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You decide, Andamur’s solidarity campaign starts today

The solidarity campaign You decide, with which we will donate EUR 30,000 to Spanish NGOs starts today, and we want our customers to be the main actors in this action. With this aim, users of our Service Areas will find tablets placed in all our stations from today until 15 December where they may choose the national, regional or local NGO they prefer.

We grow thanks to our customers and that is why we wish to get them involved in this action. This way, at Andamur, we wish to show our gratitude and commitment to all users.

The voting period will be closed on 15 December at 00:00. In the following days, Andamur will hand over cheques amounting to EUR 5,000 to the six NGOs that have obtained more votes, that is, one cheque for each of our Service Areas (La Junquera, San Román, Pamplona, Guarromán, Lorca and El Límite). A total amount of EUR 30,000 to be used in solidarity projects.

These are the NGOs or non-profit entities our customers may vote for:

ANDAMUR LA JUNQUERA

National level: Save The Children. Fighting against child poverty

Regional level: Fundació Habitat 3. Right to a home for people living in a vulnerable situation.

Local level: Fundació Oncolliga Girona. Improving the life of cancer patients and their families.

ANDAMUR SAN ROMÁN

National level: Fundación Aladina. Comprehensive support for children and adolescents suffering from cancer and their families.

Regional level: Cáritas Diocesana de Vitoria (Álava)

Local level: Fundación Adsis. Labour integration project for youngsters in vulnerable situations.

ANDAMUR PAMPLONA

National level: UNHCR Spain. Humanitarian aid.

Regional level: ANFAS. Association in Favour of People with Intellectual or Development Disabilities and their Families in Navarra.

Local level: ANA. Association of Autism of Navarra. Summer School.

ANDAMUR GUARROMÁN

National level: SOS Children’s Villages. A Loving Home for Every Child.

Regional level: Pídeme la Luna Jaén. Association for entertainment activities for children with cancer.

Local level: APAEM Provincial Association of People with Mental Illnesses and their Loved Ones FEAFES APAEM. LINARES DELEGATION.

ANDAMUR LORCA.

National level: Red Cross Spain. Educational Toy Project.

Regional level: Cáritas Region of Murcia. Cáritas Diocese of Cartagena. Comprehensive development of People and Villages.

Local level: APANDIS. Association of Parents with Children with Intellectual Disabilities in the Lorca Area. Setting up a Multisensory Room.

ANDAMUR EL LIMITE

National level: Fundación Altius. Programme: I Cook Employment

Regional level: Almería Acoge. Reception Centres for Seasonal Workers in Nijar.

Local level: Association for People with Disabilities Virgen del Río of Huércal-Overa.

The campaign You decide is part of our CSR Plan #WeLookAfterWhatMatters, within our Social Commitment pillar. For this reason, the participation of our customers is very valuable to us in itself, and with it, we aim to make their voices heard and indeed listened to help us build a more responsible society.

 

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Andamur launches the campaign You decide within its CSR plan #WeLookAfterWhatMatters

Andamur pone en marcha la campaña Tú decides dentro de su plan de RSC #CuidamosLoQueImporta

From 2 to 15 December we are setting in motion the Campaign You decide, where our customers will decide what NGOs will receive a total donation of EUR 30,000.

Next 2-15 December we will launch the Campaign You Decide with which we wish to donate EUR 30,000 to different Spanish NGOs. To this end, we want our customers to be the main actors in this initiative, being in charge of choosing what NGOs operating at national, regional or local level will receive Andamur’s donation. And they will do so using tablets placed to this end in all our Service Areas.

Our customers make us grow on a daily basis, and that is why we make them take part in this action, showing this way how important they are to Andamur.

On 15 December the voting period will be closed and the outcome will be published on 20 December. Then, Andamur will hand over cheques amounting to EUR 5,000 to the six NGOs that obtained more votes. In total, we will donate a total amount of EUR 30,000 to be used in solidarity projects.

