Post Date - Nov 3, 2023
Autumn is here bringing not only some much-appreciated cooler temps, but also specific maintenance needs to keep your truck rolling smoothly. In our quick guide for truck maintenance, we’ll give you the key factors to consider for a safe and successful journey this time of year.
Check your tires
Fall means wet leaves and unpredictable weather, which makes tire maintenance a top priority. Start by inspecting your tires for tread wear and proper inflation. Make sure your tire pressure is within the recommended range, as colder temperatures can cause pressure to drop. Well-maintained tires ensure better traction and handling, especially when navigating through wet leaves and slippery roads.
Prep your windshield
In the fall, the angle of the sun is naturally lower, specifically at sunrise and sunset. This can lead to increased sun glare, reducing visibility. Dirty windshields including ones cluttered with falling leaves, make this issue worse. Before hitting the road, clean your windshield inside and out, ensuring there are no streaks or smudges. Seasoned professional drivers keep a supply of washer fluid on hand to quickly remove debris and dirt.
Prepping your windshield for fall includes assessing your wipers. Rainy conditions and falling leaves make effective wipers even more important. Check the condition of your wiper blades and replace them if they are worn or streaking.
Monitor your brakes
Ill-operating brakes are never a good thing, but in the fall, the danger only increases. Rain, and even snow, can be common during this time of the year. Wet roads and slippery leaves dramatically decrease traction and require well-maintained brakes to ensure safe stopping distances. Check your brake pads and rotors for wear and tear. If you notice any squeaking or grinding noises, it may be time to replace them.
Prepare for fog
Fall often brings foggy mornings and evenings. Ensure your fog lights are in working condition and replace any burnt-out bulbs. During pre- and post-trip inspections, make sure that your headlights are aligned correctly, as proper alignment is vital for top visibility in foggy conditions.
Watch out for wildlife
Remember that during fall, it's mating season for deer and other wildlife. Watch for deer crossing signs and remain vigilant for wildlife, especially during dawn and dusk. Keep a safe distance, avoid sudden maneuvers, and drive cautiously to prevent collisions with animals on the road.
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