Before heading out on the road, truck drivers should always make sure that they’re well rested. They should be focused and alert from the moment they step on the gas. They should also inspect their truck to make sure it’s ready to hit the highway. Here are some of the things truck drivers should always inspect prior to putting their truck into drive.
The first thing truck drivers should do when inspecting their truck is take a look at all of the various fluid levels. This should include the levels for their oil, fuel, power steering, coolant, and more. They should also look around and see if they can spot any potential leaks. The last thing a truck driver wants to do is leave for a road trip with a leak that could have been detected ahead of time.
The engine is the heart and soul of a truck. Therefore, it deserves its very own inspection. Truck drivers should look at the engine block in a truck to see if there are any signs of leaks, cracks, or frayed wires. They should also start their trucks up a few times in the days leading up to a road trip to make sure it starts up properly.
Nothing will slow a truck driver down quite like a flat tire. It’s almost impossible to predict when a tire will blow when they’re out on the road, but truck drivers can decrease the chances of running into tire trouble by analyzing the condition of tires before relying on them during a road trip. They should walk around the outside of a truck and check out each individual tire to see what kind of shape it’s in. They should also check out the brakes on their truck and see if the brake pads need to be replaced.
While they’re walking around the outside of their truck looking at the tires, truck drivers should also evaluate the body of their truck. While a little bit of wear and tear isn’t a huge cause for concern, unexplained dents and other blemishes should be noted. Truck drivers should also continue to look at the body of their truck throughout their travels for any signs of damage.
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