This action is part of our CSR Plan #WeLookAfterWhatMatters, within our Social Commitment pillar. This Corporate Social Responsibility Plan is made up of five pillars of importance to us: Caring for drivers; Ethics, Transparency and Communication; Environment, and People and Social Commitment.

Within this plan, the participation of our customers is very valuable to us, since they stand by our side day after day and they reinforce the value we bring to society. That is why, in campaigns like You decide, we wish to know your opinion and to have your support.

 

 

 

 

Tips to prevent thefts from your truck

Consejos para prevenir robos en el camión

Nowadays, the theft of goods on the road is very common in the transport sector. However, GPS technology has evolved a lot and has teamed up with truck drivers more than with thieves. But these systems have not put an end to thefts; this crime is always present in the road transport world.

In order to help reduce the risks your truck face and enhance your security, we have prepared a series of essential measures for truck drivers to implement on a daily basis to prevent the theft of goods, fuel and of the vehicle itself.

  • Choose a secure place for your stops: There is no doubt that the best option is for you to stop at a service area with a secure car park with 24 hour surveillance, with restricted access for pedestrians and that can only be accessed by those that have parked their vehicle there. Something else to be borne in mind is that the vehicle should be recognised on the way in and out with a license plate reader. And, to prevent the coupling and uncoupling of semi-trailers, vehicles should enter and leave with their complete units.
  • Security systems: You can set security systems, such as an alarm in the loading area or in the fuel tank. You are also recommended to park in such a way that it is difficult to access your truck. For instance, parking next to a wall so that it is difficult to open the cargo box.
  • Be especially alert when loading and unloading. Minor thefts take place when loading and unloading, since the goods may be unattended. For this reason, you must follow the instructions and make sure there is no problem and that the goods reach the corresponding destination.
  • Call the police if necessary. Sometimes, when drivers hear strange noises in the cargo box, they decide to go and have a look instead of contacting the relevant authorities. It is advisable to call the police, since some organised gangs may be resort to violence.

Self-driving trucks will facilitate processes but will not get rid of drivers, who will still be necessary

La Conducción autónoma de camiones facilitará procesos pero no prescindirá del chófer

In recent years, technology has become a very important part of our lives, as well as within the logistics industry. In the case of transport, a self-driving truck is possible, but in specific places and under the supervision of a driver.

There are some functions where technology cannot replace the driver. However, self-driving trucks can reduce times in longer routes where drivers need to get some rest, saving time and achieving more profitability for transport companies. In international trips, self-driving trucks will have a bigger impact, reducing times and costs. But there are two essential functions on route that, for the time being, will still have to be performed by the driver:

Moving to the loading and unloading point in motorways and industrial parks. Self-driving trucks may circulate in motorways without any problem, but driving in industrial parks could be a problem, since there is poor signalling and difficult access. There, the help of a driver is needed to manoeuvre the truck owing to its dimensions.

Other cases are logistic platforms that you have to access at a specific time and where, in the meantime, the truck needs to wait in an appropriate place. This will depend on the driver’s experience.

Loading and unloading goods. Although loading and unloading of goods shall be carried out by machines, sometimes it is the driver him/herself who will be responsible for this.

When it comes to checking the goods, signing the relevant documents, in the event the road is closed for different reasons, bad weather, traffic or the condition of the vehicle, human action is irreplaceable.

Spanish road freight transport increases by 21% in Europe

El transporte español de mercancías por carretera aumenta en Europa un 21%.

Good news for the road freight transport sector in Spain. Results accounting for the second quarter of this year have been positive not only for Spain but for transport in the south of Europe as a whole. Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece have increased their freight transport by 21% compared with the same months of the previous year.   Yet this evolution differs from the results obtained in other exporting countries, such as Germany, France and Benelux countries, that have reduced their load by 20%, according to the specialised company TIMOCOM. This setback is mainly caused by transport of investment and industrial goods.

Particularly in the case of Germany, the 38% increase in tolls as from the beginning of the year has affected the transport market supply and demand. Compared with 2018, the country has experienced a 12% decline in supply.

