Spring is finally here! With the rough Maryland weather we’ve been having, chances are winter took a toll on your vehicle. Especially for truck drivers, it’s important that we keep our vehicles are in good shape. With this simple checklist, you can make sure that your truck will be ready to hit the road this spring.
Chances are that you had to really put your brakes to work to stay safe this past winter. So now is the time to look over every part of your brake lines, hoses, and the fluid levels. Brakes will always be at the top of the list of your truck maintenance because they are vital to keeping you and other drivers safe on the road.
Your truck’s tire pressure is a key part of safety, fuel efficiency, and handling for your vehicle. All of the temperature changes tend to fluctuate your tire’s air pressure. Driving can become dangerous if your tires aren’t inflated correctly. Avoid long term damage to your wheels by making sure that your tire pressure is at the proper level.
Another part of your truck that winter can do a number on is your suspension. Check the shocks and struts on your truck for any signs of damage. You want to make sure that you and the freight you are carrying remain safe and secure. The harsh jostling from uneven roads, potholes and ice are likely to have beaten up your suspension a lot.
Hose and Belt
Generally speaking, you will always want to make sure that your hose and belt are no more than five years old. But the cold weather can make them age and wear down much quicker. When in doubt, it’s better to replace them.
Lastly, make sure to check on your truck’s batteries and electrical wires. Test the battery terminals, plugs and wiring for signs of wear or damage. The last thing you need is to have your battery die at the beginning of the new season.
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