When navigating the roads, it’s prudent to expect the unexpected. This advice is especially important for truck drivers to heed. With considerable caution and on-the-road safety tricks, you can ensure that you remain out of harm’s way while en route. Whether you’re preparing for a trip or traveling to your destination, here are some tips to consider while in the driver’s seat.
When bad weather rears its ugly head, driving becomes exponentially more dangerous. According to the Federal Highway Administration, nearly 21 percent of vehicle crashes are weather-related. With that said, it’s critical to check the weather both before you’re driving and while on the road.
There’s nothing more bothersome than being uncomfortable in the driver’s seat. Fidgeting and constantly adjusting will only distract from what’s going on on the road. To keep yourself cozy and attentive, find your sweet spot before the trip begins.
It’s all too easy to get distracted while driving. If you feel your concentration waning, take a break. As a result, you’ll give yourself the opportunity to refuel. Much like your truck, you don’t perform as well when you’re running on empty. To avoid an accident, it’s crucial to stay alert while behind the wheel.
Due to their large size, trucks are sensitive to wind, speeding cars, and other unpredictable elements. When these forces are too strong, it can cause you to swerve into the next lane. By keeping both hands on the wheel, you remain in complete control of the vehicle and, in turn, manage to stay in your lane.
If you have to come to a screeching halt, you’ll need about seven seconds to do so. With that in mind, keep a reasonable distance between you and the car ahead of you. When you do have to come to a stop, you’ll find comfort in knowing that you won’t plow into the vehicle in front of you.
Every seasoned trucker knows the feeling of coasting down the open road only to hear an unsettling screech, thump or bump radiating from the front end of the vehicle. Repairs are a part of trucking life and we have to decide right on the spot whether it is within our scope of knowledge, or if an outside contractor must be sent in to address the issue at hand. These types of decisions have to be made in the moment and as on the road trucking fleet operators, we have to prepare ourselves with the knowledge base necessary to make these types of decisions. There are several different common repairs that truckers have to address. There are those repairs that can be overlooked by the trucking fleet ownership and the trucking fleet operator must address them on the spot due to a lack of due diligence. These include oil changes and oil leaks. There are also routine repairs that must be made regardless of the ownership's upkeep of the vehicle, such as tire changes and battery jumps.
All semi-trucks must undergo frequent oil changes. How often the truck will require oil changes depends upon many factors. If the truck is climbing steep terrain frequently, then it will require a frequent oil change. It also depends upon how many miles the truck travels in a period of time. The more miles on the vehicle, the more frequently the truck will require an oil change. As truck operators, we know that diesel engines require oil changes just like gasoline engines do.
Another issue that may arise on the road is an oil leak within the engine. Oil leaks must be addressed by experienced mechanics. If the truck operator happens to have a background in engine mechanics, by all means, he can perform the repair. However, more likely than not, the truck driver will have to call upon the help of a seasoned semi-truck engine mechanic. This can require being off the road for a longer amount of time than expected in order to allow for repair time for the vehicle. Oil leaks are indicated by a consistently low oil level gauge even when the oil has just recently been refilled in the engine.
Routine tire changes must be made on the semi-truck vehicle. As semi-trucks frequently travel through rough terrain, worn roads, icy conditions, and generally hazardous environments, it is important to keep up a good thick tread on the tires. The tread on semi-truck tires gets worn down more quickly than on a standard vehicle both because of the extreme nature of the terrain and also because of the sheer amount of mileage being put on the tires. A seasoned semi-truck driver should become familiar with how to properly remove and install tires.
The life of a battery is very important when it comes to trucking because few vehicles that could stop alongside the road to help with a jumpstart would have battery power strong enough to jumpstart a semi-truck engine. It is important for the driver to consistently monitor battery life so that he never ends up in such a situation.
There are seven things that are commonly done to vehicles that can cause a lot of damage in the long and short run. If you are driving your car recklessly, then you are not only putting your car at risk, but you are putting yourself at risk as well. If you accelerate after braking, or if you drive quickly, you are both burning up gas and wreaking havoc on your transmission. You should also never ignore the warning lights on the dash board.
“Before riding on the streets of the UAE, it is advised that you go through the several stringent road safety laws and regulations implemented by the regulatory authorities.”
Wheels made from allow or steel are two most common wheel types and customers often pose the question regarding the difference between the two. Steel wheels are the basic type going back to automotive beginnings. There are many metals that can be used in allow wheel manufacturing process, but aluminum alloys are most widely used. Wheels made of steel are generally cheaper, more durable, but are heavier, which may not be preferable, depending on the use of the wheel.
“The centrepiece wheel (with specific design for hub and spokes) and rim are separately made and then welded into one piece, followed by the final polishing and coating for the glossy finish.”
If you are concerned with the tire pressure of your vehicle then you will be happy to know that you don't need to take it to a mechanic each time you need the pressure in your tires checked. If you are going to be checking the pressure of your tires yourself, make sure the tires are cooled as them being heated up by the roads will affect the tire pressure. About once per month is how often you will want to check the pressure of your tires.
“Then, read the number on the tire pressure sensor, and write it down for future reference. It’s as easy as that! You can now compare the number, measured in pounds per square inch (PSI) of pressure, to the optimal pressure level.”
Truckers over the past few weeks are showing an increased disinterest in trucking because they are missing their families and with the increased amount of tension in the air, it's taking a toll on them. If the year is coming to an end without your achieving what you wanted to then you can still jump start the new year. In 2021 you can make some early goals that you never go to since this year was difficult for everybody with the election and the pandemic.
“In the midst of all this, a reminder: Be thankful that, at least for most owner-operators, you have not been forced out of work. You may have had to adjust your equipment, or the commodities you hauled, but overall there is still high demand for your services.”
Millions of people were involved in car accidents last year, so it's important to know what you should do in the event that you are involved in a crash. The first thing you will want to do is make sure that nobody is injured after the crash and to make sure everyone is okay. Be sure to call the police and take a lot of pictures of the scene with your phone if need be. Don't play the blame game and don't take the blame, let the photos and the report sort that out.
“A traumatic event, such as a car crash, triggers the body to produce fight and flight hormones. One of these is epinephrine, AKA “adrenaline,” which can reduce the body’s ability to sense pain.”
The tires you are using matter greatly when it comes to what type of job you are going to be doing when you are in an industry where you are always on the road. If you aren't choosing the right type of tires you are going to put yourself and others at risk. A lot of car accidents are caused by not using the right tires. If you are driving in the city, long distances, or in the snow, you will need different tires.
“Different types of tires are engineered with a specific purpose in mind. Read on and learn our tire recommendations based on the automotive job you’re considering.”
Most of us are pretty well aware of what needs to be done to make sure that a car is maintained properly. One thing that a lot of people tend to over look is the wheel alignment. The control of your vehicle and overall suspension of your vehicle is dependent on your wheel alignment. We all know that the oil must be changed, but we often wait until the last minute to do so and this goes for all other fluids as well.
“Make sure that you wash and clean both the interiors and exteriors regularly to have a dirt-free look and proper functionality. You should maintain a schedule to get your car wash and detailing done at least once in every six months.”
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