However, in the case of Spain, the fruit and vegetables season is at its peak, according to TIMOCON analysts. Not only is Spanish transport at the core of the rest of productive sectors, but without it the movement of goods and services, combined with trade, industry or tourism would grind to a halt bearing important economic consequences.

TIMOCON, company specialised in data processing and IT solutions for smart logistics, carried out quarterly analyses of the supply and demand evolution of the freight and vehicle exchange by road in Europe by means of its transport barometer. According to experts, the data of this last analysis have been affected by Brexit that has had an impact compared to the previous quarter. Transport from Europe to the UK fell by 56% compared to the previous quarter.

The most advanced tyres in the market to save in the fuel consumption of your fleet

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Salaries, fuel and tyres are certainly the most important costs any transport company faces. Tyres alone are responsible for almost 30% of consumption. In recent years, research work has been carried out to turn tyres into saving elements, not only regarding costs but also CO2 emissions, always in compliance with legal requirements.

We will now go through the most advanced tyres in the market to save in the fuel consumption of your fleet:

  • Duravis R002. Bridgestone has launched new tyres for fleets. Designed to reduce the cost per kilometre thanks to their wear resistance and fuel optimisation. In addition to improving their grip on wet roads, they increase their lifetime by 45% and reduce fuel consumption by 15%.
  • Michelin X Multi Energy. Michelin has a type of tyre conceived to save fuel and extend lifetime. This type of tyre is marked by three innovative features: Infinicoil, which strengthens the tyre carcass and enhances stability throughout the tyre’s lifetime; Regenion, tread pattern designed to ensure good grip; and Powercoil, limiting bending heating and rolling resistance by means of more resistant steel wires.
  • KMAS GEN-2 and FUELMAX GEN-2. Goodyear has two new ranges of tyres for trucks: KMAS GEN-2 offers first-class mileage and enhanced traction, improving its performance by 25% in all weather conditions. In addition, it increases resistance to damage by 15% and fuel efficiency by 5%. FUELMAX GEN-2 also offers high fuel efficiency and provides a 10% mileage increase.
  • SP346 and SP446. Dunlop is launching two lines that have been specifically designed to offer high mileage, strong traction and durability in all applications. The new technology used involves a solid carcass, deep sipes for enhanced performance in winter and noise reduction.
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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.
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Andamur celebrates St. Christopher’s Day

 

Andamur celebra el Día de San Cristóbal

Today 10 June is the feast day of St. Christopher, patron saint of drivers, and in Andamur we want to celebrate it together with our customers! Everybody stopping by the Relaxing Corners in our Service Areas may enjoy a massage with a Physiotherapist and be given some advice on how to keep an ergonomic posture while driving. The main aim of this action related to the Third Commandment “THOU SHALT STAY HEALTHY WHILE DRIVING” is to improve the lives of professional drivers.

Andamur celebra el Día de San Cristóbal

At Andamur, the main aim of our CSR Plan #WeLookAfterWhatMatters is precisely to improve the lives of professional drivers, since they spend many hours in the truck and there are many things they have to bear in mind to ensure their health and security on the road. For this reason, we want to enable them to workout, follow a healthy diet, focus on driving ergonomics, get some rest or have a good time.

In addition, at the end of 2018, our Corporate Social Responsibility Plan was already initiated with the opening of the Andamur La Junquera gym, the only gym in a service station in the whole country. In April this year, the Farinato Transport Race took place, a competition for transport professionals. With these actions we wish to give truck drivers the possibility of staying fit.

In 2019, during the months of February and March, actions were carried out to help drivers keep a healthy and balanced diet, providing them with appropriate meals and granting them easy access to fruit in our service stations. In July and August, Andamur is focusing on the campaign HEALTHY DRIVING, taking good care of drivers to ensure their health and security on the road.

At Andamur, we are sure that we will continue enjoying a future full of great and positive experiences together, and to do this you can follow our campaign on social media, where you will find tips and useful contents for safe and secure driving.

Because at Andamur #WeLookAfterWhatMatters #StayHealthyOnTheRoad

 

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.