For owner/operators, commercial trucks are the very livelihood on which they rely. After you graduate from truck driving school, obtain your Class A CDL, and purchase your first commercial truck, maintaining your vehicle will need to be at the top of your priority list. Not only will commercial truck maintenance help improve efficiency and keep fuel costs down, but it will also help extend the lifespan of your truck so you can get a greater return on your investment. You’ll learn more about truck maintenance while in truck driving school, but in the meantime here are some tips to remember that will help extend the lifespan of your vehicle.
Follow Manufacturer-Recommended Service Schedules
No one knows the maintenance requirements of your commercial truck better than the manufacturer who built it, so be sure you follow the manufacturer’s recommended service schedule to keep your truck in tiptop shape. Following the maintenance schedule might also be required to keep the truck’s warranty active.
Check Tires on a Regular Basis
Surprisingly, truck tire maintenance plays a critical role in extending the lifespan of your commercial vehicle. Under-inflated tires can lower fuel mileage and make steering more difficult, and the resulting wear and tear can cause you to replace your tires sooner than usual. Driving on worn tires can also place additional stress on other truck components, such as the suspension and steering systems, and a blowout can result in extensive body and/or mechanical damage.
Don’t Ignore Warning Signs of Truck Problems
Another important aspect of keeping your truck on the road as long as possible is having it serviced at the first sign of a mechanical or electrical problem. Such problems will only get worse over time, leading to greater wear and tear on other components and systematically breaking down your truck.
If you want to start your own trucking company, you can learn what it takes to be a professional owner/operator at HDS Truck Driving Institute. Visit our truck driving school in Tucson for one of our open house events so you can learn more about our programs. You can also call us toll-free at (877) 205-2141 if you have any questions.
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