome. That is the case of toll devices, commonly referred to as ETC (electronic toll collection):

 

Tolls are payments corresponding to transit and traffic rights across specific places. In the case of ETC, payment is made through an electronic device located in the truck cabin; tolls can be paid without having to stop the vehicle. Since each country charges different amounts and has diverse payment methods, which vary regularly throughout the year, ETC is highly recommended. Thus, we can forget, for instance, of calling our bank before entering Portuguese territory or about Germany having increased the toll price owing to a change in legislation.

 

 

How does an ETC device work?

 

Just by having the device integrated in the vehicle, the toll barrier shall be lifted allowing the truck to drive through without having to stop at all. Using it has many advantages. We will now share the most relevant ones:

 

  • One of the most outstanding advantages of ETC is that users may pay without stopping their vehicle, provided that their speed does not exceed 40 km/h.
  • Avoiding traffic jams is another good thing of ETC.The manual or card toll collection lane usually has traffic jams that you may avoid with ETC. In addition, you may forget about wasting unnecessary fuel and about the unpleasant feeling waiting produces.
  • ETC will help you periodically monitor the cost of these roads. This is a great advantage for individuals, companies and self-employed professionals.
  • In many toll roads, discounts are offered to clients using ETC.
  • Even though the number of toll roads where you can pay by card is growing, there are still facilities where this possibility is not an option, forcing the driver to have cash at that particular moment. By using ETC you will not have to worry about this.
  • Another aspect worth highlighting of ETC is its advanced technology, ensuring its smooth and secure running at all times.
  • Its interoperability. ETC works in all toll roads located in the Iberian Peninsula and may be installed in almost every vehicle wishing to use this service.

 

Andamur renews its image and its service areas

 

At Andamur, we started a very demanding race 30 years ago: to offer our customers the best services on their daily life and their fleet’s on the road. Throughout these years, we have striven every day to enhance the security and comfort of those who trust us. In brief, we strive to look after what really matters: to contribute to the security of your business, to strengthen our relationship with you and to foster our bond whenever you need us on the road. We offer you refuelling options which adapt to your needs, a break, healthy food and the possibility of working out, taking a shower, getting on the Internet or washing your clothes.

As a result, and since we still have a long way to go, we start a new stage today: We renew ourselves, we improve and we grow for you and your business. Our stations are different as of today: they are newer, more modern, more updated but they still keep their essence. And the essence for us is to continue being loyal to our original values; those upon which we based our small local business that has more than 650 stations across Europe now.

Throughout the summer, we will implement our makeover in all our service stations. The first one has been our biggest station: Andamur La Junquera. In a few days we will complete the renovation of Andamur Guarromán and, throughout the summer, Andamur Pamplona, Andamur San Román, Andamur El Límite and Andamur Lorca will follow suit.

Andamur, #EveryTripMatters and we want to share it with you.

 

Tips for enhanced truck reliability in the summer

Consejos para la fiabilidad de tu camión en verano

Summer is here and with it the temperatures start to rise, so it is time for you to check that your truck is in perfect condition. High temperatures not only have a negative effect on vehicle maintenance, but they also undermine the driver’s capability. Thus, you ought to be well-rested before your journey begins and to keep yourself hydrated and protected from the sun while driving. You are also recommended to use cool cotton clothing.

Apart from special recommendations for drivers, these are tips for your truck to be 100% ready to deal with high temperatures:

 

  • Check the tires and their components. Since this is an essential element of any vehicle, it is recommended that you check your tires and their components on a regular basis. It is very important that you inspect the wheel bearings, hubs and rims, since high temperatures make rubber wear off.
  • Check the state of the brakes. High temperatures may cause important damage to the braking system, so you need to take a series of precautionary measures depending on the type of braking system: If you have air brakes, you need to check the air compressor pressure, and how moisture separators and dryers work. If you have friction brakes, you need to check the disc brakes and the drum brakes. In the event there is a failure in the braking system, you should use retarders and engine brake. On deep slopes there are usually emergency braking areas where you can stop the truck; these shall be accessed by vehicles in a straight position and with drivers holding the steering wheel firmly.
  • Test the cooling system and the water pump. Checking the air conditioning is essential for the temperature inside the truck to be pleasant; therefore, you should check the batteries and the fan belts, and clean the heater extremely carefully not to damage the fan blades. Pay special attention to cooling hoses, they commonly burst with the heat, replacing them is the best option if you think they are worn out. One of the main failures involves the water pump, so if you feel that cooling liquid is leaking or you hear noises when starting the engine, you should have it repaired as soon as possible.

 

And to make sure that your truck is working at full power, you should check oil filters and oil change, as well as the condition of windscreen wipers, headlights and lamps. Remember that your safety is everybody’s safety. Have a nice journey!

 

Andamur launches ServiBOX, a single toll device that can be used in 11 European countries

Andamur lanza ServiBOX, un único dispositivo de peajes apto 11 países de Europa

Today we are happy to present ServiBOX, a satellite toll device with which our clients can travel across 11 European countries with no interruptions or barriers, in an easy and smooth way. Not only do our clients receive a one-time regular charge, but they can also manage and control their consumption, modify their number plates and be aware of all the services there are from any mobile device. 

ServiBOX works in Spain, France, Portugal, Belgium, Belgian Tunnel, Belgium, Italy, Austria, A4 Poland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Germany. The new device grants access to all toll motorways in Germany and Scandinavian Countries, where we have recently increased our station network, with a total number of 650 service areas across Europe. In addition, by hiring this service, you may activate or deactivate countries at no additional cost. 

The ServiBOX satellite device offers great advantages, such as the possibility to use it in 14 different languages, a maximum delivery period of 5 working days, no need to pay a deposit and no need for a previous set up. 

By launching this device, we extend our toll device offer in Europe, providing services in a total of 11 countries: Spain, France, Portugal, Belgium, Belgian Tunnel, Belgium, Italy, Austria, A4 Poland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Germany. 

We are still committed to continuous growth, with the single aim to make our clients’ lives easier and to provide solutions to sector needs.

 

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Andamur and Fundación Jesús Abandonado together for a good cause

This is the second year in a row that Andamur and Fundación Jesús Abandonado have signed a collaboration agreement for Andamur to provide the community kitchen with all the bread consumed during the month of May. Therefore, as part of our CSR programme #WeLookAfterWhatMatters, a group of Andamur employees have participated as volunteers at the Community Kitchen at Murcia City Centre for one day.

Miguel Ángel López, Andamur CEO, has explained that “this year, we wanted our team to visit the facilities of this Foundation so that they could see with their own eyes the great social work that is carried out there on a daily basis”. 

The Andamur team visited the day centre, listened to the experience of a former Foundation user and participated in the kitchen service where meals were served to more than 300 people in one and a half hours.

For his part, José Moreno, chairman of the Foundation, has spoken about the importance of collaborating with regional companies such as Andamur, “it is very useful and necessary”, to cover the amount of a basic service like bread in this case, “and to know, in this day of corporate volunteerism, the reality of the people we pay attention to”. 

With this kind of actions, Andamur shows its commitment to institutions like Fundación Jesús Abandonado, which actively contribute to social causes. 

Together with this action, in Andamur we are giving bread for free in four of six of our own stations (Lorca, El Límite, San Román and Guarroman) on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the month of May to those vehicles refuelling more than 30 litres.