If you operate a commercial fleet, or drive a rig, you know how imperative it is that your vehicle be in tip-top shape. After all, if your vehicle breaks down and isn't running, you lose productivity. Taking your fleet or rig in for routine maintenance will increase your up-time and help reduce your operating costs. In addition to taking your vehicle in for regular maintenance, you should also take a few measures of your own to ensure that your rig continues running smoothly.
Check Precise Tire Pressure
The appropriate tire pressure is crucial for all trucks, especially heavy rigs, and it's not enough to thump the tires with a stick -- a common practice. Unfortunately thumping the tires won't give you accurate tire pressure and it's easy to misjudge using this method. If you drive with tires that are under inflated, you'll put too much pressure on the tire walls. This can cause a blowout. Over-inflated tires can be a disaster too, especially if it's rainy, or wet. Use a pressure gauge to get the precise pressure of your tires and make sure it's in the appropriate range for your rig. For example, you're looking for 110 psi for a steel axle with a 12,000-pound rating.
Change Windshield Wipers
It sounds simple, but many commercial truck operators drive around with beat up windshield wipers, only to get caught in a storm and find that their wipers have given out. Windshield wipers are often neglected, yet they play a crucial role in keeping you and others safe on the road. Avoid waiting until your windshield wipers give completely out before replacing them. If you've been driving in rough weather and notice that your windshield wipers have taken a beating, replace them before your next trip
Keep a Check on Your Brakes
Don't put off taking your rig in for repair or servicing if you find that your brakes are squeaking or grinding. If your brakes fail, or are out of adjustment, that could spell an accident. Brake problems are responsible for nearly 30 percent of large truck accidents, according a Department of Transportation report. Reputable truck companies require you to keep a check on your brakes so that you can check brake shoes and catch leaks. However, because replacing brakes can be costly, some drivers opt to cut corners to keep costs down. Take your rig in to have your brakes checked. It's better safe than sorry.
Local commercial fleet repair services are a great place to turn for routine maintenance.