“I hate brushing my teeth every single night!” the eight-year-old wailed. “That’s okay,” came the reply, “I hate pre-trip inspections. Yet, I still have to do them.” Yes, performing pre-trip inspections is just like brushing your teeth. They must be done and doing them can prevent greater damage in the future. Furthermore, keeping a supply of diesel truck parts on hand helps. |
Doing Pre-trip Inspections
Each time you start a new run, it is important to do a pre-trip inspection. It’s easy to remember a three point check: under the hood, the perimeter of the truck, and in the cab.
• Under the hood you check for such things as fluid levels, belts, filters, shocks, steering assembly, etc. • In the perimeter you check everything that is outside the truck. This includes tires, lights, mirrors, doors, latches, etc. • In the cab you check for such things as air breaks, mirrors, seat belts, gauges, wiper fluid, etc.
More than one truck driver has found small things that are wrong on the truck that if left unattended could cause great damage while driving 60 miles an hour down the road. For example, what if there were loose lug nuts that you didn’t find? That could be bad on the freeway.
Keep a Supply of Diesel Truck Parts
When you find small things that are wrong during you inspection, if you have a supply of diesel truck parts on hand, you can replace it then without any delay. For example, you can keep such things as extra fluids, wiper blades, and even brake shoes.
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