Truckers drive thousands of miles a year, making truck breakdowns inevitable. However, there are a few things truckers can do to help prevent them.
1. Test The Tires
At least once a week, check the tire pressure in all tires on the truck. Underinflated tires can lower your fuel milage and make steering more difficult. Overinflated tires are more likely to be damaged by rough roads and can pop easier. Tire pressure changes as the temperature outside changes, so check the pressure more frequently if you are driving through extreme weather conditions.
2. Check The Fluids
Before hitting the road for a long haul, check your truck’s fluid levels, including oil and radiator fluid. If you notice fuel levels dropping quickly, there may be a leak. Make sure all fluids are filled to the proper levels to avoid damage and breakdowns.
3. Monitor The Brakes
Brakes can wear out over time. If you feel them vibrating or hear them squealing when you are stopping the truck, it may be time for a repair or replacement. If you notice any of these brake-wear symptoms, take the truck to a mechanic as soon as possible. Driving with worn brakes can be dangerous.
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