Trucks used for relocation should be well maintained because they are driven long distances. There are many pitfalls that less maintained trucks can fall into on a long journey. Taking proper care of your truck and all of its parts are crucial to being safe on the road.
Neglectful maintenance habits become more of a problem when you are driving long distances and may be far from help. Do not get stuck somewhere with no way to help yourself. Take care of the truck and its parts before you relocate. Here are some things to look out for on a relocation trip:
Make sure the trucks oil has been changed recently, preferably right before the trip. Fresh oil at the correct level makes for a much more efficient vehicle and will greatly increase fuel economy. This is a key factor in any long trip.
One hazard of long trips is suffering a flat tire. Some flats are unavoidable like you hit a sharp object on the road and could not avoid. Overly worn tires will fail at a much higher rate than newer ones with proper traction.
Obviously this is the most important part of the truck. Make sure all parts of the engine are working properly. Belts are not worn down, fans cool the engine sufficiently, and transmission shifts smoothly. The last thing you want on a long road trip is irreparable damage to the engine or any of its parts.
About the Author
Tami Paulus is the Owner of Mark’s Old Towne Service, a truck repair and service center located in Anaheim off the 55/91/57 freeways. With experienced ASE certified specialists, we help you keep your fleet safe and running on the road. We realize that fleet managers are very busy, which is why we pride ourselves in thorough fleet maintenance service to ensure you save time, money and unneeded hassles.