- August 1, 2015
- Posted by: Jeff White
- Category: Articles
Whether you are a solo truck driver with your own truck in Calgary, or you have a fleet of trucks, you know that those vehicles are the reason you are in business. Without them, you would not be able to do your work, naturally. This means that one of the most important things for you to consider is maintenance for the vehicles. You need to think about this in a couple of different ways.
First, consider the regular scheduled maintenance that the heavy truck needs to undergo. It needs to have oil changes, and it needs to make sure that all of the systems are working properly, including the brakes and all of the electronics. If there are any issues, then you need to make sure they are repaired. One of the ways that fleets and individuals get into trouble is that they don’t feel that there’s anything wrong with the vehicle, so they do not take it in for scheduled maintenance. Pushing the vehicle too long can cause damage that’s very expensive to repair. It’s not a good idea, so stick to your maintenance schedule with the professionals as much as possible.
Second, you have to think about the regular maintenance checks that you or the drivers will need to perform. This includes some simple things such as checking the tire pressure, making sure that the wiper system is reliable, and that the brake lights are working. These are common and basic inspections that the driver should conduct regularly, just so they can be sure the vehicle is safe to drive.
Third, fleets and drivers need to know when they need the help of professionals for repairs to their diesel truck. Even though they may have some mechanical skills, taking the vehicles to the professionals is essential. Do not try any DIY repairs on the rig, or it could end up causing more problems than it is worth. Professional service is always worth the time and the cost.
When you take good care of the vehicles and make sure to properly maintain them, you will find that they can last and run strong for a long time. Decades in some cases. Set up a maintenance schedule and make sure you are sticking to it.