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Truck owners are always on the lookout out for new service centres and ways to keep their trucks in good shape, and more importantly, on the road. Truck transportation companies can’t afford any downtime as this means loss of revenue and goodwill. If you are a truck owner and need advice on looking after your trucks, here are a few pointers that will help you to keep your trucks healthy and well-maintained.

Let’s start with the basics. These things should be done before every journey, and if the truck is a short haul truck then it should be done once a week. Make sure that your oil is checked on a regular basis, particularly before taking on a long haul trip; the oil needs to be topped up if it is getting low.  Unlike cars, trucks need oil on a regular basis because of the amount of power it exerts. As you check the oil, the radiator fluid will also need to be checked on a regular basis. Checking this frequently will prevent overheating and will also give you an opportunity to check for leaks that need immediate attention.

Tire pressure is important. It is not only relevant for trucks, but for any vehicle that travels on open roads. Unlike a car with a burst tire, a truck with a burst tire carrying a large load can be hazardous for all road users. Keep an eye on the tires’ tread and an eye out for smooth tires. These are all basic but important points to remember when looking after your trucks.

As with any vehicle, regular services are important and even more so with trucks. Trucks should be checked over thoroughly before long haul journeys. If the truck is only used for short hauls it needs to be checked thoroughly at least once a month. Brakes have to be checked on a regular basis, especially with heavier trucks that carry large loads. You will feel the signs of poor breaks when you slow down and the truck vibrates. It is always best to be safe rather than sorry. Spare parts should be kept in the trucks on long haul journeys and drivers should be trained on how to replace these spares if necessary in an emergency. Drivers should also be trained on how looking after you trucks is as important for you as it is for them.

At Truckpart we service commercial trucks and make sure that they are in top shape, helping you to when it comes to looking after your trucks.