|Maintain your truck PROACTIVELY & REGULARLY!|
Extends the lifetime of the vehicle,
Lowers the chance of emergency repairs,
Lowers the chance of being involved in an accident
Lowers the chance of getting a violation or bad roadside inspection!
A ‘warning’ is not just a ‘warning’.
Any violation = negative points toward both Driver & Motor Carrier.
EVERY POINT matters, it doesn’t matter if it’s a ticket written, OOS, or a simple line item violation.
Any Roadside Inspection by DOT that is anything other than a CLEAN VIOLATION for both the truck & chassis is not good and hurts YOU as a driver, Gulf Winds as the motor carrier, and every other driver at GWII.
|Tires, Lights, & Brakes are some of THE MOST IMPORTANT things on the truck to KEEP YOU SAFE!|
PRE-TRIPS & PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE IS KEY
TO REDUCING DOWNTIME & PREVENTING INCIDENTS!
|HERE ARE SOME GOOD TIPS:Brakes: One of the most important life-saving systems in any vehicle!!! Brakes can deteriorate very quickly, it’s very important to inspect them thoroughly before any trip. Make sure you are inspecting the lining of breaks to ensure there are no leaks in the air pressure system Tires: They are the most used and replaced parts of your truck. An overworn tire can become a major hazard and put your and others’ safety at risk. Air pressure and tread depth should be checked regularly|
PRO TIP: Inflation levels should be checked using only an approved pressure gauge. Using a thumper — a tire bat — is a longstanding ritual that really identifies only tires that are dead flat. A tire that’s 20% to 30% underinflated is very tough to identify with a thumper. A $10 stick gauge is worth its weight in gold if used properly and consistently.
Lights: Before starting any trip make sure warning lights, turn signals, brake lights, and flashers are working correctly. Check any other cables to ensure they are properly/tightly connected. Fluids: Leaking fluids can be very costly to repair. Make sure you are checking under your truck for any leaks. You should also check all your fluid levels (coolant, antifreeze, fuel, and oil). Check your air pressure, oil pressure, and temperature to ensure your fluids are functioning correctly Fifth Wheel: You should be regularly inspecting and greasing/adjusting your fifth wheel. Inspect for excessive wear, and if necessary replace any parts that need to be replaced.