Truck drivers know that there is a checklist of tasks that must be completed to ensure their rigs are safe and able to make it through the tough winter months. However, once the weather starts to warm up again, it’s just as important to do a warm weather checkup as well.
Heat brings its own set of challenges and problems, so it’s important to make sure everything in the following list is taken care of before you hit the road.
- Tire Pressure
This is one thing that affects both performance and safety. If your tires aren’t correctly inflated, you run the risk of a blowout. As the weather heats up, remember that the air in your tires will expand as it warms. Be sure to do regular checks so that you can maintain fuel efficiency and lower the risk of a blown tire.
- Air Conditioning
Checking the air conditioning might seem low priority since it doesn’t affect how your truck handles, but you should never forget that your comfort is an important part of the job. As spring sets in, have your truck’s air conditioner recharged and checked for leaks. Overheating while you drive is a concern you should take seriously.
- Battery and Belts
Cold weather can often make it difficult to get your truck started, so it’s easy to remember to check the battery during the winter. However, heat can be just as hard on your battery. In fact, if your battery is in poor shape, excess heat can cause it to fail completely. To prepare for warmer weather, have the unit charged and inspected to ensure optimal performance.
Engine belts take tremendous amounts of wear, yet they’re easy to overlook during a maintenance check. While you’re under the hood, check for cracks and excess wear on your belts so that you can replace them if necessary.
- Coolant System
Maintaining your coolant system is a simple and inexpensive way to give yourself extra peace of mind when you’re on the road. It’s easiest to simply replace both your coolant and coolant hoses when you’re doing your annual warm weather maintenance check. This will mean that you know the system is in top condition, and you’ll be less likely to break down.
Preventive Maintenance Keeps You Safe
Your truck spends thousands of hours in operation, so it’s easy to overlook the little things when you’re gearing up for a change in seasons. However, sticking to a detailed maintenance schedule can ensure your safety and help to keep your truck on the road longer.