Basic daily procedures should be performed at the start of every trip. They include checking tires, lights, turn signals, and hazard flashers to ensure all in in good working order.
What constitutes "routine maintenance"?
Regular preventative maintenance is the best way to reduce operating costs - sudden mechanical breakdowns are often expensive and can in most cases be avoided by routine truck and trailer maintenance. Check the vehicle's manual for the manufacturer's recommendations for maintenance. Pay special attention to items such as:
- Mirror and any features that allow you to be able to see clearly
- Windshield washers and wipers
- Steps, walk boards or ladders
- Pneumatic or hydraulic hoses, outriggers, lift gates, hoists, or other material handling features.
- Headboard racks and load attachment points (hooks and winches).
Remember... It's what on the inside that counts too
The inside of the trailer also requires routine maintenance and inspection. Pay special attention to the following:
- Temperature control unit and temperature monitoring devices - must be calibrated and accurate.
- Refrigeration air delivery chutes
- Trailer's insulation through walls, ceiling, doors, and floors - the trailer must be airtight!
- Floor grooves and drains - must be free of debris, cracks, and holes.
Maintenance that is routine and preventative is the best type to ensure success upon deliveries and reduce a carrier's exposure to claims and/or additional charges. So take care of your truck, trailer, and yourself, inside and out!!!
Do you have any maintenance tips of your own? Please feel free to share!!!