Crucial for avoiding big repair bills, as well as staying safe on the road, brake safety preparation is something every trucker or fleet manager should be familiar with. In the United States, where large truck crashes are concerned, the top associated factor is brake problems – according to FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Restoration) research/analysis.
But what can today’s truck drivers do in the way of brake safety preparation? So you’re ready for any situation that might arise while driving the highways and byways of the nation, here are some tips as to how to prepare your brakes and stay safer.
To prevent excess stress on the brakes of your truck, always make sure you have an evenly distributed load. Additionally, reduced control and breaking power can result from a set of tires that is worn combined with an unevenly placed load.
Inspections Before Your Trip
Make sure your truck’s brakes are inspected before you hit the road. Be certain they’re free of damage or excess wear and are in proper working condition. Assuring yourself of both of these will make you feel better about the effectiveness of your braking system.
To avoid brake problems down the line, have brake replacement done the moment you notice any problems. You may also have brakes checked/replaced on a regular basis through scheduled maintenance. To ensure brake adjustments and fluids are within the right range, have them checked by a professional as needed.
You stand a better chance of having truck brakes that always function properly if regular maintenance is executed. In the future, this will help you save money and allow you to get the most out of your brakes. Spend less downtime later by taking the time to have routine maintenance done now.
Spaces Between Vehicles
Part of always being prepared is being able to stop in time if the vehicle in front of you stops quickly or slows down. That’s why it’s always important to have enough space between you and the vehicle ahead of you. Proper following distances makes for better safety for everyone on the road and will go a long way toward helping you avoid collisions or sudden stops. Remember, frequent, sudden stops are hard on your brakes.
So drivers behind you know you are stopping, always be certain that your tail lights/brake lights are fully functional.
Driving Conditions and Vigilance
Winter road hazards can include debris, ice, snow and rain. Your braking system may have a harder time stopping, depending on changing weather conditions. For any situation, make sure you’re always prepared. Your number one priority is keeping others, and yourself, as safe as possible. Well in advance, try to anticipate traffic and road conditions to avoid heavy braking. Your truck’s brakes will wear out faster, the harder and more frequently you brake.
Get Your Brakes Serviced By Mickey Today!
So your brakes always function properly, regular maintenance is of the utmost importance. As a result, you save money and help your truck brakes last longer.
When your brakes need servicing, you can rely on the professionals at one of our conveniently located service centers throughout the United States. If you do your own vehicle maintenance, or have an in-house garage that services your vehicles, we have the parts you need.Contact Mickey today for parts and/or service.