Maintenance Steps Every Truck Driver Should Take

Truck driver performing maintenance steps on his truck

In order to ensure your truck remains in top condition, it is important to show your vehicle a little TLC. Although today’s trucks are designed to last longer than ever, the following maintenance steps are crucial for ensuring your truck stays in top operating condition.

Check Your Tire Pressure

Tires can be extremely expensive and are crucial to safe driving, so it is important you give them proper attention. Proper tire pressure helps to ensure the longevity of your tires. Many truck drivers and companies opt for automatic tire pressure monitoring, but even these systems require regular maintenance to ensure they are in proper working order. If you notice that your tires are experiencing unusual wear even though the pressure is correct, it may indicate an issue with the undercarriage, suspension, or axle alignment.

Inspect Your Suspension System

Visually monitoring your suspension system for signs of irregular wear and tear is important to ensure your truck remains safe over long miles. Make sure nothing is touching or interfering with the movement of your suspension.

Air suspension systems will have a defined ride height position that needs to be monitored as well. If your ride height is not set correctly because of damage, you can’t fully benefit from the air suspension system.

Check Your Brakes Often

As your brake performance is crucial to safe driving, keeping an eye on your brake system is something every truck driver should do. Check the spring break angle formed by the air chamber push rod and the slack adjuster — it should be 90 degrees. If not, your brakes are out of alignment and will need to be repaired. It is also a good idea to check the condition of the brake drums to verify there is enough material for them to perform their job.

Perform Routine Inspection Checklists

Some of the maintenance steps you should take as a truck driver include:

  • Checking your air filter
  • Checking brake fluid levels
  • Oil changes
  • Inspect your fans, belts, and hoses
  • Inspect your carburetor and distributor
  • Replace wiper blades regularly
  • Test your signal lights

If any of these categories aren’t performing to standard, it is important that you stay vigilant and request repairs or maintenance. Stay alert while operating your vehicle for any signs of equipment failure, stay on top of your maintenance steps, and you are well on your way to being a responsible driver.

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If you are interested in joining a team that treats you as part of the family, consider driving for Veterans Fuel Transport. Our team is dedicated to showing our drivers the respect and honor they deserve. Contact our team today to learn why VFT is the place for you.

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