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Summer Truck Driving Tips And Tricks

Some things can harm your truck, and myths about such might not be accurate. Here are some tips and tricks on preparing your truck for summer.

There is no denying that summer will surely be here before we know it — and that means that truck driving season will pick up. In fact, with commercial trucks, there are usually a few key elements that need to be considered to ensure a safe and smooth route. The reality is, you’ll want to do what you can ahead of the warmer season to prepare your commercial truck for all the jobs you’ll have to ensure that all those drives are smooth and easy — generally speaking. Ultimately, there are certain things that can harm your truck and myths that might not actually be true — so deciphering the difference is key. Here is some excellent advice regarding preparing your truck for the summer season effectively and efficiently.

Turning The Heat On To Change The Engine

As most truck drivers can attest — changing the engine is a whole ordeal. In fact, many drivers have heard that it’s ideal to turn the heat on as they change their truck’s engine effectively and efficiently. The reality is, when you turn the heat on in your truck, what happens is that the excessive heat will then be transferred to the actual core of the heater itself — thereby bringing the overall temperature of the actual coolant down seamlessly. Ultimately, it might seem like a great idea — but there will inevitably be some side effects like overloading the truck or running into an issue with your coolant system down the line.

Medium Trucks Require Thick Oil For Summer

For the most part, this is usually accurate advice — but not necessarily the case for every type of truck. In fact, you’ll always want to make sure that you take some time to go through your owner’s manual to ensure that you are using the proper oil for your specific truck no matter the season. The reality is, it tends to be best to avoid super thick oil since it tends to take a lot longer to flow through the truck itself. Ultimately, thin oil isn’t great either as it typically creates a lot less friction than most trucks require and thereby increases your fuel economy — meaning you spend more fuel during each drive.

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