Four Maintenance Basics About Truck Trailers That You Need To Know About

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If you've just started an exciting career on the road as a long-haul truck driver, you undoubtedly already know that taking good care of your truck is an essential component of success at this endeavor. However, it's also imperative that your trailer is in good working order at all times -- a trailer malfunction can not only hold you up on the road while precious time slips away, it can cause you to get into an accident. Following are four basics that every long-haul truck driver needs to know about trailer maintenance. 

Maintain Proper Tire Pressure

Tire pressure can be tricky to discern by visual inspection -- if the a tire is noticeably sagging, it's probably been running on low pressure for awhile, causing a potentially dangerous situation as well as lowering your fuel economy and increasing wear-and-tire on your tires. Although nothing beats manually checking your tire pressure on a regular basis, a tire pressure warning system can function as a good second layer of protection. 

Keep Your Semi-Truck Clean

Long-haul truckers drive their rigs in all kinds of conditions, including those that can potentially damage their trailers. For instance, salts and chemicals that are used to de-ice road surfaces can damage the metal parts as well as the electrical connections on the underside of your trailer, so be sure to pay special attention to this area when you're washing your truck. This also provides you with an excellent opportunity to inspect your trailer for signs of damage. 

Pay Attention to Suspension

Perform visual inspections of your trailer's suspension on a routine basis. Look for conditions such as cracks, tears, or other damage to the air springs. You should also ensure that the air springs are set at the right level -- if they're too low, you run the risk of damage to your trailer's structural foundation. If your air springs are set too high, you'll have difficulty going under overpasses. 

Inspect Security Components

Tie-down straps, winches, and chains should also be inspected as part of your regular maintenance routine. Look for signs of damage such as snags, loose stitching, holes, and general overall weakness. Replace anything that may not hold properly while on the road -- the last thing you need while driving down the highway is a malfunction of your tie-down straps, which will potentially cause you to lose valuable cargo. 

The best way to ensure that these and other maintenance tasks are performed in a timely fashion is to keep a comprehensive maintenance log along with a complete checklist of things that need to be done. For more information, contact a service like A 24-7 Repair Services.

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