Summer is almost here! That means it’s time to start preparing your truck for the new season. With the amount of miles a heavy duty truck gains each year, it’s extremely important to keep your semi truck well maintained. Performing regular maintenance on your truck will help save you money and time in the long run. Truckers should always prepare their truck for the new seasons. Summer brings a whole new set of challenges for truckers. Check out our guide on how truck drivers should be preparing their semi truck for summer.
During the winter, the cold months tend to take a toll on a truck’s tires. The colder temperature compresses the air in tire tires, which gives off the appearance that the tire pressure is too low. Truckers will often put more air in the tires to account for the compression. However, when the weather warms up, the tire pressure is too high.
Before hitting the road this summer, check your tire pressure and make sure it is at the proper psi.
During the summer months truckers tend to worry less about running into problems when it comes to starting up their truck. Truck drivers should be checking their batteries to make sure everything is connected and fully charged. Heat can be just as damaging as cold weather. Excessive exposure to heat can damage a battery and cause it to die in the middle of your trip. Avoid running into battery issues and do regular maintenance checks on your battery
An engine overheating causes a huge delay in a truckers route. The last thing a trucker wants is to be stuck on the side of the road with their engine overheating. Avoid this issue by changing your coolant hose and replacing your coolant.
Air conditioners do not get used near as much in the winter. Before you begin to use it for the summer, check for any leaks or cracks. You will want to fix any issues with your A/C before hitting the hot road this summer.
Summer Driving Tips
Driving in a new season brings new challenges for truckers. Check out these tips for truck drivers during the summer season.
- Wear sunscreen
- Protect your eyes
- Watch out for work zones and construction workers
- Expect more traffic
- Always have water
Share with us your tips on preparing your semi truck for summer.
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