Usually used by cargo and other transport companies, the main purpose of trucks and trailers is to transfer various goods on long distances. Driving for long time and on such long distances increases the risk on trucks and trailers of damaged parts, which can further result in ever greater damage. That’s the main reason why trucks and trailers need to be regularly checked and maintained properly as to serve their purpose for a long time.
Achieving the optimal working condition of your vehicle comes down to regular checks of few things: liquids, unusual sounds and tires. Firstly, always check the amount of water left in your truck. If the water left is little, and your truck starts working on the fumes, a severe damage may be caused to the engine. Replace the water regularly, so you don’t need to replace the engine.
Secondly, pay attention to sounds. An unusual sound is generally a sign that something is wrong with the truck. So, instead of waiting for the regular maintenance appointment, analyze the sounds of your truck and take proper measures to prevent further damage. And thirdly, the tires. Tires should always be in perfect condition and in accordance to weather requirements. This is because trucks and trailers are heavy vehicles, and if you end up with a flat tire or drive with an unsuitable one, you can cause problems to other vehicles on the road. So, when the snow starts falling and roads become icy making driving heavy trucks and trailers slow, hard and dangerous, be sure to have your winter driving equipment ready. This usually means having your winter tires installed.
Another important thing is for drivers to understand the meaning of different warning lights. This is especially important when being on the road. When there is no mechanic to come and fix the problem, a driver needs to be prepared to take the situation in his hands. That’s why, in addition to sounds, a well-trained driver needs to understand lights as well, so he can know whether he needs to stop immediately or he can keep driving to find assistance.
In addition to this basic knowledge, a responsible driver should always have a fully equipped tool kit with him, and know how to operate with it, in case a mechanical damage occurs somewhere on the road.
All in all, maintenance of trucks and trailers is more than important; it’s a responsibility of the driver. Inspect your vehicle every time you go on a long trip and take proper care about all the parts that can cause you problems like tires, liquids and sounds.