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Truck Maintenance Tips for Drivers

 

Keep yourself and others safe.  Maintain your truck and equipment in good working order. This will keep you and others safe - and it’s the law.

 

Daily

Check tires, lights and turn signal/hazard flashers for your tractor and trailer at the start of every trip. Use your employer provided checklist.

 

Routine maintenance

Regular preventive maintenance inspections may be based on time or mileage. Check the vehicle’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendations for maintenance. Pay special attention to items such as:  Brakes - Steering - Tires - Mirrors and any features allowing the driver to see clearly (such as CCTV cameras) - Windshield washers and wipers - Steps - walkboards or ladders - Pneumatic or hydraulic hoses - outriggers - liftgates - hoists or other material handling features - Headboard racks and load attachment points (hooks and winches).

1 – Understand basic warning signs

A good driver doesn’t have to be a qualified mechanic but it helps if you can recognize the difference between an unusual noise that means nothing with a noise that is a critical warning sign, something that signals the truck should be serviced without delay to prevent further damage. Keep up on your truck maintenance so you can recognize warning signs and perform pre and post-trip inspections competently.

2 – Keep a good maintenance schedule

A big trap for truck drivers is to put off preventative maintenance. Down time is money and it can be easy to postpone regular servicing because the truck is going ok. Don’t wait for an emergency breakdown before you get your truck serviced. Preventative maintenance can be worth its weight in gold, saving you a lot of grief down the track.

3 – Drive economically

Driving economically has many benefits aside from the obvious one; saving fuel. Economical driving puts less stress on the truck, saving maintenance dollars and prolonging the life of the vehicle. It also makes for a more relaxing drive, not rushing up to stop lights or tailgating other drivers that could require heavy braking. It means using the height advantage truck drivers often have to plan intelligently for the traffic ahead.

4 – Respect your fellow drivers

As a truck driver we share the road with a lot of other people, who have just as much right to the road as we do. The only way a system like this can work, with thousands of drivers co-existing is through mutual respect, which at times may require yielding even if we have right of way.  Good truck management is about remembering that we drive something that could be potentially harmful to other users. Rather than use our truck as a weapon, show respect for other road users by driving your truck considerately.

5 – Be conscious of the environment

Being an eco-friendly driver is no longer just a fashionable and optional extra for truck drivers, it is fast becoming a legislated requirement and part of a driver’s duty of care. Many employers are also beginning to realize that being sensitive to the environment also has benefits for a firm’s bottom line, reducing miles and saving fuel  .Being conscious of your environment not only involves doing your bit to minimize your carbon footprint but it’s also about being a good neighbor to fellow road users or homeowners in the areas we drive. For example, a neighborhood that has a high number of children might mean a considerate truck driver slows down or in a built-up area does less noisy engine-braking.  Driving trucks can be a very rewarding and satisfying job and with some basic understanding of good truck management, you can minimize problems and make the experience more profitable for you and your employer.