Broken Down but Far from Out – Bauer Built is here to Help
“On the road again
Just can’t wait to get on the road again
The life I love is making music with my friends
And I can’t wait to get on the road again.”
Willie Nelson’s 1980 hit is an anthem for life on the road. And an expert Willie was on the subject. Sightings of the ‘Honeysuckle Rose’ as all his luxury coaches are called are the sure sign of Willie – one of the prolific touring artists of all time – being back on the road.
‘On the road again’ is jovial. And perhaps never more so than that moment when alone on the highway, Bauer Built arrives to help you get back behind the wheel.
Bauer Built’s Emergency Road Service isn’t just a helping hand and a spare tire. It’s a trusted partner in the big business of 16 million semi-trucks keeping America moving. It’s ‘always on’, with 24/7/365 coverage. It’s your pit crew, with roll-time targets of two hours for tire service. And with online access, photo verification and a US-based call center, no matter how you need to communicate with ERS, you can reach them day or night.
When a breakdown happens, Bauer Built should be your first call – it’s the only number you need. As a proud member of the Michelin Commercial Service Network, Bauer Built combines their service and expertise with the reach and capacity of Michelin.
Emergency Road Service is an important safety net for any truck driver. And the leading cause of breakdown is by far tires at more than 50% of all instances. As the largest Michelin dealer in the country Bauer Built has the expertise, efficiency and inventory to handle any breakdowns caused by tires.
Services such as Emergency Road Service are like insurance – essential but hopefully unnecessary. And because of that, perhaps the highest calling of ERS is the peace of mind it brings to drivers and carriers alike. Two-hour roll time can be critical for the business behind the breakdown. Where there are breakdowns there are missed deadlines and promises. There are increased costs in pay – every hour lost is a $30 spend. And with any perishable or time-sensitive shipments, product loss is a real possibility.
The average truck is 4.1 years old and 97% of carriers operate 20 or fewer trucks. Furthermore, LTL is hard on trucks, with shorter runs and more working parts. This makes for an increased ERS demand. And stop-and-start trucking is only going to increase as manufacturing and production becomes more fragmented across the country. As runs become shorter and transit is increasingly urban, potholes and other related challenges will lead to more breakdowns. And only a robust ERS program such as Bauer Built will cost effectively solve breakdown challenges for most carriers.
‘On the Road Again’ may not technically be a trucking song but it sure captures that moment when you’re truck is back up and running. Other classics immediately come to mind such as Alabama’s ‘Roll on (Eighteen Wheeler)’. But when it comes to uptime, no breakdowns and getting the job done, nothing says it like ‘Eastbound and Down ‘ by Jerry Reed. And just think, without ERS, how many other miracle feats of trucking ‘can’t be done’?
“East bound and down, loaded up and truckin’
We gonna do what they say can’t be done
We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there
I’m east bound, just watch ol’ bandit run.”